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I prefer not to say too much about the game, as discovering the details for yourself is part of the experience. My personal thoughts about the game and its history are in the afterword, but interpreting its meaning is up to you. Everything in the game is there for a reason.

Description:
The Infinite Ocean is a Myst-style point & click adventure game. It's fairly big for a flash game, and has a lot of story, so to enjoy it you need to take your time.

Instructions:
You interact with the environment by left-clicking.
To turn left or right, move your mouse to the edge of the room and click on the arrow that appears.
The main menu appears at the top of the screen when you move your mouse there.
For more detailed information, read the Instructions/Help screen in the game. (Highly recommended!)

Reviews


OmegathorionOmegathorion

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars December 15, 2011

Good premise, bad execution

The premise was good. Great. The premise would be a 10/10. If this was a book, it'd be a 10/10. But it's not a book, it's a game.

The main problem is that there's way too much reading. Reading is great, the text is great, I can really see that writing is your strong point. I loved the text. But a game isn't a book. Instead of having datalogs and journals, try stuff like cutscenes and spoken dialogue. Grab some artists and voice actors, switch it up, don't just throw text everywhere. Keep the writing there for key points, but don't make the player spend more than half of the game reading (I know that the reading isn't technically mandatory for the gameplay, but it's mandatory for the atmosphere).

That's my main criticism. As for other criticisms, a mini-map would have helped, and at first I had no idea that I was supposed to hover the mouse over the top to view my inventory. Maybe have the inventory/help/about menus faded slightly so I can know they're there without having them being intrusive, because I can see why having them always visible would be distracting.



imawakeimawake

Rated 5 / 5 stars December 12, 2011

The Infinite Ocean

Is the Ocean hope? is it humankind? Is it Intelligence? Morals, beauty, dreams, life? Is it all that together? The Machine could understand all of those things, completely, as one single thing. I admit that the story was a little confusing, for you never actually know who the perdon you are playing as is. Is it the Doctor? Is it the Machine? Did the machine have a body, for that purpose? Was it not just a computer? Is it the "I AM" ending the machine talking, which is what I think, being left in the world where nothing is anymore, for humankind is gone? Is the hope he talked about mad hope? For if he killed everyone, and kept going on, only thinking about hope, he was talking about the same hope that killed everyone.
Was it the doctor leaving, quoting the Machine, saying "I AM", alone in the world, expecting to die? Or has humankind survived?
The ambience is very Portal like, being even more sorrowful, quiet and meaningly deeper. Music, colours, rooms, everything was perfect. And the afterword; I have no words for it. I HOPE (pun, yay) I can see you in the Infinite Ocean, fighting the voices in the walls.
C´est beau
L´eau.



ReaplayReaplay

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 17, 2011

Beauty

Functionally it's a point and click. You point your cursor and click. (Please note: The base mechanics of the game work.) The atmosphere was great, dark, unsettling when you think about where everyone is, strange when you consider that everything is just a touch to 'just left there'. Music helped a lot with that. I got turned around a couple times in the game but never to the point of utter frustration. (It was only mild.) The story. I can't do it justice. I'll try. It was beautiful and intelligent. It was imaginative and powerful. It was funny at times and utterly devastating at others. (A personal favorite were the little 'fail safes' it put in place in case of its --------). It was philosophical. But while at points characters seemed to run together, I didn't care. It was beautiful. It was a beautiful story about life. It was a beautiful story about hope.



LambguyLambguy

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars November 12, 2011

What!?

it seems like this game would have good but it kept resetting my inventory.



Mugetsu-IchigoMugetsu-Ichigo

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 14, 2011

Great

I have played your other game, "The Book Of Living Magic" and I can truly say that I played this and the same quality comes to me. You seem to never stop amazing me with your games. 4 words for you: YOU ARE SIMPLY GOD