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Game Zone: Monochroma

by daiashi

About The Game

The story takes places in an alternate version of the 1950's where a huge company sells robots to the people in a fantastic city. You are playing the older of two brothers. On the night that your brother gets injured and you are seeking help, caught in a storm, you find yourself in a warehouse and discover an awful secret about that company.

Monochroma offers a deeply visual, intellectual and emotional experience. The game has a unique approach to storytelling without using any written or spoken words. Therefore, it requires the player to be actively involved to understand the narrative.

The story itself becomes part of the puzzle. Gameplay, visuals and the very limited color palette are used in an expressionist way to help tell the story. The player will find lots of references to other movies, books and games in the dystopian world of Monochroma. The challenge of the game is to make the player question his responsibilities as an individual and as a member of the system we're living in.

Deriving from the story, the gameplay consists of a boy who has to take care of his younger brother whose leg is injured in the beginning of the game. The younger brother is afraid of the dark, therefore the player can only put him down under the light to be able to jump higher and move faster. The player can't leave him behind, however, just as in real life.

Silent Narrative in an average 6 hours of playtime, told in 4 acts. It has realistic locations and puzzles that naturally blend with the environment, along with challenging puzzles without the arbitrary trial and error. It also features award winning visuals and an award winning soundtrack.

Monochroma visuals and gameplay is a lot like Limbo, in my opinion. I did enjoy the playthrough. However, some of the mechanics of the game can become annoying at times. I would recommend this game.

System requirements:

Fully updated PCLinuxOS and Steam



  • OS: PCLinuxOS
  • Processor: 2GHz or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space



  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support, 512 MB Video Card or better
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

About The Company

Nowhere Studios is a game-design startup established in 2010 with the goal of bringing games made with passion and skill to players all around the world. They want to infuse the spirit so common in older games into those on the next-gen platforms to make the world's most respected games.

Some Gameplay Screenshots

Getting It To Run

Install Steam (if you don't have it installed already), then start it. You will need to create a new account, if you do not already have one. Once you have Steam up and running, go to the store tab. Click on the Linux tab, if you wish, and search for Monochroma. Click on and download the demo. If you have updated your system, including graphics drivers, you should be good to go.

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