The adventure plunges you into the tortured and hidden past of five humans. Delve into their darkest fears. Outwit the Master Computer AM in a game of psychological warfare. Disturbing, compelling. An adventure you won't easily forget !!
User reviews: Very Positive (242 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 1996

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"This is unquestionably one of the grimmest games ever made, but it forces us to stare deep at issues that we have a hard time addressing in games."
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August 15

New Update Out Now

Hello Everyone,

A new update for IHNMAIMS is now available which contains the following:

  • I have updated ScummVM from 1.6.0 to 1.7.0 across Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux.
  • opengl_nearest is the new display renderer. This provides really sharp looking graphics and also re-enables the Steam Overlay for Windows. It runs at your monitors current resolution.
  • I have completely re-written the shell launcher for GNU/Linux and implemented a new libraries system. This should allow for many more users of GNU/Linux to play the game and not just people on the latest versions of Ubuntu and Mint.
  • The scummvm-ihnmaims.ini file has been hugely reduced in content which should allow for the most vanilla start to the game in ScummVM anyone could ask for.
  • Launch parameters have changed. Instead of "ihnmaims" being used, it is now simply the ScummVM default "ihnm". This also allows users to save and load using the ScummVM menu (CTRL+F5 on Windows and GNU/Linux, Fn + F5 for Mac OS X). A Restart of your Steam Client may be necessary to receive this change and does not affect GNU/Linux.
  • The Modern ScummVM skin now works on GNU/Linux.
  • ScummVM source code has been updated to 1.7.0. SDL source code is now included.

Important! Because of specific changes in how ScummVM now works, your save games will need to be renamed. Simply go into the Saves folder in your IHNMAIMS installation and rename any "IHNMAIMS.s0x" file to "ihnm.s0x" and your saves will reappear. Apologies for the inconvenience.

I have been working with the ScummVM team to get to the bottom of the 'Characters disappearing on loading saves' bug that has been reported on the forums. The problem seems to have been solved or has gotten much rarer in 1.7.0 but it might still happen. If this does, I urge you to report the issue to the ScummVM Bugtracker and submit your saves to them for them to look at.

If you have been affected by the bug then, currently, there is no solution for the problem. You will have to load a previous save if you have one or restart the game if you don't. Apologies to anyone who has been affected.

Enjoy the update and thank you for playing :)

Saleck
Night Dive Studios

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About This Game

  • Assume the roles of five different characters, each in a unique environment
  • Challenging dilemmas dealing with powerfully charged emotional issues
  • Provocative psychological and adult-oriented themes
  • Based on Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", one of the ten most reprinted stories in the English language
  • Full digitized speech with over 40 different characters and state of the art animation
  • Harlan Ellison as the voice of the insane master computer, AM.

FIVE DAMNED SOULS: Buried deep within the center of the earth, trapped in the bowels of an insane computer for the past hundred and nine years. Gorrister the suicidal loner, Benny the mutilated brute, Ellen the hysterical phobic, Nimdok the secretive sadist, Ted the cynical paranoid.

ONE CHALLENGE: The adventure plunges you into the tortured and hidden past of the five humans. Delve into their darkest fears. Outwit the Master Computer AM in a game of psychological warfare. Disturbing, compelling. An adventure you won't easily forget !!

BONUS CONTENT INCLUDED: The Making of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream and a full 54 track Soundtrack composed by Legendary composer John Ottman (Check your Steamapps/common/IHNMAIMS/ folder after downloading the game)

This product uses ScummVM across Windows, Mac and Linux which is released under the GNU GPL v2.
For more information, please visit - www.scummvm.org
The GNU GPL can be viewed here - https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: IBM PC Compatible computer with a 233Mhz 486 processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: A VESA compatible Super VGA card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: IBM PC Compatible computer with a 486 DX2/ 66Mhz (or faster) processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: A VESA compatible Super VGA card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: 233Mhz 486 processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: A VESA compatible Super VGA card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 486 DX2/ 66Mhz (or faster) processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: IBM PC Compatible computer with a 233Mhz 486 processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: A VESA compatible Super VGA card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: IBM PC Compatible computer with a 486 DX2/ 66Mhz (or faster) processor
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I Have No Fingers, and I Must Review
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
One of the few artsy games that isn't ashamed to be a game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
72/100
Pros: acting is so bad it's good. Story is cool. Click on everything to advance.

Cons: hate how 'use' and 'walk to' swap meanings. take was sometimes used oddly and items could be picked up after examining twice. The ending happens without doing all characters arcs, so do not do everything with one person if you want to see the full end.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Great classic game. What it lacks in grphics, it more than makes up for in story. The scenarios have some pretty heavy and twisted content. I enjoyed the music throughout the game, but found in difficult places it could a bit repeatative. Also the game comes with the short story I have no Mouth, and I must scream. Look in the game installation folder, well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
One of the best point and clicks I've played, it's must buy for anyone who is a fan of the short story 'I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream'. It has great music and atmosphere and is very well written, it doesn't matter whether you have read the short story or not because the game will still make sense. Plus it comes with a copy of the short story, the soundtrack and a short insight into the games development with the author Harlon Ellsion so it's really very good value for 5.99.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Alright, this has been a wild ride and I haven't even managed to get to the ending yet but here we go.

A brilliantly twisted story of survival through and through, you will play as one of five people unfortunate enough to have been handpicked as a devilish child of an AI's playthings. Seriously, you'll love to hate (HATE!) this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. After 109 years of endless torture, these five humans are about to bring the Big Bad Baby to its knees. Succeed, and they may have a chance to return to the world outside AM's eternal straitjacket. Fail, and suffer a fate worse than any they've endured.

Basically, IHNMAIMS will mess you up. It will give your brain a swirly and laugh about it.

Pros:
- Classic point and click adventure format for nostalgia boners
- 10/10 storytelling and characters.
- Grotesquely beautiful landscape.

Cons:
- This is not a game for the faint of heart and covers a lot of sensitive topics. If you are potentially triggered by ♥♥♥♥, abuse, torture, holocaust/Nazi themes, cannibalism, animal cruelty, and general nastiness, either reconsider your purchase or brace for impact.
- Almost impossible to beat without a walkthrough. Luckily, they are available just a shift-tab away.
- Bugs. Bugs everywhere.

Overall, I give it a 9/10. Give it a go if you feel you're up to it. It's definitely considered a classic for a reason.

"He withdrew, muttering to hell with you. And added, brightly, but then you're there, aren't you."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is a really good game,it has a very deep story and it says alot about humanity and morals,reminds you of what we are capable of doing(for better or for worse),as for the gameplay its your basic point and click however it is not very forgiving *spoiler you require to do all the adventures perfectly for the best ending*
anyway im sure your all here because the short story was awsome,This game is somewhat based off the story however it is edited and explains a bit more about AM,also the charaters storys are changed a bit like benny is now a former commander not the scientist he was in the story,but other then that its mostly true to the book,and for those who have not read the story it comes in the games files in a .pdf format
In conclusion id give it a 9.5/10 its a great adventure game,it can be difficult at times but it feels so great to figure out a puzzel,and going deeper into the story
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
masterpiece
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
"I will describe myself as I see myself: I am a great soft jelly thing. Smoothly rounded, with no mouth, with pulsing white holes filled by fog where my eyes used to be. Rubbery appendages that were once my arms; bulks rounding down into legless humps of soft slippery matter. I leave a moist trail when I move. Blotches of diseased, evil gray come and go on my surface, as though light is being beamed from within. Outwardly: dumbly, I shamble about, a thing that could never have been known as human, a thing whose
shape is so alien a travesty that humanity becomes more obscene for the vague resemblance. Inwardly: alone. Here. Living under the hell, on the floor, in the possession of a collector… At least the five of them are safe at last. He will be all the madder for that. It makes me a little happier. And yet … he has won, simply…

I have no mouth. And I must scream.”
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I found a knife and a fork.
I scared some rats by stabbing a table, I'm a murderer.
I ate bread that's filled with Rat Feces.
I ended it all when I drank some gasoline and died.
PURE PROTEIN
10/10 By BENEVOLENT-Reviews.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is strange.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This hole in my chest aches like a sonofa♥♥♥♥♥
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is pretty good.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I have no idea what I'm doing but once I have a guide I like the story.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Great story.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
YES!!!
But where is freaking NIMDOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Game is hella old but this ♥♥♥♥♥ be narrated by my ♥♥♥♥a Harlan Ellison and is mad crazy with the story tellin. If you're into that point and click type ♥♥♥♥ you can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Pros: Interesting story, great atmosphere, unique
Cons: Everything else. Clunky ui. A single wrong decision can put you on a dead end path for a real life hour. Solving puzzles is not fun and requires a lot of trial and error. Using a walkthrough is strongly recommended.

After playing for an hour I decided to watch a complete walkthrough, which was a lot more enjoyable than bumbling through this one. Save your money and watch an edited version of someone else playing or give the book a try.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
What to say about I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream? It makes no sense what so ever. Just when you think you’ve got it, you don’t and you never will. And with this game, that’s okay. Things just don’t add up or make sense and the entire game and storyline will leave you questioning what kind of drugs the creators were on and have you asking for some yourself. It’s a dark twisted game with grotesquely themed imagery as well as storylines. There are five characters with different storylines to play through, all more confusing then the last. Travel to the jungles, a medieval castle, Egypt, inside the brain, a huge airship and last but not least, Germany in the time of WW2. I had to use a walkthrough the entire game and still was confused and lost. The commands are confusing to use, but give it some time and it will grow on you. Just do yourself a favor and don’t try and comprehend anything that’s going on. 7/10
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4 of 16 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Not winnable without a walkthrough.
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