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Original Thread: Hacking games, banks, and yourself - Let's Play EXAPUNKS



Hello and welcome to this Screenshot Let's Play of EXAPUNKS!

To quote the Steam store page:

The year is 1997. You used to be a hacker, but now you have the phage. You made a deal: one hack, one dose. There’s nothing left to lose... except your life.

EXAPUNKS is a Zachtronics game released in 2018. It's similar to their earlier titles TIS-100 and Shenzhen I/O and you know what that means - we're gonna get programming, so get your thinking caps on.

Speaking of Shenzhen I/O, make sure to check Quackles's LP of that game if you haven't yet. You could call it an inspiration for this LP.

This game has an assembly-like programming language that should be straightforward enough if you played those earlier games, but it's just different enough to really be its own thing.

I also really like the plot and the way this game makes itself feel 'realistic'. But you'll see that when we get to it.

Formatting note
- I will use italic text to indicate any text that is actually in the game.
- Regular text is me taking the role of the game's protagonist.
- I will use this CO2 symbol whenever I break the fourth wall, such as for game design notes.

Spoiler policy
Please do not talk about anything in the game or additional materials we have not encountered yet.

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