Uplink is a new game from Ambrosia Software, you play a hacker hacking into systems for money. It reminds me of the decker portion of the RPG game Shadowrun. I have only run through the first tutorial, but so far this game is pretty cool. I'll have to play a bit more later, I might be able to give a more full review if time permits. The game only runs on Mac OS 9 or OS X, sorry all you Windows and Linux users -- don't forget my story on legal hacking which is also a fun and similar way to pass the time.
From the website here is a full description:
"An enigma in itself, Uplink is akin to a more cerebral incarnation of Ambrosia's popular Escape Velocity series of games, with missions that interweave a threaded plot which is unveiled with each conquest. Only this time, you have only your intellect, hacking skills, and the computer systems you've compromised to aid you.
You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations.Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.
You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed."