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 !!
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Release Date: Oct 31, 1996

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March 31

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Hello Everyone,

A small update is available now for IHNMAIMS.

  • ScummVM ( http://www.scummvm.org ) has been updated from the 1.8.0Git build to the official 1.8.0 release.
  • Source Code updated.
Enjoy.

Daniel,
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.
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System Requirements

Windows
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    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card
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Polifimia
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
This is an old point-and-click adventure inspired by the homonymous sci-fi story by Harlan Ellison. Long before the introduction of Skynet etc, AM was the computer that lead to the destruction of civilization and to all humans except five remaining survivors which are tortured for 109 years.
It must be more than 20 years ago that the game came out. I played it the first time and finally I managed to finish it.

Pros:
+ well-crafted, depressing atmosphere
+ nice voice over
+ touches "difficult" concepts, high dozes of phychological horror
+ 5 protagonists with very different personalities
+ most puzzles are reasonable

Cons:
- graphics are very pixelated, the game shows its age
- lots and lots of dead ends, you can easily get stuck if you do not follow a specific sequence of actions
- perhaps the adventure of each character could last a bit longer
- sometimes pixel hunting is required, it is made worse by the graphics
- the themes are not for everyone

All-in-all it is an intelligent and well-made adventure, but most probably not very appealing to the masses.
However, it is definitely reccomended for anyone who seeks a different, mature-themed, post-apocalyptic old-style adventure and is willing to ignore its problems.

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Debeli_zg
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
old school point n click adventure with a psychodelic twist.
must play
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Bright
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Brilliantly horrifying.
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REDACTED
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
For someone without a mouth, he sure does talk a lot..
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Galaxy
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Awsome story + best villain=best game
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Pseudoboy
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Trying to down a air ship with a broken fork. If that isn't a metaphor I do not know what is.
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Slam Jam Jordan
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream has quickly become one of my favorite games. The story is one of the best I've experienced in some time. The game does have some glaring flaws, however.

The game begins with a monologue by the game's antagonist, AM (voiced by Harlan Ellison, author of the novella), describing his hate for humanity and the five humans he's enslaved for 109 years. After this, you're given a choice of the five available characters.

Each of these five stories are relatively short, but the problem comes in the way the game was designed. This is a game of trial and error, moreso than that of other point-and-click games. There are times where you're allowed to go to the end of a chapter, only to find out that you haven't done something correct, or even worse, misclicked something, leading to you having to restart that chapter if you haven't a multitude of saves. If you're not going to save in a separate slot every few moments, I'd reccomend a guide. I've never been very good at these sort of games, and so that's what I did.

Despite these flaws, this game is still quite good. The voice acting, for the most part (I never did like Ellen's voice work), is quite good. Harlan Ellison does an amazing job voicing AM, with every word dripping with sarcasm or hate. The sound design is also quite good for the time. Character sprites are beautifully grotesque (as if they've been tortured for 109 years, perhaps?) and the backgrounds are full of detail.

Despite the inherent flaws in the gameplay, I would still reccomend this game, though again with a guide. If you're a purist or want to play without one, just be prepared to reload saves or restart chapters quite often.
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Johnny Alpha
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
An epicly scary game with morality choices that question your own existence.
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S0mtimes
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Probably the best point and click game I have ever played.
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flyssann
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Very atmospheric, creepy and twisted, a horror classic. The story is very origanal I've not yet read the source novella from Harlan Ellison, but this game definately makes me want to seek it out. This nasty little tale is told from the point of view of 5 characters that have been captured by a phychopathic computer, the last vestiges of a humanity that destroyed itself. You play a scenario from each as they slowly regain their memory, they all have a secret past, some have comitted atrocities, others have created their own personal hell. The game play isn't perfect and it can be a little frustrating having to replay each scenario just because your actions weren't carried out in a very rigid order, but the story and atmophere more than make up for it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This is an old point-and-click adventure inspired by the homonymous sci-fi story by Harlan Ellison. Long before the introduction of Skynet etc, AM was the computer that lead to the destruction of civilization and to all humans except five remaining survivors which are tortured for 109 years.
It must be more than 20 years ago that the game came out. I played it the first time and finally I managed to finish it.

