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Mu Complex: Episode One

AllyDeep 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.

Mu Complex: Episode OneGoing 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.


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29 Comments

Patreon Crew SonicLover April 23, 2015 11:37 AM

That unlocking sound is SO satisfying.

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OH WOW! This game is brilliant! I *LOVE* IT!

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Wow! Great game. Bring on episode 2!

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Yeah, GREAT one. Well done. Episode 2 please! :)

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I don't want to spend money on this game, but I can't seem to find a free historical newspaper archive.

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Whitney - historical newspaper archive...

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Leopardmask April 23, 2015 1:57 PM

Ugh, I can't figure out the

entering the birth date puzzle.
I found the pic of his 30th birthday,
and I discovered that 21933 days is 60 years and 33 days...
But I don't have a day of reference to go from or anything like that. What do I do?

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Leopardmask, keep looking. You're not going to find everything you need in one place.

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Final level spoiler:

Man, thankfully I only needed 5 passwords. That ASCII one was really confusing me. Curse you, Steve Door!

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This is among the best games I've ever played

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Full walkthrough:

Start by typing "help" at the command prompt (no quotes).
Type all commands in lower case.

> password
> login
PASSWORD ? brucedayton

> help
> ls
> cat password.txt
> login
PASSWORD ? allomoto

> help
> ls
> sudo cat password
> login
PASSWORD ? m3g4pa55word

> help
> ls
> cat aevans.mail (note that today is Bruce's birthday 3/18/64)
> cat birthday.jpg (note the 30 on the cake)
> unlock
DATE OF BIRTH (MM/DD/YY) ? 03/18/34

> help
> ls
> cat level1.jpg
> cat data.part02 (note Daniel's password help: replace every 4 by 0)
> ssh adamsevans
> ls
> cat tgurton.mail
> cat attach.mail (note Tim's password: sexykate)
> ssh timgurton
PASSWORD ? sexykate

> ls
> cat data.part01 (note Daniel's computer name: danielrich and password: half4499way)
> ssh danielrich
PASSWORD ? half0099way

> help
> ls
> cat level2.jpg (note 3 names: database, CCM_02, richardmills)
> cat ccm01.man (note commands)
> cat ccm02.man (note commands and CCM password: 00ADMIN)
> ssh ccm_02
PASSWORD ? 00admin

> status
> switch security
> switch link
> swith power database
> exit
> ssh database
> ls
> cat db_file (note richardmills password: 1littleduck)
> ssh ccm_02
PASSWORD ? 00admin

> switch power richardmills
> exit
> ssh richardmills
PASSWORD ? 1littleduck

> help
> ls
> camera
> mode thermal
> light black
> camera (note the 09)
> mode
> mode infrared
> light off
> camera (note the 01-13)
> light black
> mode normal
> camera (note the 12 25 01)
> cat introduction.mp3 (for the password, the numbers above correspond to letters of the alphabet)
Password? iamlya

> level3

> help
> ls
> sudo cat pobrian.mail

Go to the internet and search for Chicago Tribune archives.
Find your way to: archives.chicagotribune.com/1961/08/13/page/23/
Note the brand of TV: Admiral

> login
PASSWORD ? admiral

> ssah peterobrian

> help
> ls
> camera (note the Bible verse Amos 5:23)

Look up Amos 5:23 in the Bible (NIV version). Note it references harps.

> unlock
PASSWORD ? harps

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh olivernist
> ls
> cat hint

Use the internet to find the city at lat: 40.1302338 and long: -111.5785281

> power
PASSWORD ? mapleton

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh lukemike
> cat hint
> power
PASSWORD ? nonsense

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh stevedoor
> cat hint

Translate the ascii values.

> power
PASSWORD ? science

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh marcjohan
> cat hint

Translate each note to a letter.

> power
PASSWORD ? deadbeef

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh annienods
> cat hint

Look up Luke 19:4 in the Bible (NIV version).

> power
PASSWORD ? way

> cat level3.jpg
> ssh ericpoor
> cat hint

Look up the hex color codes.

