"Compulsive...It's elegant stuff, with the manner in which you interact with the interface recalling the way certain words or phrases activate long-forgotten reaches of the memory." (Edge)

About the game

Wardialler is a narrative game about hacking.  It's a free interactive companion piece to the album of the same name by nervous_testpilot.

How do I hear the music?

To listen to the game's soundtrack, you'll need to purchase or stream it from one of the following places:

Apple Music

...or just search your store of choice.


Type "credits" in-game to see the credits!

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction, Adventure
Made withTwine
TagsDetective, Hacking, Narrative, Text based


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I'm stuck on how to get the loss password, I can't get into Globemart systems. Any hints?

What is the french teachers name? I can't remember

Found it

Finally found and played through this game. It was a very intense rollercoaster, so much I hadn't found and yet so exhausting to see what goes next. All in all, I'm very glad you made this, although now it might be time to just lie down and think a while

I still desperately wait for this game to roll back to the surface, such a fun experience 

I've played this game quite a long time ago.

I needed to guard (Mandatory Service) some ****hole... and I played it at night, and this awesomeness captivated me with the superb soundtrack for a couple of months. Awesome game.

Needless to say I work in a cyber security role in these days ;-)

I played the game a second time two years later, and it's still just as great.

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I have been having a blast with this so far. This game involved an extensive amount of note-taking and hit a perfect level of challenge. 

I also had the black screen bug on a certain system but you addressed that in another comment. 


I have finished 3 endings (both choices in the Spire and 1 in Escalation). I was surprised that the player receives the same prompt despite what their choice is in the Spire. It sort of took away the significance of making a choice. I would have liked to hear more detail about the results of each particular choice. 

Any endings I missed?

Was definitely more of an emotional roller coaster than I was expecting. The prose (and note-taking) put me right there with the narrator.

It was gripping enough I played it through in a single sitting, though I admit I "hacked" the game right at the end to obtain the needed codes from source since I didn't understand how to get them in the intended way even though halfway-through I think I understood generally what it was expecting. Just didn't know how to recover what I think it was asking me to.

Overall, loved the game and looking forward to the Steam release!

I might be missing something since I'm just trying things out things because I'm stuck on a mission, but every time I enter an auth code on a certain external system the game just freezes at a black screen.

Hi there - sounds like a bug nobody's seen before! Sorry about that. 

If you can tell me what the system is then I'll look into it. 

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Trying to avoid spoilers for people, doesn't seem to be a spoiler tag though. When I connect to the stratcom XT server I can break in and get the auth code prompt, but anything I enter there appears to freeze it. This happened in Chrome before I downloaded it on itch, happens there too.

OK, no problem - that is a known bug.  Basically, if you get the right answer there, that won't happen - the bug only occurs with the wrong input.

Cool, thanks. Now if I can just deduce how to capture login info. :)

i finished the game and it is amazing! thank you for making this!

Thank you! That's great

I can't get in to the school system. I found SEM and STRU but can't run the commands. is it connect? cuz that doesn't wor

they are com codes not commands

An interesting game! But maybe you could add an option to make all text show instantly?


That's not possible with this current version sadly but it is something I'd like to do if there's an opportunity in a future version.

Heard about this on Making Games is Fun.

About 10 minutes in I was thinking this seems ok, not much to it.  Then...

The game opens up and Wow.  Loving it.  Still working my way through it.  Have a damned excel spreadsheet and notepad open while playing this. lol


That's awesome to hear - glad you're enjoying it!

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That's great - thanks!