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Platforms: PC
Languages: English, French, German, Russian
Players: Single-player
Feb 26, 2016 @ 4:26am
Mar 20, 2016 @ 9:20pm

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The Halfway Point - An updated build for everyone.
  • Updated fonts.
  • The web browser can now have up to four tabs.
  • A new cursor to show when over a button.
  • Click'n'drag and up and down keys, to scroll.
  • Updated art.
  • An email counter.
  • Fixed restart crash.
  • Fixed minor spelling mistakes.
  • Reworked guiding text.
  • Fixed code bugs when referencing files with brackets.

You can download the new build over at- - {LINK REMOVED}


On the down side we are half way through our time on Kickstarter but not quite halfway to our goal :( so make sure to go and tell all of your friends to back Mainlining - The Cyber Espionage Hacking Sim!



We've been Greenlit!
Release date: October 2016

"I'd really recommend giving it a try…I really enjoyed what was on show in the demo…"

"It’s a clever method of storytelling that really does make you feel like you’re a cybercrime investigation agent. A great hacking based puzzle adventure, well worth booting up."

"I liked what I saw… a simplified command interfaces to evoke the feeling of hacking, in the same vein as games like Christine Love’s Analogue and Digital, and Hacker Evolution."


"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
 - Edward Snowden

Mainlining is a hacking game, mixing dark and dry humour with gameplay that echoes old school point and click adventures.

Following the government's introduction of the BLU Pill Act and the Secret Intelligence Service's reintroduction of MI7, all online personal data is accessible by the powers that be. Mainlining questions techno-ethics and whether it is acceptable for an organisation to have the power to look at personal data. What if someone else got the key to that?

Mainlining and its BLU Pill Act mirrors what's happening in our own world. On November 4th 2015 the The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill was discussed in the British Parliament's House of Commons for the very first time. It’s likely that the bill will be passed sometime in 2016, meaning that domestic mobile and broadband providers will be forced to assist authorities with gathering data and storing it for a year. The police and security services will have access to the top line of the UK’s population browsing history, as well as knowing what apps have been used.

Referred to in the popular media as “the Snooper’s Charter” and opposed by a number of civil and human rights organisations, the Investigatory Powers Bill is positioned to aid security forces in tracking terrorists and serious cyber criminals who use increasingly sophisticated online methods.

Mainlining is a refreshing take on the traditional point and click adventure. The entire game takes place on the simulated desktop of the protagonist’s computer. Assuming the role of a newly recruited MI7 agent and working within the remit of the Blu Pill Act, the player must use their skill, judgement and cunningness to gather evidence by hacking suspects’ computers and phones.

As a MI7 operative your primary objectives are to ensure the perpetrator’s arrest and that the courts have sufficient evidence to hand out the longest custodial sentences possible. However, you’ll also have to make judgements on whether the case you're working on is complete. Move in too quickly and you may miss leads linking your case to much higher profile cyber-criminals. Act too slowly and your suspect may detect you and escape.

In excess of five hundred known criminals are known to operate within your jurisdiction, who will you arrest?

Why not try the PC playable teaser for yourself? We've put together a single case in which you'll be called on to arrest a suspect. Make sure you've got all of the information you need (name, location and evidence) and see just how long you can put the perp behind bars for. Click on the link below to download the playable teaser.



Sam Read
The driving force behind Rebelephant is British-born developer and designer, Sam Read. Highlighted by internationally renowned publication Develop as one of the 30-under-30 to watch out for, Sam has already tasted success as a key member of the HyperSloth team and their critically acclaimed first-person adventure, Dream. Owner of Rebelephant, Sam is responsible for the design, direction and coding of Mainlining.

Dave Grey
To fit in with the game's 2009, feel Rebelephant has called upon the artistic talents of Dave Grey who, in his own words, "Makes things with pixels. Like games and stories and things". Dave's previous collaborations include Microsoft and HBO.

Jill Murray
Mainlining relies heavily on an energetic narrative that draws the player into the game, blurring the lines between reality and the imaginary world of MI7. Rebelephant wasted no time and called upon one of the best scriptwriters in the business, Canadian novelist Jill Murray. Jill was nominated for Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Video Game Writing for her work on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and won the award for scriptwriting on Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.

Jared Emerson-Johnson
For the final part of the jigsaw Rebelephant has drafted in the sublime audio talents of Jared Emerson­-Johnson. BAFTA nominated, Jared's scores include Telltale Games' Sam & Max series, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales From the Borderlands and Game of Thrones.


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Zasp Aug 18, 2016 @ 8:43am 
hello ı lıke ıt pls add Turkısh Languege and ı wıll buy tnx :))
Obscure_Identity Apr 28, 2016 @ 8:12pm 
minds me hacknet for some reason.. ill give it a try
polymeth Apr 17, 2016 @ 3:04pm 
Can't wait ! The game looks awesome, and the demo too ! :D
Parky ツ Apr 1, 2016 @ 8:36am 
Stardyze Mar 20, 2016 @ 6:58pm 
When I played the teaser I really saw what potential this game has. The game is a great mix of fun and logic. The fun part is that you get to basically hack someone easily (even though its a lot harder in real life) and the logic part about it is that you really have to think about it to arrest the correct guy with the right evidence and in the right place.
peroh #500m hemp seed spray Mar 18, 2016 @ 10:55am 
YAY!!!!! amazing teaser, i expect this be a good game (a cheap one,lol)
Männlicher Mann Mar 15, 2016 @ 6:48am 
played the teaser and was amazed. A really good concept and needs you to think. But please make a "tip" so people that dont know what to do can play further. I had to search really long for the file with the internet-password and found it in the bin. But still really good. 9/10
♡ dubchaeng ♡ Mar 14, 2016 @ 12:46am 
please release :)
mn081401 Mar 12, 2016 @ 4:25am 
Awesome game, similar to
The most sociable person™ Mar 11, 2016 @ 12:36pm 
this game is so good!