Speaking Simulator PAX East 2019 Preview
Speaking Simulator, an awkwardly hilarious physics game where an android struggles to infiltrate human society, takes the first step towards world domination when Affable Games brings their situational comedy to PC mid – 2019!
Shortly after being created, a player-customized humanoid robot receives instructions from its AI creator. It must learn the mannerisms, culture, and habits of humans, and learn to live among them. But not in the name of harmony! The AI seeks world domination, and to achieve this goal the robot must face the most difficult challenge known to man: talking to other humans.
If social scenarios such as job interviews, doctor examinations, and romantic conversations fill you with dread, you haven’t seen anything yet. Manipulating the robot’s tongue and lips to simulate human speech is an ordeal of its own — intentionally challenging controls only exacerbate the difficulty, ratcheting up the laughs.
Squash and stretch its lips into fantastically ugly and absurd contortions to create the proper mouth shapes to emit different sounds. Manipulate the tongue to hit the proper buttons inside the robotic mouth. Keep that gross tentacle within the confines of the android’s jaw while also keeping coughing, stuttering, and awkward breathing to a minimum. A Karaoke-style text box guides the robot, suggesting extremely human phrases such as “HOW MANY UNITS OF CURRENCY ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE ONE ETHANOL BEVERAGE?”
Stuttering or tripping on words raises suspicion with conversational partners and makes speech harder to simulate. Systems shut down to due emotional stress, causing the android’s ears to pop out and its face to swell and twitch as it explodes with steam, oil, and electricity. With nimble fingers, you can help the robot can recover, and the gullible humans can ignore the smoke pouring out of its ears. Silly, trusting humans. Which you definitely also are.
First of all, I cannot believe this game is real. Heading to this appointment at PAX East 2019, I was a bit skeptical. I’ve played games like Goat Simulator, Farming Simulator, etc. I thought to myself… “How could someone make a ‘Speaking Simulator‘ fun at all”? When I arrived at the booth, however, and saw what the game truly was, I was stoked and couldn’t wait my turn to play. Let me just say, it was absolutely hilarious. Moving your robotic jaw around to form words while also navigating the inside of your moth with your tongue is a crazy and exciting puzzle that’s just so damn entertaining, I was very impressed!
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