It’s 2021, and a devious spy has infiltrated the Pacific sanctuary of the Nakagawa robot company. This secret agent has re-programmed the island’s robots to carry out a terrifying scheme. With only three days left before Armageddon, your help is needed to root out the spy and save Bot Colony.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (50 reviews) - 74% of the 50 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Bot Colony makes unscripted conversation with the characters a pillar of gameplay. We've developed advanced Natural Language Understanding technology to bring you this new experience. In a nutshell, it means our in-game characters understand what you say – whether you speak it or type it. Merged with a classic adventure game design filled with twists and turns, Bot Colony’s innovative interaction has the potential to revolutionize PC games. This integration is novel, and obviously needs to be refined based on community feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to remain in Early Access while development continues towards a stable alpha version of Episode 3, Riot, for Early Access players. During this time we’ll also be adding more content and refinements to the currently playable episodes.”

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

“This will just address the Landfall package, our first complete season.
Bot Colony has evolved since its initial release, and will continue to evolve (see update history next). We are introducing the first pass of Robot Visual Memories, or RVM, in the Early Access launch build. With RVM you can ask a robot questions and get access to stored videos (and information linked to what the robot personally witnessed) of events in its memory. You can watch a new development diary of RVM in action in the media section.
In addition, we are actively developing more content for Episode 1, Intruder, and Episode 2, Arrival – the episodes you can play right now.
We will be integrating a new prologue and an expanded narrative that introduces more interactive elements, while incorporating new AI updates that feature deeper world knowledge and more expressive personality for our robots.
The first round of Steam Achievements and Trading Cards will also go live shortly after release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We've improved the game since its initial limited release: Alpha 1 shipped to testers on May 30, 2013; Alpha 2 on July 16, 2013; Alpha 3 on October 18,2013; and Alpha 4 (when our alpha sales went live) on December 13, 2013. Alpha 5 released on May 12 2014, and Alpha 6 – our Steam release – is now in Early Access. With each release we are improving our language pipeline and tightening up the foundation of the game. We invite players to try our free text-based web demo, 20 Questions with Jimmy, to sample a slice of the technology in a guessing game featuring full dialogue with an in-game robot.

As with any large piece of software that’s still in development, you can expect some bugs; we're working hard to squash them, and your valued feedback will make the difference.

Our key challenge will always be language understanding and common-sense knowledge. While we can’t guarantee that a character will always understand what you say, we promise that our robot AI will attempt to learn in the process.”

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

“The first three episode bundle launches at $15.95 (two episodes are available now and the third episode is a pre-order).
Thanks to Early Access, players can enjoy the innovative experience that Bot Colony offers without having to wait for the entire season to be completed.
We expect the price of the game to increase as more downloadable content is added.”

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

“We eagerly look forward to working with the Steam Community to evolve Bot Colony to its full potential. Bot Colony introduces unscripted language-based gameplay to an Adventure title, which presents serious challenges and enormous opportunities for innovation and a new level of immersion. We're ready to receive the community’s feedback to help improve all facets of Bot Colony going forward.

We're ecstatic to be on Steam and we deeply appreciate the early support of our game’s concept, world, and technology. North Side will remain committed to regular updates (whether it’s bug squashing or integrating new content) in Early Access.”
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September 14

BUY button is back!

To all the fans that bought keys directly from myself, or bought the Bot Colony eBook on Amazon to get Steam keys, a big Thank You!

We have assured Valve of our commitment to keep Bot Colony going (we did keep the servers going after all :), and the BUY button is back as of today. Your beloved Jimmy - and his cousin Kate - are now busy moonlighting - take a look at - it's kind of neat that the technology powering Bot Colony found its way into other applications, I'm hoping we'll do better with that than we did with Bot Colony. Personally, I still hope to see this game finished, all 12 episodes of it!

We've made a big upgrade in January, the Robot Visual Memories. We plan to make additional upgrades to conversation with robots in the future, but I cannot commit to specific dates. Early Access terms apply - there are no promises of evolution.
We'd be very happy to work with developers interested to take on continued development of Bot Colony on a revenue sharing basis - this makes more sense now as the game seems to have more traction after it 'died' than it had before. If you know any sharp developers, pass the word around.
We have the assets ready for the next 3 - 4 episodes, as you can see from the 30 min video that tells the Bot Colony story using game assets (look for The Story Untold video on the Store page). If our new venture works out, I hope we'll find the money to finance continued development of Bot Colony - that's our heritage and that's how we got into Natural Language Understanding - and it would feel great to finish what we started.

Thank you again!

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“ 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.”
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Season One: Landfall

Season One: Landfall is the initial Bot Colony core game featuring the Intruder and Arrival playable episodes, in addition to the pre-order and first access to Riot, this season’s third episode.

  • Intruder - The Nakagawa Robot Corp. requires your skills to investigate a potential case of espionage, but first the high-tech giant will test your sense of observation and situational awareness in the simulation of a crime scene. After you learn to interact effectively with robots using language and pass the multiple challenges of Intruder, Nakagawa will entrust you with the mission to track down the spy.

