A text adventure game about a 19th century explorer who finds himself stranded and alone.
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Very Positive (196 reviews) - 84% of the 196 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2015

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Mainland is a free text adventure game about an explorer in the 19th century whose captain and crew have been killed by plague. The game focuses on unconventional story and atmosphere rather than hardcore puzzles, and features gameplay similar to classic adventure games.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000
    • Processor: CPU 1 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any sound card
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56 of 68 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
I find the game really interesting, and I love the plot so far. Its fairly difficult to progress through, you have to actually put yourself there and think throught the situation as if you were actually there. With the added style of a text adventure it keeps you on your toes with grammar and spelling, which is actually quite fun. The game probably Isn't for everyone being a text adventure and all, but its definitely a well made game thats quite interesting once you figure it out. Personally I love reading so this really appeals to me. With that being said, it probably Isn't for everyone, but you should at least try it before you brush it off as another boring game.

Edit: So 4 days later, playing it on and off throughout the day, I've beat the game. It's definitly more immersive than I initially anticipated, but the plot left me hanging at the end. Someone should just insert some text between the main passages and sell it as an actual book, it would be a tad short though. (Sorry the review Isn't very organized =P)

TL;DR: Try it, its fun and free!

Anyways, great game and 10/10 - Would get shipwrecked again!
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2015
It's short but good. Simple. Nice music. A word of advice if you decide to download this game: use "examine" on absolutely every noun. Also note that instead of sentences like "go down the cliff" or "go into the cabin" you just type "go cliff" or "go cabin".

And under no circumstance may you take off your pants. Apparently the developer isn't a fan of No Pants Fridays. They must work in one very boring office...
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
Short free text adventure.

Yes, it's free, but is it worth your time? The plot consists of a handful of short scenes that lack a point. You lose a telescope and go retrieve another. You go exploring but don't find anything. You see danger approach but nothing happens. You cauterize a wound and pour whiskey over it (waste of good whiskey), yet stay sick. And in between all this, diary pages that flash you back and make time and equipment skips: now you have candles, now you don't; remove shoes and jacket, but removing pants is "a flawed plan", even with a leg wound. Wet your hanky in the ocean and use it to combat sunstroke? Unthought of.

Technically, the game works, but storywise, you're going to be pushed along the rails the author intended, never in charge of your destiny, towards an ending that is in the dark and doesn't motivate you to get there. It just about might be readable as a short story (but if you want to read about being stranded on an unknown island, get Lord of the Flies), but as a game or interactive fiction, it seems a failure to me. I have played much better.

If you are attracted to the theme of sadly being stranded on an island with people that died of disease and diary pages of reminiscences, try Montague's Mount: not everybody likes it, but at least there's an actual island you can explore in 3d.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2015
This is an amazingly written game. It isn't very long but the story is memorable and will get you more involved than you would think. The events in the story do require some thinking to overcome, but it is well worth it when you finally do get what you need to do. 10/10 would get stranded again
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
Not within my usual scope of games that I play, but after a little trial and error and figuring out what the different commands were and how they worked, this turned out to be quite a fun little game. It took me about 2 hours to complete in its entirety, counting the fact that it crashed before a save was ever produced so I had to play through a little over half on memory.

Fun little game, the price is right, what have you got to lose?
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
A good, short text-adventure for curious explorers.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Overall a let down. The interactivity is very limited by the fact that the path you must take is one and only one, and often counterintuitive so that I had to spend time trying all the options more than using my imagination.
The fact that you can indeed do some wrong things which stop you from finishing the game doesn't help. I ended up looking at solutions more than once, and I wish I had done it before because one action I had taken towards the start stopped me from finishing the game.
The writing is nice but nothing I'd call home about, I feel it could have been a nicer game if more flexible.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
First of all, this game is equipped with a dreadful command parser - very strange, inconsistent grammar/syntax. The fact that the Russian-English translation was awkward at best didn't help. The story was vague, dull, and depressing. Not really any puzzles beyond figuring out the bizarre commands required to perform simple, straightforward, obvious courses of action.

