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Screenshot:
screenshot of the game

Platform: iOS, specifically an iPhone 5s

Genre: Party-based, turn-based RPG

Year: The screenshot is from 2017, pretty sure I had played it for about a year at that point, don't believe it had had any updates in several years but less confident about that.

Perspective: Global map for the overworld, portraits, and representation of enemy in combat (see screenshot for portraits during "cutscene")

Memorable Moments: The screenshot has a line of code that appeared in the game that I always wondered about. Otherwise, at one point the party meets a female researcher who doesn't want to help until she finds out they're working on an "infinity bug" or something along those lines.

Protagonists: The team starts with an "everyman hacker" kind of character, adds a fiery aggressive woman, an intimidating black guy who's actually a medic, a horny bard-esque character to get smacked down by the fiery woman, support character, etc.

Weapons/Equipment: It was hacking equipment (computers, interfaces, I think botnet was your HP?) but the actual combat was 100% RPG. Standard "Fight/Item/Defend/Run" interface, different attacks could stun or deal damage over time, etc.

Goal: Attempting to stop a shadowy cabal of some nefarious plot

Plot: Slowly recruiting a team of hackers to take on some shadowy cabal. News stories in the background were opponents of a bill (AI rights maybe?) being suicided.

Enemies: Portraits similar to the team except also had a background of where we were hacking.

Art: 2D art portraits, global map of the world with popups for random events, highlighted cities for shops/quests/news. Refer to the screenshot for portraits.

Setting: Earth, five minutes in the future. Everything was hacking focused so it was all webcams and remote access rather than actually traveling anywhere.

Environment: Digital cyberspace

Tone/Mood: Somewhat technological dystopia, some humor between the team, nothing extreme either way.

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  • Google image search/reverse image search got nothing from my screenshot, possibly because that desktop is a single cutscene rather than standard gameplay Dec 26, 2022 at 6:01
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    Have you searched through your purchase history of your apple account? It contains every app you've downloaded, including the free app. (Here's guide, link is to apple's support page) It should contain this game, too.
    – Skye-AT
    Dec 26, 2022 at 6:07
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    As a point of trivia, the wallpaper in your screenshot is a stylized logo of the LLVM project, which is the default compiler suite for MacOS and iOS.
    – jaskij
    Dec 27, 2022 at 14:31
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    Incidentally, that line of code is completely real and will actually work (kill all processes with "SYSWIPE" in their names or command line arguments) on most Unix-like platforms (i.e. just about anything that isn't Windows). You could probably ask Unix & Linux for an explanation of the individual components, if desired.
    – Kevin
    Dec 27, 2022 at 17:11

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It looks and sounds like Nameless: The Hackers.

A description as written by one of the developers:

Nameless: the Hackers RPG is a cyberpunk adventure game that combines a visual novel style system (looks sort of like Phoenix Wright) with classic turn-based RPG battle mechanics with a twist. Battle through server rooms and elite hackers with specialized Bots, viruses and other romanticized computer science moves!

The game plot is surrounded around a group of hackers who are hired to find a runaway computer scientist who has apparently uncovered something big, and it turns into a big conspiracy. The story is actually a little similar to the Snowden events (but we released the game before the whole thing came out). You'll just have to play it for yourself.

screenshot from gameplay video

This is a screenshot from a gameplay trailer on YouTube. The character highlighted in your screenshot is called Tiny. The use of HackChat and the desktop and its wallpaper and folders are likely part of a specific mission, which I have been unable to find in the linked video.

The game was released in 2013 (source).
And, finally, here is the official site.

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