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Charlie The Robot

by Fernando Contreras

2017

(based on 11 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

Earth is overpopulated and low on resources: the puppies, the kitties, and the fishies are all gone. There are not enough jobs, yet Hiremy & Hirschl has employed robots as middle management staff, which causes much friction. According to the employees, Charlie the robot is malfunctioning. But it could be that Charlie is being bullied. And what is a Shrimp Shake?

Meanwhile, you are being tested by the ISG, and if you make the Elite« ranks, you'll be able to live on Mars and start a new civilization with people who are as intelligent as you. But the exam questions are suspect at best.

This is only the plot. Your job, really, is to find out the value of human existence.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: bgj75x8mjokqwsjp

Awards

15th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A massive Twine game with a tangled web of themes, November 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
There should be a name for the genre of 'biting commentary on society that is self-aware and occasionally dips to crudity, with hints of cheerful ideals always tinged by irony, using an overload of text as literary device.' Such games include Spy Intrigue and Dr. Sourpuss Is Not A Choice-Based Game. It seems increasingly common.

Charlie the Robot is gorgeous visually, and is innovative in its sheer variety of input methods and looks. There are 5 chapters accessible at any time, like Birdland.

The themes include surface themes of humans vs. robots, a lower layer of the mindlessness of modern office life, a lower layer of individualism, and so on.

But it was just too much filler for me to enjoy. The packing on and on and on of text is a literary device that doesn't work for me. I appreciate the themes in the game, and its cleverness, but the overall feel is just overwhelming.

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