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You wake up in a cell with a mattress, a desk piled with coded papers and books, and a computer terminal with access to three other hidden occupants of the dungeon. The choices you make will determine who escapes, who dies, and who is trapped forever. But be careful... Not everyone is who they seem.

The game is written in Java and can either be downloaded or played in the browser here. Please contact me either through the comments or at psy_wombats@wombatrpgs.net if you have any problems running the game.

This is a short project inspired by the likes of Adventure, Myst, those 'escape the room' flash games, and also MSpaint Adventures. The game is probably an hour long at most depending on your reading speed, though there are nine possible endings. Note that this is cross between a visual novel, adventure game, and text RPG. If you don't like reading too much, you probably won't enjoy this. The only gameplay is through choices you must make as the player. For instance:
"You can examine the <w>all mirror, the <c>abinet, the <m>edicine chest, the <c>abinet, the <d>rain, the <s>ink and shower, the <t>oilet, or head <b>ack the the main room."

Have fun in your attempt to escape...!

Latest Blog

Javascript version, Mac compatibility, featured-ness, other things...

So the main reason I'm updating the blog is that I just added another download for the game, this being a version of The LCPANES Terminal in HTML5/javascript. A while ago it was brought to my attention that on Mac computers, it wasn't possible to make selections at choices. This new version should fix that problem, so I'm going to go ahead and set it as the main download. (additionally, this should be playable on a mobile devices, if you care to try)

Next up, by this point, everything that's included in the game is definitive as far as typos/routing goes. I deliberately shut up about theories and intentions while this game was featured because at that point, it was "done," and I'd prefer the work to stand alone without any additional creator's notes or interpretations. It was a little surreal to have this game featured seeing as how it has zero graphics whatsoever, but I hope those who noticed it through the RMN front page enjoyed the game. (wow, that's only what, 3 months late? oh well)

Oh, and the reason this JS viewer was made was because of another VN project in the works... if you enjoyed the writing in this story, I'm currently working on Snowbound, which you can follow here. PentagonBuddy's also working on this, but we're holding off on an RMN page for a little bit.
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Just finished playing online version, got ending 6.

This is some really neat stuff!

Also,
(A question, this was programmed with java true??? Why dontyou try to port it to iphone????)

You should do this, iPhone/iPad version would be awesome :)
Game featured today with 211 downloads.

Congrats on being featured!
author=drakiyth
Cool story, bro. Put the game down in 5 minutes. This game bored me to tears.

Awesome judgement huh? I can do it too. Oh it's not because your game sucks or anything it's because it's an indi game and that automatically means I can't spend time playing it. Sorry, dude. You might as well stop making games in general because nobody has time to play them.


Calm down.
author=drakiyth
Cool story, bro. Put the game down in 5 minutes. This game bored me to tears.

Awesome judgement huh? I can do it too. Oh it's not because your game sucks or anything it's because it's an indi game and that automatically means I can't spend time playing it. Sorry, dude. You might as well stop making games in general because nobody has time to play them.


You need to chill dude.
I was pissed off when I wrote that. I took it down because it's pointless trolling.
Nice. I'm still learning JAVA, so it'll be nice to see a game like this.

I received endings 6, 7, 4, and 1 in the 4 times I've played so far before I checked the walkthrough and found out how each ending is reached. I'm probably going to play for each ending to see what happens now, since this is very entertaining.
author=Felipe_9595
Lol Visual novel XDDD

I think Text Adventure is a most accurate term for this game XD


I agree, that or "Wall of Text". :P LCPANES reminded me of those old RPG novels back in my school days.
By the online version, I thought it was going to be you paired up with 3 other people and you have to work together in real-time to "escape" and win...That would have been a cool concept.

And one of the other 3 would be a plant to throw everyone off. Of course, that would be a lot of programming for the AI, unless you pull a cleverbot or something.

(sorry if my english is bad)

YES!
I've finally got Ending#1 !
my first one was 7 and then 4.

