Imagine a world where death is no longer final, where precious memories are saved to enjoy forever, where your soul is immortal, welcome to the Soul Cloud. Upload your soul to our dedicated servers and relax knowing that a part of you will live on for eternity.
User reviews: Very Positive (316 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 29, 2013

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September 23

NEW - SOUL AXIOM - TEASER TRAILER - LAUNCHED FOR EGX LONDON

We've just got back from the Tokyo Games Show where we were demoing Soul Axiom for the first time. It was a great experience and we are glad to say it was well received, we are now looking forward to EGX London this week. We've put together a new teaser trailer especially for the show which demonstrates some of the new gameplay mechanics we've implemented. Make sure you go check it out and let us know what you think.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/279900/

Also if your attending EGX London this week then come and see us at our stand in the Indie Rezzed area, whether its to play the demo or just have a chat.

Wi Team

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August 28

Soul Axiom to be unveiled at the Tokyo Games Show

We are really excited to announce that we will be demoing Soul Axiom for the first time at the Tokyo Game Show as well as exhibiting the new Wii U version of Master Reboot. We're really excited and flattered by the fact that we are one of only four UK indie companies who've been invited to exhibit in the Indie Area. Its a great honour and a chance for us to introduce the games to a new audience.

Roll on the 18th September..."Ii nyuusu da ne"...it means good news!!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/279900

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Reviews

“All in all, Master Reboot is a wonderful display of the creativity and ingenuity that exists in the indie world. Fun gameplay, interesting puzzles, and a refreshing new concept lasting approximately 8 hours make Master Reboot undoubtedly worth the $15 it costs.”
5/5 – Twinfinite

“When fun and challenging puzzles meets a gripping story that will scare you, you get a game that you won’t forget for a long time.”
4/5 – Two Dash Stash

“Ingenious Design. Fantastic use of horror elements. Suspenseful soundtrack. Master Reboot is definitely a great game to get.”
86% – The Gamer Studio

About This Game

Imagine a world where death is no longer final, where precious memories are saved to enjoy forever, where your soul is immortal, welcome to the Soul Cloud. Upload your soul to our dedicated servers and relax knowing that a part of you will live on for eternity. That favorite holiday, happy moments from your childhood, meeting that special someone for the first time. All these memories saved for your digital soul for your family to revisit again and again. The Soul Cloud - saving your past to secure your future.

Master Reboot is a haunting first person sci-fi adventure game set inside the Soul Cloud. It's an exploration game with action and puzzle elements set across 34 unique environments. In the not-too-distant future exists the Soul Cloud, a giant server that holds the data of your soul and your memories when you die. The Soul Cloud is filled with floating islands, each island looks like a town, village or city filled with rooms, skyscrapers and houses that hold people’s memories. To house your Soul, a family member (or you before you die) must purchase an island on the Soul Cloud where the server will generate rooms, houses or skyscrapers that hold each and every memory from the deceased’s past.

The game features a distinctive visual style, intriguing story-line, psychological adventure-game action and a dynamic atmospheric soundtrack. Get prepared for upload......Where am I?.....Who am I?......It's time to piece your life......and death back together.

FEATURES
• Gorgeous visual style
• Intriguing story-line
• 34 explorable environments
• Dynamic atmospheric soundtrack
• Supports the Welsh Language

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo, AMD Athlon64 x2, or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5/i7, AMD equivalent or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, ATI Radeon 4870 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 1.6GHz (Dual Core) Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: At least Intel HD 4000 or Open GL 3.3 / Shader Model 3 Capable Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 1400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 2.2GHz (Quad Core) Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB
    • Hard Drive: 1400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
I did not expect Master Reboot to be this good and interesting. The story is intriguing and mysterious, the gameplay is greatly varied, puzzles are intuitive and the visuals are quite something. Don't be disillusioned by the first 5-10 minutes of the game and check it ouf further, but don't expect a conventional game. I recommend playing it if you enjoy science fiction, puzzles and games that don't hold your hand.
Posted: April 17
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Master Reboot had been in my backlog for several months but I finally took the time over the past few days to play through and even 100% the achievements.

