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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

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User Reviews

The clever, imaginative material alone makes up for any deficiencies DOS Zovni (9366)
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)

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DOS 53 3.7
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Windows 1 4.0
Combined MobyScore 54 3.7


The Press Says

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100
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is certainly not for the softhearted, as the issues raised within the game will likely run through many gamers' minds long after the game has ended. The game forces the player to confront a myriad of adult oriented themes, including insanity, rape, homosexuality, guilt, and genocide, that can sometimes be tough to stomach. As such, this game is not for novice gamers. For experienced gamers, this game provides a bit of a challenge but is far from impossible. Overall, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is certainly heavy fare, but it is also a game that leaves the player with an unusual kind of satisfaction upon its completion.
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DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
While gameplay in I HAVE NO MOUTH AND I MUST SCREAM may be standard, every over-used plot-device has been refreshingly removed. There are no arcade sequences, no insipid prophesies, no cross-country Federal Express missions and, most importantly, there are no mazes. The game judges you strongly on the morality of your actions. We are dealing with genuine emotions such as pain and hate, rather than some cartoon caricature of them. It is a good idea to invest some thought before speaking in a conversation, and those players with a bit of cultural and historical knowledge will probably be at a slight advantage. I HAVE NO MOUTH AND I MUST SCREAM is a demanding game, which rewards as much as it demands.
88
DOSPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dit spel is zonder meer een aanrader voor iedere adventureliefhebber. Geen dure gefilmde toestanden, maar een knap verhaal. Moeilijke, maar logische puzzels, dus niet zomaar wat klikken in de hoop dat je toevallig de oplossing vindt. We hebben er lang op moeten wachten, maar het is de moeite geweest. Voor mijn part mogen ze al beginnen aan het volgende boek van Ellison.
87
DOSPC Gamer
Narrative elements that go deeper than any previous adventure game. Extremely grim subject matter means the game isn't exactly fun. An intriguing adult game that definitely won't be everyone's cup of entertainment.
83
DOSJust Adventure
While the game does not rely on gore or glamour to entertain, it still is a great play. I recommend anyone who gets nostalgic for the days of old grab a copy if they can find one, get a bowl of popcorn, and get ready for the old fashioned thrill.
82
DOSAdventure's Planet
IHNMAIMS è certamente un'avventura grafica sui generis, sia perchè rappresenta un degno utilizzo di una licenza letteraria, sia perchè affronta e sviluppa, anche graficamente, tematiche crude e visionarie, che potrebbero addirittura apparire "forti" per alcuni. A mio avviso avrebbe avuto tutte le carte in regola per entrare nell'olimpo delle migliori, ma non è certo semplice chiudere un occhio dinanzi agli errori di programmazione con cui è stata concepita. Ad ogni modo è bene tenere presente che titoli con queste caratteristiche ce ne sono davvero pochi e sarebbe una vera colpa lasciarsene sfuggire uno di questa caratura. Consigliato a tutti, ad eccezione di chi considera le avventure grafiche solo come titoli demenziali popolati da pirati e poliziotti animali.
80
MacintoshmacHOME
I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream is a fascinating and sometimes frightening adventure that pits human moral decision-making against the maniacal creativity of a post-apocalyptic global supercomputer named AM.
80
DOSAdventure Gamers
In terms of sheer gameplay mechanics, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream resembles your typical point-and-click adventure fare. However, what sets this game apart from its brethren is perhaps one of the most dark and disturbing stories ever committed to the medium. Based on a short story by acclaimed author Harlan Ellison, I Have No Mouth provides a stark contrast to the typically saccharine offerings of the genre.
78
DOSGamezilla
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is as dark and depressing as the Ellison story on which it's based -- its morbid plot, bleak artwork, and twisted logic are definitely not meant for children. The puzzles are challenging, and the multiple solutions to each character's section of the game add interesting twists to the story. The player makes ethical decisions which directly affect the game's outcome; often there are several ways to solve a problem, one more "right" than the others. Overall, I found the game did not live up to its hype, but fans of Ellison's writing will enjoy it, and it will challenge even the experienced adventurer.
70
DOSGamesmania
