The Symbolic Engine

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Science Fiction
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2007 IF Art Show
Best of Show (Still Life)
The Symbolic Engine
Author(s) Evan Schull
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) May-2007
Authoring system Inform 7
Platform(s) Z-code
Language(s) English
License(s) Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Merciful

How It Begins

The game begins with a quote by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

You might be anyone, carrying nothing. You don't remember coming here, but nonetheless, you are in a stark white room, featureless except for a large machine. The front of the machine has with three knobs (white, red, and blue), an unlit green button, and a glass attachment protruding outward. The left side has a closed panel and a dial, and on top of the machine, a pipe leads up to a grate in the ceiling.

Notable Features


Release 1

  • The Symbolic Engine (Evan Schull; May-2007; Z-code).
    • Release 1 / Serial number 070518 / Inform 7 build 4U65 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/11N)
    • IFID: C0CFB443-8B88-430A-A7DD-152D5C521BFB
      IFID links: IFDB
    • 2007 IF Art Show: Awarded Best of Show. Entered in the Still Life division.
    • Download Engine.zblorb from the IF Archive
    • Or download from the IF Art Show site. The zipfile contains entries for all the entries in the 2007 IF Art Show. The story file for this game is Engine.zblorb.


General info


  • Judges' Reviews - Reviews of all the 2007 IF Art Show entries by all the official judges.

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