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Mainframe

by Liz England profile and Jurie Horneman

Horror
2015

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(based on 5 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

Mainframe is a procedurally generated game about a spaceship. Something has gone wrong and it needs help. This was developed for Procjam 2015.

Content Warning: This game is a piece of horror interactive fiction. It touches on medical and body horror that is often graphic in nature and covers some common phobias. All content is expressed in text.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: sbdo9jhwl6fgcwgq

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Procedurally generated squick, December 31, 2015
by verityvirtue (London)
You wake up in an unfamiliar spaceship. Something is wrong with the ship's mainframe and it needs help.

Developed for ProcJam 2015, this game features procedurally generated locations and objects, the writing of which nonetheless felt natural. Indeed, the writing is one of the high points of Mainframe. It went in a similar direction to Her Pound of Flesh, in that what was inanimate takes on life and flesh, and your treatment of it must change accordingly.

Mainframe progresses through a series of repeated scenes which often have wildly differing endings. Because of the structure of the game, lawn-mowering is inevitable, but at least the locations are bizarre enough to make this varied.

Mainframe has a solid story at its backbone and excellent writing; it's certainly a good look at the kinds of things procedural generation can produce.

(This review was originally published with modifications on https://verityvirtue.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/mainframe/)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
bland, boring, pointless, December 23, 2015
by namekuseijin (anywhere but home)
Plenty of procedural generation seemingly of places to explore to find items to feed into the mainframe to explore more and rinse and repeat. Bland prose (hopefully generated too, but guess not) in a stereotypical something-went-wrong-in-the-space-station-and-youre-amnesic. yawn...

if someone wants a more interesting game with similar setting, try Babel, by Ian Finley in his teens...

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