The game was not flawless by any means but to my mind the warts are just about what one should expect from such an ambitious indie project. Missing things like a key/controller config, multiple save slots (or a persistent way to view ducky and animated memories), borderless window, etc. are all minor quibbles that at worst I'd appreciate seeing in future projects.

But the game so masterfully tells its story that the technical deficiencies don't really diminish my opinion of it, in the end. While there are no major plot twists or unexpected turns, the revelation of the plot as well as exposition on the settings and characters are all slowly dripped to the player in an epistolary style, primarily via documents and photos unlocked by finding the blue duckies in each level. The bits and pieces found reveal just enough to the player that unlocking a new one feels like satisfying detective work.

Further, the setting and plot serve one another well and like all good sci-fi, they form a sort of feedback loop to make a greater whole than either aspect alone. The concept of the Soul Cloud and all of its implications are borne from the mundane human stories, and the regular lives of the characters are made extraordinary by the cyberpunk setup. Yes, cyberpunk. The game is set in a much nearer future than most cyberpunk sf but the concept of the Soul Cloud would be right at home in Ghost in the Shell - it's essentially one big shell for many many ghosts. The near-future setting helped rather than hindered my disbelief and I could believe that this sort of tech would exist in "tomorrow's tomorrow".

The only criticism I might lodge at the plot and setting is that there's absolutely no falling action or an epilogue of any sorts, so the end feels just a bit abrupt. This very well could have been intentional as it leaves the player to consider what might happen next, and the ultimate outcome of a "happy" or "sad" ending depends on their own perspective and conclusions drawn. I understand a sequel is also in the works, which at this juncture I am quite looking forward to.

A quick note about the audio/visual aspects, since I feel a review is incomplete without SOME words on that front. The flat-shaded, low-poly look was very effective in cooridination with the shader and lighting effects. I don't have much more to say on this front, but I mean- I took a couple of dozen screenshots (http://steamcommunity.com/id/Junon/screenshots/?appid=251850). The game looks good! As far as audio, I have even less to say here. The soundtrack is largely ambient and the sound effects did their job - I ran into no technical issues or points of aural annoyance.

All told, Master Reboot is a diamond in the rough. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who can look around a few technical and gameplay frustrations to find an exceptional story. Games like Master Reboot are why I carry a torch for indies.
Posted: May 7
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect from this game and I was pleasantly surprised about it. The whole idea of being in the future where something like Soul Cloud which is storing dead people's memories and souls exists is very interesting. So what happened? Well, the Soul Cloud had crash which corrupted some data. And you have to restore some of them by looking into memories of somebody with said corrupted data. The whole game is split-up into a lot of levels, each one is representing some memory. So you can expect child memories, memories from school, flying, being on beach, everything you can imagine.
But it's not a hippie game like you would expect from what I just wrote. I mean, few memories are nice and pleasant, but you will be surprised how scary some of them will turn. And I mean it when I say scary. This is what is this game good at. Atmosphere. Absolutely amazing atmosphere that will suck you into the game. Second good thing is its own art and design style. Music is well placed and everything fits together. The only thing I could reproach is that sometimes you can see that some objects are made pretty poorly. There are just few of them, it doesn't disrupt the game, but let's not pretend they aren't there. Overall the game looks just great. Oh, and I almost forgot! There are puzzles in some levels, but don't worry, if you're not into them. There aren't a lot of them and although they aren't extremely easy, you won't get stuck, I promise!
So what is the summary? 9/10. I recommend this game to anybody who likes atmospheric games and horror ones even tho it's more chilly than scary - don't worry that you couldn't sleep at night. So that's it, stop reading this and go play it!
Posted: May 1
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Master Reboot is a Sci-Fi First Person Exploration game, set in a virtual world dedicated to store dead people's memories and personalities, so that they're able to relieve their life, and also contact their family and friends, even after their unfortunate death.
As you play, you'll uncover more about your past self and a bit about the world by visiting different memories.
Sounds promising, right? Well, it certainly did!


So, let's start with presentation.

