A dark visual mystery novel featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Two pursuable characters. Five endings. Welcome to the future.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (927 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"A short but intriguing sci-fi mystery. The story is explained through ship logs so...I hope you love to read!"

Reviews

“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

Just Updated

Now includes the Science and Tradition DLC

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

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    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
As a book only, Analogue's story would be unimpressive. As a game, there would hardly be any gameplay to speak of. But put the two together in the right way and you got yourself one of the most immersive experiences ever narrated. This thing should become a genre. Analogue is a rich experience as it is, but, for the most part, it only hints at what this genre could offer. If only more people would give it a go.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
This was amazing, but I'll start with a few criticisms: The game was a bit short for its (full) price (I got it on sale), the interface was clunky, and it was a bit predictable at times-- I usually found myself figuring out a mystery several letters before the reveal.

Now, with that out of the way, the story is really good. Male readers may find the story slightly too much aimed at a female audience, but, hey, you kinda had that coming after every other non-yaoi VN ever. Regardless, *Hyun-ae is an incredibly compelling character who also has proper emotional reactions for a teenager-- isntead of just being treated as a small, cute, naiive adult.

Where it really shines, though, is how it has a completely unique narrative style-- you progress through the game by reading letters and then showing them to *Hyun-ae or *Mute-- it feels like a cross between Phoenix Wright and Nabokov's Pale Fire. And while you can argue that the story isn't as good as either of those, the fact that there's even an argument to be made between this and a novel routinely listed in lists of top 100 novels ever written shows soemthing amazing about it.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
As a fan of Christine Love's work, I was surprised that I hadn't bought this game sooner. I do not regret my decision though, as I quite enjoyed this Visual Novel. The interface and interactions are unique in a way that makes the game very enjoyable. I can't wait to play the next one.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Analogue: A Hate Story is a wonderful exercise in interactive storytelling. The world is rich, the characters are memorable, and the plot is great. This one is certainly worth a buy.
Posted: October 2
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Text-based, command-prompt-driven investigation into the disappearance of a long lost earth colony ship.

Surprisingly engaging for what is essentially a look into gender disparity within an era of Korean society. And an opportunity to dress up an artifical woman in various cosplays.

Also contains a very intense dos-based puzzle segment!

I found this to be a very immersive game, and it made me feel feelings.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
6/10

I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, believing that the concept had legs, but it was just Chuck Testa.

10/10 for Chuck Testa fooling me into thinking this game was alive.
Posted: October 12
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
a game about seducing a computer program with binary dialog choices.

3/10
Posted: October 9
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Self-serving garbage made by a homophobic bully that leveraged personal relationships for positive coverage.

Only recommend if you sincerely hate yourself and wish to support a hateful bully.
Posted: October 10
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6.6 hrs on record
Very good game in which you discover the back story of the people who lived on a now empty ship by looking through logs. There are some choices to be made and a little bit of puzzle solving but it is mainly about the story rather than gameplay. Would definitely recommend if you like a detailed story with a dark twist.
Posted: September 28
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1.3 hrs on record
it doesnt even hate
Posted: October 1
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5.7 hrs on record
One of the best visual novels I have played, with amazing, excellent and even heartbreaking history with great characters in a depth and rich setting, which you experience as read files for a ship long lost in space while in company of an AI. I know what I just said might sound vague, but I won´t risk spoiling anything, because I really worth see it yourself.
Posted: September 25
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4.8 hrs on record
This game has a very rich story and is a great way to relax and feel happy. It has a dark part to it but i thought that it ended up amazing!
Posted: October 11
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5.0 hrs on record
I've read a few visual novels. But this is a special visual novel, it is not as simple as the others. But first things first.
The most important difference that makes this novel special - "interaction" with the novel. Or gameplay, here as you like (although some players will eat me for using the words "visual novel" and "gameplay" in the same sentence.
Dialogues are few, and all communication is reduced to reading records found on the ship and opened in time. In other words - a short story by 95% consists of reading various diaries, finding interrelations between them, and which is necessary for an understanding of what is it that happened in the game.
And the plot is interesting. We - aerospace engineer, who flew to study the missing ship.
And the plot is interesting. We - aerospace engineer, who flew to study the missing ship. Here the developers have tried and we have a fairly extensive functional interactions with the ship itself and existing records - work with artificial intelligence ship, switching various triggers of very interesting work with the functions and much more.
And the end - this is the culmination of all that we, as an aerospace engineer, can do.
However, despite an interesting story, I would recommend this visual novel only to those who already have an extensive view of the games of this genre. There's a lot of information, especially about the relationship between the members of the ship, and it is difficult to handle with it. For a beginner.

We now turn to a more subjective facts.

Scenario: 8/10
VERY cool story that has serious connotations relating to our reality with you. Spoils a great script, only one thing - the same name and very strained description. I was confused in the names and had to read descriptions many, many, MANY times.

Characters: 10/10
I fell in love with them. Really liked these characters. About protagonist knows nothing, but it is only does that get used to the role. Characters of girls worked out perfectly, and their story is very interesting and touching.

Graphics: 7/10
Lovely character sprites, the interface "operating system" and... That's all. There's nothing else here, the background is almost always the same.

Sound: 6/10
Honestly - could have been better. But thanks to the fact that the sound is not irritating and does not distract from reading the notes. There is no voice acting.

And a little notice: there is no erotic component in here :)

So, this novel is pretty good, I can honestly recomend it for experienced players. If you are a beginner - of course, you can try, but you'v been warned above.

Good luck, and have fun!
Posted: October 11
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6.2 hrs on record
They made two of these, They need to make 200.
Posted: October 11
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0.2 hrs on record
A single playthrough is all you need, good game overall
Posted: October 15
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9.1 hrs on record
A sad life hacking game with shocking stories
Would be really terrific if theres a season pass DLC
kinda like making a new season or episode DLC
Anyways , 9/10
Posted: October 21
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30.2 hrs on record
ONe of the best Visual Novels I've played great scifi mystery that really needs you to do both paths to get.
Posted: October 24
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98 of 114 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 19
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
An interesting and heartbreaking interactive fiction game. Explores some pretty deep themes - sexism, being queer - in a sci-fi colony ship. Well done.
Posted: July 29
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
A heartwrenching story full of mystery and discovery. Reccmended for anyone who wants a tale with feminist overtones without having to sacrifice entertainment for a message.
Posted: June 19
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