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aka: Bureaucracy - A Paranoid Fantasy

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Bureaucracy is a text adventure game that describes the misadventures of a person who has recently moved to a new apartment and begins to fall victim to various bureaucratic procedures that always go wrong. He can't receive his mail, access his bank account, or generally lead a normal life; all his activities are impeded by needless and confusing hurdles. In order to retrieve the lost mail and put his life back on track, the protagonist will have to meet exotic characters and perform various tasks while being constantly threatened by various bureaucratic occurrences.

The gameplay involves typing commands composed out of verb and object combinations, used to interact with the game world and solve puzzles. In addition, a special "blood pressure" meter will gradually fill itself the more the protagonist is bothered by bureaucratic annoyances. Once this meter is completely full, the player character suffers an aneurysm, and the game ends.


Credits (DOS version)

19 People




Infocom's famous 69,105 number is used in this game to refer to a ticket number and an internal error.


Unlike the other Infocom grey-box releases, which featured positive comments from publications and players on the inside box flap, Bureaucracy (in the spirit of the game's content) reprints some of the complaints Infocom received.


According to the Infocom Home Page, the game package contained "You're ready to move!" bank brochure, a letter from your new boss, a membership flyer for "Popular Paranoia", a red pencil, and a Beezer card application form (in triplicate).

Information also contributed by Sciere and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Tony Van.

Commodore 128 added by Corn Popper. Amiga, Macintosh added by Terok Nor. Apple II added by Servo. Atari ST added by Belboz.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, Pseudo_Intellectual, mo , JudgeDeadd, c64fan, Patrick Bregger.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.