You are a dead, failed video game character wandering through the recesses of the Random Access Memory, trying to find peace in the final moments of your existence before being deleted forever... ...but forget that. The real story is that Continue?
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“It probably takes a certain kind of player to really appreciate how cerebral it is, but for those who can, it’s astounding. I have never had a game evoke the thoughts and feelings that Jason Oda pulled out of me in my time with Continue?9876543210.”
A – Gamertell

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You are a dead, failed video game character wandering through the recesses of the Random Access Memory, trying to find peace in the final moments of your existence before being deleted forever...

...but forget that. The real story is that Continue? is an existential metaphor that explores the finite nature of existence and the beauty and tyranny of our desires within it.

From the developer:

For fans of cerebral games such as Gone Home, The Novelist, and Papers Please.

This is one of those love it or hate it experimental art games. Regardless of whether you like it or not, I ensure you that it is like nothing you've ever played before. It's less about action and strategy and more about taking an emotional and philosophical journey that allows the player to explore his or her own sense of mortality. You will be very, very confused along the way, but your interpretation of this confusion is what the game is all about. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is not looking for something very weird and different. Continue? is for the type of person that appreciates odd, poetic word play, interpretation of the abstract, and existential philosophy.

Some games we play to kill time on a long commute, some we play at home to blow off steam after a hard day’s work, and some games are about escaping into a world more magical than our own. Continue? is meant to be played late at night with some wine or weed, when you're feeling quiet and contemplative.

Everything in Continue? has a deeper meaning behind it. All of the strange places you go to, people you talk to, and scenarios you go through are part of a greater idea that I hope you spend a second or two trying to figure out and interpret...or not. You can also just play the damn thing.

What happens to dead video game characters?

In the garbage dump of the Random Access Memory, you travel from town to town, meeting people who offer you their lightning and their prayer. Lightning clears the way for you to move forward and prayer builds shelters in a distant town where you must frequently hide to avoid being deleted into nothingness by the garbage collector. Along the way, you are thrust into many battle challenges, the outcome of which affects your shelters. There is ultimately, no way to escape the garbage collector, but running from it buys you time to think, wander, contemplate, and hopefully be at peace with the inevitability of your deletion.

Each game randomly assigns you 1 of the 6 characters and 6 of the 11 areas. There is no set order to the stages of the game.

Development

Continue? was inspired by existential road trips into nowhere, Peruvian jungle drugs, and a brush with death while lost in the mountains of New Mexico. It is a quest for wonder, contemplation, and peace.

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Continue?9876543210 was independently developed by Jason Oda in 2013. Past projects of notoriety include The Perfect Strangers game (nothingsgonnastopmenow.com) and Skrillex Quest (skrillexquest.com).

Системные требования

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 10.10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
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12 из 12 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
4.5 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 15 апреля
For starters i must state i like Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP so trying out this game was something i looked forward to despite negative reviews.

These two games share a lot in their way of telling the narrative - or not telling. It is much to the player to figure out things yourself. Just fine with that - there are not that many games on Steam that are 'artsy' like this and are yet able to provide a experience without becoming some kind of weird ego trip for the dev.

Unfortunately Continue?9876543210 goes for a more action oriented road despite having a somewhat more undrestandable universe where events take place (inside a computer). This is this game downfall since after the early interest goes away all that is left is a frantic action game where you try to mass enough shelters to survive data purge and enough lighting strikes to open a exit path. You also better learn the ropes with the action scenes quick since you cannot survive long if you need to start paying foo (money) or car parts (continues) to go on.

I found the lore interesting. No gods to pray to, just fading memories and void in the computer ram when the purge comes to eliminate the survivors. Too bad this marvelous setting gets lost under the frantic action.

This game has got all the components for a cult classic. unfortunately it will not be so. Designed differently 'my lightning, my prayer' could be almost as well known saying as 'the cake is a lie'.

edit: last line was lost. To conclude: i still recommend the game since this is a unique experience and despite the miss on the action design this game makes you think. For that i like it and i recommend you try it. It is quite reasonably priced in the store also.
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9 из 10 пользователей (90%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
5.9 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 23 мая
I don't know why people haven't tagged it this way, but its obvious that this game is a roguelike/lite behind the messages and themes that it contains. Jason Oda covers the whole story aspect pretty well in the about section of the store page, so I will focus my review on the game beneath the facade.

The game mentions that you take on 6 out of 11 levels each playthrough, but these 11 levels appear to be split into two different types where there arent any major differences other than the graphics/map layout for levels of the same type. The first type being a tag/hide and seek with npcs and the second, more frequent kind, is an open town where you talk with the npcs and try to gather keys,resources, and information. This repetition would be boring if it wasn't for the short minigames in between.

