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 (950 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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"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

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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

Windows
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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I will start off by saying that I am a great lover of Visual Novels and games of the sort.

I will admit that coming into Analogue: A Hate Story, I was fairly skeptical and I wasn't sure what to make of it. The only real negative was that I found the game did not make it very easy to get into and I felt like the user interface was a little bit unclear in sections. A factor that I have no doubt would initially put people off.

Little did I know that later on I would come to the conclusion that this game is worth every second I invested into it. The story is incredible once you have managed to piece things together and after some time you begin to learn new things and discover new secrets. The level of depth and thought that has gone into the creation of this game is incredible and I would reccommend everybody to play it. There are some fun little additionals which are added into the game through the use of the command centre, which is a nice little addition which I haven't seen implemented in too many others.

At £6.99 it is incredibly reasonable for a visual novel and there isn't really a good excuse not to buy it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Maybe the Metacritic rating is the real Hate Story here. Zing.

Seriously, I enjoyed this (and the sequel) personally and don't get the low score, but I know these are not for everyone. Subject material gets pretty dark You'll probalby like it if you're into most visual novels or have played any of the author's other games. She has some available free on here site if you're not sure.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
So badly written. Setting aside the tedious and irrelevant walls of text, there is a real problem with the painfully obvious forced aesop. Sexism, especially in the historical context, is a very complicated subject that this game butchers horribly as it reduces it to straw caricaturisations, in a "women are so dumb lol" sort of way. Real sexism is much more nuanced and subtle and complex, and that's what makes it such an interesting and powerful subject. The game is none of those things. It also never explains why a highly-advanced sentient AI which is obviously capable of extremely large calculations would develop misogynous beliefs based on confirmation and statistical bias, or why a patriarchy would suddenly arise in a sovereign society that is free from warfare, predators, disease, natural disasters, and economic scarcity in the first place.
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel in which you try to uncover what happened to a lost spaceship and more importantly, it's crew. The story is presented via numerous documents and two A.I.s who also serve as pursuable love interests, all the while trying to influence the player's decisions. The experience is quite short-lived, which feels weird, considering that the story is clearly trying to emotionally influence you and centers around some fairly dark themes. More often than not though, these are presented in a pretty hamfisted way and the addition of extremely stylized characters makes for quite a mixed-bag overall.

Apart from an input-based sequence I encountered right at the end, there really is not any gameplay to speak of. The soundtrack served it's purpose as background music for you to read notes too but that's it. And finally, there are several different endings and achivements to obtain.

Most of this should not be news to any Visual Novel aficionado out there but rather maybe serve as a warning to anyone looking for a different experience. So for anyone interested in a decent enough VN, I would recommend getting this game on sale because even considering possible replayability-incentives, it's a very short-lived tale. Overall though, I will not recommend this game to a general audience which is most likely looking for more game and less novel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
A wonderful way to spend an evening. It has a good soundtrack, tho I wish there were a few more tracks to it. It does an excellent job of using the music to adjust your mood between scenes. It is a lot of reading.
I haven't found my way to all the endings yet, but I don't care. No matter what you do the characters really do come to life. Instead of feeling like I was reading descriptions of people's lives I felt that I was reading a well-written book and could imagine all the characters and how their daily lives looked.
I was pretty completely surprised by one turn of events that I honestly had no idea was coming and it really felt like a genuine shock rather than just observing a cut-scene in a game that just pulls you out of the moment to watch something.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a cute little game which highlights issues of misogyny and equity in culture.

You play as a lone space explorer who prefers taking contracts where they won't be bothered by lots of people. Your current job is to find out what happened to an ancient ship and its inhabitants. Once there, you hook up to the ships communications systems and meet two A.I. Talking with them gives you hints and clues about the ships history.

This is more of an interactive visual novel than a "proper" game, although there is a bit of challenge at one point as well as several different possible endings. The graphics are good, the story line interesting, and the way it's all presented to the player works really well.

Overall, I would recommend this game if you like anime, oriental cultures, and visual novels.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
good visual novel. nice endings. space korea.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A visual novel that comes 95% as a novel. There's the command line for 2%, and 2AI's for the other 2%, and 1% as you try to unlock all the logs (and endings). There's barely any music, you stick to the same scene 98% of the time (once midway when danger hits, and then the ending screen), and despite all it's reading, overall as a game it's short.

I got 98% of the logs (all but 1). And I doubt I'll go on to it's follow up game Hate Plus unless I choose to finish what I started entirely = =.

If you're not in to visual novels, please don't get this game. If you're in to it's themes, or learning about them or experiences involving them - mysoginy, sexism, ofc add feminism, even lesbianism - then you might want this game. The themes are a little dark, but barely perverted (thinking 50 shades here. Far from it) . Depending on YOU, it'll be emotionally charging--wasn't deep enough for me. Especially with idiot men and most ( not all) women the same. But I stress, that's the most you'll want it for...reading an author's perspective on such. Not much of the game itself =_=, in action, visuals, routes--ultimately even decision making is ruined, as you need more info regardless!!

The most interesting thing to me? Having to be only able to say yes or no to the AI's. I found it an odd irony: threshing out the integrity and dignity of women, yet so often only being able to go fire or ice on the subjects.

