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Zebulon (Android)

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Description

In this sardonic multiple-choice game, the player directs the decisions of a spaceship captain, generally making the unglamorous decisions about how to allocate his crew so as to best deliver the cargo across the solar system on time. This time, however, the mission you get from your dispatcher/agent is more exciting -- something about resetting a wonky mainframe on the titular mining asteroid Zebulon -- and the gig represents not just a much-needed payout but a redemption from a past workplace mishap. The two regular crew members have very different ideas as to how to go about fulfilling the contract, and there is also the option of recruiting some extra help on the Moon to ensure the job goes smoothly. But there are other interests in play here -- corporations moving behind the scenes in pursuit of their own agendas -- and the job may not be exactly as described. Still, you're signed on to it -- and the clock is always ticking -- so you can entertain your doubts and paranoia while the inner solar system rapidly recedes into the distance of the rear porthole.

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Zebulon Android Defining just what kind of character you are playing
Zebulon Android Character stats
Zebulon Android This game makes great conversational use of the "next" button following text dumps
Zebulon Android Setting the scene

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Contest

The game was initially released as a browser-exclusive title in the Jay Is Games Casual Game Design Competition #9, in which it placed fourth.

Title

In-game, the asteroid Zebulon is said to be named after some old American explorer. Could the name have come from 1995's best TADS game, Uncle Zebulon's Will?

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44368) added Zebulon (Android) on Dec 13, 2011
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