A ROBOTIC DETECTIVE ADVENTURE. $7.99 | bithellgames.com THIS GAME DEALS with a robotic ‘Tek’ underclass that serves the human population. You’re a Tek, and a fellow Tek tells you a friend is missing. You then defy your programming to investigate the mystery. Interaction happens using on-screen text messages, and progress depends on unearthing ‘focus points’ and fulfilling objectives.The writing is tight and engaging, and the game takes place within a beautifully rendered underground train carriage. Your Tek never even rises from his seat; instead, other Teks come and go. The game’s challenges are cleverly designed. One Tek demands a joke before it’ll dish any dirt. Another exchange has you use one Tek’s mood to manipulate another. At times, it can feel rigid and repetitive; despite the odd comedic offshoot, the journey is linear. But while there’s little replay value, there are no distractions, just a compelling mystery. Subsurface Circular also wilfully subverts; the ending cleverly spins everything around, and the in-game commentary amusingly comes via an interactive Tek. You will also get to enjoy one of the funniest in-jokes in gaming — not something you get every day.
[ CRAIG GRANNELL ]