I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Ellison which I wasn't aware of until playing this game. I have since added the book to my Amazon wishlist to read in the near future.
The game is a horror-themed point and click adventure released in 1995 and has various elements that classify it as a weird type of horror game. The title alone should raise interest in almost everyone who hasn't played the game and since it is quite hard to find a physical copy of the PC or DOS versions of the game, Steam is the easiest method of acquiring it. For those thinking of purchasing a physical copy you will need a copy from around 1995 or an IBM compatible PC as stated in the game's specs. However, the Steam version is the DOS version of the game and runs through a software emulation called DOS Box which can be used to play other DOS games(such as System Shock). This means that the game ran seamlessly on my Windows 7 Professional 64-bit machine.
The game allows you to play as each of 5 players which I will briefly describe. Benny is a mutilated brute, Ellen is a professional engineer who has a hysteric phobia of the colour yellow, Nimdok is an old man with an amusingly voice-acted foreign accent who is conducting a sadistic experiment at a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, Gorrister who is a suicidal loner haunted by what happened to his wife, and finally Ted who is a cynical paranoid. The basic story is centred around these 5 beings who have been held captive against their will for the past 109 years or so by a very creepy computer name AM (Applied Mastercomputer) who was implanted by nations into the centre of the earth. AM wants to play a game with each of the 5 and tests them in a way as to the decisions they make during their adventures.
Each character has a unique adventure with some of them such as Nimdok's being considerably short. The adventures presented by each individual will present the player with puzzles and clues which they will have to figure out by using their brains or through a walkthrough. The game can be quite unforgiving based on the choices the player makes and will force them to restart the character's story. However, the save system implemented in the game allows you to overcome this by regularly saving and loading. The game's save icon represented by a floppy disc starts to spin when the player hasn't saved in a while which is a neat feature. The game exhibits the standard mechanics of a point and click adventure game with a range of options to choose from and being able to explore through just clicking either left or right mouse button. Using all the options you can concatenate sentences together which will command the character and depending on the context make them interact with the world.
My personal favourite of the 5 character's stories was Teds due to the setting of a creepy haunted castle and its relevant themes. Least favourite was Benny's story but this is just my personal opinion.
The game is not very short and can be finished in possibly 5 hours, even though I took 16 hours because I play games slowly and explore as well as replay things to see other alternatives. It is a very weird game that will give you the creeps. I must check out the book which I've heard is nearly similar to the game if not for a few differences regarding the characters.
Already, the game at its normal price (£3.29) is a giveaway, but wait for the Steam sales to get it even cheaper. Thoroughly recommend trying this game but it is not going to be for everyone.
Опубликовано: 12 января 2014