Milgram, made for the Ludum Dare 34, describes itself as a game where you press one button, or the other button. This, for all intents and purposes, is factually correct.
We prefer however, to describe it as kind of a diet The Stanley Parable, 2013’s slick, critically acclaimed piece of interactive fiction that challenged us all to re-think what we thought we knew about player freedom and control in video games. Milgram has a lot of similarities, and much like The Stanley Parable before it, to say anything about what specifically happens in the fifteen minutes or so of playtime is to say too much.
The game takes its title from the infamous Milgram Experiment of the 60s carried out by Stanley Milgram. The experiment measuring the willingness of participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their own personal conscience. In the game, this presents itself with a simple choice – you press one button, or the other one.
It’s the story itself, which is immediately compelling, coupled with superb voice acting and polish (especially given the short game jam development time) that makes Milgram stand out as something rather special. There are three possible endings to the game dependent on the choices made and a lot of fun to be had in trying to find each one. Some of the results may surprise you. Milgram is dark, funny, clever, and absolutely deserving of your attention.
Download Milgram Here (Windows , Mac & Linux)