Bot Colony is the first videogame built on intelligent AI-powered conversation. You speak with robots (or type) to investigate a mystery or to command them to do things. Robot actions and answers depend 100% on your commands, questions or location - taking interactivity and immersion to a new level.
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Mixed (43) - 53% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Jun 16, 2014
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Why Early Access?

“Bot Colony offers a truly unique experience by making AI-based conversation with robots the key gameplay mechanic. You actually get to EXPERIENCE robot interactions that were just a sci-fi fantasy in movies like Her, Ex Machina, iRobot, Blade Runner and 2001 A Space Odyssey. Our emergent conversation-based gameplay requires major experimentation and tuning before release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Bot Colony will stay in Early Access until our AI-based conversation gameplay is sufficiently robust. In Bot Colony, we measure performance by the percentage of times robots understand what you say: questions, commands., facts, etc. Building a truly genre-defining game is a daunting task: intelligent assistants from large companies like Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa don't yet match the multi-step dialogue capability of Jimmy (the domestic robot in Intruder). And we still have a long way to go!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Landfall, made up of the Intruder and Arrival episodes, is a self-contained game offering 6 - 10 hours of gameplay with lots of replay value - as you can have different conversations and try new things. We've added an Investigation mission on February 21, 2017, which takes up to 3 hours to complete. Work is underway on the Riot episode.
For us, the 'full' version is measured not only by content, but by the quality of this content - which is defined by how well you're understood.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Intruder and Arrival are fully playable. A new Investigation mission was added on February 21, 2017, adding 3 additional hours of play time. The game is robust, and we're hard at work improving it. Our planned upgrades are Achievements, improved robot understanding in Arrival, and the Riot episode.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features. Existing customers are upgraded for free.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We depend on the community to steer our development priorities. Based on community feedback, we've decided to make support for Achievements our next big milestone. The community validated that giving robots the ability to learn and finding a way to deploy that in a sandbox environment may appeal to players who enjoy creating/building new things. By playing and reporting bugs and difficulties, you give us the input we need to prioritize our development.”
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September 29

Scheduled downtime and news

North Side (our studio) is moving this weekend, and as we're hosting the game on our servers, we need to take them down for at least part of the weekend.

Some time next week I hope we'll be able to release an update containing checkpoints for Airport, together with more background story - you'll be able to ask the robots what they saw or heard prior to your arrival.

Riot is coming along, and we'll post some shots from Riot development soon. Have a great weekened everyone!

UPDATE SUNDAY OCTOBER 1st: Servers are now up again. Enjoy Bot Colony!
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July 28

Patch: Robot commands now support clicking, here, this, there

Some players reported difficulties with commanding robots. Our goal is to make the interface intuitive, and get the robots to understand (legitimate) commands or queries that you say in your own words.
We’re happy to bring you new functionality going in this direction, best illustrated through this example:

- Go to the table.
-> Jimmy goes to the dining room table.

(You click on a chair)
- Pick up this chair.
-> Jimmy picks up the chair.

(You click on the carpet in the living room)
- Go here. ('Come here' also works)
-> Jimmy goes to the carpet.

(You click on the carpet in the living room)
- Put the chair here.
-> Jimmy puts the chair on the carpet.

- Pick up the vase.
-> Jimmy picks up the vase.

(You click on the side table.)
- Go to this table.
-> Jimmy goes to the side table.

- Put the vase there.
-> Jimmy puts the vase on the side table.

BUG FIXES

  • We fixed the bug of the game hanging on Waking Up the Robots.
  • There was a bug that New Game would not erase videos seen or objects placed for which you got an achievement, so if you got the achievement it was hard to replay from scratch. Fixed.
  • There were billing issues with the Microsoft Cognitive Speech Recognition (CRIS.AI) that resulted in service interruptions. We worked with Microsoft, who were very helpful, to address these issues.
    If at any time you have a doubt whether Cognitive speech recognition works (only available on Win10), try it at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/services/cognitive-services/speech/ If it works there DIFFERENTLY from how it works in Bot Colony, it's because the service is down.
  • To help prevent the UI text box crash that could occur when using Cognitive Services, the user is now prevented from typing while the speech engine is still in the middle of recognizing and producing partial results.
  • Reminder: the quick reference guide on the Store page of Bot Colony http://cdn.edgecast.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/263040/manuals/Robot_Questions_and_Commands_Guide.pdf?t=1499898569 is the most up to date resource on robot commands, questions, etc in Bot Colony. This is also the first (PINNED) topic under Discussions.