Pros:
+ well-crafted, depressing atmosphere
+ nice voice over
+ touches "difficult" concepts, high dozes of phychological horror
+ 5 protagonists with very different personalities
+ most puzzles are reasonable

Cons:
- graphics are very pixelated, the game shows its age
- lots and lots of dead ends, you can easily get stuck if you do not follow a specific sequence of actions
- perhaps the adventure of each character could last a bit longer
- sometimes pixel hunting is required, it is made worse by the graphics
- the themes are not for everyone

All-in-all it is an intelligent and well-made adventure, but most probably not very appealing to the masses.
However, it is definitely reccomended for anyone who seeks a different, mature-themed, post-apocalyptic old-style adventure and is willing to ignore its problems.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream has quickly become one of my favorite games. The story is one of the best I've experienced in some time. The game does have some glaring flaws, however.

The game begins with a monologue by the game's antagonist, AM (voiced by Harlan Ellison, author of the novella), describing his hate for humanity and the five humans he's enslaved for 109 years. After this, you're given a choice of the five available characters.

Each of these five stories are relatively short, but the problem comes in the way the game was designed. This is a game of trial and error, moreso than that of other point-and-click games. There are times where you're allowed to go to the end of a chapter, only to find out that you haven't done something correct, or even worse, misclicked something, leading to you having to restart that chapter if you haven't a multitude of saves. If you're not going to save in a separate slot every few moments, I'd reccomend a guide. I've never been very good at these sort of games, and so that's what I did.

Despite these flaws, this game is still quite good. The voice acting, for the most part (I never did like Ellen's voice work), is quite good. Harlan Ellison does an amazing job voicing AM, with every word dripping with sarcasm or hate. The sound design is also quite good for the time. Character sprites are beautifully grotesque (as if they've been tortured for 109 years, perhaps?) and the backgrounds are full of detail.

Despite the inherent flaws in the gameplay, I would still reccomend this game, though again with a guide. If you're a purist or want to play without one, just be prepared to reload saves or restart chapters quite often.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Very atmospheric, creepy and twisted, a horror classic. The story is very origanal I've not yet read the source novella from Harlan Ellison, but this game definately makes me want to seek it out. This nasty little tale is told from the point of view of 5 characters that have been captured by a phychopathic computer, the last vestiges of a humanity that destroyed itself. You play a scenario from each as they slowly regain their memory, they all have a secret past, some have comitted atrocities, others have created their own personal hell. The game play isn't perfect and it can be a little frustrating having to replay each scenario just because your actions weren't carried out in a very rigid order, but the story and atmophere more than make up for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Awsome story + best villain=best game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Probably the best point and click game I have ever played.
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292 of 300 people (97%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a fascinating piece of work. It's one of those games, much like Scratches, that works wonders with atmosphere, but not so much when it comes to the actual gameplay. Although where Scratches had a really tense, frightening atmosphere, No Mouth is more mysterious and depressing. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream works more with fridge horror, I feel. Yeah, it's creepy, but it's only truly scary if you sit back and think about it. And you will, because it's a tale that provokes thought.

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream was originally a famous short story by one Mr. Harlan Ellison. If you get the chance, I recommend giving it a read, as there's a reason it's so famous. Actually, that's a lie. I don't recommend reading it. I really recommend listening to it. The I Have No Mouth audiobook, read by Harlan Ellison himself, is truly a treasure of audio. Ellison is hammy and over-the-top, but man does he sell it. The man gets completely into his story, and it benefits immensely from it.

If you've done the above, then I think you'll be more than pleased to hear that Ellison also plays AM, the maniacally hate-filled, torturous supercomputer who serves as your antagonist and tormenter for the duration of this game. He's every bit as hammy and over-the-top, and it's hard not to hang on his every word. The other voices in the game vary in quality, but you won't really notice the dips as you'll be too focused on the unfolding storylines, and also on WHAT DO I DO

So let's start with the story. You play five different characters, who comprise the entire remaining human population of Earth. AM, a colossal supercomputer which resides beneath the crust of the Earth, more or less got frustrated with his lot in life and unleashed the world's supply of nukes at... well, the world. But it kept five human beings alive to be his playthings for the remainder of eternity. For over a hundred years, these five humans have been subjected to ungodly torments, and now AM would like to play a little game.

