Title: Haxor | Author: Walter Oslie | Format: Webtoon | Pub. Start Date: 03/06/2018 | Current Episodes: 15 | Genre: Sci-Fi | Triggers: None| Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Webtoon App
The internet has been replaced by The Frame, a hyper-fast network of instant connection and accessibility. There’s no way that’ll go wrong, right?
Haxor is a free webtoon that shows the possible future of games and software. The webtoon focuses around a girl in her 20’s, part of a game called Haxor. Just like in Sweet Home the Webtoon is told in episodes. This one at the moment has fifteen episodes.
The aim of the Haxor game is that two teams are placed in a maze. The goals for each team is to either reach the end of the maze themselves or to try to stop the other team from or getting to the end themselves. Obviously it is a game with a ladder system (work your way up the ladder to the top tier) in which our main character tries to overthrow the top player because She perceives the top player as (irony warning) “cocky”. Then, as the first game progresses She knows that She can’t possibly beat the top player without thinking faster.
The rules of the game are simple. Stay within the bounds and get to the exit. Everything else is fair game! This means punching, hitting spawning turrets, hacking said turrets, making pits inside the ring, making false platforms to go out of the ring, rearrange the maze, make shields, spawn weapons…etc. The fields of battle are limitless. It’s so interesting to see the creative ways that different characters get out of situations where it would seem that even a god can’t handle them. However, there is one limit. Yourself. Don’t move around that corner fast enough? Dead. Don’t hack the turret at the right time? Dead. It’s all really a giant game of cat and mouse. My favorite episode is the first because without much of the actual game it’s easy to see what the outside world has really come to and makes the attraction to the game that much more obvious. The economy is about the same but there’s a ton of smog and everything’s really run-down. You can see why they would want to escape into an alternate reality. The game itself is not a matter of life and death and the rewards are much of what you would receive from streaming on Twitch. Monetary donations and the prestige of being Top Player.
Now, obviously, there are going to be some plot elements but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Even names. I have avoided those specifically because they all have a special meaning to them and I don’t want to give anything away. I would highly suggest teenagers to pick it up, especially if you like gamer oriented fiction. However, make sure you don’t judge how they depict the future. It’s not rainbows and unicorns but it’s pretty realistic.
I have been eagerly anticipating each episode as it comes out. They are decently long and don’t make you wait forever until the next one is out.
You can watch Haxor for free here: Webtoons.com
Tiny Tentacle is GracieKat’s teenage son and does reviews of YA books and webtoons for the site as often as he can around school and work. Also, Gracie kicked his butt in a recent site contest, so he needs to up his game if he wants to be the reigning King of All.