Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Adam Knehans


”This world is a machine.  A machine for pigs.  Fit only for the slaughtering of pigs.”

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is the sequel, possibly in name only, to the indie horror darling Amnesia: The Dark Descent which has been received as one of the most frightening games ever made.  Released in 2010 The Dark Descent is survival horror played in first person unlike the traditional 3rd person perspective of Resident Evil or Silent Hill.  Like all good survival horror the player is equipped with to barest of essentials in the face of a horror they can barely comprehend, let alone defeat.  Playing an amnesiac character thrown into a Lovecraftian nightmare this game is a beautiful example of restraint and letting the player scare themselves.

Amnesia – A Machine for Pigs has giant shoes to fill.  The game is the combined efforts of 2 indie games studios, Frictional Games the developers of the original Amnesia and The Chinese Room who released the narrative experimental game Dear Esther.  The Chinese Room have scripted the game, created the soundtrack and Frictional Games have taken the game to finish development for a release before years end.

The game is set in 1899 Victoriana England where wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has returned home from a disastrous expedition to Mexico, which ended in tragedy.   Wracked by a fever, haunted by dreams of a dark machine, he recovers consciousness in his own bed, with no idea of how much time has passed since his last memory.  As he struggles to his feet, somewhere beneath him, an engine splutters, coughs, roars to life…” (from official site).


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