Bitburner is an idle hacking game that teaches real JavaScript


Want your time spent playing inactive games to really pay off? Bitburner is an incremental style user who presents you as a terminal cowboy on the World Wide Web, hacking, stealing, and scripting to get to the top of the world.

Challenging you to learn how its systems work and automate them yourself, Bitburner takes the new approach by letting you use JavaScript in the game itself. Basic programming training certainly helps you get started, but you don’t need it to play. As you advance, the game presents puzzles and programming questions to help you learn new skills, earn rewards, and become more powerful.

As you explore the dystopian world of the future, you meet new people and find new networks to infiltrate and compromise, or factions to ally with. You can also get new cyberpunk boosts, increase your body and network to ever higher levels, as well as grow your character’s stats. There are also some cool mini-games, like stock trading, to discover and master.

An image of a Bitburner game hacking terminal.

(Image credit: Fulcrum Games and Hydroflame)

As you start to dig deeper into the game, there is a good large GitHub markdown repository to help you out. Once you’ve done it right and beat it once, there is, of course, a way to get incremental bonuses for future races. The community is also very welcoming if you get stuck.

You can find Bitburner on Steam and as a web app on


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