I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1995)

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Based upon Harlan Ellison's classic short story, this CD-ROM adventure stars an omnipotent supercomputer calling itself AM as in "I think, therefore I am."). Built by the Americans as the ... See full summary »

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AM (voice)
Tom Myers ...
Benny / Guard (voice)
Julio Jeinson ...
Villager / Surgat (voice)
Anton Latreque ...
Murphy / Scientist Prisoner / Village Elder (voice)
Philip James ...
Thomas / Anesthetist (voice)
Samuel Fenn ...
Brickman / Mengele / Angel (voice)
Adiayl Labinah ...
Ellen (voice)
Vernon Edwards ...
Anubis (voice)
Natasha Konduros ...
Workstation / Imp (voice)
Vincent C. Murovich III ...
Gorrister (voice)
Edward Sayers ...
Jackal / Translator / Chinese Computer (voice)
Steve Savage ...
Harry / Loudspeaker / Id (voice)
Melina Van Houk ...
Edna / Scullery Maid (voice)
Valinda Barrett ...
Glynis / Witch / Manya (voice)
Frederick Reynolds ...
Nimdok (voice)
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Based upon Harlan Ellison's classic short story, this CD-ROM adventure stars an omnipotent supercomputer calling itself AM as in "I think, therefore I am."). Built by the Americans as the ultimate defense system, AM accidentally became self-aware and eventually goes insane. Linking up with its Chinese and Russian counterparts, AM destroys the entire human race except for five people: Gorrister, the suicidal loner; Benny, the deformed war veteran; Ellen, the hysterical phobic; Nimdok, the secretive sadist; and Ted, the cynical paranoid. These damned souls have been kept alive and psychologically tortured for 105 years until AM begins a new game of metaphorical adventures based on each captive's fatal personality flaw. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

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Harlan Ellison stated in an interview that he wanted to make this game impossible to beat. See more »

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AM: Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate.
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Dark, creepy, and great for fans of Harlan Ellison
22 September 2002 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is based off one of Harlan Ellison's short stories of the same name. A supercomputer gains the power of conscious thought, and kills everyone on the Earth except for 5 humans, which he takes down to the middle of the Earth. Your goal is to jump through the hoops that AM lays out for you and retain your humanity at the same time.

A typical point and click game here. use commands such as Walk, Ask, Get, Use, Swallow on objects in your inventory or on the screen. The system is very intuitive, so you won't spend hours struggling on what to do with an object. The only reason this category didn't get a 10, is because there are several times you have to find an object that may only take up a few pixels on the screen, leading to some annoying hunting with your mouse. When you have to talk with people, you get several conversation choice, most of which will affect the plot. Say the wrong thing, and you might fail your task.

You also can't just kill people to get your way, as in games nowadays. You have a spiritual barometer that measures how human you are. Treat a person with kindness and it'll go up, and your character will become happier and more-self confident. Do something against their moral beliefs and they'll go into panic attacks and possibly die.

Ah, now this is where IHNM really shines. You get to play as each of the 5 humans AM has brought down with him. You must make it through a scenario for each character. You'll have to confront your past mistakes and your one character flaw that caused it. Locales will range from Egyptian electronic pyramids to Nazi Germany to a honky-tonk road side cafe. As you make it through scenarios you'll encounter forgotten machines that let you in on AM's past. And there are plot-twists galore, especially in the final scenario.

The best thing about this game in my opinion. The music is ranges from creepy and bonechilling, to sorrowful and depressing. It all fits together with the story. You'll find tunes stuck in your head up to days afterwards.

And the voice-acting. Harlan Ellison himself voices AM, the computer God. From the moment you hear him expound on his hate for the humans, you couldn't imagine anyone but him in this role. He speaks with passion and exuberance, making just sitting back and listening a joy. And the rest of the characters are done wonderfully too. With the exception of the child actor, none of these voices will make you cringe in embarrassment or turn down the volume.

This game is a definite must-have for fans of the adventure genre, Harlan Ellison, or horror fans.


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