London, 2099. The earth isn't what it used to be anymore. Incredible climate changes have corrupted the weather, causing a permanent rain on most of the Earth's surface. You play the role of Luke Black, a 36-year-old bio-informatic engineer. He is one of the lead programmers at Nanotech, a big nanotechnology research company.
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Release Date: Jul 7, 2009

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London, 2099. The earth isn't what it used to be anymore. Incredible climate changes have corrupted the weather, causing a permanent rain on most of the Earth's surface.

You play the role of Luke Black, a 36-year-old bio-informatic engineer. He is one of the lead programmers at Nanotech, a big nanotechnology research company.

But one night, his life is changed forever when he encounters Tanya. Who is she? What does she wants from Luke?

Discover all the 24 different endings and explore all the possible paths! It's a truly dynamic adventure that will keep you entertained for hours.

The game features beautiful manga art, fun dialogue and characters relationship that will change the final outcome of the game.

GAME FEATURES


  • Dark and mature sci-fi setting
  • Interactive scenes and map system beside the classic visual novel gameplay
  • 24 unique endings to unlock
  • Optional fully voiced version available. Over 4h of voices!
  • High replayability, true multiple branching plot

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 185 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 185 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 185 MB available space
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Psychopath
8.0 hrs
Posted: July 10
Product received for free
I honestly didn't think that I'll find this game to my liking. But I did.
Visual novel is a very specific genre. Developer of the game should create the atmosphere of the world, vivid characters with different personalities and provide an interesting story. Developer of "Bionic Heart" succeded, in general. Here is why.
First of all, the atmosphere of the world. In "Bionic Heart" you'll be walking the streets of futuristic London with it's modern technologies all over the place. You'll find out that the change of climate really altered lifestyle of future people. Constant rains actually fit the setting, creating the tone of sadness and tension. All these things really put you in this world, so you don't feel too distant.
Then, characters. Well, that's the sad part. Sure, characters in this game weren't soulless puppets and sometimes their actions were unpredictible, but there is one thing which messed up everything. I'm talking about voice-acting. The voice-acting in "Bionic Heart" is really and I mean REALLY terrible. Most of the intonations sound fake and also you often can hear the sound of microphone which shows the poor quality of recording equipment. And that really spoils the gaming experience and kinda kills the atmosphere. I don't know why didn't developer just make the game without a voice-over. Sometimes it works out fine and in this case that probably would be for the best.
And finally, the story. Well, that's probably the best part. There is a bunch of plot-twists in this game, so you can't really play it without interest. Main character has to solve some mysteries and on the background he deals with relationship problems with his wife and his new...friend? There are 24 endings which is a lot, in my humble opinion. So it'll definitely get you occupied for several hours. Some endings can be unlocked in different ways, which is also a good thing.
In the conclusion, I can say that "Bionic Heart" is a really good game. Not a masterpiece of some sort, but it worth checking out if you like visual novels or want to know more about this kind of games.

This review is part of the Steamified Community Review program and the credit goes to both Steamified and the developer for providing the key for review purposes. For similar reviews and giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/.
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Pastel
2.2 hrs
Posted: June 15
the voice acting in this game is amazing
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
3.7 hrs
Posted: May 21
5.3/10 -1st Ending = Fun… 2nd Ending = Okay…. 24th Ending = Burnt-out/Bored

I have mixed emotions about this title; it's actually pretty good and there is a lot of content available to explore. However, with 24 different endings you will be playing a lot of the same sections a plethora of times. The first path choices only break into a few paths; so I got really tired trying to provoke a new storyline. For this reason I'm not a fan of more than 1-2 extra endings.

You are Luke, a lead programmer for a nanotechnology company from the year 2099. Life is pretty predictable until one day when an attractive cyborg shows up in your flat. Will you be able to help her and manage the other events and relationships in your life? I'd like to see you try! I enjoyed this for about an hour; there is more content for sure but sometimes navigating to a new story path can be tiresome. Game is fully voiced and the graphics and overall feel of the game are really enjoyable.

Worth $3.99; it's good for a while... but once you replay things a few times it gets old FAST.

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Helena
6.6 hrs
Posted: April 2
The story was actually more complex than I had expected. There’s more interaction between the characters on Bionic Heart than in other Winter Wolves games (at least the ones I’ve played so far), so that made me like this game. There’s a bit of status raising, which is okay because this time it was done in a good way: it’s not all about that, and you can see lots of events with the characters and get to know them better.

