Mu Complex: Episode One
Deep in the bowels of a secrative facility, something stirs. Long-dormant processors whir to life. Keys click on a keyboard as someone types furtively. And a digital computer voice rings out: Welcome to Mu Complex, Bruce Dayton. Only it's not Mr. Dayton behind the keys, but you, as you step into the shoes of a hacker, in this enthralling game from Studio Cime, which is part text adventure, part riddle game, and part one in a projected series. Dive deep into the intranet of the secretive Mu Complex, virtually hopping from machine to machine, rifling through the files of its employees as you hunt for the links and the passwords that will lead you to more mysterious, more sensitive machines hidden in the heart of the facility. And there's no pointing and clicking here... You'll do it oldschool, by entering command prompts and toggling power supplies. Each file you uncover will tell you a little bit more about what Mu Complex is, and why you're hacking into it, but you won't be satisfied until you've uncovered the secret lying at its very heart. Seriously, you probably won't... Mu Complex is an absorbing and engaging adventure that will work your brain and hold you in its thrall until the very end.
Going into too much detail about what makes Mu Complex so special would break its spell a little bit, as a great deal of the game's enjoyment comes from reading through the files, e-mails, and data pieces you uncover, and piecing together the story for yourself. But we can tell you that the game does have a superb atmosphere, excellently cultivated by its choice of medium. Learning specific text commands, entering them in, and eventually committing them to memory really does make you feel like a hacker digging their way through an antiquated machine. Learning what you capabilities as a programmer are, and learning when and where to apply them, makes for a surprisingly satisfying puzzle game experience all on its own. But soon, Mu Complex asks you to leave the safety of its game borders. When Mu Complex's riddle-game aspects come into play, you'll have to do a little research of your own, following the clues it leaves through Google, and into the real world beyond the game. Plenty of games incorporate trivia, but Mu Complex does it in a way that feels remarkably real. Its characters inject things personal to them into their computer systems and passwords, and using that info makes the game feel more real and makes them feel more real. If you have even the slightest love for puzzles, riddles, and good-old fashioned adventures, let yourself loose in Mu Complex. It's an adventure you won't soon forget.