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868-HACK expansion PLAN.B jacks in

Hack the planet! More

Michael Brough has launched an expansion for his fantastic and fiendish hacking roguelite 868-HACK [official site]. PLAN.B is its name, and add new mode, new progs, and new power-ups is its game. More of a good game is a good thing.

Brough explains the newness in a blog post:

"It adds a new mode which introduces 'bonus powerups' from the first game of a streak (these are difficulty modifiers that would previously only show up after winning a few games in a row), with 8 more powerups added to the 12 from the original, so there's more variety from the start. Also 9 new progs (for a total of 32).

"These changes make the score of an individual run less meaningful - because it's always affected by random powerups and because some of the new progs interact with run streaks - so high scores in this mode are only for streaks (total score across a series of consecutive plays without dying).

"The maximum number of progs held is dropped to 8 (from 10), which makes the choice of what to pick up a little tighter, and also adds a little more variety because you're less likely to be able to pick up the same combinations by the end of a game. The new mode also allows a choice of 'character class' each game, which determines starting resources (previously this was randomly assigned); this choice gives an extra chance to respond to the random initial conditions so there are less 'unfair' deaths at the start of a game."

He also details a few changes and balance tweaks to the core game to accomodate the expansion. Dedicated hackers will want to know about those.

PLAN.B is £1.99/2,99€/$2.99 on Steam. Ignore the June release date listed there - PLAN.B came out today. That Brough is a little scamp.

868-HACK is good video games. As Alec said in 2015:

"There's a parallel dimension wherein 868-HACK stars a smiling cartoon elf firing arrows at cheeky goblins in silly hats, it's called something like MAGIC DUNGEON ESCAPE QUEST, and it was a huge hit. The 868-hack we actually got, once you've cracked its faintly hostile shell, is as fearsomely absorbing as the most wildly successful roguelites or even match-3 games. I'm glad I'm not in that alternate dimension though. I like 868-HACK just as strange and creepy as it is."

Disclosure: I vaguely know Michael Brough through a former flatmate. I think he might have crashed in our lounge once? My memory's hazy on that, to be honest.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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