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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.


Bureaucracy Commodore 128 This is what you get when you design a text adventure game by committee.  Memorable characters and situations, but amounting to what?
Bureaucracy Commodore 128 Navigating the banking system is also an excellent example of a frustrating bureaucracy
Bureaucracy Commodore 128 The plot yanks and jerks in charming, albeit confusingly arbitrary, directions.
Bureaucracy Commodore 128 Har har, Infocom parodies itself.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Bureaucracy - A Paranoid Fantasy" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

Your Commodore Aug, 1987 27 out of 30 90
Zzap! Jul, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Commodore User Jul, 1987 7 out of 10 70


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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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Corn Popper (69382) added Bureaucracy (Commodore 128) on Sep 01, 2005
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