I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a game based on the short story of the same name by Harlan Elison. It is a point and click adventure game by Cyberdreams and was released in 1995. The game is takes place in a post apocalyptic world where humanity has been wiped out by a diabolical computer called AM. The story of the game revolves around the last five people in existence. These people exist because AM wishes them to exist. For the past 109 years, AM has been subjected these individuals to pain and torture for its own amusement. These people cannot die as AM doesn’t allow it and so to save of its own boredom it cruelly tortures them and plays mind games on them.
It’s a very dark story. Each of the five characters has a character flaw or weakness that AM continuously and methodically exploits and tortures them with. For instance Benny, a handsome man turned into an ape like human by AM’s doings, is a starving man but AM has constructed a reality where he struggles to eat food. Ellen was a woman who was a rape victim and associated her harrowing experience with the colour yellow. So AM sets her in an Egyptian setting where the colour yellow is very prominent. Nimdok is the character that I want to talk about today. Nimdok’s story has Nazi themes and takes place in the confines of a concentration camp. Understandably this setting is a rough subject matter. All 5 stories are but some more than others. Due to this storyline the entire Nimdok section of the game was completely removed from the French and German releases of the game. The section wasn’t replaced with a different story or setting and so Nimdok was a character that the player never played as.
This caused an issue with the best ending of the game. And by issue I mean, it was unobtainable. The French and German version’s exclusion of Nimdok’s chapter means that you can’t do the certain actions required to activate the best ending. And this was in 1995. If these situations happen today we can just go to YouTube and watch the ending but back then there wasn’t much you could do. For those intrigued by the story, I highly the game. I didn’t play it but I watched an LP of it and it is a wonderfully bleak setting. Fun little side note to end on, the author Harlan Elison helped on the development of the game. He wrote most of the dialogue and even voiced the evil computer AM. He did a great job too, giving AM’s voice that contempt for mankind that was ever present in its actions.