In Neo-San Francisco, a vibrant city of low life and high tech, you will witness the world’s first sapient robot learning to grow and live as you become embroiled in the darkest scandal of 2064.
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Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

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“It's like a Telltale game, Phoenix Wright, and Snatcher had some sort of millennial cyberpunk baby.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“ROM is a resounding success and one of the most affecting adventures I've ever had.”
8/10 – GameSpot

“A memorable game that's hard not to like and recommend to others... inclusive and accessible to just about everyone.”
8/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

Neo-San Francisco, 2064 AD. Your life as a struggling journalist is interrupted by the world's first sapient machine, a ROM (Relationship and Organizational Manager) named Turing. Together, you and the quirky robot will encounter a colorful cast of locals and overcome challenges as you uncover the city’s secrets behind the overlapping futures of technology and humanity.

Read Only Memories is a new cyberpunk adventure that will take you on a journey of puzzle-solving and exploring as you investigate the mysterious world and characters of Neo-San Francisco. Inspired by classics like Gabriel Knight and Snatcher, ROM is a retrofuturistic take on the point and click adventure genre that features a rich mature narrative and unique gameplay challenges hidden within the beautiful interactive pixel scenes. The deeper you delve into the life of your missing friend, the further you get entangled into this tale about the dark side of technology.

Can you survive in Neo-SF? Or will the mystery go unsolved?

Key Features:

  • Dynamic narrative defined by player choices, with over 10 hours of dialogue, exploration, and gameplay challenges with multiple solutions.
  • BAFTA-nominated voice actors Adam Harrington and Dave Fennoy guide immersion in the aesthetics along with the exclusive synth-driven original soundtrack by 2 Mello and the retro futuristic pixel art style of JJSignal.
  • A vibrant cast of characters populate the world, as the rich interactive encounters with allies and enemies alike will unearth world-changing revelations.

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz with SSE2 instruction support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X or Open GL 2.0 compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: one that goes boop and beep
    • OS: Windows 7
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz with SSE2 instruction support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: beep boop bop
    • OS: OSX 10.9
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz with SSE2 instruction support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: blip
    • OS: Ubuntu 14
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
A delightful adventure game. Interesting setting, good atmospheric music. Very linear plot, endings can be reached in under 2 hours. Most puzzles have an alternative or fallback solution. Interacting with any object in the world and trying to use any inventory item on it always yields at least two unique lines of text. This makes it really fun to just mess around.

The only issue I had with the game are the unskippable character conversation animations. They prevent clicking 'next' rapidly, and currently there is no fast-forward feature, so re-playing the game to see the different endings is a bit tedious, even on fastest text speed. Not a big deal, though.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Read Only Memories is a point and click adventure game, and that's great, and it excels at that. The basic plot is this robot, named Turing, has his creator, Hayden, abducted in front of his eyes and in turn, goes to you, the main character, who's a journalist who was close friends with Hayden, and Turing states that you were the one mostly likely to assist Turing. People are saying it's another Snatcher, and I can see why people call it that, in my opinion, it's best to call the game it's own being rather than a Snatcher clone. The game also contains a lot of SJW themes, and personally I didn't think they weren't too heavy, but rather just noticeable at certain points. The game claims it's "A New Cyberpunk Adventure", and while it does have characters with cyberpunk backgrounds/themes, it's a stretch to call it a cyberpunk game.
EDIT: 9/27/16 - I completed Read Only Memories today, and it's one of few games that made me cry at the end. I'm keeping this a completely spoiler-free review, but if you want to know the endings, look it up. Many games that I've played recently have a great story, and then the ending leaves something to be desired, and I've felt cheated with most games. In this game however, the ending was fleshed out, and most characters were mentioned/commented on during the epilogue, allowing you to know what happened, and if anything radical changed in the Neo-SF area.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This is among the best games I've played... maybe ever. Of course, that's very subjective, and from a slightly more objective standpoint, this game maybe isn't that good - at least as a game. The "gameplay" category is severely lacking. Luckily, where it suffers in gameplay, it shines in story and characters. The most casual inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters I have ever seen in any piece of media is so refreshing - they aren't token characters to prove just how PROGRESSIVE Midboss is, they're characters, and that's that. The major characters are all very well-rounded, each with their own backstory that's drip-fed to you slightly throughout the game - and, in some certain characters' cases, poured on you all at once. The story is very, very present throught the whole thing, and it evolves as the player learns new things. Here's a quick, light spoiler outline of the story.

