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About the Story

«There's nothing here, Carter. Vital signs zero-zero. It's a fucking cemetery.»

THE RUIN OF ŘCEANUS PR1ME is a survival text adventure about a rescue mission gone completely wrong. It has an in media res approach and may result obscure to many players until quite far in the playthrough. It's a story meant to unfold step by step and it is intended to work like this.

THE RUIN OF ŘCEANUS PR1ME is a sequel to A1RL0CK, by the same author. Playing it is not necessary to fully enjoy RUIN, but is still recommended.

Content warning: This story contains foul language and detailed descriptions of physical and psychological violence against animals and minors, abuse of narcotic substances or otherwise harmful to human beings. It is recommended for adult audiences only.

Game Details


1st Place - PunyJam #4


Play it on your modern hardware or choose among: • Amiga • AppleII • Atari8bit • AtariST • BBC • C64 • C128 • CPC • Mac Classic • Mega65 • MSX • PLUS/4 • SAM Coupe • Spectrum +3 • TRS80 • DOS

Release 2 include:
- A lot of screen readings have been added to the suit. Consider this a minimal hint system.
- Some synonyms were added for scenery elements.
- Atmospheric messages have been added to several locations, for immersion.
- Other minor inconveniences have been reduced or annihilated (i.e. you can now TURN things TO along with SETTING them TO).
- Some dynamic descriptions added (cfr. the lifeboat).
- Many versions have now a loading screen
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A complex underwater salvage mission in a larger universe, December 28, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This game, as its name suggests, is part of the same universe as A1RL0CK.

It's set in an underwater wreck that is enormous and filled with strange biological material. You have a special suit designed both to let you interface with the technology around you and to keep you under control.

The gameplay is partly exploration and partly puzzly. I enjoyed searching out parts of the ship, interfacing with technology and so on. I had some trouble with the parser when trying to deal with wheel valves, but I realized I had been using the wrong verb (SET is right, TURN works sometimes but not as often).

There is frequent strong profanity in the game. It makes sense in context. The story is very violent, kind of like 80s sci fi action like Alien, Predator, or Terminator.

Overall, I found the story strong. At times I got stuck, like I said; this is not an easy game, and careful attention to detail is basically required to pass through. I had a good time with it overall.

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