Mini Reviews, Video Games

Mini Review: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream was a short story written by Harlan Ellison in 1967. In 1995 Cyberdreams worked with Ellison himself in order to turn it into a point and click adventure game. I Have No Mouth is a dark story and game. AM is a super computer who has taken over earth destroying everyone but five people. Five people he has kept alive and tortured for over 100 years. In the game you play as each character as they are put through another trial by AM, and must confront their own character flaws and the reality of who they are.

Gameplay is solid for a point and click adventure game. It is challenging, but not so much that it feels impossible. The biggest challenge as with many 90s point and click games is getting on exactly the right pixel in order to interact with certain things. It can be annoying and can get some players stuck, when in reality they simply aren’t getting the mouse exactly right.

Where the game truly shines is the story. It is a well crafted story, that tackles many ethical issues. It is dark, unsettling, horrific, and challenging. Yet in spite of that with the right ending it’s also rather hopeful. Instead of being a straight interpretation of the story, Ellison and the developers worked to craft a unique story for the game. The characters and overall plot are from the story, but the details are new to the game and well worth the time in the game.

Overall if you like point and click games, and can handle the intense story, I would highly recommend this classic. It can be heavy at times, but worth it for the complex story.

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