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Enter the SysMan Hero

Don’t tell your manager about the SolarWinds SysMan Hero browser game

Blow stuff up, virtually

Got a sudden urge to shoot aliens but you’re stuck in a meeting and need to look like you’re working? SolarWinds has you covered with their new SysMan Hero! game.  That's right, SolarWinds is launching a game…  not another free tool or product, just something fun to help you get through the day, blow off some steam, etc. It’s a blast and plays in your browser right over your favorite web pages.  It’s easy to get started and the gameplay is classic and engrossing enough to keep your attention.


Sysman Hero is an overhead 2D shooter, with combined elements from arcade vector classics, and it feels familiar right away.  It’s also web based there’s nothing to install- just click and go.  You start by choosing your hero (and a spaceship), and then use rotation, thrusters, shields and your blaster to zap space bugs before they eat you and your web page.  The intro level is deceptively easy and provides a warm and as it turns out, unwarranted, sense of mastery.  Make no mistake; SysMan Hero can light you up in the rounds beyond.  I thought this was just for grins at the beginning, but ten minutes later the springs in my spacebar were begging for mercy.

What are you waiting for?

There’s nothing to download so check out SysMan Hero now right here ( and let me know what you think. There is a space () in thwack dedicated to the game (feedback, share some tips, give us suggestions for future enhancements).  And, keep an eye out for additional one day bonuses and inter-community challenges. 

No one will know you’re playing a game over the company website.  Be warned a couple minutes later your mad clicking and arm twitches may give you away. If your manager asks what you’re working on, just tell him the truth, you’re squashing bugs.


Just found my way here, I will take the fight to those web-eating bugs! =B']


wow...I totally missed this one.

"The only good bug is a dead bug.... would you like to know more ?"

I missed it too, how does this happen, i think there needs to be a Super subscribe so i can get every feed from Solarwinds.


it is three years old and I was just a padawan thwacker at the time.

About the Author
I'm the Head Geek and technical marketing director at SolarWinds, (which basically means I'm an mature geek in the services of the product team). When I say geek I mean Geek, with extreme prejudice. I started writing assembly on my Apple II, got a BITNET email account in 1984, ran a BBS @ 300 baud, survived X.25, abused Token Ring, got some JavaScript award love in '96, and my hack flight notification service still backs Along the way in various jobs I’ve been a developer, SE, PM, PMM, and now principal evangelist. (Let us all join hands around the server.) Over 10 years at SolarWinds I’ve hatched our online live demo systems, managed the SolarWinds Certified Professional program, launched the Head Geek program, helmed SolarWinds Lab and THWACKcamp, and these days I’m focused on the hairball that is Hybrid IT, Cloud, DevOps and helping IT admins learn new skills not just to manage increasing complexity, but accelerate their careers. I’m always looking for new and more fiendish ways to use our products- just like our customers. And when I have a few spare minutes I fly a little when the weather is good.