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Technobabylon
Developed By: Technocrat Games
Published By: Wadjet Eye Games
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Available On: Windows, iOS
Genre: Point-and-click adventure
ESRB: N/A
Number of Players: 1
Price: $14.99
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Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Holograms, robots, AI, genetic engineering, and Trance, the future of the Internet. But the world is far from a better place. Corruption, physical and moral decay, and awful food are commonplace in the city. To make matters worse, the serial killer called the Mindjacker is leaving a trail of broken minds and dead bodies. Can you get to the bottom of the madness or will the madness consume you?

Technobabylon is a 2D point-and-click adventure following the stories of three unique people: Latha Sesame, Charlie Regis, and Max Lao. Latha Sesame, without a job and raised by the city, is addicted to the Trance. She feels more at home in the Trance, the Internet, than real life. Charlie Regis is a CEL officer who doesn't feel the need to wire up and connect to technology, and distrusts Central, the city's watchful guardian AI. Besides, Max Lao handles tech for him. Despite the criminal past, Max is loyal to CEL and Charlie.

The story follows them as they try to get by and do what they feel is right. The year 2087 is painted as bleak and dystopian through well designed pixel art and world building. As you look, break, craft, and talk through the game, you work to understand the deep conspiracies around the main characters. At times, you can even alter parts of the story, although those opportunities are few and far between.

Technobabylon
Highlights:

Strong Points: Voice acting; great world building
Weak Points: Story immersion breaks at times
Moral Warnings: Blood and gore; violence; drugs; swearing; sexual references and partial nudity

The controls are fairly simple. Left-click to act, right-click to look. The game itself, however, is far from simple. With many items, places, and text clues, the game manages to stay challenging and fair. There are plenty of little details in the game that add to the story. News articles, emails, and a VOIP phone are just some of the many little things that makes the world feel a little more authentic.

The voice acting for this game is a really nice touch. From what I recall, all of the characters included voice acting. The writing isn't perfect though. There are times when your choices seem to make one of the main characters say something, and then the main story makes them say something that doesn't make the conversation flow. While the game has multiple endings, it lacks the ability to be replayed for fun a second time around, due to you knowing all the answers to all the puzzles already.

Technobabylon
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 92%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 10/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 39%
Violence - 0/10
Language - 2/10
Sexual Content - 2/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 5.5/10

This game is very bloody, gory, and violent. Dead bodies, pools of blood, and murder are found throughout the game. At one point, the game went as far as showing a robot rip the internal organs out of a man. In addition, cloning humans without brain tissue is legal for any reason, including as food. One of the scenes is inside such a kitchen, with butchered human corpses in the background. Swearing is common, including some instances of using God's name in vain. There are also genetically altered suicide bombers, claiming to be doing God's work.

At one point in the story, you have to manufacture a drug for someone to help them overcome a virus in their head. In another case, a person installed a temporary mental illness in their brain, just for fun. Homosexuality is treated as normal by most of the characters. One character had a gender change operation. There are also sexbot references. In another case, one character was mistaken as selling their body and was turned down. The corpses in the kitchen had no clothes, but I didn't notice any nudity.

While the game can be really gruesome at times, the story kept me hooked and wanting to get to the bottom of things. While I had a lot of fun playing this game, it is definitely not for the faint of heart. Chances are this game will either offend you or leave a bad taste in your mouth at times.

-Skeer/Sorrel

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