It’s one of the American writer’s best works and, for my money, was one of the creepier point-and-click adventure games in the 1990’s. That game is I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, the digital re-creation of Harlan Ellison’s short novel.
It launched in the mid 1990’s and a couple of years ago got a fresh coat of paint and a second wind courtesy of re-releases on Steam and Good Old Games. But now the creepy adventure is getting ported to the platform where it might have its best chance of success yet: mobiles.
French developers DotEmu, which has adapted a variety of classics including R-Type, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Street Fighter 2, Boulder Dash, Red Baron, Final Fatnasy 3, Metal Slug 3, Ubisoft’s Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD remake and the Double Dragon Trilogy, are responsible for the mobile port of Ellison’s story.
Cyberdreams released I Have No Mouth in 1996, but Ellison himself contributed heavily to the development of the game to the point of voicing the malevolent AI and in-game antagonist, AM. The story, which is one of the most reprinted in the English language, revolves around five souls that have been captured by AM for the AI’s sadistic pleasure.
The player is required to overcome the psychological trials AM crafts for each of the trapped humans, the five of which represent the final remnants of humanity following an apocalypse. Pocket Gamer adds that there are special filters and a new control scheme for the mobile release, and the game is available for download now on Android ($5.75) and iOS ($5.99).