[Game iOS] Lifeline…: Tentukan Sendiri Ending Ceritamu!

Lifeline… ini game yang terlihat sederhana namun tidak benar-benar sederhana. Lifeline… adalah sebuah game berbasis teks dan pilihan-pilihan (choose your own adventure) yang menentukan nasib si tokoh utamanya. Di sini, kita bertugas membantu Taylor, seorang agen dari pesawat luar angkasa Varia yang tersesat di bulan, agar bisa kembali ke bumi.

Lifeline… ini adalah perpaduan tema film The Martian (2015) dan konsep Choose Your Own Adventure yang populer sejak tahun 1980-an itu. Ingat dengan buku cerita zaman dulu yang judulnya Give Yourself Goosebumps (alias Goosebumps Seri Petualangan Maut)? Kalau kalian tidak pernah dengar atau sudah lupa, Give Yourself Goosebumps buku cerita horor anak karya R.L. Stine yang punya banyak alternative ending di dalamnya, tergantung dari opsi apa yang kita pilih di setiap akhir cerita. Inilah salah satu contoh buku dengan konsep Choose Your Own Adventure.

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Lifeline… dihargai hanya Rp 3.000 di AppStore Indonesia dan sempat digratiskan selama seminggu di tanggal 16-22 Januari 2016. Bermain game ini pun terasa seperti membaca buku R.L. Stine tadi. Tapi yang pasti cerita ini punya proses lebih kompleks dan bisa dibilang cukup panjang. Dan yang membedakan lagi: Kalau di Give Yourself Goosebumps kita bisa mengintip ending di sisi lain, kalau di game ini TIDAK BISA MENGINTIP! Dan, saya sendiri butuh sekitar dua setengah minggu untuk menyelesaikan game ini, lantaran mainnya sering putus-putus dan sering lari dari kenyataan karena takut membuat Taylor mati.

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Nah, mulai sekarang saya tinggalkan Give Yourself Goosebumps untuk fokus membahas game ini. Lifeline sendiri sebagai game memang berpotensi menimbulkan kantuk apabila pemainnya tidak gemar membaca. Ya, karena isi game ini 100% tulisan semua! Dan berbahasa Inggris Amerika yang gaul pula. Jadi terkadang ada istilah yang saya masih bingung, dan harus cari tahu terlebih dahulu apa artinya (atau malah saya abaikan, yang penting tujuan game-nya dapat).

Tapi buat penggemar thriller, tak ada salahnya mencoba game ini meskipun harus membayar Rp 3.000. Suasana tegang yang cukup seru bakal selalu mewarnai ketika kita membaca teks obrolan dari Taylor. Apalagi ketika ketikan Taylor berhenti di tengah kata, atau di tengah kalimat tanpa tanda baca. Duh, seketika itu juga kita pasti ketakutan Taylor bakal mati atau bakal ditangkap alien!

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Contoh tampilan layar game Lifeline…

 

Memainkan game ini tidak terlalu sulit. Pilihan-pilihan yang ada juga tidak terlalu susah dicerna. Prinsip saya adalah sebaiknya kita memilih kata-kata apa yang ingin kita dengar dari penolong kita, apabila kita ada di posisi Taylor. Dan ingat bahwa salah pencet tidak bisa ditoleransi di sini. Alias kalau sudah salah pilih ya tidak bisa balik! Satu-satunya posisi di mana saya terpaksa harus “nyontek” adalah ketika ada pertanyaan “apakah radiasi 150 rad dalam semalam suntuk bisa membunuh orang”. Memang Taylor meminta kita bantuan untuk mencari informasi apakah pernyataan itu benar. Dan masalahnya, begitu banyak orang yang memainkan game ini dan mereka pun ngobrol bersama di internet! Alih-alih diskusi soal 150 rad dan efeknya ke manusia, orang-orang itu malah sibuk berdebat soal ending game! HAHA!

Di kasus saya, ending ceritanya cukup baik: Taylor dijemput oleh kru pesawat penyelamat dari bumi dan akhirnya pulang dengan selamat, meskipun ia harus menjalani banyak sesi terapi sesudah kejadian tersesat di bulan ini.

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Ending game Lifeline… yang saya dapatkan.

 

Omong-omong, saya menempuh langkah apa saja ya untuk mencapai ending seperti itu? Ini saya bagikan transkrip pilihan-pilihan yang saya ambil selama memainkan game ini. Kalian tidak harus menyontek transkrip ini sama persis (karena pastilah game-nya bakal garing!), tapi kalian pasti bisa berimprovisasi sendiri atau memilih jalan yang berbeda. Siapa tahu nasib Taylor bisa berbeda. Nah, di kasus saya, saya sudah cek bahwa sebetulnya nasib Taylor yang sama bisa ditempuh dengan langkah yang lebih pendek daripada yang saya tempuh. Cuma seberapa pendek, saya tidak tahu…

Who is this?

“Was”? What happened?

Where are you?

Describe “here”.

Check the crash.

Look for the crew.

Just keep moving.

