78641 – It Is The Fun Game?

By John Walker on November 3rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm.

Mine too.

Kieron spotted this in the 2010 IGF list. Called 78641, it purports to be an English translation of the classic Esperanto game, Pato Viro Simulilo. It’s, um, sort of an adventure game, but mostly an exercise in surrealism. And unlike most things that people label “surreal”, this isn’t just “silly” or saying “fish” a lot – it’s a genuinely surreal and often unsettling experience. In the game you play Doug Beachez, a frying pan. Who sells dildos.

It’s mostly about conversations with various other characters, be they thugs, old men who attack you with sentences, or murderous leaves. There’s a few minigames to play, and some sort-of action sequences, but mostly it’s about experiencing disconnect, and then staring in shock at some of the language. It’s clearly in NSFW territory with it’s “dick selling” activities, and may cross some other lines. I was slightly taken aback when a character declared, “I cannot part with this [picture of Swayze]. Patrick Swayze is dead of the AIDS. Better luck next time.” To which the frying pan replies, “I hope you kill yourself in the hopes you are reincarnated as something other than a gypsy next time.” I’m just saying.

You can get the full game from this link here. It’s… an experience. Here’s the trailer:

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26 Comments »

  1. allen says:

    This game is hard, you will fail many times while playing it. It’s really short once you figure out what to do.

    Here’s the original post from the the indie game source forums, back in August:
    http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=7956.0

  2. Sam says:

    A much, much better game from these guys is .

  3. ScrapmetaL says:

    Of course this game came out before Swayze kicked the bucket, so it’s more an unfortunate coincidence than cheap assholery about his death.

    • John Walker says:

      He’d been slowly dying of pancreatic cancer for a couple of years. It’s not a coincidence. Which is why the AIDS thing seemed a bit indecent.

  4. Cheesecake Jones says:

    78641 is totally my Zip Code. I’m being completely serious.

  5. Igor Hardy says:

    Nice retro graphics, but not a fun game.

  6. Smurfy says:

    It doesn’t look unsettling at all. It looks very silly.

    • Mil says:

      Seconded. Not unsettling at all, unless you find boredom unsettling.

  7. Lilliput King says:

    “I cannot part with this [picture of Swayze]. Patrick Swayze is dead of the AIDS. Better luck next time.”

    I laughed, I’m a bad person.

    • invisiblejesus says:

      You aren’t the only one. But this sort of humor probably wouldn’t be as funny if it didn’t piss some people off.

  8. ZIGS says:

    I always lose the sentence-dodging game. Fuck this

  9. mastrblastr says:

    how do you not say that its from the same incredible folks that did Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden??????

    • Mad Doc MacRae says:

      Seriously? That game was delightfully silly (though I stopped playing shortly through).

  10. Anthony says:

    Haha, I remember this game from a little while ago. It’s awesome.

  11. wearing a diaper and posting. says:

    this game came out before patrick swayze died, it is a coincidence, and the world does not revolve around patrick swayze.

    • MD says:

      worst comment ever, John already explained why it is not coincidental at all.

  12. Patrick Swayze says:

    I am Patrick Swayze and am very upset about all this.

  13. Löjrom says:

    AIDS and pancreatic cancer is unrelated, no?

  14. Eidolon says:

    We don’t know how close the terms for pancreatic cancer and AIDs might be in Esperanto! Something may have been lost in translation!

  15. Mark Wallace says:

    Keiron “spotted” it? It’s the second game in the list! ;-)

  16. Bret says:

    Normally, spam posts ruin a discussion, but here, random necro spam feels right.

  17. Tei says:

    On the other hand, the day spam bots become context sensitive (like Google adwords does) we will be doomed.