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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August 9

Announcement on Read Only Memories Playstion Launch

Hey ROMantics,

We've got some news on our blog about the Playstation Announcement

http://midboss.com/2016/08/2064-read-memories-playstation-
launch/

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June 23

2064: Read Only Memories Gameplay Trailer & Cast Announcement



Hey ROMantics!

We just announced our entire cast of Voice Actors for 2064: Read Only Memories!

We have Austin Creed, Melissa Hutchison, Jeff Lupetin and so many more! Check them out!

http://midboss.com/2016/06/2064-read-memories-gameplay-trailer-cast-announcement/

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Reviews

“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.

Note: Cloud Saves currently only support same platform. Multi-platform support coming soon!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz with SSE2 instruction support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: blip
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14
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Jeremy
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
A good game! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the original "Snatcher" game by Hideo Kojima, as it is very reminiscent of it. It is also similar to the Ace Attorney games and visual novel like games.

To give you an idea of the gameplay, it's basically a point-and-click adventure meets a visual novel. The choices you make throughout the game affect how the story unfolds, though only a few key events really change the ending (there are 5 endings). There are may different ways to progress through the game. For example, two of the chapters in the game can be played in either order and some obstacles can be overcome several different ways or with different items.

Some things I liked:
  • The characters were great, and I loved how you could befriend them or not depending on what you did.
  • Choices that felt meaningful but not hollow or distracting from the main story (Telltale does this a lot for me)
  • Great soundtrack
  • LGBT themes that aren't "rubbed in your face"... I.e. realistic and without tokenism.
  • Lots of little-hidden jokes here and there, with an interesting world to explore.
  • Seems replayable, or at least twice IMHO (as I said, 5 endings, bonus "episode").
  • I loved how they used a variety of uncommon word that weren't too esoteric. Most writing in games can come off as "dumbed down".

Some things I think needed improvement (but not a deal breaker):
Note that these things could have been changed since I played it (there has been at least one update to this game I know of).
  • Controller support seemed lacking... lack of custom key mapping was really disappointing. Playing the same was awkward with the default settings on my gamepad... also there wasn't a functioning "back" button (had to get up to hit Esc on the keyboard sometimes)
  • The game could have been made better with a little more voice acting, like Snatcher, but granted I understand this is indie and voice acting can be expensive.
  • Several points had puzzles/sequences were you had to finish them to progress (e.g. one at the beginning of chap 6, and of course the "boss battle"), which could have been fairer if they gave you hints after the 3rd time you failed one. Thank god for the community discussion boards.

Most of the complaints I see with this game seem to be around the LGBT themes, with one person calling it an "SJW narrative", but that's far from true. It seems realistic considering where it takes place and is progressive in a "not rubbing your face in it" sort of way. Granted, the "they/their" pronouns still catch me off-guard and confuse me sometimes.

As well the length of the game wasn't too bad (I think 6 hours for one playthrough) considering the multiple endings and bonus episode, but that's just my opinion... I think it makes it quaint and not overbearing.
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That Sly Guy
24.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
One thing I did under mind the first time was the power to save over multiple slots. It's pretty convinient especially if you want to go through different choices and possibly swipe some lingering achievements without the hastle of creating a new game. I'd advise using it, you don't have to, but they DID put it in the game after all! ;3
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Ɲøƨϝϵℜⱥŧų
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game just isn't fun. It has a blan story and isn't compelling in any way. The characters are so fleshed out they seem so generic. Not compelling and not entertaining.
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Golwar
52.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
A really pleasant Visual Novel, if you enjoy the SciFi setting and its topic of sapient AI (and its risks).
There was only one riddle that left me confused for some time, so don't expect the classic point & click adventure experience.

And don't let my playtime fool you, I mostly played while I watched the Olympics.
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Slavophile
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
Thought I was going to get a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game. Instead I got a thinly veiled SJW propaganda piece trying to educate me about the systematic oppression of furries.

Only fun I had in this game was choosing my own stupid pronouns.
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arcadeturtle
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
I got this game through a humble bundle but i still think it's a very great game and would recommend to anyone who enjoys point and click games, with cyberpunk/scifi themes as well as representation for all types of minorities. I love how it tackles social problems in subtle yet impactful ways as well. Def worth the try!
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mikesanerd
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Read Only Memories is a simple game without much polish, but it does have a good story so I have to say that I enjoyed it overall. Definitely only play this one if you are interested in a visual novel about the (not so distant) future of robots and AI.