Try the lab.

People food! Try the galley.

Forget it for now.

Camp out by the reactor.

Ugh. Thanks for sharing.

Like normal spit, weirdo.

Find a way around.

Back out of the canyon.

Walk the perimeter.

Clockwise!

No worries. Wanna chat?

Sure. All the time.

Now I want some coffee.

Stay clear of it.

Right. Head for the peak.

Keep heading for the peak.

Head back to the Varia.

Keep going to the Varia.

Return to the caravel.

Try one of the hallways.

East hall.

Take one now.

Back to the main hall.

Hook up the alarm.

See what that noise is.

No. Chase down that noise.

Grab some breakfast.

Sure, give it a shot.

Keep fishing.

It’s stewed veggies, dummy.

Yes, go for it!

Build yourself a compass.

Yes, keep going.

Sure, you’ve earned it.

No beans, ever.

Yup. Go for it.

Good luck climbing.

Tough it out.

Lay it on me.

Wait, tell me!

That MUST be an illusion.

You’re sure they’re yours?

Scout the perimeter.

What is it?

What does it say?

That’s insane.

Take a minute to process.

It’s time to go inside.

Are you okay?

Follow those… things.

Take a second.

Explore the wiring.

Check out the computers.

Are you okay?

How many, total?

Wake it up.

What do you see?

Are you sure?

Stay where you are.

Sure, see what’s what.

Check out that screen.

It’s okay. I’m here.

Do you feel okay?

Please try for “good”.

Stay where you are.

Good logic, all around.

Breathable air, though.

Go looking for it.

What happened?

Are you certain?

Do not get close.

What are the rats doing?

What is it?

Can you override it?

Can you warn the ship?

How close are your visitors?

Keep working on the computers.

Keep at it, just in case.

That’s a lot of hope.

What is it?

You need to back away.

Tell me what you see!

Calm down. Just breathe.

You HAVE to keep breathing.

Get out of there.

Make a break for it.

What just happened?

You’ve got to get away!

Try to capture it.

What does it say?

Excellent news!

You’re reappearing quickly.

Not long at all.

Are you okay?

Are they mourning Wildboy?

No freaking out. Just breathe.Try for a casual pose.

Million-dollar idea.

How do you mean?

Take a minute, if you need.

How close are the visitors?

What’s it doing now?

Just stay clear of it.

Makes sense. Tell me more.

What is it?

Are you safe?

Tell me what you see!

This is so exciting!

That cannot be possible.

Who are you talking to?

Those are not still your friends.

Stop looking at their eyes.

Screw calm. Get out of there!

No! Fight it!

That’s what I’ve been saying!

What happened?

You’ve GOT to fight!

There must be a solution.

Must be SOMETHING to compute.

What’s “it”? Random bashing?

Can you really reprogram it?

I wish you skill, instead.

How much time just passed?

Guard the computer.

Good siren or bad siren?

“Except” what?

You gotta get there first.

Be prepared for a fight.

You should get back up.

What is the problem?

Run back inside the peak.

What just happened?

Run for the rescue ship.

Do NOT give up right now!

Shut up and run for it.

Dying right now is selfish.

You’ve seen what others haven’t.

Sure. Now… Run!

You’re gonna make it!

Absolutely not! Board that ship!

What happened?

Dan, setelah memilih “What happened?“, cerita berakhir. Inilah ending cerita yang saya dapatkan:

Uh… apparently, what happened was, I got punched in the jaw. HARD.

By a member of the rescue team.

Because I was spouting some kind of gibberish that, honestly, I don’t remember saying AT ALL.

Something about… capturing host bodies from throughout space and time?

(I have no idea.)

And so I’m now on board the rescue ship, and… I’m afraid to say this because I might jinx it…

…but I think we’re going to be okay.

Now the ramp door is safely sealed, and a full-vessel scan turned up no extraterrestrial stowaways…

…so all the aliens and their glowing green eyes are back on the moon, while we are rocketing away as fast as we possibly can.

There’s talk of calling in some sort of nuclear strike on the whole damn rock.

I’m sure that above my pay grade, but if for some reason I DO get a vote…

…that’s one in favor of blowing it to hell and tap-dancing on the ashes.

So. Yeah. They’ve brought me some food and some Gatorade, and told me to take it slow on both…

…and they’re saying I’m due for a long rest, and probably a lifetime of trauma counseling.

But I’m alive.

I made it.

And I couldn’t have it done without you.

So… thank you. I mean it.

And here’s to the brighter future.

This is Cadet Taylor, formerly of the Varia, signing off.

[connection terminated]

 

Sebagai penutup yang kurang penting, ada beberapa versi ending cerita yang pernah saya dengar di forum-forum. Mulai dari Taylor mati kedinginan ketika tidur di tempat yang salah, mati kedinginan ketika berjalan, mati gara-gara patah tulang, diculik alien, mati gara-gara kawah diledakkan… Coba intip di sini [heavy spoiler ahead!]

Bagaimana, seru kan… Berminat mencoba?

 

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