Cult 1984 Game Deus Ex Machina Returns...With Christopher Lee

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Video Games
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Back in the days of the ZX Spectrum, this odd multimedia-style game featuring Jon Pertwee and the music of Ian Dury came out and won a few awards. It was only available by mail order.

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I don't know that enough people remembered it to demand a sequel/reboot, but one is happening anyway, on Kickstarter. I tried playing the demo - if playing is the right word. You start as a sperm flying through the Fallopian tubes, moving slightly using the arrow keys, and eventually fertilizing an egg, all as Ian Dury sings a song.

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In the next level, you're a fetus, dodging flying eyeballs, but they don't hurt you that much if you do hit them. Eventually the song (female vocal this time) ends and you get born.

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Later levels deal with you apparently living through the '60s and then torturing people in Abu Ghraib, or something.

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It's fair to say I don't quite get it. But here's a semi-explanatory video that has Christopher Lee in it.

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