If reading's your jam and you're feeling feminism hype( as opposed anything w/o fem. hype, including being a feminist. Ikr), come along. Otherwise, cya around space cowboy
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Oh the feels. Good game.
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10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Great story, good art, and fun gameplay (the console is so cool!).
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A very good, if text-heavy visual novel style game. The plot unfolds almost entirely through text, so if you do not enjoy having to do alot of reading, you may want to skip this game. Otherwise, it is an enjoyable read, with very good music, and a clever, attractive GUI.

The plot itself is good, but not exceptional; the power of the game is instead in the execution. The plot may be quite simple, and some character interactions are predictable, yet there is so much beauty and sorrow in this earnestness. Analogue is at its core a vulnerable, self-aware tale; one of redemption, repression, and the very human desire for someone to legitimise your beliefs and your actions. If you give it credit, and go into it realizing that it has two faces, you will find a pleasant intelligence in both its seriousness and self-referential humor.

The creator has also consistently delivered solid games, and several of them are free, so if you do enjoy Analogue, definitely try them out.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel where you play an explorer/salvager working your way through database logs on an abandoned starship, attempting to figure out how all its inhabitants passed away.

As visual novels are all about the story, it's difficult to say much more about the game without reducing the experience of the player. The majority of interaction takes place speaking with sentient AI on the ship, with communication limited to a few binary (yes/no) prompts and sharing specific information. The story is told via the ships' logs being revealed from this communication with the AI. In addition, there is a small amount of (sometimes timed) interaction via a terminal interface, akin to DOS/UNIX operating systems.

The story is decently told and interesting, if containing a bit of distracting and extraneous detail at times. I will admit to some personal dissatisfaction at the ending/final revelation, which has left me a little uncertain as to how I feel about the game. Ultimately, I think the experience is worth a look if you're into and enjoy visual novels, but this probably wouldn't make for the best visual novel for someone to experience.
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104 of 124 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
An interesting and heartbreaking interactive fiction game. Explores some pretty deep themes - sexism, being queer - in a sci-fi colony ship. Well done.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I wont spoil the ending, but the creators ideaology is pushed onto you as the "right" way to do things. I actually got a game over cause I refused to justify the what occurs to one of the characters. I had enjoyed it up till that point, but it really soured what had been a interesting story at the very end with this.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
"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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Heavy on the novel and light on the visual: Hate Story is ostensibly a quest for the truth about what happened to the generation ship Mugunghwa, but the ship itself is simply the setting for more singular tragedies. The real goal of Hate Story is to understand the two AIs left on the Mugunghwa and the people who shaped their lives.

Dark in some places, saccharine in others, the tone shifts throughout the game but I never found myself experiencing whiplash... And for a detective story - a mystery, which means you should be kept guessing most of the arc - Hate Story's plot is telegraphed early on. But that you can see the answers coming is not necessarily a negative; not all stories are measured by their plots, instead by how they make the player feel, and Hate Story managed to engage my gooey center. I empathized with not just the AIs but also many of the background characters mentioned in the log files the AIs provide you with.

At the end of the day, whether you would enjoy Hate Story or not has more to do with you than the game itself. It’s a polished experience, but if you don’t enjoy reading for hours at a time or hard science fiction blended with a westerner’s anime aesthetic, than their are other visual novel games out there for you.

I’ll put it another way: Hate Story is about people’s stories, the player is almost an observer for most of the game. You ultimately decide the two AIs fate, but there’s little leeway in the endings, which Hate Story boasts five of them... Except the differences in those endings are shallow and not very rewarding, so you’re playing this game to take in a story and not so much to play an rpg (Don’t expect a paragon or renegade meter to pop up.)

I would recommend Analogue: A Hate Story with the caveat that it’s not a romance simulator (although there is some of that); it’s not an action game (hope you’re not turned off by terminal windows, because_get_use *to-this, and entering commands are as close as it gets to combat); and it’s going to, at the max, last you four to five hours - that’s how long it took me to 100% the game and get all the achievements, and I’m not someone who makes a habit of speed clearing games.

I could say more, specifically about the story, but spoilers are the suck.

peace
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This game was very Intense

It's Dark and Emotional plot has more than once had my Blood Boiling from certain aspects, Deeply Sympathetic from others.
This was my first Visual Novel and never usually Pick something like this as a first pick, However my fears that i had starting it up, were quickly replaced with a desire to explore more of the Visual novel.

The plot itself left me Pondering if such an event could of been Salvaged further than it has been so. The Political aspects were very Intense in how they were carried out. The thought of this being a valid possibilty has struck me more than once during my run through it. Yet i enjoyed the Story itself, despite what has happened.

Regarding the two Characters you see throughout the story, they are too Life-like to be regarded as just AI (One having more reason to be more so than another). From the Refined and Pleasent Persona of *Hyun-ae, To the Feisty but yet Proud *Mute, these two "AI" are two girls that are able to relate to a wide Audience for many different reasons.

I could talk alot more about this game, from the Intense Curveball that is thrown at you, to being forced to pick between two sides.

All in all, This VN Deserves more Attention than it gets in my Opinion.

Would i recommend it?

Y.E.S

Final Score 9.8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
At first, I was pretty bored, the text and names blurring together (it didn't help that I just stopped playing Super Hexagon), but after a little bit, I was absolutely engrossed and played for a couple hours straight. It's very innovative and I'm so glad I bought this, despite the criticisms I've heard. I'm a casual fan of visual novels and I've never been as compelled by one.

Not only compelling, but a very educational retelling of a morally abhorrent era.
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