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.
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Very Positive (103 reviews) - 82% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Greed
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 10, 2015
This is not even a demo.

10/10
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KerryDeVille
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25, 2015
Wierdest, strangest, most scary yet somewhat calming music, gameplay, and story.








I love it. <3
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Viðarr
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23, 2015
Pretty good.
Is not a game, is more like an experience... i liked it.
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Migrant
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10, 2015
First of all i've seen people complain about a couple of things...
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(The Gameplay Is Bad) - This is an art game, not call of duty
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(The Loading Screen Is Too Long) - It's not a loading screen, it's a puzzle Edmund intentionally placed there so only the people who really wanted to play the game could play it. (Move your mouse around in a circle and "the loading screen" should go away
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(Why isn't the real game out yet?) This is the real game, they just didn't get the time to remove the "Demo" label.
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Otherwise this is a great game for anyone who want's to play an art game.
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Nekrotikk
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1, 2015
I'm wondering why this is still listed as a demo. It is the full version as far as I can tell, it's just very short and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.
Coil is an interactive work of art rather than a game, and the story can be interpreted in many different ways. It's not something I would recommend to everyone because I can see it upsetting and/or offending certain people. That being said, it is a simple and beautiful concept.
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Whiterabbit-uk
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19, 2015
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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SPejsMan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2014
"Slice of life" - verbatim.
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• dj rmelancia
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2014
It's little pretty
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Dreadnaught
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 17, 2014
After playing this "game" ... I feel as the heavens have opened up unto me, and I was reborn..
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
0.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 23, 2011
I dont even know what the ♥♥♥♥ im playing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
Cant sprint or crouch wtf
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
6.2 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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