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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

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Description

The game is based on a collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison. After the Cold War, the computers of the USA, Russia and China take over the world and wipe out almost the entire human race. The Allied Mastercomputer (called AM) holds the last five humans as prisoners to torture them. Any of them has to face his or her past in a virtual adventure AM has designed for them. There they encounter their fears and weaknesses.

The player can choose which of the protagonists he wants to be but in fact he has to complete all of the six stories in order to solve the game. There are different ways of completing the game depending on the humanity the player shows.

The voiceacting features Harlan Ellison as AM.

Screenshots

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS Horus access station
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS Nimdok the Nazi
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS What fate is in store for Helen ?
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream DOS Accessing workstation

Alternate Titles

  • "Безмолвный Крик " -- Russian spelling
  • "No Tengo Boca y Debo Gritar" -- Spanish title
  • "Bezmolvnyj Krik" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

The clever, imaginative material alone makes up for any deficiencies DOS Zovni (9367)
My favorite game DOS Jordan Owen (15)
Bold move, long fall. DOS Ola Sverre Bauge (235)
This attempt at something completely different partially succeeds. DOS Ben Sokal (15)

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Aug 28, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer DOS Jan, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Adventure's Planet DOS Mar 09, 2006 82 out of 100 82
macHOME Macintosh 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
La Aventura es la Aventura DOS Sep 05, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Gamesmania DOS 1996 70 out of 100 70
Adventurearchiv DOS Jul 22, 2004 64 out of 100 64
High Score DOS May, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Aventura y Cía DOS Jan 15, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 4.3 out of 10 43

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Trivia

Extras

The original retail box included a 3D mousepad with the box cover image.

German and French version

The German and French versions have been heavily censored, with the Nimdok chapter entirely removed. While it was speculated that Nimdok was absent from the German version because of local anti-nazi laws, it is still not clear why the French version was affected as well. This renders the best ending impossible to achieve.

Lawsuit

Harlan Ellison, the author of the story the game was based on, sued the developer when he believed that he wasn't getting his share of the profits. It turned out there weren't any.

Original story

As of 2001, the short story I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream (which the game was based on) is one of the ten most reprinted stories in the English language.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Adventure Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #134 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #3 Top Sleeper Of All Time
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #14 Most Rewarding Ending of All Time
Information also contributed by casimps1, Kaminari and KnockStump

Related Web Sites

  • Crapshoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
  • FAQs & Guides (posted on GameFaqs.com)
  • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for I have No Mouth, pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, full credits with shots and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, various goodies, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs.)
  • Playing this game using DOSBox (This page explains the full details)
  • ScummVM (supports I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream under Windows, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • UHS Hile File (The Universal Hint System offers a download of their question & answer format solution guide here.)
  • Walkthrough on Gamezilla (Good game guide for solving this game.)
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