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Submachine: Future Loop Foundation

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Release date
June 6th 2007

Submachine: Future Loop Foundation (or SubFLF) is a spin-off from the Submachine series. It was originally made for a band's (the Future Loop Foundation's) website, and leads to a secret section of their website. It was later updated in its HD version (formally known as Submachine: FLF to fit the main storyline better instead of being just a band promo. 

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Screen informing the player to enter a given password on a section in FLF's site (the password is randomized on each playthrough).

Plot

After a short introduction (with the quote "All memories are lost in time like tears in rain") the game starts and the player (Patient 3218) finds him/herself locked into an isolation cell with padded walls. The only thing in the room is an old tape recorder.

Right outside the isolation cell there are mysterious ruins and on a wall one can find some runes also seen in Submachine 2: The Lighthouse. By using an old image-projector the player can teleport in-between two different locations. In the second location the player can find a few old music cases labeled "Memories of a Fading Room" and "Future Loop Foundation Scratch & Sniff E.P." and listen to a guitar song in a pair of headphones. There are also several real-life photographs to be found. It seems as though this person has suffered severe memory loss (although it's never explained how or why), but seems to at least partly recover by the end of the game: in the end, an old film is played and the text appears: "It's all coming back now, I almost remember my name, I know where I must go now, to find the root of all this".

The player in this game may or may not be the same player in the main series. The player in this game could be Mur since many thought he was insane and they could have locked him up there.

List of locations

Ward

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This location consists of an isolation cell as those used to lock some patients with severe mental illness. It is fully padded. On the outside, there are several abandoned-looking rooms, and an area which suggests that the game is set in a part of a prison. There is a projector that can be used to arrive at the memory bank.

Memory bank

Memory bank

This location is where the player comes after viewing the slide projector, and is dedicated to the band Future Loop Foundation with real images of its career and records. Through the box with a picture of a projector can return to the first area of the game. Solving various puzzles, the player can finally see a movie and apparently able to recover part of his/her memory.

Development and history

The online version of the game was released on June 6, 2007.

On December 8, 2014, Mateusz Skutnik formally announced the upcoming release of Submachine FLF HD. Calling it a "redux version", he stated that the HD version would be revamped with new puzzles, music and locations, and that it would be "basically [a] new game". He also uploaded a screenshot of the HD version of the game[1].

The HD version was released on 15 December 2014.

Trivia

  • This version of the game features a total of 33 rooms (12 in the first location and 21 in the second).
  • This game is the only game to feature rounded edges on each screen. This simulates the rounded edges of old photographs and raises many questions about the purpose of the game and how it fits into the main series.
  • This game can be beaten in less than 1 minute.
  • The "tears in rain" message is a reference to the film Blade Runner.

See also

References

  1. Skutnik, Mateusz (2014-12-08). SubFLF HD scr 1. Facebook status update. Retrieved 2014-12-08.


Submachine series
Main series 1: The Basement2: The Lighthouse3: The Loop4: The Lab5: The Root
6: The Edge7: The Core8: The Plan9: The Temple10: The Exit
Side series Ancient AdventureFuture Loop FoundationFLF32 ChambersThe EngineThe Explorers
Other games iSubmachineSketch of Submachine 2
Projects Submachine Universe

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