Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers

Phacker_ii_01ublisher: Activision
Developer: Activision
Release Date: 1986
Code: Steve Cartwright
GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 88%
Our Game Rating: 81%
Completed & Reviewed by John de Vugt
Reviewed by John de Vugt & Vinny Mainolfi

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
I’m not really a lover of this game and so I’m going to hand straight over to John for an intro and explanation…
“I saw your request for the ending of Hacker 2. This game kept me busy for some weeks in the summer of 1987. Luckily I made a map for myself with a description for myself on how to complete it. I’ve been playing it recently and had to get back into it, but was able to complete it again…”
Oh… something coming through…
…oh – it’s the FBI!
Phew! I thought they were after me for tax evasion!
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: John played the game on a real C64 and at the point where the ending started he froze the game with the Expert Cartridge and wrote a D64 with the 1541 ultimate.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:  It’s all a matter of timing. You have to know the route the guard walks and make sure he doesn’t see you. You also have to know where all the surveillance cameras are located and be sure to keep out of their sight.
You have to remove a document from the vault. The vault has a combination that is divided over 4 cabinets. You have to find these 4 cabinets also to switch off the 4 alarms of the vault. You have to do this in a particular order. Of course the cabinets are in rooms with cameras. You have to override the video signal of these cameras with VTR playback so you can enter the rooms without being noticed. Once done you head off to the vault. Meanwhile the system is malfunctioning so you cannot see what you are doing. So you have to know the route to the vault (ie 7 x West, 1 x North etc.). 4 cameras are located at the vault so you have to override all 4 signals with VTR. Get into the vault and take the right document (there are 4 of them). Once done you head to the buildings entrance (without seeing what you are doing because of the systems malfunctioning). You can use the live cam at some parts to see what you are doing. At the entrance the FBI is waiting to congratulate you.
Vinny: As with Hacker 1, I never played this game and probably won’t ever play it. I do think this ending is slightly better than the first, which is why I’ve given it 0.5 extra 😉 I do like the final screen.
Kungfufurby: Same thing as the original Hacker… not half bad, but now there’s no picture before the newsflash… and you get a magazine cover instead of a newspaper.
Brendan Phoenix: Yeah – pretty much like for like, The Rolling Stone cover instead of the newspaper.
Having said that, I would be happy to see this ending if I completed the game.
Andrew Fisher: Well, like the original it’s a clever game that tried something a bit different… The ending is OK, not outstanding.
Gaz Spence: In a similar vein to the first game, unsurprisingly, no better or worse.
FINAL SAY: Not much of an improvement on the original 😦

G.E. RATING: 4.5 / 10

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