Coil is an experimental "autobiographical" game that plays out more like a song or painting then an actual "game". I was basically trying to create an experience that put the player into an open minded space and let them question not only what the game was about, but what a game can actually be.
Release Date: Feb 1, 2008
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Coil is an experimental "autobiographical" game that plays out more like a song or painting then an actual "game". I was basically trying to create an experience that put the player into an open minded space and let them question not only what the game was about, but what a game can actually be.

Coil uses mouse movements only, no keys or clicking is involved at all.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Coil is a strange experimental game where you direct a spermatazoa using mouse movements only (you need to flick from side to side so that the flagella creates movement), and your task is to find the female ovum and fertilize it. Once you have penetrated the egg, the cell nucleus starts to divide ..... The game then progresses thorugh various stages of development via a series of mini games, each one taking you nearer to the foetus's full alien development. (I'm not going to describe any more of these as it would be giving too many spoliers away). The mini games are intermingled with at times somewhat weird text, for example:


When she awoke from the coil time didn't wait for her, it just watched her whimper

or

He whispered as she divided, This will make you remember that I am a part of you.

To get rid of the text follow the arrows with your mouse.

To be honest, I found the text part a little confusing as it really didn't seem to tie in with the mini games, which by the way were beautifully drawn.

I wouldn't recommend you let any children play this game as it is overtly sexual in some of the text.

Overall I found the game interesting enough to play through a few times as I love anything biological (both my degrees are biology oriented).

For a free game I'd recommend this to any of my friends. Don't expect a full blown indie game with several hours worth of game play; that said it did hold me for almost two hours before I fell asleep at the keyboard (not the games fault but morphine) IMO it's definitely worth a few hours of tinkering, just to experience what I'd call game art.


If you get stuck, remember its all in the mouse movement. I didn't figure this initially and it took ages to get past the first mini game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Pre-Release Review
After playing this "game" ... I feel as the heavens have opened up unto me, and I was reborn..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
It's little pretty
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Pretty good.
Is not a game, is more like an experience... i liked it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
A game developed and produced by the man of questionable sanity who produced The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy, Edmund McMillan, and Florian Himsl, a programmer for The Binding of Isaac.

Though the word game is being used pretty loosely since this is an interactive story with no pretense of being a game. It shares similar art to McMillan’s other work. The game is controlled purely using the mouse with no keyboard and even no clicking. Though i’m still not exactly sure how the mouse controls you; I’m sure rotating the mouse is somehow involved. But the point is, the main character/embryo handles like a blind, deaf and dumb horse with three legs. But this game isn’t about the controls.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2014
Coil is a great indie game, its really short and tells a story that means something a little different to each person. The game really is what you make of it. Art wise it seems to stand on its own and has decent sound. I recommend playing through the game yourself atleast once, you will most likely have at least a bit of fun playing,
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
The game is a masterpiece. This game is dipicted as a simple journey that is insightful and portrays a journey that we have all gone through at one point, it's complex story built upon it's interactive nature shows the gamer the developers view's on the subject. Even though some may think it is about procreation, some might say it is about love in a in-depth comparison, but when two fetuses procceded to have 1 on 1 combat it reminded me of call of duty as it's main fan base is 10 and below, however this game is not suited for young minds as it does have a dark sense inbedded in the plot.

Coil has a unique way of of presenting it's story as each sequence is after short text which gives a bit of the story and requires some sense in order to play as there is no assistance present. Players could find this game difficult if they were a cockroach... half braindead... paralysed and if they were trying to play in the middle of a war. Although the game is spectacular in its art and narrative style and the small puzzles however lacking, it does feel empty in a retrospect, but it is always fun to have a race with your friends and show them all the hours you have played of it with the hardcore competitve edge it presents.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2011
Pre-Release Review
I dont even know what the ♥♥♥♥ im playing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
Great Intriguing Story with Soundtrack. Very Abstract. However, multiple tried is needed to know what you need to do. Overall it is a fun free game! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
WHAT IS THIS GAME??? I think its good though
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2011
One of the few games which goes against societal norm. Very unique in many aspects such as narrative storyline requiring only a mouse, lack of tutorial and straightforward jump into the game just like the majestic sperm starting out in game without a "tutorial." While some may think of this as "casualized" it is anything but owing to the player to rely on his own instincts rather than following the straight path of society. While we humans grow initially following our fundamental instincts such as crying and breathing, Coil lends itself to our basic thought process of instinctual thinking. This is a contrast to many games which teach you basic controls and expects you to do the same thing until you finish the game with 50 dollars less.

The head first approach gives the game a sense of mystery and immediately sets off the grim atmosphere surrounding the game, with the player trying to make heads or tail of the PC. Each level transition is accompanied by an unreliable narrative, which requires the player to make his own interpretation.

There is no failure in the game, just eventual success. Another contrast to society in that there is no failure, there is always a way forward. The only thing is how you will go forward. While it is no reason for you to play Coil, it is an invaluable game experience which makes it one of the best games I have ever played.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2013
THIS IS THE BEST MINIGAME THAT HAS EVER BEEN CREATED THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
Cant sprint or crouch wtf
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2012
Short. Creepy. Surreal. Alien. Coil is a coffee break of body horror, weirdness, and art. I highly recommend giving it a try since it's free and not too long.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2012
A very strange, yet thought-provoking game. It's a very short game, taking maybe 15-20 minutes to get through, depending on your intuition. It's a puzzle game without instructions, but many times the details of the game hint at the solutions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2012
This is an odd game indeed. It seems to be a short story about conception from the narrator's perspective with minigames inbetween. Although not particularly fun from a gaming standpoint, it's interesting from an intelectual standpoint. It's worth a quick look, and it doesn't take very long to finish the game. The Steam Store lists this as a Demo, but it's actually the full game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2011
Pre-Release Review
This is a very original game, that might not even by called a game at all. It feels like a natural flow of some process, and must be felt and not just played.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
awesome!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
A masterpiece!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
I gotta say, this game is fun as hell. The remix of "From Here On It Got Rough" by Kaada is fantastic, and the poem; oh my god,
the poem! It's just so romantic and mysterious to me. Granted, the 2nd level is really, really difficult, but other than that, this
game is one of the best games that Edmund Mcmillen and Florian Himsl have created. I hope you guys create more games...

Rating - 9/10
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