Pros:
+ Story is very insightful. It's set in a very plausible future and gives you a lot to think about.
+ Setting is interesting. I like the writer's take on politics and how quickly we could slide into some dystopian directions.
+ Good sense of mystery and a story with some intrigue and twists

Cons:
- Sound is annoying as heck. Devs were going for a retro thing where speech is represented by nonsense noises, but given the huge amount of dialog in the game, this gets old fast.
- Graphics are bad. Again, it's meant to look retro, but I don't think this game pulls off retro. The retro feel is also kind of odd given the subject matter of the game (sci-fi, robots, AI, computers, etc.)
- Fairly boring. The game is pretty much just reading an interactive novel. Not a lot to do game-wise.
- Writer is not very good at writing in the voices of different characters. The characters are interesting, but they all seem to talk with the same voice.
- This game had a weird habit of not closing properly and convincing Steam that I was still playing. I often had to completely shut down my computer when I was done playing.
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Bubba Jones
14.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
A nicely written adventure game with somewhat dated or retro graphics and sound. The story, puzzles, and interaction with the environment is likeable enough to entertain any fan of the cyberpunk or sci-fi genre.

The game is about meeting an AI in a cyberpunk setting following a crime by some unknown organization and the events that follow. The characters you meet are unusual and well-developed. There are some instances of finding archetypes among the characters, but the authors are self-aware enough to make some changes to undermine the norm to keep things interesting. The plot is secondary to the characters, Turing in particular, and serves more to develop the characters and setting over the the story.

The puzzles are not difficult or complicated and they are sometimes optional. Usually failure of a puzzle is no cause for alarm or a load, there will be alternatives which will take you back on the rails. So, pacing and interest were never a problem as I was playing. The focus on this game was definately on story and dialogue over the puzzles and gameplay.

The interface is somewhat primitive and reminds me of older adventure games. This isn't a choice of emulating to the point of making a UI as annoying as older adventure games but making a UI that looks like older adventure games so I can respect their vision.

In all, I found this a decent adventure game in a subgenre which I usually enjoy seeing games in. If you are a fan of cyberpunk or sci-fi games and adventure games, this is a game you may find yourself enjoying.
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LOVE & смерть
8.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
Do you hate being triggered? Walk outside, triggered. Get in the car, triggered. Going on any website that isn't Tumblr, triggered. Is that you? Well buy this game. Just buy it. Go on. The game is Tumblr-style PC

If you aren't a shameless SJW (Like me), and you think it looks interesting, then buy this game. Just buy it. Go on. Reading many of the recent reviews out there that call this game "LGBT-ACDEFHIJKMNOPQRSUVWXYZ Propaganda" or whatever, which is a shame, because if you write off this game like that, you'll be missing out on some amazing storytelling, witty writing, great characters, stellar soundtrack, and some pretty good artwork.

Yes it's true that about 80% of the characters who are good in this game are Tumblr-special-snowflakes, and there are parts of the game which literlly shouts "You thought he was strait and that makes you feel wierd doesn't it, you cis white scum", but it never says that being a white, heterosexual male that eats meat isn't a bad thing, which people automatically assume when they play this.

It's a good game and hey, what's not fun about convincing your robot friend named after a gay computer scientist that all your prefered pronouns are "senpai"?.
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EnriKinsey
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
A neon-colored retro cyberpunk adventure in the streets of Neo San Francisco.

Fun mini-games.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I'm surprised that the recent reviews have gotten more negative, but I think partly it's the effect of recent sales (which is how I came across it).
I'd definitely recommend it on sale, but if you go into it with both eyes open, you might still enjoy this little game.

- Yes, it is more like a novel, and yeah, your choices don't have the kind of impact you'd like outside of achieving mildly different endings or achievements. It didn't feel as dynamic as advertised, though. It's a light game that is good for an afternoon/evening of play.

- Before starting, I saw this as a young adult kind of game and played it that way. I didn't expect "real" depth. It touches on issues of race, gender, and questions about the nature of humanity and machines, but that is all. This wasn't the venue for deeper thought.

- I really don't mind feeling like the sidekick, or not having much personal direction. Some games just play out that way, it's a valid method of story-telling. The description said I was going to witness the robot grow and live and I did.

- I viewed much of the hostility of the other characters as being a lack of trust. They have no reason to trust me, and many of them warm up over time.

- I've noticed some people have listed their "cred" for having an opinion (ie: gender and sexual orientation, race, etc). I don't doubt the reactions people had to subjects that are, in effect, pretty polarizing, but for a number of my own personal reasons, I didn't feel that I, or my friends/family, were misrepresented or patronized. I felt it went as deep as it was ever intended to go, which, again, wasn't particularly insightful.

- I do agree about the issue regarding text. I didnt' mind the quantity, and generally right-clicked the mouse to get a faster read time, but it did get tedious towards the end when having to repeat some scenes. I'd imagine it's even more tedious for the achievement-hunters.