The art style was decent, BG was good, BGM was decent. But… The VA was terrible. I’m sorry, it was just REALLY BAD. I had to turn the voices off after 20 minutes of playthrough. There’s 24 different endings, so I think that the full price is fair. Even so, wait for a sale before getting this VN.

6/10. It was an okay game, I loved the huge variety of endings. But the VA almost ruined the whole experience for me. =/

Looking forward to play the next game!
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Maximum Player
3.2 hrs
Posted: March 14
Nice story, many endings and a lot of AI.
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bigh
4.5 hrs
Posted: January 12
Very nice Sci-Fi VN playing in the 21st Century. You are a programmer. One day a female cyborg looks for hideout in your flat. You try to help her and are going to encounter a conspirancy and research in a hidden lab. They try to transfer human minds into cyborg bodies and keep them under control. A ruthless boss, a mad scientist and a suspicious reporter are your biggest opponents. Also nice to see your nice blonde GF Helen and some other naked surprises in this adventure. Just complaining about some useful walkthrough guides for this game. Then it would be much easier to enjoy the plot.
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S.T.A.R.S Leon S. K.
4.2 hrs
Posted: January 11
For me personal a good Visual Novel with a nice story, many endings, the graphics are not so good but not so bad either, they are between some very few i find good, many are satisfying to acceptable, the sound makes no big roll in this game game, not a advantange and not a disadvantage. For VN Fans the game should be good, the story is unique and you have many ways to find and since it give over 21 endings, you can find the ending you want to like. I give this game 88% (personaly for me 95%) because i cant see what the developer could do better but i dont want get to high, that people aspect to much of it, but only buy/ play it if you like VN, not if you hate them and if you be neutral to it, then first watch the trailers, lets plays to find out if you like the story or not. Thank you for reading and hopefully enjoy it.
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tqwert14
0.9 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2015
If you like this game, I don't want to be around you
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Vic=HKC=
4.1 hrs
Posted: December 12, 2015
You're Luke, an engineer in the future, that is currently in a limbo with his girlfriend Helen and that will meet Tanya, a mysterious woman that may change (or not) his world. What's the corporation he's working for is hiding? What's happening with Tom, his best friend?

The game is focusing on Luke's life and depending on your choice, you'll meet a different fate. From never meeting Tanya to being kidnapped/killed without forgetting also all the other endings (like staying with Helen or marrying Tanya), you'll have to choose wisely if you want to unlock an ending you want. Some of them are easy while others are quite a ride.

Anyway, at least, with this visual novel, I had finally (like with Hatoful Boyfriend that I've played after) real different paths. While with Always Remember Me, it was a focus on relationships - with the same routine, here's it's different. Yes, relationships are important but ultimately, it's not always them deciding on your fate.

I love the realistic graphics, I found them really nice, however, you can see the fan service there: girls with few clothes, nice curves, very good voice actings. Seriously, I found Tanya more interesting than Helen, even in the voice actings. The soundtrack is also very good.

While I had an hard time to find the right path for some achievements, as the guides don't really give you the answer straight away, I still enjoyed Bionic Heart. No, really, I recommend it without hesitation.
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RexIvan
10.0 hrs
Posted: November 27, 2015
There's a few things I'm a sucker for every single time, no matter how cheesy or badly executed: swashbuckling adventures, 80's electronica music, and dystopian Blade Runner esque stories where the lead character knocks boots with a cyborg chick, especially if she's got half her face ripped off, like in Terminator 2.

Looking past that, though, this visual novel was fun. Voice acting can be pretty cringing at times, but pretty well done at times too. The art style is similar to late 80's early 90's anime, and I dig that. The sound track was enjoyable depending on the scene. As for the story, there were a few parts and several of the endings that actually *did* have me feeling for the characters, so I'd call that a 'win'.

Bottom line: Buy it on sale or as part of a bundle, if you're into this sort of thing. If you're not interested in the genre or setting, give it a pass.
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111 of 124 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Figuring I would check out Bionic Heart a bit while farming cards, I loaded up the game and started reading through the first chapter. Eight hours and 24 achievements later, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Bionic Heart isn't the best visual novel I've ever played, there are certainly issues that prevent it from being more, but it has a charm that I wasn't expecting. The game's greatest strength is in the sheer number of choices you're given and the many branching narratives that result. Discovering them all and winding your way through different story paths is truly where the fun lies.