  • Arrival - As you land on the beautiful south Pacific island, you learn that something is amiss in Bot Colony. You'll need to use your skills to communicate with robots and get their help to overcome a life-threatening situation to proceed with your mission. Be prepared to hit the ground running and keep your eyes and ears open as you enter Nakagawa's world of corporate espionage and industrial terrorism.

  • Riot (available soon) - After swooping down on mutinous robots aboard a futuristic Hunter Bot aircraft, you land on an abandoned oil platform. There, you'll encounter robots operating under a new agenda, looking to purge any who question the mutiny. If you're caught, you'll have to prove that you're human in order to survive – by passing the Humanity Test. If you're incarcerated and turned into a human guinea pig, you'll have to find a way to escape.

About This Game

Bot Colony is based on a thriller novel involving a large Japanese robot manufacturer, Nakagawa Corp. It’s 2021, and a spy from KHT, Nakagawa's arch-competitor, has infiltrated the high-tech giant’s seemingly impregnable south Pacific sanctuary. The spy has re-programmed the island’s robots and is destabilizing Bot Colony, but this is only the precursor to a larger, more terrifying scheme.You have 3 days to catch him, and you'll need to rely on machines to get the job done.

In Bot Colony you have the opportunity to experience first-hand interaction with an Artificial Intelligence that, until now, could only be romanticized in science fiction novels and movies. It's a unique experience that will challenge your mind and entertain you; the ultra literal way robots understand language makes you realize how much we take for granted when we speak with other people.


  • Embark on a multi-episode quest to catch the spy before he destroys the island.
  • Travel across a spectacular South Pacific island fully-realized in the Havok Vision engine.
  • Speak freely and discover the story using your own words. Compare this to typical game storytelling, where canned dialog lines and selection trees are the rule.
  • Make the game your own: Teach robots about people and the world to get them to help you.
  • Command robots to manipulate objects and interact with the environment.
  • Game sessions are unique to each player: You control what is said and how characters react. Sessions of other players will have different dialog than yours.
  • Based on the Bot Colony novel by studio founder and high-tech entrepreneur Eugene Joseph.

  • Note regarding Speech-to-Text: The game comes to Steam with support for Microsoft Speech (included with Windows), so you can set up a voice profile to play the game and communicate with characters by speaking into a mic. Remember that we also allow players to type messages, or you can seamlessly combine speaking and typing according to one’s preference.
  • We do not offer a Dragon version of the game on Steam, but we're pleased to offer full speech-to-text support for players who already own Dragon NaturallySpeaking

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit [make sure you have 64-bit Windows!]
    • 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.
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
Pretty cool concept but the execution isn't polished. Really there's no incentive to use the voice recognition over simple text based commands, really the game doesn't stand on it's own without the gimmick. Still, I think it's worth a look at. I can honestly say I had fun trying it out, as well as organizing the 30-person group buy for it. :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Early Access Review
i purchased this game nearly a year ago and it is still in early access?

graphics 7/10
sound 8/10
movement 5/10

commands are still hard to get through to your bot
still in early access
funds are low so no updates in a very long time

personal thoughts:
i keep hearing they are going to debunk the game and take down the servers....idk what to think...i have not played this in a long time because of all the issues the company is having.

p.s. i cannot in good faith recommend this game at this time...untill or if this game ever gets completed and all the bugs have been addressed.

also have never been able to even complete the tutorial...kept getting caught lol.

i would be very careful buying early access games...follow them 1st see how often updates are occuring b4 buying....i learned the hard way :/
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
Although it's an Early Access Game, it has great potential and I liked what I have seen so far! 9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Early Access Review
An overly-ambitious game (meant as both a fact and a compliment), one that needs to be taken in its current state and not held alongside the promises of possible updates or the future arrival of Episode 3. The Early Access period has surpassed a year due to financial problems stemming from a lack of sales. Without having a purchase option, one must realistically see how this might not be resolved quickly and why progress becomes halted.

Even with a potentially bleak outcome, I do recommend the game as it is fairly priced for what it successfully provides. Although not always fully functional, the voice recognition is more than sufficient in offering a unqie experience not seen elsewhere in the Steam store and implemented well within the gameplay. The robots recognizing text-based commands alone is entertaining enough. The game does not solely rely on that as a selling point either, as it is also visually pleasing and contains an intriguing story (although it is likely to remain an open-ended tale). I do hope the purchase option returns but for the time being head to the discussions at the following link and learn how you can nab a Steam key for this currently removed game while also supporting the developer.

Again, I stress that the game is worth it at face value. The developer has been more than apparent regarding the struggles the game has faced. Supplied below is a link showcasing how the developer has interacted with community, highlighting how to best enjoy the current build.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Early Access Review
Great gameplay, high potential, pretty good graphics, nice concept with voice implementation, good controls, overall 9/10, i liked it!
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