Exapunks’ hacking minigame is now playable on a NES

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 HACK*MATCH, the hacking minigame from Zachtronics’ 2018 hack ’em up Exapunks, is now playable on any dusty old NES you have kicking around—though an emulator will work just as nicely.

A traditional Zach-like programmer-puzzle game, Exapunks is a grimy ’90s-style hack ’em up about building viruses and setting them loose against the man. To really sell the period, Zachtronics thought it’d be cool to create a cartridge-based port of one of Exapunks’s minigames—though it turns out building a NES game from scratch takes time.