In addition to allowing the Stores to be used again, Store Hacking also claims territory for City Takeover.
- Cache = 1000 + 50*level
The Cache awarded starts at 1000, and increases by $50 each hack.
The Cache awarded for the final Store is therefore 2650, and the total Cash for hacking all stores is 62050.
- XP = 150 + 7.5*level (rounded down)
The XP awarded starts and 150, and increases by 7.5 each hack.
The XP awarded for the final Store is therefore 397, and the total XP for hacking all stores is 9307.
Each data access circuit is made up of a grid of empty slots:
Hacking nodes must be placed into the slots to complete the circuit between the marked positions:
There are 34 Stores, and 34 different data access circuit layouts. The layouts are numbered, from 0 to 33, and the number is displayed in the top left corner of the screen while hacking.
The order of data access circuit layouts is sequential. They are not random, and are not tied to any particular Store, so the 7th Store hacked is always the same circuit, no matter which Store is being hacked.
- The first 10 levels use a 4x4 grid, the next 12 use a 5x5 grid, the final 12 use a 6x6 grid.
- There are 6 types of Hacking Nodes: the number and availability of each vary between levels.
- Some locations in the circuit are obstructed and cannot be used:
- Like many full screen interfaces in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV, the world does not pause, and The Protagonist may still be attacked by enemies. Each attack deducts about 10 to 11 seconds from the timer.
- Store Hacking is based on the game Pipe Dream.
- If all Stores are hacked before "Hack the Planet", it is possible to glitch the game and get 35/34 Stores hacked.[screenshot?]
- If the timer runs out, the hack fails and a two-star Notoriety level is given.