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The Gene Machine is a point-and-click 2D adventure game with background images that give the perspective of 3D.

The story begins in the 1880s in London. British gentleman Piers Featherstonehaugh (pronounced "fanshaw") and his faithful servant, Mossop, arrive back home to discover a talking cat on their doorstep. The cat tells them of an outlandish plot concerning genetic mutations gone haywire. It then becomes Fanshaw's goal to stop this ghastly activity and to catch the fiends behind it.

Players step into the shoes of Piers as he and Mossop travel around the globe... and beyond. He will meet many unusual characters and talk with them during his quest .. including talking animals as well as people.

Exploration is in 3rd person perspective and most puzzles involve the multitude of inventory items that can be found while exploring.


The Gene Machine DOS "That's the entrance to the Serpent Cave" - says it all.
The Gene Machine DOS Cab riding
The Gene Machine DOS A cat escapes from a mysterious cave
The Gene Machine DOS Inventory interaction

Promo Images

The Gene Machine Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "The Gene Machine: The Great British Adventure" -- UK title
  • "Gene Machine: ... die geheimnisvollen Kreaturen des Dr. Dinsey" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Just Adventure 2001 A+ 100
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.7 out of 10 87 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Mar, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Aug, 1996 75 out of 100 75
PC Joker Sep, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Quandary Jul, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1996 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 68 out of 100 68


Topic # Posts Last Post
1880s? More like 1850! 2 Rola (8277)
Aug 10, 2011


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MAT (227333) added The Gene Machine (DOS) on Mar 22, 2000