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Rating Orb TheMightierWolf
on 08/07/11
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The Paradox of Life- Computers within Computers

Game: Memoir: Text Adventure
Developer: BlueFlameSkulls
Genre: RPG
Play Time: Varies
Link: on

Hm... a computer. And what? That doesn't make any sense....


You're a kid who has been dared by friends to break into and spend the night in an abandoned house. With nothing to do, you cautiously explore the place. After wandering for a few minutes, you find a computer. Interestingly, its plugged in and turned on already. You see a program on it called, "life.exe." You go ahead and run it. It lasts you the whole night. The entireity of the game takes place inside the computer found in the house, and goes into many questions throughout the average stages of almost every person's life. You start out from the exact moment of your birth, and try to move on to the very extent of a human's lifespan, going through life itself. From making friends, to getting in a relationship, to having children, to employment, and so on.

On a brief side note, BlueFlameSkulls made this game very similar to the Life Simulation games Alter Ego and educational Life Simulation game "Real Lives."


But what IS the game itself?!

The game itself is actually quite simple. You receive a question every turn (while doing other available activities, which you can learn how to do in-game.) First, you must type in a name (or just use John/Jane Doe) & gender, then roll. Your 5 stats are afterwards decided at random. You receive one question per turn during stages of your life. You must choose one of three options to said question, and the results will usually vary by your stats, sometimes even boosting your character's traits. Moving on to stats, there are five of them. Attractiveness, which is how physically appealing you are, affects your chances with relationships (it's very difficult to increase this, so it's probably a good idea to try and play the game with a high Att level.) Strength, which is obviously how strong you are, affects the outcome of your physical squabbles (this is the second most difficult to increase.) Charm, your skill with socialization, affects your ability to defuse conflicts with words, and how much of a good time you'll have with others. Intelligence, which, obviously, is how smart you are, saves you from making stupid decisions that could mean life or death. And finally, Health (Keep up at all costs!) is your life. If your health bar says "Healthy," you're safe. If it says, "Unhealthy," try whatever means necessary to get it back up. If it drops too low (I'm fairly certain that you all know the results of this,) you'll die and the game will end (however, you are able to restart.)
I truly think this game is a masterpiece, maintaining a great gameplay without the need for densely detailed graphics. However, the lack of any action tends to make this game rather bland and boring sometimes. This leads to some people suffering from a loss of interest. The main purpose of the game is to get the highest score possible, which is, most commonly, easy to gain by reaching the oldest age possible, which is 130 years old (Hint: When you reach Old Age, quit your job.)

Oh, Elderly person, we hardly knew ye.... and we hardly wanted to!

In Conclusion....

This Adventure through life is a truly wonderful one.
The game has overall terrible visuals, as there is no animations or anything whatsoever. The game's screen itself mainly consists of the tabs of information about your character's current status in life, and a short 3-picture slideshow of images that normally appear in your current stage of life.
The game's sounds and music were mediocre at best, since there are only 4 piano tracks in the entire thing.
The game itself has good mechanics and playing features, but there is still the fact that the game lacks animation or sprites.
The length of the game is good, as you can pretty much stop at any point in the life. There is even one question that allows the oppurtunity to end the current game.
The game is not so original, mainly due to the fact that it is largely similar to the more detailed games "Alter Ego" and "Real Lives!"
It's obviously very replayable, and can be started over at any given point.
It's a fun, simplistic, realistic adventure that I recommend to all whom are willing to try. Overall, it's a great game for those willing to experiment in what can happen with somebody in an average human's life, and can actually allow you to explore some of the things that you're not, or never got the opportunity to do.

Visuals: Awful
Sound: Mediocre
Gameplay: Average
Length: Good
Originality: Mediocre
Replayability: Exceptional
Fun Factor: Good

Overall Score: Average

9 Commentson 4 roots

FenderBender`s Avatar
Rating Orb FenderBender 14 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 35C 5F
7 years ago | (1)
I played this game over, and over...It was very re-playable. There was one time where I rolled the dice and I got:
Hp: Healthy
Str: Feeble old man
Att:Fugly ( I think the F was a typo but if not, maybe it meant F'ing ugly...)
Cha:Social Outcast

...*Refresh page.*
TheMightierWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheMightierWolf 15 Slovakia MelancholicCholeric 203C 181F
7 years ago | (0)
Fugly means extremely ugly, and therefore was used as the lowest form of attractiveness.
gogeta15`s Avatar
Rating Orb gogeta15 18 United States CholericSanguine 5C 0F
7 years ago | (2)
TheMightierWolf, could you perhaps post links to the other two games you mentioned so that I may try them out as well?
Keshra`s Avatar
Rating Orb Keshra 14 United States SanguineCholeric 10C 0F
7 years ago | (3)
I love this game and I think it is better than you gave it, TheMightierWolf. But still, good review for a good game.
Voltox`s Avatar
Rating Orb Voltox 14 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 122C 9F
7 years ago | (2)
One of the downfalls in this game happen to be when you make the wrong choice, and when you do you instantly die. It'd be a little better if it could make the game harder for you in the process, like lowering health... but I guess that already works.
A nice feature is that the name you type in gives you your stats differently on what you've called yourself.
TheMightierWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheMightierWolf 15 Slovakia MelancholicCholeric 203C 181F
7 years ago | (2)
Well in truth, there are many different parts like what you said there should've been.

For example, when you're 9 and trying to talk to the bully, if your charm isn't at Life of the Party, you'll lose quite a bit of health.

But for something like the pedophile offering candy if you'll get into his car, if you say I want some Candy and your intelligence isn't high enough, you'll die. This is mainly because there's no escaping once you're in the car of a pedophile.
Voltox`s Avatar
Rating Orb Voltox 14 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 122C 9F
7 years ago | (2)
Myes, I guess you're right about the pedophile. I haven't seen what happens if you want some candy and your intelligence IS high... well, it does include real-life situations.
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