Our story takes place in the 22nd century, in a world that through some catastrophic event is perpetually shrouded in clouds and endless rain. The protagonist, Luke Black, works for a biogenetics company in London. It is this association that leads him to a fateful encounter with a bionic human, a meeting that will forever change his life.

OK, so it's sci-fi and a little hokey, but that's part of the charm. Some of the ideas are pretty interesting, such as the endless rain, foam meals (because real food is too rare and expensive) and Mars colony that I wish we could have seen more of. Other ideas are rather silly, but if you can shut off the part of your brain that scrutinizes everything for realism, the game is fun and easy to get into.

The artwork is polished and quite good compared to a lot of other English language visual novels. It's a bit refreshing to see a game that clearly isn't trying to pull off the manga/anime look and stands on its own. The character designs are detailed and interesting. And outside of a few backgrounds being a bit more sketchy than polished, the whole look comes together very nicely.

This visual novel has full voice acting, which is a big deal for a lot of people. I usually play with the voices on mute for this type of game, so I can't comment on it much other than what little I actually listened to before turning it off was pretty....bad. I know Winter Wolves doesn't have the development funds to pay for high profile voice actors, but the B-movie quality of voice work here really takes away from the game, and that's saying something as the game's premise is pretty much a B-movie.

My biggest gripe, though, is that the writing could have been a little more polished. Some of the endings had glaring typos, and the writing style was more casual in places than I felt it should be. I know this is probably a silly nitpick, but everyone calling each other by their first names, even people who have never met each other, drives me up the wall. Luke referring to his boss as Richard instead of Mr. Meier or just Richard Meier (and this is a guy who only met his boss maybe once before) just seemed so out of place and awkward, it kept pulling me out of the story.

Despite some of the issues, I really enjoyed Bionic Heart. I was lucky and picked it up in a bundle, but for what's here I feel the $10 price point is fair. Fortunately, there is a demo available if you want to try it out before taking the plunge. I'll definitely be purchasing Bionic Heart 2 when it's released. If it's anywhere as fun as this one, I'm definitely in.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
It took me six and a half hours of playtime to completely finish the game, getting all endings. At a certain point, I simply skipped all the previously read dialogue just to get to the choices. All-in-all, it was a rather dull experience.

The personalities of the characters are flat, and easily predictable. The plot was often cheesy, and sometimes the reactions of the characters made no sense. The 'relationship meter' of the character only influences the game in very rare instances. For example, if you get to certain points, characters you have a great relationship to will still betray you/treat you like dirt if the plot demands it. There's only seven plot-relevant characters, the rest of the world doesn't even feature.

The sexual innuendo was especially painful. You are often forced to suffer through all sorts of sentences how 'hot and amazing' some girl's body is or our main hero commenting how he wants someone badly. it came across as a bit immature.

The voicing was... alright. The female protagonist was voiced by someone with either a bad mic or its an intentional effect to make her sound inhuman. Some others just sound really bad. The music has really strange cues and often ruins the mood. Not to spoil the story, but a tense scene where some people are about to die is suddenly overlaid with 80s porn music because they confess their love to each other. It was like a fist to the nose, mood-wise.

In the end, I didn't care for the characters, nor for the story. It was a bland, featureless experience. Alright to pass time, if you take it during a Sale, but don't expect to spend more than 6 hours on it.

Winter Wolves has the tendency to spit out Visual Novels like mass produced, pre-packaged goods. Check out their other games, judge for yourselves. As someone who often played and enjoyed Visual novels, I can warn you that this one is in the lower tier. Albeit I applaud the effort they made to voice the characters. That is about all that stands out positively. I was sadly fooled by the number of positive reviews in comparison to the bad ones.
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42 of 58 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
Okay so initially I was really unsure about this. I was tempted to give it a miss altogether. However I tried it out and ended up really enjoying it.
- choices are a bit more broad than I expected, not only can you choose different dialogue options but you can also choose where to go to or to avoid certain locations
- getting to an ending only takes around an hour, but surprisingly if you go back and take a different path a completely different kind of story can unfold

http://youtu.be/fRX6viF_SrI
http://youtu.be/aTvH76MqHws
So I actually achieved three different endings. First I gave the robot away to the police, that made the game end very early on, and it was kind of lame.
-----But then I started again and avoided notifying the authorities. This time the story went for much longer. Choosing between your love for your girlfriend or the robot was a prominent theme. At the end of that play-through the bad guy was apprehended, the police conveniently let the robot go, nobodies heart was broken and everybody basically lived happily ever after. It was a bit too sweet for me (okay it gave me a nice warm feeling inside lol). This ending gave me new information about the mysterious robotic woman but only enough so that it actually created more unanswered questions.
-----At this stage I had more time to play, so i went back again. I actually didn't really find more out about the robotic woman's background. In fact most of the main characters that took part in the story in my second play-through were put aside and didn't feature at all once I got to about mid-story. The game took place in a completely different location with a couple of new characters instead. There wasn't really any romance this time at all, it was more Sci-fi with a touch of horror. Some scenes were the same but it was overall quite a different experience.

