A dark visual mystery novel featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Two pursuable characters. Five endings. Welcome to the future.
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Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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“Analogue is a sit-up-and-take-notice achievement in storytelling, in interface, in research, in mechanics and in moral ambiguity.”
Alec Meer, Rock Paper Shotgun
“It was like watching a horror movie, knowing what was about to happen and curious only how awful the director’s willing to get. Love is not gratuitous but doesn’t disappoint – the fate of the Mugunghwa, and the event that precipitated it, is as valid as it is appalling.”
Matt Sakey, Tap-Repeatedly

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Includes two new costumes for the cosplaying AI *Hyun-ae: a scientist's lab coat, and the traditional hanbok that the Pale Bride wore.

About This Game

Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination. Thousands of years later, it has finally been found.

Uncover the mystery of what happened to the final generation aboard the generation ship Mugunghwa by reading through its dead crew's logs, with the help of a spunky AI sidekick! Two pursuable characters. Five endings. A dark visual novel that further extends the non-linear style of Digital: A Love Story in a mystery featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay.

Welcome to the future.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 80 MB
    • Video Card: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8 or later
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 80 MB
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 80 MB
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Although I had previously recommended this game on Steam, having recently finished my second full playthrough of Analogue: A Hate Story, I felt like I should accord it a proper review.

As an unabashed lore enthusiast, I must lead my review with praise for the world developer Christine Love created on board a generation ship lightyears into deep space. It is at once futuristic, yet historical; fantastical, yet grounded; beautiful, yet haunting. It is not the world which drew me to Analogue, but it is certainly what drew me into it, making me want to read more and more about it, learn more about its society and people, and see it from the perspective of each and every of its inhabitants.

In many ways, it had to be what drew me in, as it will have to be what draws in anyone who plays it: unravelling the mystery of what happened on board the Mugunghwa is, after all, the sole meat of the game. Fortunately, Love's talent for writing made engaging with her world an easy task, bringing it to life with skill both technical and poetic. Though the game presents the player with numerous logs, letters, transcripts, and diary entries, each stands apart from the next through the care with which it was written. Each word seems carefully and deliberately chosen to present the reader with the most information in the most concise package, painting the narrative—and everything and everyone in it—with vibrancy and depth. Love knows players will spend a lot of time reading, and she takes care to waste none of it.

Too, Love's understanding of the human psyche shines in the way Analogue's characters are brought to life. The AI constructs *Hyun-ae and *Mute, with whom the player interacts, reap the most visible benefits, and throughout the game I found myself caring for them, and empathizing with them, as though they were real. Yet even the characters we only read about in logs benefit here, each with their own unique personality and perspective. The style and tone with which each author writes reflects this, and aids the player in untangling Analogue's dense narrative.

Aside from the writing, I will also take a moment to praise the game's other perks. Isaac Schankler's beautiful soundtrack can be both catchy and poignant, and I've listened to it outside of the game countless times. Analogue's æsthetic is clean and refined in a way which puts to shame other visual novels, especially where the user interface is concerned. Finally, Love finds novel ways to utilize the Ren'Py engine's Python scripting system, and the game's sometime reliance on a command line interface certainly appealed to my inner nerd.

Although I have difficulty criticizing Analogue, I would be negligent if I pretended the mechanics of play lived up to the game's otherwise high standard. The foremost issue I have is the series of binary dialogue options the player must use in response to the AIs *Hyun-ae and *Mute. This is explained as a technical limitation on the part of the protagonist's computer interface with said AIs and their ship, and while this fiction might excuse the crudeness of the mechanic better than other visual novels do, it's made frustrating by the way the player's responses are framed by the game. The story's morals, while delivered skillfully and subtly by the main narrative, were regrettably let down whenever I was made to choose one of two responses, when I properly agreed with neither.

Nevertheless, this one complaint should not sour you to the plethora of good things Analogue: A Hate Story has going for it. Analogue is certainly my favorite video game of all time, and one I will recommend to anyone for whom it piques an interest.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
10/10 would continue my journey with waifus on Hate Plus.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I couldn't stop reading.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Very interesting story. At first I was like "What? Only two characters? What kind of a VN is this?", but then it turned out two AI's were more than enough.
Just one thing.
Future. Three hundreds of years have passed since people (even those of a particular country) managed to send a fully equipped ship with apparently thousands of people into space.
And when the emperor (wtf, emperor?) decides to remove Hyun-ae's tongue (I emphasize, it was planned, not just done out of wrath), her father-in-law just crudely cuts it out with a f*cking chef knife. No surgical table, no doctors, no sterility, no anaethetics, probably no suturing either, welcome to the 12th century. Do you seriously expect me to believe that?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Interesting story, if a bit confusing on the timeline scale of things.

Once you detach from that though, it's a very interesting and drama filled read. And being able to dress up your chosen waifu is fun too.

You can choose your protagonist's gender, which is a plus for me anyway.

Going to play the second game soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel unlike many others. You're presented with one objective: discover what happened to a certain ship, the Mugunghwa, through the logs of its dead crew. And of course, download said logs and get them to your employer. After all, you gotta get paid, ya' know?

But it goes deeper than that.

When I said it's unlike any others, I meant it. Unlike other VNs, you don't go to exotic locations, meet new characters, or stuff like that... all you got is a terminal. At least, at first. Because then, the cutest ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI you could ever meet comes to greet you, gives you a display, and the game goes on.

And boy, does it go on.

It may seem short (Took me 6 hours to 100% the game), but I promise it will be worth your while. With an amazing. and for some people, minimalistic (even though I think it's prefectly fine that way) cast, a deep, rich storyline, moments that will make you laugh, moments that will make you cry, and moments that wil make you feel dread, and doubt your own morals and opinions you had at the start of the game... Analogue: A Hate Story is a must-have, in my opinion. It's easy to get into, REALLY easy to get hooked, and immensely satisfying to play through until the end.