Sooo...I really LOVE your game :3
You should do more games like this.
sooo, just got enging #6.
i have a question:
does it do any differents, if i check the cabinet in the bathroom after the first night?
Hello, I just did a review on you, i gave you 5 stars, so I do not know whether it will be accepted, the reason why I gave you a 5 is because the game is really good, if it gets accepted, you will know why, if the review does not get accepted, then I will give it 4 stars instead, and try again.
This game exceeded my expectations. Good job.
I really enjoyed this game.
My first ending was a good one, but on the next playthroughs I kept getting bad endings and going "NOOOOOO, I WANT ALL OF US TO MAKE IT !!!"

A really entertaining game. Thanks for sharing it with us! :D
Hoo boy, I thought everything and their mother had been done in the room escape setting, but this is one freakin' brilliant mood piece. Many thanks to psy_wombats for having crafted it, and F-G and the staff who featured it for making it more noticeable.

Now I can't resist writing a short disclaimer for people who liked this game (though I doubt anyone will be interested, it's worth a try) :
If you haven't before, I suggest you try "interactive fictions" (the "modern" name for text adventures), heaps of which can be found on this site : the Interactive Fiction Database
As a starter, I would recommend Galatea, a very intriguing dialogue-only short piece with 50 endings, or the beautifully written Photopia. The more puzzle-savy could try Spider and Web, which simply blew my mind.
This was a very interesting game. I went into it thinking "How good can a bunch of text be?" and let's say I was pleasantly surprised. It has a really good story and minimal amount of typos, though the only one that bothered me was when

In Elyse's Journal, when you choose "The Communication System", the last sentence states "There are a total of four of us here: myself, Seth, Catherine, and LICOZY." I'm sure you meant Cecilia instead of Catherine.


Anyway, I got all of the endings and every one of them made sense. This is definitely a thinking man's game. Too bad games like this are becoming increasingly rare. Great job psy_wombats!
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author=Ichimaru_Gin
Hello, I just did a review on you, i gave you 5 stars, so I do not know whether it will be accepted, the reason why I gave you a 5 is because the game is really good, if it gets accepted, you will know why, if the review does not get accepted, then I will give it 4 stars instead, and try again.

Reviews aren't disallowed based on scores, only on the quality of the review. If it gets rejected, ask the mods why and they might be able to help you improve your review writing (assuming it isn't accepted, could be an awesome review for all I know).
author=Zadok83
In Elyse's Journal, when you choose "The Communication System", the last sentence states "There are a total of four of us here: myself, Seth, Catherine, and LICOZY." I'm sure you meant Cecilia instead of Catherine.



Haha yes I wondered for a while whether this was a voluntary inconsistency revealing a plotkey or not (could still be !)
Anyway I didn't insist enough on how well crafted this game is ; it made me tense like hell when the first major choice appeared - I began roaming around my flat thinking out loud about every possible outcome. And I really felt bad für Elise, the point where we learn of her gambit is ... powerful, especially considering what we hear later from the paranoid one.

By the way, Fallen-Griever, I have to say your avatar is especially disgusting, congratulations.
This game was amazing. I got #5, not sure if I'll play through again, but that was indeed amazing and fun.
LockeZ
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This is really short, but still well done. A couple of the endings seemed to be pretty similar to each-other, but that's probably fine.

As a note, there were a few minor glitches with inspecting the non-computer objects. In the bathroom on the first day, the cabinet is listed twice, and the command prompt seemed to fritz out after inspecting one of the objects in there. Reading the books on the first day, it's supposed to take me back to the desk's command prompt after each one, but instead one of them took me back to the room's command prompt. I then inspected the mattress, after which I found myself at the desk's command prompt.

I enjoyed this game and got all nine endings before I finally closed the game! I feel like something should unlock after doing so. I guess you can't exactly make it unlock a sound test or a concept art gallery, though. ;)
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