The last people on Earth are buried deep within the center of the earth, trapped in the bowels of an insane computer for the past hundred and nine years. Gorrister the suicidal loner. Benny the mutilated brute. Ellen the hysterical phobic. Nimdok the secretive sadist. Ted the cynical paranoid. It's time for them to play a little game...
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream plunges you into a harrowing adventure deep within the belly of an electronic beast. Uncover the last humans' deepest, darkest secrets. Defend yourself against AM's continuous psychological onslaught. Solve the riddles of the past and perhaps free yourself from AM's clutches once and for all in an adventure you'll never forget!
Please be advised that the game contains disturbing imagery and should not be played by minors.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later.Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 1 GB Graphics: 256 MB of video RAM Hard drive space: 1 GB Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Posted on 2013-09-05 06:24:40 byDeus_Ex:
I will start this review by admitting that I am a bit biased towards this game. I loved the original short story written by Ellison and when this game came out ages ago I was probably one of the first to buy it.
Our story starts off with human subjects living inside the mind of a sadistic artificial intelligence called AM. AM takes great pleasure in making the last surviving personasread more of human consciousness suffer by manipulating the matrix-like virtual realities they live in.
You will start by selecting a character to play. The game plays like a traditional point'n'click game, with inventory puzzles and clicking on everything when you get stuck hoping you'll find something that will let you continue the story. There were a number of bugs with the original release, and I remember reading that certain versions of the game couldn't be completed because one of the main characters was missing from those releases due to being very similar to/being a nazi. Hopefully this is the uncensored version and the bugs have been fixed!
Back to the positive, great writing and great voice acting. I really liked the story and the characters were well written. I enjoyed the game despite its bugs and some weird gameplay choices. The bottom line is that if you like horror/psychological games and/or adventure games, you will probably enjoy this one as well. Just don't play this right before going to sleep!
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Posted on 2013-09-05 14:20:58 bydeadline:
I played this game when it came out - I still have the original packaging sitting here on my shelf. I debated whether to give this game 4 or 5 stars. On the one hand it is not as good as some of the very best adventure games, such as Gabriel Knight 1 and 2, or The Longest Journey. However I decided on the higher rating based on the strength of the source material and its uniquenessread more in being a well-done point and click adventure with decidedly adult themes and situations.
When this game was announced I was in college and I had never heard of Harlan Ellison or this story. If you have not read it I strongly recommend you do so as it is fantastic - don't worry it won't spoil the game. For that reason alone I have positive feelings for this game as it introduced me to an author and his collection of work that I now very much enjoy.
The great thing about the game is that it is not a simple retread of the original story (which is rather short and would not supply enough material for a game of this length). Rather, it delves deeper into the backgrounds and personalities of each individual character. Why did AM choose these particular people? What is it about their pasts or their personalities that he chooses to exploit against them?
For those interested there was a fantastic article a while back in Game Informer about the making of this game, focusing on the writer and his collaboration with the notoriously difficult Ellison.
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Posted on 2013-09-05 06:33:22 bytrusteft:
Seriously. Yes there are some graphics violence and disturbing pictures, but the worse is the theme and script in this game. They are superb for its time and very adult in nature.
A more or less classic point and click adventure game in a sci fi setting. You are among the last people in the world and you are being mind....tortured by an intelligence which you might as well callread more the ultimate evil remaining. Or is it?
An easy to play but hard to master game with tough puzzles and not for those who don't have experience in hard adventure games. Unless of course you really want, who am I to stop you?
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