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The Vacuum

by Makeout Patrol

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File size: 3.8 MB
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Graphics: 320x200, 32-bit color
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14 Aug 2008
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Bad LanguageStrong
SexSuggestive dialog


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About this game

In The Vacuum, you play as Leo Wallace, a student at Aberdeen University who is headed back home to Whitefall for summer with his girlfriend, Averie Piper. As a pair of poor, starving college students, they decide to book a cheap room on a cargo ship that has extra room for passengers on this particular trip. It's a short jaunt - only a day and a half - and it seems as though it should be uneventful. But when a pair of explosions tear through the passenger compartment while the ship is still in the middle of deep space, Leo and Averie must determine exactly what happened, fix the problems, and discover what - or who - caused the explosions in the first place.

Leo must search high and low for information, pay attention to the clues that he finds, and carefully weigh every decision he makes. Based on his actions, his relationships will be altered, justice will be realized (or not), and lives will be saved or lost.
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AGS Awards Nominations

Nominated, Best Gameplay 2008

AGS Panel Review

"This eerie space adventure set on a space liner evokes a good atmosphere and includes some entertaining (if limited) dialog exchanges. The game is quite short, however, and one of the endings seems to punish you for making the most logical decision. Fortunately, neither of these issues should keep most people from enjoying this game."

19 people commented on this game (newest first):

Great game. I like the many tasks to accomplice. eg. Relations, saving lives, solving the mystery...
2012-07-11 00:40:31 by mahli
Well, qptain_Nemo forced me to play this, but it was kind of worth it. The dialogues are great, the puzzle design is fantastic, the story is really nice. Once it picks up an amazing pace, then it comes to an end, and that's it's only con. Also the music is very fitting.
2011-11-01 01:31:21 by Dualnames
Its a pretty fun game. You should definitely give it a play through.
2010-05-17 20:45:41 by coldwater
Finally got around to playing. Good game, definitely worth playing! Perhaps a bit excessive on the cussing, but then again, thats the way the characters were.
2010-05-10 16:14:27 by WHAM
Another premium in the making.
The graphics are average and so was the availability of interaction between many objects. Maybe it all boils down to a different style of gameplay, since this game's outcome depends more on your decisions and witty conversations rather than item collection and the main character's actions.

Original storyline, I believe it can run even deeper if you would spend time into making a related sequel. Overall, good job with the psyche, backstory and dialogues and best wishes in your future endeavours.
2010-01-10 10:47:48 by Taeyang
Surprisingly immersive and even a little disturbing in parts (which is a compliment, given the horror-mystery theme). This game game me the shivers, and I don't know quite why. The simple visuals are adequate and remarkably effective, but the real strength of this game is in the multiple endings. More varied consequences would have been nice, though.
2009-08-22 00:38:44 by Jester
Quite a rare game presenting the space theme along with detective story. Strongly reminds of Yahtzee's 7Days, but still has nothing to do with paranormal stuff and has original plot.
Maybe the very story itself and the outcome are a bit commonplace and predictable - it doesn't matter, because of the _heaps_ of game endings. Indeed, it's quite a rare occassion, when the answer you choose in the dialogue really affects the game flow and the outcome. Not just "Choose Ending A, B, or C" - in the final dialogue.

Overall, enjoyable piece of gaming, not very long and not very hard to play, moreover vastly replayable.
2009-07-06 07:45:02 by Vukul
Very great game! You have a lot of future in AGS!

Go on! make beautifull new games!
2009-04-29 20:08:23 by Alarconte
Although the graphics are not that good, this game creates an intense creepy feeling through the whole time.
The story evolves not that surprising as i hoped, but it still works very good. I really hated the size of the cargo bay , but anyway its good game!
2009-01-12 08:43:09 by Helme
Absolutely sublime. The sheer size and complexity of the cargo bays does subtract somewhat though.
2009-01-11 20:21:15 by Crazy
Awesome game, loved it! I really enjoyed how the characters responds to advancements in the plot, excellent stuff.
2008-10-22 20:46:46 by Montague
A very original and enjoyable game, I highly recommend it. It has great atmosphere and characters, a great objective based puzzle system and replayability thanks to it's different story branches.
2008-09-27 08:53:16 by robvalue
This is a great little game. Maybe not the longest of the best looking but the story is strong enough for this not to matter at all. Characters are good and the dialog is generally well written. For a first game this is excellent!
2008-09-12 13:20:31 by McBoy
Nice multipath branching!
2008-08-31 12:56:05 by Blair (Bjyman)
A very promising game with lots of characters, taking place in an interesting setting. The author has some good ideas on how to tell a story. Unfortunately the dialogue itself bored me. The characters were shallow and I couldn't relate with them or the quest.

Curious players will end up wasting time walking around big storage areas where there is nothing awaiting for them. There are few to no puzzles, and I found the investigation itself pretty simple and the plot predictable.
2008-08-16 14:13:36 by jkohen
This is not a traditional point&click adventure game. It is very realistic in its game mechanics and overall setting, leaving the player only obvious choices between which he has to choose. For that reason, I highly doubt that anybody could get stuck in that game, because the focus is not on artificially constructed item-combining puzzles.

The dialogs are pretty long, but I didn't find them boring or redundant.

It is not a very long game to finish once - but you should definitely try it at least twice and make different decisions. It's getting better every time, and there is much to explore.
2008-08-16 12:45:11 by kaputtnik (egalotron)
I found the game to be a bit cliché, with very long, non interactive dialogues. But the overall story, with multiple endings and hints, is enjoyable and well designed.
2008-08-16 11:25:32 by bicilotti
Man ! I just finished the game with a good ending (nobody's dead and the relationship with the girlfriend is very good) and I just want to say, this is the best AGS game ever !
A little short yes, but very well done. Should have a sequel or something.
2008-08-14 22:29:27 by LunaVorax
Very well done, one of my highlights for this year.
2008-08-14 11:18:39 by neon
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