A downloadable game for Windows

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After a nightmare, Eli wakes up to find his fiance missing.  To follow her trail, he finds himself navigating an uncertain future. A future being hammered out between competing visions while he deals with visions of his own.

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VIRMACHINA contains blood, gore, and coarse language. Player discretion advised.

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Left mouse button to walk/interact
Right mouse button to look/examine
Esc to open the pause menu
Inventory screen at the top of the screen
Hint: Check your phone for objectives!

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Art & Programming:
Asephy
Sound & Writing:
fia glas

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Rating
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(6)
AuthorsAsephy, fia glas
GenreInteractive Fiction
TagsHorror, Mystery, Narrative, Pixel Art, Point & Click

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VIRMACHINA.rar 89 MB

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Very immersive storytelling. The writing and art are the strongest parts of this game. The controls suffer from general clunkiness, as sometimes one click registers as two (though it could be my mouse). I've found that keyboard controls KINDA work, although holding down any of the arrow keys will make Eli jerk around in place. The Space bar doesn't always work as a substitute for a mouse click, however this may be intentional.

I really enjoyed how realistic *most* of the human characters were, and similar the scenarios are to those that we've probably all seen in the real world: 

  • College professors with grandiose ideas about the future.
  • Mobs of paid-protestors funded by big corporations.
  • Social activists throwing the "fascist" label on anything and everything they disagree with.
  • Churches being blamed for all of society's prejudice and discrimination.
  • Technocrats believing they have humanity's best interest at heart.
  • Social media giants intentionally manipulating public opinion and morale, to suit their needs.
  • Tons of immature tech boys hyper-inflating tech girls' egos.
  • Socially-undeveloped guys spam-messaging any girl who gives them an iota of attention.

And so many other subtle details, like Club Spider.

It's a wonderful commentary on our present day world, and I just wish it had a less-abrupt ending. The game would benefit from more buildup to the reveal of (SPOILER) being the big bad.

I give it a 5/5 because at that price ($0.00), there's not much to complain about.

don't you think that you used the "Dream predicting the disaster" trope little too often?

:U

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I'd love to see another game or two set in the Affection universe (Affectionverse?). Am I right to assume this is the chronology of the three games: Obsession -> Virmachina -> Affection ? 

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Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! You are correct in the chronology.

!!!SPOILERS!!! 

Amazing! This game ties everything together... I might be reaching, but do this game and Affection imply that the creature from Affection is the main heroine from Obsession after she... joined the hivemind? 

Not quite what I had in mind haha, but very interesting theory

My other theory is that the creature is the God that the cultists from Virmachina have summoned, while Obsession is set in the same universe, but its events are unrelated to the Virmachina and Affection arc.

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Loved this game, some really great writing.  Would love a really fleshed out version of this story.  Great work guys.

Thanks! That credit goes to fia glas! ;D

Glad you enjoyed the game!

Not sure if I missed something but if I didn't OMG, what happened to Iva? :) 

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Oh there's more to the story you can escape the monster! just know that double clicking in the same place stops you so it slows you down.

Deleted 3 years ago

So all I had to do is click once on the door? Pfft... 

yeah lol