27 March 2012

Mental Repairs, Inc

Gaming Genres: Graphic Adventure
Story Genres: Science Fiction
Graphical Styles: 2.5D, Realism
Platforms: Windows
Pricing Model: Free
Developer(s): Hulub
Publisher(s): Hulub
Initial Release Date: 2008
Website(s): Homepage
Mental Repairs, Inc. is a 2.5D point'n'click adventure that puts you into the shoes of Henrik Liaw, machine psychiatrist. Henrik's unusual job is to repair defective electronic devices with his mind by entering their psyche and treating them from the inside. For this he uses the so-called Katharsis Interface, a wrench-like tool that allows him to establish a mental connection with a machine's artificial brain.

The game was created with the Wintermute Engine which supports realtime polygon characters in front of static, prerendered backgrounds (hence the term 2.5D). It was the final project of Renzo "Eshaktaar" Thonen's Bachelor's degree at the Zurich University of the Arts and received the Principal's Award.

The game starts when Henrik's PDA receives an emergency call in the middle of the night. The main computer of Rhosonit Engineering, a nearby construction company, experienced a nervous breakdown and needs to be repaired/treated immediately. 

It's going to be a special night, with Henrik encountering several malfunctioning appliances, such as a suddenly colorblind photocopier, a coffee dispenser with very low self-esteem, and an elevator with a multiple personality disorder.

A short, nice looking and playing, point and click adventure. Very well done and polished in every aspect.

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Indieness: Indie
Play?: Should Play

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