And it has a sequel, Hate Plus, so you'll be able to get even more of the amazing duo that is *Hyung-ae and *Mute!

Overall, I give this game, a 9 out of 10. It was an amazing experience, and I would certainly buy it again if I could.

What are you doing, reading this review?! If you've got a spare 10$, give this amazing VN a try!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This was a very interesting game!

It was a bit tough to get into at first, and I was certainly a bit confused at the beginning as to what was going on. But that's a part of the game itself: you piece together what is going on, and it all comes together! Very entertaining and attention-gripping!

Replay value is a little lacking, but it's a good story. Not sure if I would recommend it at full price, but definitely pick it up on a sale!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
The game is definitely a lot harder to get into than I would like, and I very nearly paused it, but I knew if I did I would never pick it up again, and it was rated so highly I trusted it to get better.. over 5 hours later... Yea I finished it in one sitting.

All I wanted to do was get to where it was interesting then stop, cause them I'd be able to pick it up again, but nah man, the story hooked me.

My complaint is definitely how hard it is to get into the story at the start, with just a bunch of uninteresting files of data to parse through... and the first block is pretty boring, but trust me, it gets far more interesting! Definitely worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
*Hyun-ae, you didn't do anything wrong.
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177 of 205 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Analogue: a Hate Story certainly isn't billed as a feminist game. It's creator, Christine Love, cheekily describes it as being more about transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Maybe that's true. All I can say is that as a man, the game struck me as unflinchingly feminist. Now, I don't mean that in a confrontational, all-men-are-♥♥♥♥♥♥-pigs straw feminist sort of way. Hell, maybe feminism is not even the right word for it, maybe it's just a game about female experiences presented matter-of-factly. Ladies, this may seem obvious to you. But to us males, this is a wholly unsettling and unexpected revelation.

The story as outlined is simple and humble enough. You, a private detective (in space!), travel to a recently discovered wreck of a space ship, which had been previously lost for thousands of years. This ship once held an entire nation of people as it traveled to a distant planet. Somewhere along the way, the ship's inhabitants died out completely. It's up to you to sift through the ship's computer data (with the help of artificial intelligence friends) to discover the fate of the lost nation.

If you're like me, that story sounds fairly pedestrian so far, right? But the ship's recovered computer logs tell a much different, much more personal story.

Over thousands of years, this isolated society has regressed in both education and culture to the whereabouts of 15th century Korea. Despite living on an impressive space-faring vessel, and being assisted by futuristic artificial intelligences, its inhabitants are mostly simple farm folk who know little of the ship, or the universe, around them. And just like in 15th century Korea, conditions for women are horrifyingly bad.

The AIs ask you personal questions throughout the game, such as who you are, where you're from, and whether or not you've visited Pyonyang. You know, getting-to-know-you stuff. The first time I played through, I was asked if I was a male or female, and I answered honestly. I played through the game, and that normally would have been the end of it. However, there's a Steam achievement for playing through a particular ending as both a male and a female, so I played the same ending again. As a female, the writing changes. In this new scene, it was all I could do to not reach through the computer monitor and slap that AI around until the smug falls out.

This AI's dialogue is fairly standard and neutral as a male, while as a female, the AI's dialogue is condescending and dismissive of everything you say. As a male, this concept that I could be disregarded so easily was a bit shocking.

Is Analogue a FUN game? By no means. In fact, there's a race-against-the-clock mission (in a visual novel!) that really should have been heavily altered. But its story is solid, and compelling enough to make you overlook its flaws. Even weeks later, the story stuck with me, haunting me, making me question every interaction I've ever had with women over the course of my life.

TL;DR - Do you like reading? Play this game. It's important.
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 28
Surprisingly engaging and dramatic sci-fi story for such a short game, a welcome change from the generic silly dating VNs we see so often on Steam. If you liked Cursed Sight you'll love this game.
If you're looking for romance there's that too; only two characters but both great AIfus.
A bit short but worth a buy.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 25
This is a really good book.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
Screw that, I'm not gonna read all that ♥♥♥♥.
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8.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
Holy ♥♥♥♥, what a journey.
I mean, the story is just so well done, the pacing is just superb. Just enough filler to keep you engaged so that when something important does come up, it feels all the more significant. The twists felt well built up to, and many of the characters felt like they had unique perspective, which is very difficult to pull off as well as Christine Love did. Really on a technical sense, there are generally very few bad things, and even those are just the smallest grammar nitpicks.
But the story itself is amazing. I wouldn't want to spoil anything, but I only want to say that it is extrordinarily tragic. Romeo and Juliet (to pull the easiest metaphor) never knew such hopelessness, I swear. The two main characters give such a different perspective from each other concerning the events that I honestly think that it just would not have worked without either one of them.
The only issues I have are a minor bug concerning getting the 100% log completion and that it was a bit short; I passed the game in 2 sittings, 4 hours total (but I am a fast reader.) The rest of the time I spent trying to complete it without looking up walkthroughs, which did double my playtime.
All in all though, an amazing experience that will stay with me for a long time. Seriously get this (also the soundtrack. It's definitely worth it.)
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
The story is quite good, and the way it is presented quite engaging, you have to dig out logs in a computer to understand little by little what happened on this place, multiple endings and beautiful writting make this a experience worth reading.

WARNING: this is on the heavier side of READING, little to no sprites and scenes as most of its story is presented through text logs.

Nice writting, intriguing plot, short game, like 2-3 hours long with all the endings unlocked, recommended but not for full price.
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