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There is only one Android game available in this week's Humble Weekly Sale, but it's still a bargain to pick up that game at such a discounted price. Uplink normally costs $4.99 in the Play Store, but for the next seven days you can pay whatever price your heart desires. The game pits players in the role of a hacker-for-hire who breaks into various systems and makes off with whatever's valuable. Uplink has developed quite the following, and it's no surprise considering that the game has been around for over a decade. If you buy it now, you also get access to copies for Windows, Linux, Mac, and iOS.

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Uplink isn't an action oriented game, nor is it graphically intense by any stretch of the imagination. But if you're approaching a game about hacking expecting either of those things, we need to have a talk about what it means to hack. Here are some screens, but don't let them dissuade you from giving the game a chance.

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This week's bundle is all about Introversion software, so buyers will also get Darwinia, Multiwinia, and Defcon for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These titles each come with their respective soundtracks, so you might need to create a dedicated Humble Weekly playlist just to keep up with all the music. Windows users also get their hands on two tech demos that are exclusive to their platform, and the people who know what to do with it can get their hands on the source code for all four games. Paying over $19.99 secures a pre-order of Prison Architect, but while this game may be multi-platform, it's not available for Android.

So as far as our tablets are concerned, Uplink and the four soundtracks are all that matter here. The trailer below gives an idea of what to expect.

Sources: Humble Bundle, Humble Bundle Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • bgag2783

    I'm not certain about this one, but in previous bundles, Uplink was tablet only
    Just a heads up

    • Ben Enos

      It is tablet only. The play store confirms that too. Nice catch

      • Rami

        And I don't know even if it supports all tablets, I got it with humble bundle sometime ago, and it doesn't support my tablet (Asus TF101), it used to say it is x86 based tablets only.

    • Ark

      It's not just tablet only, it's almost completely unplayable on tablets that aren't 10 inches or more.

  • someone755

    I'd get it, but damn, I'm more of a mobile gamer than a PC one. PC=business, intensive, quick, powerful games.
    I'd take the offer, but with only one Android game, it's tough sell for me...

    • Floss

      $1 is a tough sale for 1 game ($4 off)?

      • Hal Motley

        Less if you don't want the Steam key...

        Not that I pay less than $1. XD

      • someone755

        Yes, because I'll be spending money on 7 games, but I'll know I won't be able to play 6 of them.

        • Floss

          Why in the hell does that matter? You are paying $1 for 1 game. Period.

  • Steve Freeman

    "But if you're approaching a game about hacking expecting either of those things, we need to have a talk about it means to hack." Hey, I learned all I need to know about hacking from such documentaries as Hackers and Project: Swordfish. I know there's PLENTY of action to be had.

  • Ryan

    Hm, I might bite on this one. Uplink is such a fun game, especially to "cheat" at it a bit. I could play it normally, but I like to cheat once in a while too. Fun stuff. Plus the source code.. mmm, yummy source.

    • Hal Motley

      And tech-demos, Steam keys and access to the Prison Architect alpha at a discounted price. Not a bad deal!

    • Ark

      It's awful on Android. The UI makes it unplayable.

      • Ryan

        I've heard mixed things. But the general consensus I have read is that its best played on devices with an 8" or bigger screen. A 7" tablet such as the Nexus 7 doesn't seem to fair well due to button layout and how big they are. Or in this case, small. I'm actually mainly getting it for the PC version primarily.

        • Ark

          Fare* well.

  • Ark

    Attention: if you loved Uplink on a PC, DO NOT GET IT FOR ANDROID.
    The UI is fucking horrendous. It's in no way optimized for a touchscreen, so you're constantly trying to hit tiny buttons with the tip of your fingernail. The game is awesome, but the team that converted it to Android did a shit job.

    Edit - I'm saying this as someone who tried to play it on a Nexus 7 for many hours and gave up after almost throwing my tablet against a wall.