For me, the graphics were a mixed bag, to be honest.
In the first level, you're greeted with amazing colors and lightning effects and just really polished graphics overall. While there are sparks of that throughout the rest of the game, it unfortunately falls a bit short of what it showed at the start.

Texture work is almost inexistent at times, with a lot of the game beings mostly shaders and lights/shadows, and not a lot of details on textures, it's mostly just blurred colors.
This makes the game look cheaper than it needed at times, specially since we had already seen a better work overall.
On the other hand, the lighting effects are still awesome, and it's clearly a focus of the game's artstyle, specially inside the Hub World, with a very Neon feel to it.

Besides, a really huge problem I had was with the brightness balance. This game is way too dark. Seriously, I wasn't able to see, at times (at the Hospital level, experimenting with the achievements). It was literally pitch black. I could change the brightness, BUT, you can't change the settings as you play, and the brightness meter isn't well calibrated, meaning that you can't really know when to stop.
That's a bummer. I'll talk more about technical issues further.

As I said, a mixed bag. Sometimes it looks awesome, other times it just feels rushed and cheap.


Regarding music, though, I mostly enjoyed it. It has an eerie feel to it, but it's also beautiful, not just there to make you feel uncomfortable. Besides, it helps create an atmosphere in the several places you visit (i.e.: a circus).
SoundEffects, on the other hand, felt a bit unbalanced (some of them genuinely bad), sometimes being too loud to the point of distorting the sounds. But, overall, they helped the atmosphere of the game.
I think it has done its purpose, but overall, it could have been better.


So, how's gameplay, one might ask?

Well, this is where the game falls a bit too short. The game is mostly comprised of several areas (essentially 3 tiers that you unlock as you complete them), each with a certain memory. While there are bits of the game outside of memories, that's where most of the gameplay and exploration is set, so I'll focus on that.
There's a hub area, in the virtual world, from which you can choose any of the areas of the available tier. These include place such as an Hospital, a Fairground, a Library, a Flight, and so on. You visit several places from your past life, trying to uncover exactly who you were, and who you were with.

So far so good, I actually liked the structure of the game.

In each area, it's more like a puzzle game. You'll have to explore the areas, and try to find out exactly what needs to be done.
While you do that, there are little blue ducks, that give you pictures of a certain memory, a little piece of the puzzle of your past, if you will. These are usually fairly well hidden, and they're basically their reward for exploration.

These areas, however, have two main problems. The first one, is that they're fairly small, rendering exploration a bit of a relative term, as there's not much to explore. Instead of exploring a big area, you're just looking under benches and the sort. Not very interesting.
The second problem, is that most of the puzzles are fairly counter-intuitive, and have barely anything to do with your own purpose or memory. They're just... there. Acting as a hinderance more than a vehicle for the story. And that's unfortunate.
They vary from too easy to random, for the most part.
On their side though, is that they were certainly varied and SOME of them were pretty well thought and design. Unfortunately, the exception doesn't really make the rule.
Most of the puzzles feel out of place and with solutions that aren't in any way tied to the memory.

However, the areas weren't all just puzzles. They were actually very varied. The Hospital was more of a Horror-themed area, while the Flight was a stealthy mission. It certainly had more to it than I expected, but, the developers didn't seem either experienced or resourceful enough to do it all. The Stealth level was just frustrating at the beginning, but laughable once you figure out what to do. And the Horror level, somehow, managed to be less scary than other levels that were far more oppressive in a subtle way.
In general, Master Reboot tried to hard to make a game out of the concept, and feeling a bit to shallow in that regard.
I can understand why they've done it, but I think they only got sidestracked from the initial concept and ended up not doing either very well.

One important aspect (for me, at least) is how they've done the achievements. Most of them are only there as an additional bit of challenge to the levels, but, once again, it doesn't add anything to the game. On the contrary, the way you're "encouraged" to play is actually less fun.
On the Hospital level, for example, the achievements was to play without the Flashlight. "Well, bring it on, then!"... Boy, did I regret it. It didn't make it scarier. It simply made it frustrating. In many corridors there was literally no light. It was pitch black. I didn't know where to go, and there weren't really any distant visual or audio cues. It was just a case of pressing WASD and hoping I wasn't going against the wall. It was... not a good experience, from a gameplay standpoint.
The other achievements seem to follow the same rule, being more of a problem than a cool incentive to play the game in interesting ways.



