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 (924 reviews)
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

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
95 of 111 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 29 people (76%) 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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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
One of the few visual novels that let you ♥♥♥♥ around with a space ship's controls, investigate the disapearence of said ship's crewmembers, and perhaps most importantly of all: allow you to dress up a kawaii AI :3
10/10 One of the best Visual Novels on steam ^^
Posted: May 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
"Analogue: A Hate Story" is a fantastic spiritual successor (& juxtaposed title) to "Digital: A Love Story" (& to a smaller extent; "don't take this personally, babe, it just aint your story"). Like Digital, the entire game is presented on a computer screen, though Analogue is a lot more futuristic while Digital is set on a retro 1980s computer.
You learn about what happened on the Mugunghwa, a lost colony ship in space, through reading various logs from a dystopian era - its last days. Parallel to uncovering these details, you interact with the two remaining AIs on the ship who help you discover more logs, add commentary & befriend you.
A very well made game - it even has a reference list, showing that a lot of research was done on the Korean Joseon era. It touches upon themes like Transhumanism (humans living with & relying upon technology as a necessity), Traditional Marriage (concubines & polygamy), Loneliness, Interpersonal Relationships & (in one set of logs) Gay/Lesbian issues.
If you liked "Digital: A Love Story" (& optionally; "don't take this persoanlly, babe, it just aint your story") then you'll most likely like this game too. It presents a setting & a centuries-old era that you learn about through two forms of interaction (reading logs & interacting with AIs) whereas Digital was more about trying out the internet for the first time & getting involved in a hacking-conflict-love-story. If you haven't played Digital, this game will still hold up with its fascinating story.
Posted: June 20
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