Obviously the game is very simply presented with still inanimate backgrounds and characters. But I liked how the game looked visually. The only problem I had with the game’s visuals was that occasionally you could see more of the character images than you should have. What I mean by this is that sometimes they are raised above the bottom of the screen and you can see that they are cut off where they should have legs. It wasn't a big deal but it was sort of an immersion breaker.
-----All the dialogue is voice acted. I thought the protagonist’s dialogue was done adequately. Some of the characters spoke a bit slowly and monotonously. It seemed like they weren't as good, perhaps because it was the same voice actor attempting to create different sounding voices for a variety of character. That didn’t really matter though. I really liked the voice of the protagonist's girlfriend, she sounded really convincing when she was angry.

Okay so I recommend trying this game out. There is actually a demo version. If you check out the community hub you will find information about acquiring that there. You might want to take a look at it before purchasing the full game. I found only three in endings in about two hours time. But the game allegedly has twenty-four alternate endings in total. Hopefully this means that for the $10 price there is enough unique content to satisfy people.

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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Well, this game features what might possibly be the worst voice acting of all time. Maybe that is an exaggeration, but man, it really isn't good at all.
The sad thing is, I believe the developer(s) really actually cared about this game. It has a sense of personalization to it that comes from a loving hand when crafting. I just don't think they had the chops when it comes to story writing and as I mentioned before, that voice acting.
The graphics themselves do look quite nice however, so that is a positive to be taken from all this.
IDK, maybe one day when I am in that 3AM B Movie sort of mood, I will re download this game and try it out again, but it is unlikely. It's a game I really want to like, but just cant.
As of now though, I really cant recommend this game at all.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
A very short visual novel with an uninteresting story, poor visuals, and boring cliche characters. The game is fully voiced but the voice acting is so poor you will probably wish it wasn't. 24 different endings, certain ones reveal more of the plot and other ones change things about characters so they couldn't have the same continuity. There are a lot of choices but the game is so short that you will basically make a few decisions which will set towards a certain set of endings, you will then get 2-4 other choices each leading to a unique ending. I managed to get all the endings in the game in under two hours. The main character doesn't even seem to like his best friend and girlfriend very much so at least I wasn't alone in not liking characters.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I really dislike the dialogue and character interactions. Unfortunately, that is 90% of the content in a visual novel, so I unenjoyed this Visual Novel pretty thoroughly. I also find the protagonist to be creepy, and some of the things that he says are just perverted, perfidious and unloyal (he is engaged), or out-of-character, and it made me uncomfortable to play as him.

The protagonist's best friend (Tom) seems to have the worst lines out of anyone. At one point Tom says "With whom you were speaking?", and all of his lines felt very unnatural. The protagonist also seems to only be tolerating Tom, so it doesn't make sense how this person is still the protagonist's best friend.

SPOILERS below!!!!!

In the first five minutes of the game you are given a choice; Let a threatening female android into your home, or call the police. If you call the police, the game gives you a "bad end" and you are told that the android "might have been your perfect partner." It then goes on to say that you live on with your Fiance, have kids, and basically live happily ever after. Which doesn't sound so bad to me, tbh.

The alternative choice is to let her in. In this Visual Novel the protagonist isn't really a "blank slate" for the player to fill in, he has his own personality and life. This is important to note, because letting in the female android doesn't fit his character. Once she comes in, he sees that she is an android missing half of her face, and then she runs off to hide somewhere in his apartment. Here's the weird part: The protagonist then tells Tom (who was in the other room) that he is sleepy so Tom will leave and the protagonist can be alone with this android. Why in the world would he do that!? This android was just threatening to break down his door, and she's missing half of her face! Being alone with that android is the last thing that anyone would choose to do!