Each character is thrown into a scenario built especially for them, expected to be horrible and miserable for AM's amusement. The true goal before you is to fail AM, and prove yourself above his petty games. It is in these scenarios that you will learn about each character, their faults, their history, and a little bit about AM himself and what's going on behind the scenes and beyond your view.

This obviously differs from the original story, as these scenarios never existed. They were created (with major input from Ellison) especially for this game in order to give more backstory on the characters. Things change. The story as a whole changes. But it's still very much I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

Let's talk about the gameplay.

It could be better.

IHNM is presented in a classic SCUMM format. You have a list of verbs and an inventory at the bottom of the screen, both of which can be used to interact with the world around you. You will talk to characters, solve puzzles, find objects. All the familiar trappings of a good point-and-click adventure. So far, so good. The first major hitch is that eternal adventure game hellspawn, the unrelated event. You know what I'm talking about. When you do a thing, which triggers an unrelated thing to happen somewhere else which you have no way of knowing about and no reason to think might have happened. So many point-and-click adventures have fallen prey to this design flaw (Myst IV and Hector 3 among them, just thinking off the top of my head, here), and I wish it would stop.

I had one point in the first scenario I picked where I didn't know what to do. I looked up a guide, and it didn't help. I thought maybe my game was glitched, as I had done everything the guide had ordered. And then I saw it. A very subtle thing. A line in the guide telling me to exhaust a certain character's dialogue. All I had skipped (for reasons that we'll get to in a moment) was an entirely unnecessary rude line that doesn't actually help anything. But lo and behold, when burning off that one useless line of dialogue caused an unrelated character to appear in a different location, freeing progression from the devs' icy cold grip.

There are some other annoying bits, here and there. Some items and interactables that aren't exactly obvious on the screen. Two scenarios allow you to progress past important items or before doing mandatory bits. It's problematic, and very confusing when it happens. Luckily, it's possible to die after this moment in one of the scenarios, bringing you back to the character select where you can choose to try again. For the other one... well, just keep multiple saves, is all.

In addition to simply making through each scenario, every character has a personal spiritual meter. The better the spirits they're in, the lighter the background behind their portrait in the lower-left becomes. Practice good morals and make progress to lighten it. Screw up, be corrupt or evil, or just cause your character to freak out to darken it. If the meter turns white as the scenario draws to a close, you've perfected that scenario. This is not always easy to do. I only managed it in two scenarios.

They say you need to get a white meter with each character in order to see the best ending, and that's going to require either a guide or multiple playthroughs. I wonder, though. I'm pretty positive I did in fact get the best ending, despite not having all whites. I think it's probably possible as long as each character has almost a white meter, or a couple characters have white meters and everyone else is close? Or something? Though don't quote me on that, I really don't know, and there's a surprising lack of entirely helpful documentation on this subject.

Anyways, my advice is to not worry about it. Do your best and get an ending, whatever that ending may be. Give the finale a few tries, though, because you'll probably screw it up a couple times.

Anyways, point is, the game looks great and sounds great, and the story will draw you all sorts of in. Just be aware that you may need to consult the Internet at times, and be sure to rotate your saves. Or do what I did and just make each save a new one, because this game seems to have infinite slots. Which is a nice feature.

For all its faults, I still enjoyed the majority of my time with I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. And if you're a fan of the original story, or games which not only don't shy away from adult themes, but walk straight through a minefield of adult themes and take it all in stride with a sly grin upon their lips, then I think you'll enjoy it too.
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292 of 328 people (89%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
Every choice in this game is deciding if you want to either suffer or suffer.
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158 of 169 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2013
This is the most twisted game I have ever played, you start the game with 5 tortured prisoners being held by a psychotic computer named AM (he is voiced by Harlan Ellison, the guy who made this game with Cyber Dreams & the book version that he wrote), it's a choice driven point and click adventure game so you can pick any character or decision you want.