There are at least 5 different types of minigames ranging from platforming to Galaga to zelda dungeons and these different types can come in varying difficulties. If you succeed at the minigames, there is much to gain, especially if you play them perfectly, but they can also be rather dangerous

First off of the roguelike checklist, randomness. Random characters, random levels, random npcs, random minigames, randumb... The first two don't really make a difference, but the random npcs are what make the game. You'll have to get clues and keys from these npcs, but not all are to be trusted. The npcs never seem to lie about information, so aside from getting some nonsense one liner that wastes your time talking to the npc, the worst they will do is sell you a trapped room. However, since you can get free, safe rooms from the rounds, the npcs really are the least of your problems. The information from the npcs will make otherwise random choices definite, but if you are really desperate for time or resources you can guess questions, although you don't really need to do that to beat the game.

The worst of all randomness is the lightning. The first kind of lightning is used to pave the way to an exit, but there are several exits and its possible that your lightning will hit an empty space, so it is easy for the lighting to be spread out and still not have an exit. These rolls will make or break your runs, they are the difference between having to focus all of your resources just to make it to the next level and being able to safely farm resources with impunity. Then there is the matter of having to find shelter in the storms. The randomness here has the potential to be more punishing when you have few buildings. Some buildings can take 1 or 2 lightning bolts and still stand for the next storm, but too few buildings and these tankier buildings are likelier to be destroyed. Despite all of the possible ways you can get ♥♥♥♥ed by the dice, you do have a decent bit of leeway to messup. Even if you get a few bad dice rolls, you should be able to make those up with resources from playing the minigames well.

Then there is the matter of death. You can use your various resources to get second chances once you 'die', but when you run out of those, you must start from the beginning. Additionally, the penalty when using buildings to revive gets increasingly severe, while using money to revive, while a static cost, will prevent you from getting more buildings/lightning.

What do you get for replaying this game? Mostly you just get to see different specs of story/dialogue; however, actually seeking out the in game diaries will be detrimental to progressing to the end, but I suppose that's just part of the message with this kind of game. You'll see the different level art styles and see some different minigames, but thats about it. Some roguelikes require you to play the game over and over to get direct benefits or crucial knowledge, but any useful knowledge is rerolled with each new game aside from knowing how to play a specific minigame.

In the end, its not close to being the hardest game of the genre since you dont need a truly perfect run to beat the game, but it isn't too simple either. Players have the option of playing the way the developer would, but you could also speedrun it too if you wanted to. I recommend both playing to win and playing to explore in order to get the most out of this game. Finally, for your own sanity, do not play this game in full screen mode unless you want to make it even harder, perhaps impossible.
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51 из 60 пользователей (85%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 13 января, 2014
Я ждал, и ждал не напрасно. Игра превзошла мои ожидания, и я даже подумать не мог что всё будет НАСТОЛЬКО хорошо. Казалось бы незамысловатая история о мёртвом персонаже, которого удалили из игры, не могла быть ничем иным, кроме как банальной аркадой, однако это не так. Игра просто завораживает историей, попадая в мир, где вы никому не нужны, и откуда скорее всего нет пути назад вы не можете остановиться играть, и я прервался только для того чтобы написать этот отзыв. Я просто хочу чтобы вы поиграли в это, обязательно и при любых обстоятельствах. Сложно передать впечатления, но можно сказать следующее: геймплей - прост. Он не раздражает и напоминает добротные аркады с PSX, которые разбавляются хорошими и не занудными мини играми. Звуковое сопровождение делает своё дело, и всё что мне остается это пожать руку тому, кто написал музыку для этой игры. Графическая состовляющая в сумме с музыкой создает атмосферу трагичности и (уже попсовой) безысходности, в какой-то момент даже начинает казаться что играешь в Silent Hill, созданный из страхов персонажей видеоигр. Простите, я хочу вернуться в игру, но до этого - я аплодирую стоя. Jason Oda, спасибо.
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9 из 17 пользователей (53%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
0.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 июля, 2014
Щняга какая-то.
Я то поклонник необычных игр, но это что-то совсем невменяемое. Концепт-то хороший: жизнь компьютерного героя после смерти. Но сделано это как-то вымучено. С какими-то лайтнингами и прэйерами. Постоянно атмосфера того что тебя вот-вот вздрючат.
Так же в наличии длинные непропускаемые заставки от чего играть ещё раз нет никакого желания.
Ну и шрифты докучи - полный ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Узкие, тонкие и совершенно нечитаемые.
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3 из 8 пользователей (38%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.4 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 7 января, 2014
incredibly atmospheric emotional ride with beautiful and sincere OST
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