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Recompile Review

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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Recompile is a platform game about hacking and exploring an expansive virtual world. Drawing inspiration from the Tron film, It's a combination of a classic platform game where you progress by gaining more powers, and a narrative game with branching paths. The whole game takes place in a single second of real time.

As you explore the world you can discover the sprawling ruins of an old computer the the new movement abilities it offers to help you on your journey. It's running and jumping, but along the way the choices you make affect how the game develops and whether you uncover the true nature of the mysterious virtual world.

You must decide whether to help or hinder the Mainframe computer and its inhabitants. Nothing is hardcoded, everything is systemic, and everything fully exploitable. Logic gates can be freely inverted, overridden or disabled entirely, allowing puzzles or other threatening obstacles to be peacefully and safely bypassed. Even the inhabitants themselves can be tampered with, their programming changed to follow the player's commands.

"Recompile is a game about choices and consequences," says the developer. Playing the game is a novel way to consider these choices, and elevates the conversation towards other dichotomies: life and death, chaos and determinism, sentience and sapience.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @phi6


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Players: This is a single player game.



Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rating PEGI 12.

ESRB TEEN for violence.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Recompile Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@phi6) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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