I feel anxious when I load a game to find a static view of a desk or computer terminal. Will I find the tension and jumpscares of Five Nights at Freddy’s or the grinding dread of Papers, Please? Bionic Bliss [official page] offers neither, though it might be even more horrifying to some. We work at a call centre on a helpline, see, dealing with malfunctioning cyberlimbs in the cyberfuture. It’s short, fun, silly, and free.
If Papers, Please asked how we balance our needs and concerns with those of strangers, well, Bionic Bliss simply asks if you fancy being a cad to people in need for your own amusement. We’ve got a slate of calls lined up from people with malfunctioning cyberbits – arms, toes, genitals etc. – and talk them through troubleshooting with a series of three options. I did very briefly worry it was going Papers, Please-y with checking part numbers and serials, but then I helped an old man fix his robocock and yeah, I get this.
The responses are generally a clear choice between be helpful, be a bit sassy, and be downright rude, depending on how bored you fancy being as Employee 852 on his 612th consecutive day working in the call centre. But it’s fun, it’s funny, and the slap of cyberpunk is nice. It has multiple endings too. I met a nice cyberlady. Remember, reader dear: cruel isn’t cool.
You can play it in your browser this-a-way (sorry, Linuxeers – it’s Unity). Bionic Bliss was created during the Ludum Dare 31 game jam in December then expanded a little, but at the time I somehow missed it amongst the 2,640 entrants. Shame on me!