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Jul 8, 2012 | 6:59 AM EDT
  • Daily 2nd Place July 9, 2012

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UPDATE 4 (8th September 2012): IR/RATIONAL INVESTIGATOR ANNOUNCED! /sharedfiles/filedetails/

UPDATE 3: ir/rational has made the front page with 45,000 plays in under a week! Thank you everyone - and keep your eyes peeled for announcements in the coming months!

UPDATE 2: Walkthrough available here: /2012/07/irrational-walkt hrough.html

UPDATE 1: Made 10,000 views and the Popular Games list in 24 hours! Thanks to everyone who's played!

Argue the toss in a twisted tale of logic...

In ir/rational you complete, create and discredit arguments by selecting propositions and filling in the blanks. It's a puzzle game based on propositional logic, and a graphic adventure all in one - only here you don't so much need to escape the room as prove why you'd even want to.

- Unique, language-based argument system: formulate logical proofs to progress through the game

- Dark philosophical comedy by Tom Jubert, writer of Penumbra, Driver: San Francisco and FTL.

- 10 screens and roughly half an hour of intelligent, challenging and inventive gameplay

- Musical score by award-winning composer Mikko Tarmia

My website:
My narrative design blog, Plot is Gameplay's Bitch:

- Click to progress story
- Complete the arguments by selecting options from the drop-down menus

NB Some systems don't display all the dropdown options at once, and you have to use the arrow keys to scroll.

If you can't see the right answer, chances are you can resolve the problem with the arrow keys. Hope it's not dampened your enthusiasm!



Rated 5 / 5 stars July 9, 2012

Spent an hour on 9/10. Didn't ask my brain anything. Wanted to test my smarts. Couldn't finish 9/10. But DAMN! Is this game hard or what?! Good show. 10/10 Very unique.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars July 9, 2012

Wow. I give this game all of the stars because it's brilliantly made and deserves much more attention. I was sitting there with a pen and notebook working out the problems in math formula forms, debating to myself aloud how some of this was confusing and how the ending selection should be and it kept me thinking throughout the entire thing.

I was even more surprised when I got the final challenge on the first try when I really had no idea what I was doing at all. Ha. The challenge of contradicting The Machine was the hardest, but it was mostly because I had things out of order. Well done. Loved it! xx

tjubert responds:

Thank you!


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars July 9, 2012

On the whole decent, but nothing special

But... why is it 18 megs?

tjubert responds:

Because I didn't know anything about flash when I started and didn't use transparency in images to save space. Sorry!


Rated 4 / 5 stars July 8, 2012

Awesome game no doubt. Only problem was the second to last puzzle it just became a mess of confusion and though I thought I easily proved the contradiction I just couldn't get it down lol talk about major raging but still great game!


Rated 5 / 5 stars July 8, 2012

IF everybody is different, then nobody is special.
THEREFORE: IF nobody is special, I am not special.
IF everybody finishing this game got different rational potential realization rate, THEN everybody is special.
ASSUMPTION: Creator of this game did NOT design and code this game to be complicated enough for everyone to get different rational potential realization rate based on accuracy and speed of decisions during the game.
THEREFORE: Everybody finishing this game did NOT get different rational potential realization rate.
THEREFORE: Everybody is NOT different.
THEREFORE: Nobody is NOT special.
THEREFORE: I am special.

(Alternative ending: If you start with the claim that everybody is special, not only you come to realization that everybody is not special, you also cannot logically prove you being special. This game plays you as you play it.)

I definitely liked this game. I've never played game like this, advancing by making rational (and irrational) decisions, using logic.
As you can see, it inspired me to continue logical thinking by making full arguments.

It's not really a complaint, but it's a shame that this doesn't seem to have much replay-value. Still, definitely gonna bookmark this, and recommend to my friends.