About HacknPlan

HacknPlan is a project management software that helps businesses streamline game production and development. It lets stakeholders combine game design documentation and project management into a distinctive game production tool, offering a semantic approach to effectively structure, plan, and monitor the game's development progress.


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Vincent
Vincent
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Made for Game Development

Reviewed on 2023/10/27

It's been great. We've tried a lot of different approaches to task tracking (which was possible due...

It's been great. We've tried a lot of different approaches to task tracking (which was possible due to the flexibility of the tool) and always found a good fit for each project/team.

Pros

I really like the Design Model. We have all our game design in the Design Model and all the tasks connected to it. This system makes it much easier to communicate information to all team members working on a feature simultaneously. The Kanban board is also very clean-looking and can be customized to fit each project's pipeline.

Cons

I've had a few bugs with the software, but they were fixed within a day after contacting support.

Alternatives Considered

Jira, Trello and monday.com

Reasons for Choosing HacknPlan

They were great for programmers, but HackNPlan works better for diverse teams with multiple disciplines.

Switched From

Jira and iceScrum

Reasons for Switching to HacknPlan

It seemed more focused on game development and had great E-Mail support when I wrote them.
Marcelo
Marcelo
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for Free Trial
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Powerfull but frightening tool

Reviewed on 2022/05/05

It was simply too much, half the way when i was setting up everything i just surrendered and think...

It was simply too much, half the way when i was setting up everything i just surrendered and think to myself "i ratter go to clickup or Jira"

Pros

Hack n' Plan is really a complete tool, it has every function you wish you had in your hand.

Cons

It has for me a great fault, it is a huge overkill for an indie dev like myself and it is very expensive also, and if i was a Big Triple A dev i would simply use Jira. It is too big for a indie and too small for a big company, it stay in the valley between two possible target users and doesnt get suit and focus on one.

Alternatives Considered

Jira and ClickUp

Reasons for Choosing HacknPlan

I wanted a more in depth tool for managing a team, i really loe codecks, but when the scope gets too big the codecks managment becomes kinda messy.

Reasons for Switching to HacknPlan

I experimented Hack n' Plan because it sell itself as a Game Desvelopment orientated tool, and as a indie company without a proper Scrummaster i thought it was for me.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Used for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

So nearly great

Reviewed on 2018/07/16

We found this software slow, and clunky to use. Although it's absolutely bespoke to games developmen...

We found this software slow, and clunky to use. Although it's absolutely bespoke to games development and has naming conventions we can all understand and get behind, sadly it's not well enough developed to be a truly reliable and useful system.

Pros

For many years, games developers have had to suffer the wrath of the "project manager", the traditional ways of software development rules and law. Waterfall this, and MS project that.

Because games development is such a creative environment, traditional methods of tracking progress simply don't work. Tasks can repeat, tasks can simply disappear because they are no longer relevant, when you start you simply don't know where the end point will be. Nine times out of ten, you're not sure what you're actually doing.

This all sounds like chaos? Right? So what you need is a really simple way of tracking the things your team are doing, broken down by discipline, with a centralised way of keeping everyone on the same page with the current ideas and concepts of your magnum opus.

Along comes hacknplan, created and used by games developers, that should be perfect right? They've made games before so know "how it is" and will be able to make a software system that is bespoke to games development.

They almost get there too, there's a central design repository that is great for keeping your projects latest and greatest documentation in, and then tasks can be easily managed per discipline. Overall it's nearly right, but see my cons section for where it all falls a bit short.

Cons

My biggest problems with Hack N Plan is that the trial / base version of the software is far too lightweight to be useful, and then the gap to the paid tiers, simply is too big. It's expensive for what it does, and we found the website to be slow and unresponsive (at best) without any mobile app integrations.

But also, we found it has a problem with "mouse click verbosity" (for want of a better term) - it literally does *nothing* for you automatically on the lower tiers. Want to set a start and end date for a task? that'll be 7 mouse clicks to you kind sir, want to copy a task and rename it? Okay, we'll append the world "CLONE OF original task" to the name of the task and you'll have to manually edit this out every single time.

There's so much right with this software, but you can easily tell it's not made by a team of 100 software developers in Southern California. It's made by a small team who aren't implementing features or fixes anywhere near fast enough for professional games development teams to have full confidence in it's platform.

It's project reporting tools are also, not good enough for the amount of effort that is required to on-board the entire studio onto the platform. The output is simply not equal to the amount of effort it requires to do even the basics.

Giacomo
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

[FREE VERSION] An awesome tool for Game Design

Reviewed on 2023/12/15

[FREE VERSION]
Absolutely advised especially for a first-time implementation of Agile mindset in a...

[FREE VERSION]
Absolutely advised especially for a first-time implementation of Agile mindset in a project, more advanced managers may find the paid version more complete but I found all I needed, and all my team learned to use this tool very quickly, even those with no interest or past experience with team management.

Pros

Almost everything is user-friendly and quick to learn, the interface is clear and the features are perfect even in the Free version. As a GD student, I found extremely useful the fact that the tool is already fully configured to develop a videogame using the Scrum methodology, with Tasks, User Stories, Velocity calculation and so on. Just Awesome, saved us a whole bunch of time.

Cons

Honestly, nothing worth mentioning so far.

Alternatives Considered

Jira, Trello and ClickUp

Reasons for Switching to HacknPlan

Because HacknPlan presented the exact features we needed to work using Scrum, or at least it was the only one to show them in a clear and accessible way, so that even "novices" like us recognized them and learnt how to use them properly in no time.
Jacob
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Very slick project management tool

Reviewed on 2023/10/27

Very pleased with this software so far! Highly recommend for smaller teams. Great pice point.

Very pleased with this software so far! Highly recommend for smaller teams. Great pice point.

Pros

Simplicity is it's strength. The GUI interface is very friendly. It might be overwhelming first time but it's nothing compared to overpriced jira for example. It has all functionality you need to run the project and schedule it properly.

Cons

Still need some improvement with for instance Discord integration which is very crucial in game development community. Wish it has app version as well.

Alternatives Considered

Jira

Reasons for Switching to HacknPlan

Overall accessibility and design of the product gui.
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HacknPlan FAQs

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HacknPlan offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: €5,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

HacknPlan has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

HacknPlan supports the following languages:

English

HacknPlan supports the following devices:

HacknPlan integrates with the following applications:

Bitbucket, GitHub, GitLab, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Slack

HacknPlan offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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