You are a journalist working to survive on a crappy laptop, a backed up sink, and a dying plant. Your life is pretty average until the world's first sapient robot and companion to an old friend shows up. The robot, named Turing, informs you that Hayden, your old friend, has gone missing. Throughout the game, as you meet and learn more about characters, your motives change. It starts as a journey to find the people responsible for the disappearance of an old acquaintance, but that's not the story that this game is trying to tell. I cannot stress to you enough how excellent this game is. Just buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I appreciated the lack of absurb logic puzzles and pixel hunting. It told a good story, with good characters.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I wasn't planning on reviewing this game, I was planning on getting a refund and leaving it alone. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a refund. I want my $5 back.
I like point and click games, and I like cyberpunk games.
I read some reviews saying it had LGBT chracters in it and other reviews saying it was "SJW trash" so I assumed that the people saying "SJW trash" were just mad it had LGBT chracters in it.
I am part of the LGBT community and this game makes a mockery of LGBT people.
"LGBT people are like furries"
"Being LGBT is just a choice"
"xe/xir bunself pronouns are normal uwu"
"Being genderfluid is a real thing"
I had to take a moment and wonder if this game was actually made by people who want to make fun of LGBT people
If you're LGBT, don't buy this.
If you wanted a good cyberpunk adventure, don't buy this.
I never thought I'd say this, but this game is disrespectful, boring, uninteresting "SJW trash."
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6 of 15 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I let this one sit on me for a while before I reviewed it. Haven't played it in some months now. I don't think I liked it. If I had written the review right after I beat the game, I'd have recommended it. But since I waited to write this, I'm not going to. Let me explain.

The game played well, had great environments, plenty of unique characters, and some head scratcher puzzles here and there. But after a few months, the only thing that stuck with me was all of the not-so-subtle LBGTQ metaphor. I am a gay man and embrace LGBTQ. But I can't lie that I feel a little disappointed it was the overwhelming theme of the entire game.

I know this game was kickstarted, but that's about it. So I can imagine if that community mostly backed it they could have had an influence on the end product, or maybe not. At the end of the day I'm just making excuses for it, so that's why I'm not going to recommend it.

If it was 4-ish hours long, for sure. But for a long, expensive game like this I'd pass this one up. Maybe try out Technobabylon.
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238 of 334 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
unfortunately, many of the reviews written here give off the wrong impression of read only memories. in fact, they say more about the gaming community than the game itself. ROM is by no means some kind of ham-fisted "tumblr" "sjw" nightmare. what they're trying to say is: "this game is diverse and asked for my pronouns and that made me uncomfortable."

ROM is an obvious love letter to all things cyberpunk, especially blade runner, hideo kojima's underappreciated snatcher, and ghost in the shell. though some unavoidable parallels are drawn between current social issues and those featured in the game, they are hardly ROM's central focus, and the questions it asks are no more offensive than any other cyberpunk work (such as the three i mentioned previously). the writing and characters are consistently entertaining and charming (i love turing so much). the artwork and overall aesthetic is gorgeous, stylish, and detailed. the music is incredibly catchy and groovy and will stick in your head for a while after playing. as far as gameplay goes, if you're a fan of adventure games in the style of snatcher, or maybe even ace attorney, you should enjoy ROM. it can feel a bit linear at times, though i know there are a few different endings that depend on your choices throughout the game, but the linearity never really bothered me.

i don't really have many criticisms. ROM can be pretty wordy at times (conversations occasionally carry on longer than necessary, as well as individual pieces of dialogue) and there are some questionable design choices here and there (such as the out-of-place japanese text on some buildings and billboards, which may be there as a reference to its influences). i think my biggest complaint is that the game's length and pacing discourage replay value, which makes achieving multiple endings kind of a chore.

i thoroughly enjoyed it, however. ROM's gameplay and style may not appeal to everyone, but i highly recommend it if what you've seen/heard so far seems like it's up your alley. it's very well-made and clearly had a ton of work put into it, and without a doubt i consider it one of the best games of 2015.
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310 of 465 people (67%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
Read Only Memories was interesting enough for me to finish it, and the inclusiveness of its setting gave me a lot to think about. However, playing it is wading through passive-aggressive, condescending murk and it's not an experience I would recommend to other people.

I feel that the story of this game would be better served by being setting it up as a visual novel with Turing the robot as the explicit protagonist rather than the point-and-click adventures of their bumbling sidekick. You are very much Turing's sidekick. Turing drives the story and it's Turing's journey that the game is ultimately about. Your role is to piously "witness the world’s first sapient robot learning to grow and live," absorb info dumps, serve as a punching bag for constant anger and threats, and to provide comic relief by talking to inanimate objects. I found it tedious.

If you don't want to play quite so reverently, there are a lot of dialog options where you can be a jerk for no reason, but really that just gives the game ammunition to treat you even more like a total schmuck so I didn't bother.

Also, prepare for glitchy, poorly explained puzzles that pop up out of nowhere, keep you from saving when they appear, and may not affect the story at all or may downgrade your ending if you mess them up.

If you want a game that explores meaningful choice, I would recommend Life Is Strange.
If you want pixel art and an awesome story with awesome characters, I would recommend Undertale.
If you want an interesting experience where you are not the protagonist, I would recommend The Beginner's Guide.
If you want a cyberpunk game, I hear that Shadowrun: Dragonfall is pretty good.
If you want the most inclusive setting, then and only then I would recommend this game.
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95 of 135 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Preachy, condescending, and incredibly narrowminded.