Those are just a couple of examples of character interaction and choices that I found inappropriate. Also, the protagonist creeps me out! He's been engaged to a woman for 10 years, yet just about as soon as this android forces her way into his apartment, he's inner-monologuing about wanting to sleep with her. Even though she is still an immediate threat to him, and is openly threatening to kill him!

I can not recommend this game, to anyone.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Ok so this game does bear some similarities with a certain game called "SAKURA SPIRITS" in so much as you do get to see some semi naked female's but (and its a big BUT) this game actually keeps you interested in its story and the decisions you make can and do really effect your story and the outcome you will reach.
The story is like a "SCI-FI B" movie but its done with such a gusto for the genre that you can (and do) forgive its (shall we say) lack of self control when it comes to the characters and their really cheesy "B-MOVIE" style voice overs.
The graphics are of the static variety and the quality of hand drawn artwork is of a good standard,there are plenty of characters to meet and interact with (well as much as you can interact with characters in a visual novel) and many an outcome from the choices you make (MORE ON THIS LATER)
The sound and music in game is all done well,but as mentioned earlier the characters all sound like they belong in some cheesy "SCI-FI B" movie,but actually this is'nt to the games detriment and it seems to just suit the game some how (dont ask me why it just does ??)
The story is very well written and can take very different path's depending on what choices you actually make and what you decide to do,should you go meet your friend in the park ?? or should you stay in the office and work through your dinner break ??.
In a lot of these type of games it wouldent make much difference but trust me when i say that in this game every choice you make can lead you to one of many different and really varied endings (i havent discovered them all yet,and i wonder just what i will have to do to get them all ??)
I must admit that i bought this game because i liked the premise of it and i actually didnt expect it to be as much fun as it actually is,every time i play i find myself making a slightly different choice and this leads to one of the many posible endings,even at the start of the game you get a chance to find one ending that literally finishes it before it even starts.
And thats the simple fact of why this game grabs you,we as human beings will allways wonder what if ??,what if i did that? and what if i did this? and in this game you will be wondering that as you choose how to answer people and where to go all the time wondering what if ??
If you like visual novels then you will love this if not then it wont convert the people that dont and will never like these sort of games,me i have found another visual novel that i found both interesting and fun to play through at the same time,and thats what a game is all about being FUN.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Really enjoy Bionic Heart for number of reasons. It's fully voiced and if you don't like that you have the option to shut it off. You are given multi choices which in there own right feel reasonably different that leads to different endings. Some are good and some are bad. So it's not happily ever after with everything you do. Even if you don't want to find all the endings yourself Winter Wolves has a guide to help you in the forums. Really enjoy a lot of Winter Wolves games hope they keep coming out with them on Steam.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
What is Bionic Heart?

Bionic Heart is a visual novel from the renowned studio Winter Wolves. It is set in the future. A robot escapes its facility and flees to a top programmer at Nanotech. The novel has 24 different endings, each one gives a Steam achievement.


Graphics:
The graphics are nicely done, but for me and other people I talked to there are too few artworks for the characters, meaning the only take so few positions during the game. The backgrounds are fitting, but mostly not a really spectacular sight. The artist however is not to blame since the setting of the game doesn't play in beautiful places but in a - dsytopian or just realistic? - future.

Sound:
The music is nicely done, an only downpoint is that - if you go on a certain path first - you get minorly spoilered about one character by noticing the voice also is robotic while the protagonists don't seem to notice it yet. Since you have to go a very specific way this is a minor issue, but there still could have been "normal" human voices to the bionic robotic protagonists since nobody in-universe seems to notice them by their voices.

Story:
The story reminds me very much of "The Outer Limits". There are all kinds of endings - some depressing, some uplifting, good and bad, and a spectrum in-between. Many times, several protagonists' fates remain unresolved, but by replaying the game one can sometimes get an idea of what happens to them.
There are two or three logic flaws in the game, noticeable when you replay. For example in one scene something happens which if you take another choice doesn't happen, although the people involved in making it happen shouldn't act differently at all.

Controls:
Due to engine limitations, it seems not possible to bring up the pause menu if you play with a controller, but as it is a visual novel, a controller is not superior to a mouse anyway. I just feel like this should be mentioned. There also seems to be no way to visit previous scenes, so one should save often.

Recommended:
If you like either visual novels or science fiction, you are right here, even more so if you liked The Outer Limits. An asking price between 5 and 10 Euro feels right for this game.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Nice story, many endings and a lot of AI.
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