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Anna

by Vince Twelve

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Game Genre:
Sci-Fi
Game Type:
Drama
Story Type:
Original
Release Date:
26 Aug 2005
AGS Panel Rating:
Player Rating:
Short game (can be completed within 30 minutes)
Short game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium length game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full length game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
MAGS game Monthly AGS competition entry
Non-adventure game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
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Training game Games made just to try out AGS
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Content advisory:
Occasional, mild
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31 people have rated this game so far:
Visual:
79%
Immersion:
90%
Puzzles & Pacing:
83%
Overall Enjoyment:
85%

About this game

Welcome to Outpost Station. A deep-space lookout intended to serve as an early warning system in case of attack by "the enemy." You are Hero, a clean-room technician charged with the maintenance of all the station's systems including Anna, the intelligent computer system that runs the station.

The day starts as routinely as any other, but ends with Homeworld's very survival in jeopardy.



Anna was one of the joint winners of the One Room One Week Competition 2.

The game is presented in pseudo-3D with a keyboard interface.

This version is spruced up with sound, music, and a flash manual that keeps track of your progress in the game and can provide hints if you're stuck.
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
Design, Writing, Scripting, Art, Sound
Vince Twelve has worked on 11 other games: (see them >>)

AGS Awards

Won, Best Tutorial or Documentation 2005

Nominated, Best Non Player Character 2005

Nominated, Best Programming 2005

Nominated, Best Short Game 2005

16 people commented on this game (newest first):

This game is amazing, a perfect 10.

The previous comments sum it up. I have nothing else to add, but to encourage everybody to try this game out.
2017-07-10 17:15:24 by jkohen
This game is really well put together, I really liked it.
The online manual is also really good!
2017-07-10 17:15:24 by Mozesh
1: Very good. Like a good short story this game - although quickly finished - will not be forgotten.
2: The visual and auditory presentation was outstanding, unique and helped transforming the game into a piece of art. The abstract black-and-white interior of whatever-it-was emphasized the feeling of being lost to a huge degree.
3: While I felt quite lost initially, this was the mere seed for the feeling of accomplishment that followed once I knew what I was doing (although I felt a bit embarrassed, too :~)
4: The characters where not only believable (as far as this can be said about a fictional AI), but helped also to pull me into the game. Especially Hero, the well-educated protagonist, reminded me a bit of Kubrick's 2001.
5: The Hanoi-Puzzle was a bit of a downer and ate up a bit of the immersion the game established.
6: The philosophical discussion the characters had was a bit lacking especially for an "intelligent" AI, but I sure liked it anyway.

If you don't know whether to download this game or not my advice is quite clear: Do it for God's sake! It's an hour well spent
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2017-07-10 17:15:24 by lostbuthappy
Very interesting game.

I loved the concept which reminded me alot of Ender's Game. I also suspected the "twist" before you exit the room at the end, which is a nice touch. It really makes you think, you know? :)

The intro was quite long, but it felt like it was necessary to the game, and none of the dialogue felt wasted.

The music was also nice, and the graphics, while seeming simplistic at first, are very beneficial to the atmosphere of the game.

I only had two gripes with this game:
1. Pressing ESC would skip cut-scenes (which I did everytime I got onto another console) and/or access the menu. This seemed like an awkward choice for the interface since I had my left hand on the space bar and my right hand on the up/down/left/right keys. That being, I had to stretch my hands over and over to reach ESC. Perhaps a better solution would be to move all the keys down to the bottom row. TiltOR has a similar interface to this game, and it pulled it off nicely. This is a minor nitpick, but I thought I'd mention it
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2017-07-10 17:15:24 by TheJBurger
Anna is absolutely amazing. I wasn't prepared for how much I was going to love this game. A funny, intelligent and tense sci-fi adventure, Anna is something really different from your average one room game.

First, the graphics. Stylised, clinical, brilliant. The multilayered room, once you get to grips with it, works incredibly well. The cold, colourless images, especially that of main character Hero, reflect the technologically advanced atmosphere.

And yet, while the game achieves a perfect, detached futuristic feel, this is countered by real warmth in the superb script. A heavily philosophical 15 minute introduction introduces us to our two main characters, Hero and the 80% organic computer Anna. That Anna can feel emotions means that her relationship with Hero is complex and compelling. During the introduction it is set out for us as the pair bounce good natured insults off each other during a debate about free will. The script is intelligent and wonderfully observed. It would be easy to ignore the characters in favour of simply setting out the philosophy that Anna has come up with but the game intersperses this weighty dialogue with realistic emotional responses
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2017-07-10 17:15:24 by madmanmunt
This is one of those great games made with AGS that isn't quite your typical adventure game. The story, music, and atmosphere give you this almost "neato creepy" feeling.

The only sad thing is this is a short game. I'd love to see a full (even medium) sized game with this kind of feel. But, every moment was enjoyable.

(p.s. don't close the game when the credits show)
2017-07-10 17:15:24 by Etcher2Games (etchersquaredgames)
Great game to play at the office :)
2009-03-04 05:13:06 by Lanchong (lanchong)
This game really blew my mind. It was so unlike anything I'd ever played before. Even if the puzzles themselves are really, at the core, nothing special, the whole look and feel of the thing made it truly fascinating to play. Figuring out what I was supposed to do and how I was supposed to do it felt very rewarding. The previous comments referring to the characters of Hero and Anna, their relationship, and their philosophical discussions definitely apply in my case too: terrific stuff. I can't believe it only took a week to put together!
2009-01-07 01:42:20 by Lazy Lisa (lazylisa)
Very interesting and beautiful game ! Original and well done.
2008-11-05 13:23:07 by Marion
The story was nice if not a bit generic. The dialog made it great though. The puzzles were very well designed, but leave you wanting more from such a short game. The involvement of a technicians manual outside the game was cool. Above all though I really liked how this game put you almost in the eyes of Anna and it felt like you were remotely controlling Hero.
2008-05-21 07:15:05 by Dharma_and_Greg#1fan
Hey, I loved the atmosphere of this game, It reminded me a lot of '2001: A Space Odyssey'. The dialog was fairly witty and in depth, it didn't give too much of the story away and yet it said enough to be interesting. The graphics, while minimal, were fitting for the scene. The puzzles left a bit to be desired but I really liked the way that the speech synthesis system used the letters you had solved in the puzzle. Overall a great little game, and definately worth playing at least once. :)
2008-05-13 23:21:49 by Tino113 (tino113)
Cool, I finished it and now that I got past that whole first puzzle with the gibberish and activating letters, the rest of the game was much more fun. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the two characters. I also liked the use of the Tower of Hanoi puzzle.
2007-10-07 21:06:57 by uvaagsfan (uvaagsfan)
Nevermind about earlier comments, I'm strating to get it... I'm sure I will return with a good review eventually.
2007-10-07 20:55:57 by uvaagsfan (uvaagsfan)
Am I playing the same game as everyone else? All of the text comes out as random gibberish and the puzzles don't seem to be solvable at all? I'm wondering if my copy is screwed up.
2007-10-07 20:29:22 by uvaagsfan (uvaagsfan)
I found this unusual game to be very entertaining. It is very well done. I don't normally care much for the type of puzzles this game uses but the mood and story made me persevere and solve them. And it was definitely worth it. Great game. I recommend the long intro as it really sets the mood.
2007-01-27 04:02:16 by CapCase (CapCase)
Very unique game! I recommend it for something different.
2005-10-07 22:00:36 by Anonymous (lakerz)
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