A Point-and-Click Adventure Game
, Reactor 09
tells the story of Clyde Galivan, a former scientist who finds himself arrested and thrown into jail for life. With his strictly by the book CO Matthew keeping a close watch on him, he's stuck mopping floors and needing permission just to access the supply room... until a mysterious earthquake rocks the entire complex.
A major part of gameplay is that Galivan must earn Matthew's trust
. Even in a crisis, Matthew insists on following rules and regulations, and isn't too keen on letting Galivan carry around potentially harmful items like pipes or scissors.
This Adventure Game
contains examples of:
- By-the-Book CO: Matthew.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Andrew Marson
- Curse Cut Short: Walters really doesn't like being called 'princess', but her threat to "cut off your ear and shove it up your—" gets interrupted by Matthew.
- Faking the Dead: Part of Andrew's plan.
- First Name Basis: Played with as part of the character's personalities. Matt will call Clyde just by his prison numbers if the latter calls him Matt. If Clyde addresses him as CO, Matt will settle for using his last name, Galivan, which is somewhat more meaningful.
- Four Is Death: District 4 is rocked by a reactor explosion, along with District 5, though the former is noted to be closer. Subverted, however, in that Matt's partner Jacob survived.
- Heavy Sleeper: Stafford, who is found sleeping in a restroom stall in the quake-ridden Reactor 09. Lampshaded by your incredulous CO.
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: Matt doesn't like Galivan carrying certain items, and insists on holding them himself. Notably, since he's following you around, you can then ask him to use them in your stead.
- Mexican Standoff: During the climax, Matt faces off with Marson.
- Multiple Endings: Which primarily depend on how much Matthew trusts you and whether or not you've collected certain items.
- Not So Different: Both Galivan and Walters insist their convictions are a Miscarriage of Justice and they're innocent of the crimes they were accused of. Not that Irene appreciates having that pointed out by the 'lifer'.
- Relationship Values
- Straight Gay: Rumors around the prison peg Matt as this, which Galivan asks him about in the prologue.
- You Lose at Zero Trust: Acting rude to your CO (or just being very inconsiderate in general) will lower your trust with Matt. If it gets to the worst possible point, Matt will outright stop Galivan moments away saving his reactor, saying he can't trust him any longer, triggering the worst ending.