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by machine_screen - Jam Entry

The UNS O'Bannon reappeared last week, almost 4 years to the day since it vanished. It seems that not all the crew survived the trip. I'm being sent to conduct psych evaluations, apparently there's reason to suspect the survivors are changed somehow...

A text-based experience with near to 5000 words, over 100 unique passages and 4 different endings.

Runs in browser, no plugins required.

Rich (Fazz) and Paul (machine_screen) made this.

We hope you enjoy it!

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Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:30pm

I like the different endings and conversations, interesting stuff!

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:45pm

Really nice text based game and the different options where and endings were a nice touch. Great job.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:45pm

Alot of ppl hate dialogue trees (probably largely because of their use in triple A games) but by all means if you can make one interesting go for it.

This was interesting and doing the debriefings was engaging. Not sure where you go with the concept from here though and not just become a single player cloud atlas or other interview based FMV game

Still, way to be weird
(non-sarcastic thumbs up)

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:46pm

Really nice text based game and the different options where and endings were a nice touch. Great job.

Almax27 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:30pm

Thoroughly enjoyed playing this, the dialogue was engaging and there was enough content for quite a few play throughs. Great work! :D

Mak says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:39pm

This was really interesting, the world was well crafted and the point of view made it much original, with all the debriefing stuff.

The only thing I didn't like was the choices at the end of the debriefings, I dind't really get the point of them, I guess you had to guess who was the real person and who wasn't but it seem too open of a response.

JNI says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:57pm

I like the different options. The "story" is really nice.Good game!

nihilaleph says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:02pm

Oh this is great! I love a text based game! The story is very interesting and engaging! Great set up! I got all 4 endings and a lot of information, but I can't exactly tell what happened.. Is there a way to know?

Anyway, great entry!

pixzleone says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:31pm

I got really into it, good job!

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:56pm

Awesome story and dialogue. Thoroughly enjoyed myself, good job!

celia14 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:12am

Oh, this is really cool. I don't think I got to the point of actually figuring out what was going on, but it was just interesting to explore talking to the crew members. I like the format of the debriefing with reference to people's bios.

Also, I enjoyed the Expanse influence. :D

Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:10pm

Not a fan of text based game in general but this one was definitely engaging and weird in an interesting way. I can't imagine the amount of work that represente writing but it's was spot one concerning dialogs and tree choices. Enjoyed it a lot, the theme relation was pretty great.

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