(note: play time isn't reflective of how much i've actually played - i forget to close out games sometimes and wander off... if i had to guess, 4-6 hours?)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
If you can imagine a NES-esque, sci-fi nostalgia trip involving adorable sapient robots and human-animal hybrids along with a technologically advanced San Francisco you would have Read Only Memories - and a charming addition to the world of interactive novels.

ROM is a point-and-click adventure, and just by that you might not be expecting much in terms of gameplay. You would be right, of course; this game relies heavily upon its story being its most prominent aspect, and gamers who don't enjoy reading would spend the entirity of the game loathing its very wordy existence. However, fans of the format might just see this little adventure in a different light. Despite it's VN similarities (minus the cute anime stills), you'll still have some minor puzzle-solving to do, and a significant deal of exploring your 16-bit environment, as well as options to interact with nearly everything in it. This includes the good ol' "talk to inanimate object" which will reward you with an amusing line or two of text-based humor.

Read Only Memories provides enough interactive choices to satisfy the hearts of any fan of the genre, but with that being said, most choices made had seemingly little to do with my character's personality, and more to do with their detective capabilities. Although, there are a rather large number of communication choices to build or shape your relationships with characters in-game, and you'll see a total of six different endings depending on how well you performed your journalist duties, and how sassy you were with your fellow people. ROM is what some might call a "queer-inclusive" game, facing the issue of LGBTQ discrimination with its inclusion of same-sex relationships, and supposedly unorthodox pronouns. I can only see this as positive, as they execute it quite confidently and without being overbearing or nagging at the player with some sort of prejudice guilt trip.

The story was intriguing and captivating enough to hold my attention, with the help of a few lovable characters of course, but even so, the unexpected twists and turns of this adventure were a pleasant surprise. I'll admit I wasn't expecting this much from an unwanted bundle gift from a good friend (Thanks, again, DSP!), or from something with the graphical intensity of an 80s game. There were a few bumps in the road, like difficult to read text (which I solved by entering windowed mode), and a couple uncomfortable moments with dodgy controls, but honestly I thoroughly enjoyed this game, and I'd definitely give it a recommendation. It's adorable, it's retro as heck, and it's worth your time.

It's currently sitting at a slightly pricey $20, but I did get a good 13 hours of gameplay out of it, and I was sad to see such great characters and storytelling come to an end.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
10/10 would carry spoiled milk around again
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Read Only Memories is an incredible, narrative exploration of the dystopian cyberpunk future that might come true if Tumblr style social justice warrioring went unchecked.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
This is the closest thing I've seen to a modern Neuromancer.

It's very smartly written, and the writer(s) clearly know their tech. I kept waiting to roll my eyes at some 'Hack the Gibson' moment, but that never came. Everything was plausible, and cyberpunk references ahoy. The characters are all their own people.

The tags are wrong - this is in no way a Visual Novel. It's an excellent Sierra old style point and click adventure.

And that's the one possible negative thing - if you find yourselves bored by those, you'll be bored by the downtime looking around here, but I loved it. Everything's got custom look and use text.

And like the best sci-fi, this is fairly forward looking. It's got some things to say about gender, species, body hacking, AI, and genetic modification that seem fairly grounded but amazing. This is some crazy stuff at first blush, but it could definitely happen. And some of it even seems inevitable.

tl;dr this is the best story I've played on Steam in quite a while.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This is not a typical puzzle solving point-and-click. The game is more of a player driven novel with lots, LOTS of dialogue, nicely done pixel graphics and original retro soundtrack. Definately worth the price if you're into good sci-fi stories, not so much if you're expecting hardcore puzzle solving.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I knew I'd love this game because the protagonist is a broke internet journalist living in a crappy apartment who needs to use headphones all the time, which was basically me at the time (I'm still a broke internet journalist but have a slightly better apartment now). Unfortunately I don't have an adorable robot friend, alas.

Seriously, Turing is the best and this game is utterly charming. It's just so good natured with a nice sense of humor, and the retro game aesthetic is fun. The range of characters was pretty interesting and a lot of them were so cute and fun- Punk boy and anime guy were such ridic little lovebirds. The story and setting were very solid. For someone like me who love unlocking dialogue and exploring stuff, it was a dream. Also, everyone was queer, so I felt right at home. This kind of stuff is why I love indie games and I want more like this.

My one complaint is replayability to get the different endings is a chore, which is why I haven't gotten them all yet. You can't really skip over the dialogue or anything and so it's tedious if you've read it already. I decided to take a break because of that so it will be fresh to me when I try to get a different ending.
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227 of 315 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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294 of 446 people (66%) found this review helpful
12 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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