As you progress through the past of these 5 characters you'll feel what they feel about themselves like for example Gorrister's Guilt, Ellen's pain, Benny's ignorance, Nimdok's desires for torture & Ted's lust. The main goal of the game is to either satisfy AM by making the wrong choices or you can fix the past by making good choices.

The whole point of the game is to lose, there is no hope for humanity & overall if you feel that games aren't dark enough then play this awesome classic. (Warning if your sensitive to ♥♥♥♥, torture, murder, satanism, sacrifices, lust and etc. then this game isn't for you)

UPDATE: I found this awesome interview from Night Dive's website about the game & some of Harlan's opinions http://www.nightdivestudios.com/harlanellison_interview.html

UPDATE 2: If you liked this game & you want to hear more from Harlan Ellison then I suggest taking a look at his youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XrlRQsRxYfuc47CCJN05w or his twitter http://www.twitter.com/HarlanEllison9 (I thought Harlan was anti-digital but he's slowly liking technology & the internet)

UPDATE 3: The original story is available on Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/415459.I_Have_No_Mouth_and_I_Must_Scream
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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I just finished this game, it truely is a unique but terrifying game. Not in the sense that you get scared but rather that you get slightly disturbed by its event.

The game features 5 stories, each per character and a final act that ends the game. Each character has a mayor flaw and fear which they have to conquer. Make sure to save frequently! I had the pleasure to replay 20 minutes of gameplay after i clicked the wrong option...

Oh and, what a WONDERFUL voice cast. I truely enjoyed every voice work done in the game, especially Benny, Ellen and Nimdok have a wonderful voice.
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108 of 119 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
I have no mouth, and I must scream is a classic adventure game first released back in 1996. Since its release, it's acquired a large cult following, hailing it for its dark and very mature storyline. It's based on a short story by Harlan Ellison, released in 1967.

Story
The game takes place 109 after the destruction of mankind. A computer calling itself AM, which was originally created to wage war with the other super powers. Wars had become so complex that humans could not oversee them, which resulted the three super powers (USA, Russia & China) creating their own super computers, which ended up wiping out humanity.
AM hates humans. It hates humans for what they've done. Hate drives it to torture 5 specific humans, the last living humans on earth, making them immortal, so that it can torture them forever. These 5 characters are the characters that you play as.
Each character gets its own short (<1h) storyline, where you have to guide them through their own personal hell, based on what AM view as the most just punishment for their past deeds.

Gameplay
The game plays like a typical mid 90's point & click adventure game. You have an inventory, and most of the puzzles are about figuring out which item goes where. Many sections have multiple solutions, and depending on which solution you find, you'll get a different final ending ("kinder" solutions generally result in better endings). Actually solving the puzzles needed to progress the story is quite easy, far easier than the puzzles of most contemporary adventure games, but figuring out how to get the good ending often feels like you're trying to read the puzzle designers mind. It feels like this was made with replay value in mind, as the game is quite short, but it ends up being rather frustrating, as you can end up getting a bad ending simply because you walked through a door at the wrong time, without the game properly warning you about it.

Graphics & Sound
The graphics is quite good for the era. While the animation quality might not be up to par with the greatest games of its genre, the scenes are very atmospheric and all feel like they're made to convey a certain mood.
The voice acting is also good, but not outstanding. Compared to its contemporary counterparts, it would be considered really good, but voice acting tends to be a bit better these days. Still, all the voices fit, and the voice actors do a good job at conveying how their characters feel when they speak.

Final thoughts
I have no mouth, and I must scream is a game that I feel has a well deserved good reputation. While it might be a bit too short, and trying to figure out what the developers were thinking when you try to solve the puzzles if you want a good ending is not always fun, but the story is very well told. When I say that the story is "Mature", I don't mean mature as in there being a lot of gore & nudity in the game, but rather it's a story dealing with some very dark subjects in a mature way, and this helps lift the game above the masses. It might not be a perfect game, but for anyone who enjoy point & click adventure games aimed at a more adult audience, it's a must play.
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