Alright, gameplay is out of the way. Now comes the really disappointing part for me.
You know, as this was an Exploration game in such a promising world, I didn't care about gameplay too much. I was just expecting great encounters and insight into this future society. Maybe even questioning Death. But... it barely happened, unfortunately.

This game seemed the perfect way of throwing some ideas at the player through the world itself, but it did none of that. It simply turned into a dramatic story about 2 random people who created the Soul Cloud... just because. No philosophy behind it was explained or even refered throughout the game. It was created in the same way as Facebook, which is disappointing, to say the least.

The world was there, and you were in it, but you didn't really feel a part of it in any way.

In the end of each area you get a cutscene about your previous life, but it's just a story about love and friendship with a murder thrown' in the middle to make it seem dark. It's just... shallow, forgeting the initial premise.

Maybe I was expecting too much. Or just something different. And this game wasn't aiming for it.
Well, maybe. But even in that case, looking back at the game, there's no reason for it to standout, aside from the pretty lighting. Gameplay is just there just to call it a game, as it wasn't the focus at all. The story was far more generic than it could have been with the endless possibilities of the Soul Cloud. The world was far too empty as well, with more focus on real world memories than the virtual world of the undead.



All in all, this game is just a missed opportunity. It was set in a great world, full of very interesting concepts. But, it does nothing with it, trying to be too much at once, ending up missing most of its points.
It has impressive lightning effects and great audio design, but as a game... there's nothing I can't think of to justify a recommendation.
Posted: April 29
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
First off I have to say I really enjoyed this game.
It's colourful, the music is eery but well placed. There are a few good jumps - one in particular I didn't see coming so it made it extra special. The story is interesting, and not to hard to follow. Controls are typical FPS and are smooth. (I tried Controller at first but they seemed too slow so recommend keyboard and mouse)

I'm a little puzzled by the metacritic reviews. Clearly those reviewers never gave this game a chance.

Overall I recommend this easily to anyone that likes a good story, combined with some (not to hard) puzzles, in First person. Oh and if you like Rubber Duckies.

Posted: June 16
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108 of 116 people (93%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Master Reboot is a bit of an odd game. In both an obvious way and a non-obvious way. Essentially, the idea behind Master Reboot is that you are in a future where people can upload their memories, personality, and other traits into a cloud service, and then family and friends can visit these memories or download and install these peoples personalities into robotic shells to continue living with them if they desire. However, there was a crash in the system that caused the whole cloud service to have a reboot, which lost and corrupted some data. And now you play someone delving into the memories of someone with said corrupted data looking for something.

It's basically a walking simulator experience game, except not in a typical sense. The game is split-up into memories, with each memory being a stage. They're called memories, but they're more like surreal dreams, with a lot of odd and abstract imagery and logic. Each memory also is different, and not just in themes, but with what you do. Some are literal walking simulators, but others have elements like puzzles, or things you have to avoid or sneak past or else you'll die.

The stages have some good variety. Some are more relaxing, like this beach stage where you look for items with a metal detector. Others are a bit obtuse with what you must do, like this one amusement park stage you attend too. Some take on a horror tone, with creepy atmosphere and things trying to kill you.

On that note, my favorite stage, and something that was legitimately scary, was the plane memory. With memories in the game like a hospital and school and graveyard, you'd think one of those would be the scariest stage (and they do have some creepy factor, to be sure), but the actual scariest stage was definitely the plane one. It scared me pretty bad a few times, and this is coming from someone who plays a lot of horror games.

That's the thing I think this game does best. Atmosphere. I think the people who will enjoy this game the most are those who like atmosphere and maybe some oddities in their games. It was a bit longer than I was anticipating, but I did like it. Not the best thing I've ever played, but I liked the variety of tasks and settings, even if the basic concept of the game's story was more interesting than the story that develops in the game. But I'd say worth checking out if you're into this kind of thing.
Posted: March 3
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