Based in San Diego, California
Gear VR Launch
Darknet is a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker in cyberspace. Plug into the Net, installing viruses, injecting code, and tunneling through cybersecurity in an experience inspired by the classic cyberpunk vision of the future.
Darknet began as the Grand Prize winner of the VR Jam (a 3-week game jam created by Oculus and IndieCade). Oculus praised its "fluid and immersive VR interaction" and said that it "is immediately accessible with a low learning curve, yet offers deep and addictive gameplay".
- VR Done Right: Darknet was designed for VR from the ground up. Oculus has made it clear that porting existing games to VR "doesn't really work" and that the usual first-person movement controls tend to be awkward and nauseating. Darknet is something different, tailored for VR from beginning to end.
- Strategic Gameplay: Darknet is a deep puzzle/strategy game with roguelike elements, all presented from a first-person perspective. Winning requires careful planning and smart execution.
- Open Development: Players can follow the game's development via the dev blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, or mailing list. Most importantly, the game has an subreddit for the Darknet community, /r/darkcom, where I will be running a "perpetual AMA"; players can Ask Me Anything about the game, and I'll be there to answer!
Darknet Trailer YouTube
Darknet "Fair Use" Teaser YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "First Place" Oculus/IndieCade VR Jam, September 2013
- "Best Gameplay" The Proto Awards, September 2014
- "Golden Sushi" BigSushi.fm, PAX Prime 2014
- "When I dove into the cyberspace simulation, I lost myself in the illusion. My relationship to meat space was momentarily forgotten. And that’s precisely what a virtual reality game ought to do for the player... It is the best Oculus Rift game I’ve ever played."
- Dennis Scimeca, The Daily Dot
- "Keanu Reeves + Jonny Lee Miller + Virtual Reality = everything I wanted out of a hacking game since 1995. That was 20 years ago folks, but the future is finally here and I’m cracking nodes, dropping viruses, staying one-step ahead of security. I’m like Zero Cool crashing fifteen hundred and seven computers in one day. Let’s just hope when we finally strap in, it’s not information overload. Our brains can only hold 80 gigs."
- Landon Durnan, BigSushi.fm
- "A strategy-puzzle game designed for Oculus Rift where players explore a virtual reality computer network and use viruses, worms, exploits and other hacker tools to capture sensitive data from what may or may not be a shady megacorporation. It's practically the definition of cyberpunk."
- Sam Prell, Joystiq
- "So many Rift games focus on trying to recreate a realistic world, but Ciess strips the idea of hacking down to a few abstract interactions, and pairs those with a strong sense of movement, excitement, and a low barrier of entry. It proves the power of virtual reality itself, even if the game is taking a playful swipe at the odd ways movies and pop culture visualize hacking and computer networks in general."
- Ben Kuchera, Penny Arcade Report
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Darknet Subreddit: /r/darkcom
The official subreddit of Darknet. reddit.com.
About E McNeill
E McNeill is a solo indie game designer working out of San Diego. He makes minimalistic, abstract games.
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