Pathologic (known in Russian as Мор (Утопия)) is an award winning 2005 action/adventure video game developed by the Russian studio Ice-Pick Lodge. It was published in Russia and other CIS-countries by Buka Entertainment. The game was published in the UK on 18 August 2006 by G2 Games.
The game is about three people who are known mostly by their nicknames. Two men Bachelor (Бакалавр) and Haruspex (Гаруспик), and a girl nicknamed Devotress (Самозванка). Each of whom tries to uncover the source of a strange lethal sickness that befalls a small town. Although you can play as each of them, there is only one storyline, which is seen from different points of view depending upon the chosen character. Some of the secrets can be uncovered only by the consecutive playing of each character. Every day you receive quests from NPCs and at exactly midnight of each day, the incomplete quests are erased from your notebook. Quests are divided into main missions (one per day, which decide if a major character will die), and side quests to complete to earn money and items.
On the edge of town, there is a great building named Polyhedron (Многогранник), an impossible geometric structure used as a fortress by children. On the opposite side, a great ominous mountain called the Abattoir, with the Apiary, an insane asylum, next to it. All districts and major buildings of the town are named after body parts and biology.
Pathologic was critically well received in Russia, winning 5 major Russian awards. However, its reception in English-speaking countries has been varied, being both praised for its remarkable atmosphere and concept while equally panned for its poor translation, outdated graphics and slow gameplay.
On the official Ice Pick forums, a retranslation of the English version is currently being done by the forum members.
- The Void (video game), previously known as Tension.
- Ice-Pick Lodge
- Official Web-Site
- Official Walkthrough
- 'Pathologic' at MobyGames
- Part 1 (of 3) of a review of Pathologic by the gaming website Rock, Paper, Shotgun - SPOILERS
- Part 2 (of 3)
- Part 3 (of 3)
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