Histacom is a hacking game set in an ultra realistic computer operating system environment indistinguishable from the real thing. It has the unique feature of time travel never before seen in the hacking game genre. The time travel aspect adds great depth into the game allowing the environment (operating system) to evolve as you leap through different ages in computer history. When you start a new game you are thrown into 1998 using Windows 95. From there do a little exploring on internet explorer or of the operating system. Finally perform a Google search to access a secret webpage which will get the game in motion. (clue, 12padams copyright logo). Steal the alpha version of the secret time travel software and get ready for a crazy ride. The game currently has 5 different years programmed into it with 5 different operating systems. The game is mostly linear but does eventually split into multiple paths when you make decide how to fix the future by traveling to the past.

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Information about the recently released Histacom Game. Please delete the old buggy version of the game if you downloaded it before this message appeared!

Posted by 12padams on Jan 25th, 2013

Recently I uploaded Histacom 1.8.5 but it was a debug version taking you instantly to 2002. Please delete that old version and download the new fixed version of Histacom!


Histacom Currently Features 5 different time periods with 5 different operating systems:

1998: Windows 95
1999: Windows 98
2000: Windows 2000
2001: Windows ME
2002: Windows XP

Histacom 1.8.5 (Working Version)

I hope you all enjoy this game and remember the future of this game depends entirally on how popular this game becomes. Please Enjoy it ;)

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ferndog1996
ferndog1996 Jan 26 2013, 4:55am says:

Moreeeeeeeeeee

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12padams Jan 26 2013, 8:55am replied:

Let me share with you a secret... I developed this game from version 0.1 (march 2010) to 1.8.5 (July 2010). I then gave up because nobody took notice of my game... I was stupid though because all I did was upload a youtube trailer of the game with a download link in the description. I then gave up development until I got some people telling me they liked histacom. Problem was that I looked back over my own work and I didn't like Histacom myself. I opened up the game today after 2 years of not looking at it and I thought... There's too much talking, little actual gameplay and well... Will people actually like this game?

I will wait for some reviews of this game before I continue to develop it. I want to see if people think its actually good or not. I like my concept but I feel it's too much like reading a book within a graphical user interface. Then again... There's so much more I can add to this infinite game.

You guys don't even know about my plans on the alternate future 2015 mind controlling operating system made by the hidden hacker who gets corrupt with power due to his time travel ability and then taking the battle to the 1980's in dos... Or the 2042 virus that spreads itself to all the worlds computers, becomes a singularity and takes over the minds of humans through its own subliminal messages causing the end of the world where all humans obey their computers... You will be able to stop it but the singularity will easily learn to time travel too and alter the past. This game can go in any direction literally being multiple games in one. It could involve the illegal downloading of torrents which get you viruses or something. Or what about a currupted version of time distorter... What year would it take you to?

Seriously this game has potential but I don't know if I like the gameplay. That's why I posted it here... To see if people liked it so it would have a future.

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d2theRizzle
d2theRizzle Jan 27 2013, 11:26am says:

All I have to say is WOW! That is one of the most original and interesting game concepts I've seen in a long while. So maybe there's no explosions, or guns, or stunning 3D graphics, but there doesn't need to be. It wouldn't fit this game at all. I think what you've got so far is awesome. And I really like the fact that this game has infinite directions to go in. For what the game is, I think the gameplay is fine. I'm just curious: do the other programs and stuff on the desktop actually work? If you need any help, like ideas or anything, send me a message. I'd definitely be willing to help.

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12padams Jan 27 2013, 5:46pm replied:

The start menu is fully functional and you can open programs for the operating system. Check out the first histacom video "part 1" for examples of opening some windows 95 programs. The programs however have limited functionality since I don't have the time to recode windows 95 lol. You can right click the desktop and open properties to change the desktop background colour and even the active title bar colors of each window. You can also type stuff in notepad and select colours in paint but you can't actually paint anything. All of these things can be fully programmed and implemented however if someone has the time to do it...

Just some advice... In the 1999 travel to the virus infected 2002 there is too much talking in the game with little actually game play. When you go back to 2000 to fix the past I tried to add more of a gameplay element. 12padams says he is preparing the time travel software but it won't be done for a while so you need to download and install a game from his website called "survive that day" and finish it before you can continue time traveling. That's the kinda stuff this game needs in it so It doesn't just become a massive book.

Histacom would be perfect if it was developed by a team of people. 6 people could spend a week each working on a windows program to code while another 6 people could work on recoding websites from the past eras and adding them to the game. Histacom actually shows you what websites looked like in past years. So hotmail in the game in 1998 is actually what it looked like back then. I got the looks from waybackmachine.org and rebuilt the websites in the game. Then another person could work on writing the storyline while another could write the games dialog.

Histacom really needs a team of developers, its on indiesb but it really shouldn't be an indie game. If you can find anyone willing to be dedicated to developing histacom I would be happy to hand over the code for free even if they want to sell the game for money.

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d2theRizzle
d2theRizzle Jan 27 2013, 7:05pm says:

What code are you using for the game, and how are you implementing the websites? I don't know much coding except GML, which I know a lot of. Are you actually using HTML for the sites? Because I also know some HTML/CSS, so I might be able to make some of the websites. If you need anything, just give me a shout, and I'll try my best.

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12padams Jan 27 2013, 11:35pm replied:

Everything is done in Visual Basic... The websites aren't HTML at all, just visual elements dropped onto a panel. When you visit a webpage that panel is "brought to front" on top of the other "web pages" (panels). So no coding required to make the web pages. For example you know that Internet explorer 4 home webpage with a link to google.com? On the click of the link the following happens:

Googlehome.bringtofront

It's that simple. Still I don't really wanna have anything to do with histacom anymore. I wanna give it away in bulk then boom, its someone's project to keep, work on, publish and upload. I've coded everything simple yet it in a long way (code simple to understand but not written in the shortest way possible). For example to change from one year to another just type:

Windows95-1998.hide
Windows98-1999.show

But of course you wanna have some effects in between to give it the feeling of time traveling...

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coolgem923 May 6 2013, 6:38pm says:

I really think that you should make more Histacom videos on your I2Padams YouTube channel even though that's discontinued. I'd really like to see more Histacom; I love the game! Very original!!!

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