I have no mouth, and I must scream hätte das Zeug zu einem echtem Hit (gehabt), wenn man sich bei Cyberdreams etwas mehr Mühe gegeben hätte. Spannende Story und schöne Grafiken können über die Fehler und Schwächen der Umsetzung nicht hinweg täuschen. Trotz dieser Mängel stellt sich der Spielspaß aber dennoch ein, und nicht zuletzt der moderate Preis von ca. 40 DM macht I have no mouth ... zu einem empfehlenswerten Spiel.
70
DOSLa Aventura es la Aventura
Sin embargo, ahí se queda todo: en un nombre verdaderamente original y en una introducción que engancha, pero, a medida que avancemos, nos quedaremos con la sensación en el cuerpo de que falta algo, de que se echa de menos algo de emoción o morbillo, ya que el argumento no está lo bien exprimido que debería. El desarrollo de las historias de los protagonistas está carente de emoción y un tanto frío, el doblaje parece sacado de un mal traductor de idiomas y la jugabilidad, que es el punto que ofrece más juego (y más para el caso de esta obra), ha sido adaptada de la peor manera posible, haciendo que el juego se prolongue inútilmente.
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DOSJust Adventure
I think this is perhaps the reason why reviewers were unkind to this game – the author’s heavy involvement with the creative team does smack of a bit of hubris. And the further facts that a) he’s not an actor, b) he has a grating and irritating voice, and c) his character “AM” talks a LOT.
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DOSAdventurearchiv
Harlan Ellison describes hell. A hell with a pseudo god, created by a stupid mankind. Even if it appears little plausible that three machines that were programmed on war suddenly fraternize and even unite with the enemy, one nevertheless can't dismiss Ellison's warning to depict human information in computers as nonsense. An adventure game, which will less entertain than set us thinking. Neither the plot, nor the course of the game make trivial fun, but do haunt in a desperate kind of way. If one adds on top that "No Mouth" has several bugs and dead ends and in the German version they simply dropped a character, which confusingly emerges again and again in the manual and game texts nevertheless, then even deep-rooted adventure gamers will think thrice about acquiring the game and rightly so. Harlan Ellison -, SF -, hell and self-castigation-fans and perhaps potential visitors of the movie "I, Robot" should grab the game nevertheless with an appropriate used-price for this classic.
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DOSPower Play
Eines der brillantesten Adventurekonzepte. der letzten Jahre wurde hier zu meinem Bedauern durch technische Mängel regelrecht in den Sand gesetzt. Die wunderbar düsteren und ekelhaften Angstwelten Ellisons und die ethischen Dilemmas, vor die der Spieler gestellt wird, sind schon einzigartig. Leider versalzen dürftige Animationen und grobe Bugs die konzeptionell fein gekochte Suppe. So tauchen Gegenstände erneut auf, obwohl Ihr sie längst mitgenommen habt, eine ausgehobene Grube schließt sich wieder, obwohl der Hotspot aussagt, sie wäre noch offen. Auch wenn so manches Puzzle ausgefeilter sein könnte, die verdrehte Psychologie dieses Spiels versteht Euch mitzureißen. Selbst für abgebrühte amerikanische Gemüter schon gewagt, wirken Alpträume wie die des KZ-Arztes Nimdok auf ein deutsches Bewußtsein jedoch äußerst befremdlich.
60
DOSHigh Score
En mycket lovande historia som förstörs lite av det fjantiga utförandet.
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DOSPrivat Computer PC
Når det er bedst, har dette spil en drømmeagtig kvalitet, men ellers er I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream ikke andet end et middelmådigt eventyr med et lang række større og mindre fejl.
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DOSAventura y Cía
I have no Mouth and I must Scream, es de esas aventuras "de arte y ensayo" que se dejan ver de vez en cuando. Si bien la idea es estupenda, y el aspecto técnico bastante notable, el desarrollo del juego es insufrible. Esto demuestra una vez más que a Cyberdreams no se le da (o se le daba) muy bien esto de diseñar y que con este tipo de aventuras de "Ciencia Ficcion Sesudo-paradógicas" hay que tener, a la hora de tratarlas (está vez refiriendome a la parte del desarrollador), más maña que fuerza creativa.
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DOSPC Player (Germany)
Das Gegrummel über solche Pfui-Bäh-Frusterscheinungen hält sich grob mit der Neugier die Waage, die von der alle Genre-Klischees sprengenden Handlung genährt wird. Wegen Sackgassen-Gefahr und abgehobener Story ist dieses Programm reiner Profistoff. Ein Ausnahme-Adventure; mit einigem Licht, aber reichlich Schatten.
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DOSGameSpot
Die-hard adventurers will certainly find a challenge (especially during the incomprehensible end-game) and Ellison aficionados may be intrigued by this extension of his work, but I Have No Mouth… doesn't prove to be a worthy translation of the sci-fi classic. Instead, this title relies on the frustrating cliches and roadblocks that have plagued the adventure game genre since its inception.