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Submachine UniverseSuspended from time and space as we know it, will you be able to make sense of it all? Welcome to Submachine Universe, an innovative Mateusz Skutnik endeavor joining a new gaming experience with the well-known, well-loved series. Set in iconic Submachine style, players are led on a scavenger hunt-esque adventure spanning various dimensions - some old, some new, and some with a twist.

At the time of its initial launch in 2010, Submachine Universe's distinction was being one of the only massively singleplayer online (MSO) games available. And despite its conversion in late 2017 to "free HD downloadable," Skutnik successfully maintained the aura of vastness and exploration that comes with MSOs.

Submachine UniverseLike any good escape game, the key is in the details. Players keep a sharp lookout for clues amongst minimalistic scenes embellished with shading and texturing in just the right places. Sound, color palette, and great use of lighting create ambiences that direct players, serving to keep them on edge; turn curiosity into urgency; or evoke uneasiness and chaos. There were plenty of times when I felt a sense of relief wash over me upon returning to "Home Base," only to be hit with another wave of dread as I launched myself into a new dimension.

Despite sparse instruction and few moving parts, a seamless user experience keeps players intrigued and engaged. There can be lots to remember once clues start building upon one another, but thankfully, an in-game note taking system is available to keep track of all your leads.

Perhaps the most captivating aspect of Submachine Universe is a plethora of backstory and intricate lore presented in the form of detailed academic articles, through which the game really earns its name. These articles offer additional context to inferences that can be made from other Submachine games, particularly Submachine Network Exploration Experience, which keeps the game nebulous yet cohesive. As such, Submachine Universe is good for everyone - the die-hard fan, the newcomer, and the player who hasn't encountered Submachine in quite a long while.


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This game is ENORMOUS, may revisit when I retire. The walkthrough is 43 pages of small type. WOW!

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kktkkr February 14, 2018 11:34 AM replied to jaybo33

I was halfway through writing a full walkthrough when I realized it would be about 100 kilobytes long.

(probably return to it after this Weekday Escape, with much less formatting)

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There’s actually a walkthrough on the Submachine Wiki already.

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