Michael Brough's 868-HACK [$4.99] is one of the very best roguelite games you can get on iOS. While the game's visuals tend to divide people, it's hard to argue against its creative, challenging, and endlessly-fun take on a genre that has no shortage of competition on the platform. Like many developers, Brough wanted to bring his games up to date with 64-bit compatibility so that they'll survive the upcoming shift to iOS 11. He did that for 868-HACK back in April, making a few balance tweaks while he was at it. Apparently he couldn't resist doing a bit more, and that's good news for all of us.

868-HACK: Plan B is available as an IAP for just $2.99. It adds a new mode to the game called Plan B that offers some fun new rules. For example, you'll now get to pick a class at the start of the game, determining your starting perks. Each play also gives you a random global rule, some beneficial, some not so much, that can change the experience in unpredictable ways. 868-HACK already felt like a new game every time I played it, but this adds even more fun to the mix. You can still play by the original rules whenever you like, and Plan B has its own scoreboard, so you don't even have to worry about getting butter in the jam.

This update to 868-HACK also makes several more balance adjustments to certain progs, weakening some while strengthening others. One minor drawback is that some players are reporting speed issues after updating. I imagine Brough will be on that with another update before too long. Still, it's not like this is a game that involves split-second timing, so you can still have some good times with the new update and expansion while you wait. Personally, I'm just thrilled to have some new content for a game that I thought was essentially over and done with from a development standpoint.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Nice! Hope ZAGA-33 gets updated for 64-bit too. That one I can beat! Unlike 868-HACK which is like a brick wall to me. Every couple months I get back to it to find the widely-reported magic, but am unable to detect any progress up the learning curve...

    Any sense of whether Plan B is easier?

    • Andrew Doull

      It's harder *sobs quietly*

      • Andrew Doull

        Although I'm also better at it than the original. So maybe it's easier.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Sweet

  • Nergal

    OMG! This is EPIC!

  • bacon-N-eggs

    Awesome!!! Also please update Zaga, I still play regularly and would hate to lose it 😳

  • guttaperk

    I've bought everything he's made. I love them all, though Imbroglio is my fave.

  • Chq

    Oh my god- the controls were better, before the update! Please fix this, fast Master Brough!! 😱

    • Michael Brough

      i've submitted an update, it'll take a few days to be approved because apple
      thanks

      • Chq

        Jeeeeeaaaaaahhh!!!! 😍

  • baconcow

    I would love to see some of his base games (868-HACK, Imbroglio, others?) get a sale, so I can get them with their DLC. I love the look and design concepts in them. Also, is ZAGA-33 getting a 64-bit update?

    • Andrew Doull

      I don't think they're ever likely to go on sale so you can be confident that the price you pay now isn't going to be undercut at some point.

      • baconcow

        Ok. 868-HACK went on sale half off twice, on iOS, and Imbroglio had a small sale once. Was just hoping, given our app prices here in Canada (868-HACK with DLC is $11). Will definitely end up picking them up, eventually, either way.

      • Michael Brough

        i permanently dropped the price of 868-HACK by $1 last year, you're welcome.

  • Chq

    868-Hack is one of my top 3 favorite iOS games ever. 868-Hack, Super Hexagon and Rush Rally 2 are my favourites.

  • gizmovex

    How will we know that Apple has accepted it. Will it be an update with a link to IAP?

  • gizmovex

    It's okay it has just come up on my start screen so I'm all good to go. It's fun but I don't really understand all of the new variation yet.

  • Chq

    The fix arrived. Thank you, Master Brough! 👍