This atmospheric, Metroidvania-inspired hacking adventure lets you take control of a semi-sapient program struggling against deletion. In the sprawling 3D world of the Mainframe, Recompile features intense combat, tight 3D platforming, super-powered abilities and an environmental logic-based hacking mechanic.
The story explores many themes from machine sentience to the nature of reality. The player, a rogue program of semi-sentient code, finds themselves trapped in The Mainframe – a sprawling digital wasteland dead-set on deleting trespassers.
Recompile is built around a narrative system unique to the genre. Unlike a typical Metroidvania, it features dynamic outcomes based on play style, meaning player decisions alter the world and can lead to any one of multiple endings.
Challenges include intelligent enemies and intricate environmental puzzles, all requiring the mastery of many unlockable abilities such as time dilation, explosive weaponry and even jetpack flight.