While there's some interesting music and art, any enjoyment of Read Only Memories is completely snuffed out by some of the most insulting writing I've ever seen in a videogame. The player character serves only as a dog to be yanked along on a leash by your insufferable robot companion, and gleefully kicked by any of the NPCs who haven't reminded you how superior they are within the last five seconds. Your constant ally in the game treats you like a petulant child from your first encounter, and relishes every opportunity to express their disappointment in you as a player for daring to explore the dialogue tree or challenge a given idea. From the outside it may sound funny or like a purposeful stylistic decision, but from a gameplay perspective it's genuinely frustrating. Even the flavor text you get from examining the objects in the world drips with disdain for the player.

After several chapters of having my character dragged through the mud from every possible direction, I didn't want to play anymore. The premise is somewhat fascinating, but there's nothing within this package that's not extremely derivative. This game is what happens when a writer is more interested in forcing their ideas down your throat than crafting a compelling, enjoyable narrative. I strongly suggest avoiding this game and looking for another adventure.
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Although a few sections do their damndest to waste your time without really adding anything, and the fact that there are barely puzzles to solve, Good presentation, music, intrigue and sense of humour help buoy what is basically a more progressive, bright and approachable snatcher.

At $20.00 CDN, I would not recommend this title, however. as It's basically a six hour visual novel. Thankfully, this is steam, and likely the only reason you're on this page is because there's a sale.
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22.6 hrs
Posted: October 24
Read Only Memories was something I got wrapped with a narrative Humble Bundle I really wanted; I had never heard of ROM or known about this game before hand. And I played through most fo the other games in that bundle before I even glanced at ROM.

I really wish I hadn't waited so long.

This game isn't perfect--but for somebody who enjoys all the kind of pointless but interesting details you can find from clicking and exploring and trying items on everything you can, this is a game for you. I've always been in love with the concepts of AI being more than just AI in shows or books; Data from Star Trek TNG or The Doctor in Star Trek Voyager were my favorite characters in those shows because they were artificial beings who became MORE than just androids or programs. The deep question of what true existence means and what happens when something we see as a tool becomes a being is always so fascinating to me...And while I know that in ROM it's an allegory for a more prevalent and relevent social battle being waged today, I appreciate it for chosing this to be it's vessel.

The visuals are delightful, and the humor and references were pretty good. Some things probably went ove rmy head or was too niche for me to know, but all in all I felt the right kind of feels at all the right times. Especially with Pat! I love that bear, god help me he's the best character in the game hands down.

However, one thing that I didn't find as good were the few puzzles that would be thrown in. Luckily I'm a save ♥♥♥♥♥ and so when I failed I didn't have to reload back far. But they aren't as easily explained or obvious as to HOW you're supposed to go about completing them until quite a bit of trial and error if you're not en point. Most took me only a few times, and I'm just trash at most puzzles. But it still was kind of stressful and if I'd been given a bit more clarification as to what to do I feel it would've really helped.

But all in all, I loved this game and was very pleased to have gotten the chance to play it!
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10.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
Fantastic game. The plot is great, the characters are fun, the choices are dedicated, the puzzles are well thought out. It's just a lot of good stuff.

The pronoun option is such a simple mechanic to put in that literally takes away nothign from the plot. There is no harm or foul in whether the character calls you she or he or they or xe or whatever you want, and it is not the central plot point no doubt many of people are pretending it is. It just IS part of the game.

I love it and can not recommend it enough.

Edit: My time might suggest the game is short, but it's worth noting I still haven't gotten around to playing the (completely free DLC) and thus it is definitely longer than my time suggests.

That said, if you're worried, by all means wait for it to go on sale again. Just make sure you grab it! It's a fantastic title.
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14.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
Honestly, I get the dislike for this game. As a point-and-click, it's alright. In terms of being "Cyberpunk," it needs more "Cyber." As an interactive novel, however, I enjoyed this game. Just know what you're getting into when buying it and you should be fine.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 18
Read Only Memories. . . . .what can I say . . . .

This game is a fresh and unique throw back into an old school point and click. . .
It's a throw back to the late 80's 90's 8 bit games. . . . .
It's got a simple configaration setup and style . . . . .
It's got a fun and diverse story line. . . . .
It's got awesome characters and enviroment. . . . .
it's got an amazing old school retro OST . . .
It's got a choice based consequences story/interaction line. . .
It's got 4 different endings I think?
All based on how you interact with fellow you characters.

Overall I honestly really enjoyed this game,
it was a fun and a great experience in playing it.
I enjoyed this game.

Wish there were more like this on the market!
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Artificial Insanity
6.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
Definitely the best sci-fi movie I've ever seen.

Wait, I was playing that? Explains the constant desire of the protagonist to apply spoiled milk on things.

But in seriousness, it's astonishing how interactive everything is, and how great every character is, etc. What can I say other than, "they completely nailed this"?

How do so many films and books, despite their only jobs being narrative, fail so badly at it when this game can not only bring a strong narrative, but a strong narrative that is non-linear, take place in a believable sci-fi universe with real issues you probably didn't even consider, and have a great sense of humor WHILE being a GAME?

I can't reccomend this more. Pure distilled awesome.

Also, totally want the sequel that takes place in space that wasn't actually a thing but Turing said "maybe someday" or something, and another ROM stated their dream was to go to space, so I'm going to pretend there is going to be a sequel that takes place in space because that would be awesome.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: October 2
A++ adventure
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