To be honest, I did see good attempts at depth, but what the game left me with was more of a sense of inadequacy than anything else. Perhaps this is intended. I applaud both attempts, and I think that this game was created on a great premise, but its poor execution ruined it for me.

I can't fathom why the reviews are so positive, other than perhaps that no one here has ever played a text adventure before. I'm a huge fan of interactive fiction, and I'm thrilled to see text adventures available on Steam, but I am disappointed in Mainland itself. Really, guys, there are better text adventures out there.

If, however, you're new to playing text adventures, or by playing this game have discovered that you enjoy them, I recommend you play something like "Dreamhold" for starters. My personal favorite text adventures include Anchorhead, Planetfall, Curses, A Mind Forever Voyaging, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And just about any other game made by Infocom.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
I don't understand how to use my items on other items... I tried typing every letter in every way i could think of.... but was unable to use ( this ) with ( that ) and couldn't progress the story.

Nice idea but we need a list of commands we can type or something.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
You need some time at first to understand how the game works and how to get the story to start
but it's a quite nice novel-like text-game and I would definitely put more time in it.
You basically input keywords, in order for the story to continue. So, yes it's an interactive novel.
That's why there's only one way for the story to proceed, which is a little annoying because you have to predict what's the next action that you should do, instead of just trying random actions and having different results and endings.

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4.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
The gameplay of this game is something I love. It's something that tests your imagination and problem-solving expertize as you're taken deeper into the plot, and deeper into the mind of the poor sailor.

I'd recommend this game to anyone that loves a good story.
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21.5 hrs
Posted: August 6
It's a short tale of a lone explorer on a hopeless quest.
It's a story with a well-defined ending that defined ending-philes won't like.
It's an experience on rails that you can't fail, so if you hate not being able to kill the protagonist by doing dumb things, don't play this.
More a book than anything else, it's not about the guessing game of a gameplay, but more about stirring compassion to the narrator's ugly luck and bad decisions; we've all been there at one point or another. In a sense, it could be seen as a metaphor where you may end up guessing the right actions in life, and it's still not enough. Things happen, and efforts are lost, as we don't grow younger and perkier.
One thing I did the entire time as I read on was, where would my priorities be if I were in his worn shoes? Would I find hope in the ultimate attraction of an island afar that I could reach if not for the sudden downpour? Would I really dare to leave the comfort of home if I weren't sure I'd have a place to return to at the far end of the journey? Good old stuff or shiny new stuff (pick one)?

You're a gamer, so do waste a bit of your free time (a couple hours, really) to read this and probably gain a bit more insight about where your heart would be — or where it is.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: June 13
Very obscure game, I recommend if you're looking for something different. Unique layout and gamplay experience. It makes you think and tells a fab story. Go ahead, it doesn't cost you anything anyway.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 13
Very difficult to play. Too many options, and no way to figure out what to do unless you try them all.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: April 30
This simple game really makes me want to write a story. interesting...
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3.6 hrs
Posted: February 15
Absolutely loved the soundtrack. The story wasnt thrilling or intricate, but that really adds to the games plot and makes it that much more touching, realistic, and immersive. This is a lone man stranded alone, desperately clinging to life, an extremely interesting story with twists and turns and exciting action would simply not do. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. The atmosphere and mood was fantastic and I think are the strongest points of the game. 9/10
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2.1 hrs
Posted: February 14
throw the shoes... "I will need these shoes".... genius
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0.9 hrs
Posted: February 12
A text adventure game about a 19th century explorer who finds himself stranded and alone. Use the guide to finish game quick. Nothing special, Try and delete.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: February 6
Too much reading, not enough visuals for my taste. Far too much guesswork. I quickly got bored with this one and never got anywhere. Because it's free, I'd still recommend it to those who enjoy dark, victorian, slow-paced adventure and don't mind lots of reading and pondering. I don't recommend it.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: January 20
It's a good story to enhance my English ,just like reading a mysterious novel . You have to imagine what the chacracter will do under such condition and you type words to contine game , it's very funny and interactive, music is another strongpoint of this game.
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