If you purchased the game on Steam, please review and Recommend if you like it, we're still shy of 50 reviews we need to get more visibility in the store. Thank you!
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Reviews

“Despite...my occasional exasperation with Jimmy, it turns out I enjoy the hell out of telling robots to do things and then watching them do things. When it works, it’s oddly satisfying. When it doesn’t work, it’s generally amusing.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“It’s not exactly Blade Runner‘s Voight Kampff test, but few, if any, games, offer this level of unscripted interaction. The game’s use of voice synthesis, which makes sense in this context, means that all the robots are fully voiced. Their pronunciation isn’t always dead on, though I still grinned like an idiot when I was able to get Jimmy to address me as Bruce Wayne. I spent a good hour picking through Jimmy’s recollections and even though we weren’t discussing anything deep, it was curiously satisfying. In its current state, Bot Colony definitely has promise, provided that the game’s developers build on the quality of ‘Intruder’.”
GameSpew

“Objectively speaking this is becoming a good game since it’s in early access it’s impossible to speak for the final version. It dares to put a lot of eggs in the user’s input basket which pays off as talking to robots is fun. However it has a learning curve and requires good spoken or written English depending on your chosen input option. As a side note, robots don’t find potty humor funny.”
http://3rd-strike.com/bot-colony-review/

About This Game

In August 2021 you're recruited by Nakagawa Corp., Japan's leading robot manufacturer. Its facilities in Agrihan island in the South Pacific were infiltrated. Its robots are acting strangely. Agrihan (known as Bot Colony) is a Mars testbed staffed mostly by robots - so you'll need to talk to THEM to investigate.
Bot Colony ( www.botcolony.com) is unique in that it's currently the ONLY game on the planet featuring AI-based conversation as the main game mechanic. You type or speak in English with robots in order to progress in the game. Bot Colony will appeal to trailblazers not afraid to explore genre-defining games. If you enjoy figuring out how to get through to robots and commanding them through actions - in an an eerie South Pacific setting combining modern architecture, high tech and jungle, it's a game you may enjoy. Bot Colony integrates adventure, simulation, RPG and puzzles into a unique language-based gameplay.

You'll get to experience Artificial Intelligence that is currently in the realm of cinematic fantasy in Her, Ex Machina, iRobot, Blade Runner, 2001 A Space Odyssey. It's a challenging and entertaining experience that will make you realize how literally machines process language, and how much we take for granted when we speak with people.

KEY FEATURES


  • Type of speak freely and discover the story using your own words. The answers spoken by the robots is generated dynamically. Contrast with typical game storytelling, where canned voice acting is controlled by dialog trees.
  • Experience the eerie atmosphere of a South Pacific island featuring ultra modern architecture and robots amid a lush jungle setting. The techno-romantic mood is enhanced by the original music soundtrack of the game.
  • Play detective and piece together the events that took place in a house in a 48 hour period by exploring the robot's video observations.
  • Work with the robots to scuttle violent sabotage attempts by robot-hating organizations.
  • Game sessions are unique to each player: What you say controls how robots react and what they answer. Sessions of other players will have different dialog than your session. Every session is unique.
  • Make the game your own: Teach robots new knowledge and new commands.
  • Type or speak to play. You can use Microsoft Speech (included with Windows), to communicate with characters using a mic. You can combine speaking and typing according to your preference.
  • Inspired by Bot Colony, a near future industrial espionage thriller by Eugene Joseph. A scientifically-grounded sci-fi novel (except for plasma-powered hovercraft), Bot Colony sets benchmarks for the verbal abilities of future robots and introduces the 5th law of robotics 'do as people do'.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 [64-bit ]. Windows 7 has BAD speech recognition, recommed you type!
    • Processor: Dual Core 3.5GHz / Quad Core 2.40 GHz greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTS 240 (1 GB VRAM) or greater, ATI Radeon HD 4850 (1 GB VRAM) or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required. A microphone is required if you wish to play through speech.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 or Windows 8 [64-bit ] for Microsoft LUIS speech recognition
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