I'm really interested in playing Hacknet but my problem is that I don't have any Unix command knowledge. And as the game is based on Unix commands I'm not quite sure whether I should buy it, because I don't want to end up frustated searching for solutions. Is there enough "tutorial" so that someone without Unix knowledge can play it or not?

(sidenote: I'm a programming apprentice that has been working with Java, so I have general knowledge of programming)

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Yes, absolutely. The tutorial will take you through everything you need to know, and the commands are not sufficiently complex to form anything even approaching the rich language that bash and the like can provide. Experienced shell users might enjoy seeing some of the names carry over (nmap, cat, ...), but it's nothing like the real thing. Indeed, I found it a bit frustrating that I couldn't use most of the features of my real command line in the game.

If you're interested in learning how to drive a real Unix shell, http://overthewire.org/wargames/bandit/ is a fun place to start.

  • Thank you very much for all this information! Now I'm definately trying it out (:
    – Lunaetic
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 12:02
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    BTW: Got the game and began playing it a little. Seems quite interesting
    – Lunaetic
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 9:49
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    And the help command will always be there when you forget something.
    – mbomb007
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 20:25
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    If it turns out you love the bash shell after your practice, you can even use it to solve programming puzzles at codingame.com or in codegolf.stackexchange.com
    – Rache
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 23:57

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