> power
PASSWORD ? redblueyellow

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Jamilworm April 23, 2015 5:24 PM

That was a really great game. For some reason the backspace key didn't for me, I don't know if it is the game or my computer. So that was pretty annoying.

In the final level I expected to be able to

solve all 6 puzzles if i wanted to, and I was sorely disappointed when the game just ended all of a sudden after 5. Do I really have to play the entire game over again to see the 6th puzzle?

Other than that it was very enjoyable.

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Regarding the verse from the book of Amos, various translations use different words. I successfully used

viols.

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Leopardmask April 23, 2015 7:46 PM

Oh, duh, I think I was forgetting to type the file extensions on the other stuff so it wasn't registering and I thought I just couldn't access them. File extensions help.

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josephine17 April 23, 2015 8:19 PM

Man, that

Amos 5.23

clue was so annoying! I tried

yoursongs
songs
yoursong
song
music
yourharps
yourharp
thysongs

and finally gave up and looked at the walkthrough. Of course, it was the one thing I hadn't tried.
Awesome game, though!

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Leopardmask April 23, 2015 10:48 PM

Uhhh. Got all the way to the end (apparently) and just stopped working I think. Every time I try to make it work again Malwarebytes says it's a malicious website all of a sudden. I had to exclude the website from the blocklist to see the ending. Fortunately if it doesn't work the first time there's a retry button. By the way,

Is that a message in Standard Galactic Alphabet? Or any actual language? It flashed too fast for me to go look it up or think to screenshot it, does anyone know what it says?

Very fun game!

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Anyone curious about the text at the end:

Check the Wikipedia page about runes, specifically "Medieval runes (12th to 15th century)".

It says "MU.DATABASE.STUDIOCIME.COM" which is a website with 5 other puzzles (already solved) that apparently unlocked the main game website (www.mucomplex.com).

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Those runes at the end caught my eye because most alphabets have different characters for M, B, and U, so a search turned up what looks to be the font that the author used for them. It's called Modern Runic, created by Gröt Havregrynsson. Link: Modern Runic

Enjoyable game, looking forward to the next chapter!

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Who would have thought that you could make a linux based escape game that IS AWESOME!??? I say escape game because you are moving through the local web of the MU Complex. Far better than the Jurassic Park Scene. This Saga Has Me HOOKED. 5/5 stars!!!

PS, anyone know what Mapleton Utah has to do with this game?

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Also, did studiocime create that one song used at the end of the game?

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This game is great!

The second episode is already in production.
Those riddles on the page you find after the game were quite hard, I was trying to figure them out back then, when the other people managed to solve them. We had a IRC chat to talk about the riddles. They involved looking at the page source code and base64 encoding/decoding…

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lavamuffin April 25, 2015 12:59 PM

Aw, yeah, this was a FANTASTIC game! :D I felt all super-spy, uber-hacker, awesome-kid.

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I don't know if this was picked for review before I suggested it a while back, but this game is indeed AWESOME, and it feels good to see my first suggestion come up for review, either way. :D

'Mu Complex' reminded me of many games at the time I played it, but now that it's been a while, it's hard for me to remember all but one of them. Looking forward to replaying soon!

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I just started playing and saw that the OS in the game appears to be UNIX! :D Good thing I took that UNIX class last semester!

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Callidy May 11, 2015 8:21 PM

This is a fantastic game! I'm replaying before I play the second one, and I was wondering if anyone knows what the files at the very beginning (manual.doc, help.pdf, and motd.bin) say? I can tell they're written in some sort of code, but I'm not sure how to break it.

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Patreon Contributor Questioner May 14, 2015 10:10 AM replied to Callidy

The numbers are:

Hexadecimals.

I haven't been able to make anything of the decoded numbers though.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawkEXUQyuOdzqjNjb7CbWDAJ8ufF6vv2bug May 22, 2015 2:47 AM

Well, that was fun. I'll be interested to see where episode 2 goes from here.

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Kaykayenne October 12, 2015 7:19 PM

lol i'm not christian so i would never have guessed the bible hints... that was a GREAT game, though.

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ThemePark October 26, 2015 2:50 AM

The game link no longer works, as the game has been removed from Kongregate, and now has to be purchased on Steam.

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