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[[caption-width-right:350:Dr. Lao and Regis, Latha and her Trance alter-ego Mandala]]

->''A jobless agoraphobe, addicted to the man-made worlds of a distant descendant of the internet, has become targeted for assassination by forces beyond her understanding. With nobody she could really call an enemy or a friend, she must face the dangers of reality, and survive a conspiracy that has invisibly ruled her entire life.''\\
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''An agent of the city's all-seeing secret police finds himself blackmailed with the lives of the unborn children of his long-dead wife. Pushed to the limits by his deceit and his past, how far is he willing to go to save his legacy?''

''Technobabylon'' is a {{Cyberpunk}} point-and-click {{adventure game}}, developed by Technocrat Games and published by Creator/WadjetEyeGames, and released in May 2015. Taking place in the year 2087 in futuristic city of Newtown, the game follows three protagonists, and from their perspectives the player gets a view of their society and how technology has altered the way people live and think.

The first playable character is the unemployed and agoraphobic Latha, who seems jaded with real life and prefers [[{{Escapism}} mentally escaping]] to the online world of Trance. When an explosion in her apartment complex nearly kills her, she is forced to leave her sanctuary and try to figure out who's after her and why.

The second protagonist is world-weary, technophobic Doctor Charlie Regis, an experienced agent for city's police force, CEL, which is the extended arm of Central, the A.I. responsible for controlling the city. Central assigns Regis and his work partner the case involving an outlandish SerialKiller known as "the Mindjacker" for his reputation of ripping all of his victims' information directly from their brains, killing them in the process. Faced with blackmail and deception as he investigates, Regis soon finds himself embroiled in a strange case of cloak and daggers in Newtown's seedy underworld, and even Central doesn't appear to be entirely on the level any more.

Then there's Dr Max Lao, Regis's younger, headstrong and more optimistic partner in CEL. Max is the technology and computing expert, embracing technology and keeping up to date with it, contrasting with Regis. Despite Regis's reputation for being difficult to work with, he and Max get along quite well and have developed a mutual trust and respect for each other. When Regis lands himself in trouble, Max takes it upon herself to find out the truth and help him out.

Formerly an episodic freeware series for its first three parts (of what was originally planned to be eleven), the game was adapted into a full-length adventure by [[http://www.technocratgames.com Technocrat Games]] and published by Creator/WadjetEyeGames in 2015, adding to their sci-fi collection that includes ''Videogame/{{Primordia}}'' and ''VideoGame/GeminiRue''.

Technocrat Games would officially confirm in February 2017 that a sequel, ''Technobabylon 2'', is in development.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ActionBomb: The subway bomber is is a product of gengineering, having been designed to produce nitrates in his bones which make him a living bomb. It's terrible for his health, of course, since nitrate-filled bones are pretty weak, but he wasn't designed with longevity in mind.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Downplayed. Central is coldly logical and pragmatic, which often makes some of its actions seems morally ambiguous at best and outright cruel at worst. [[spoiler:Another issue is, as explained by a member of the City Council who is in on the conspiracy to take down Central, is that Central, while supposed to be a neutral entity that obeys the wishes of the democratically-elected Council, has developed it own opinions on governing over time, which causes some problems with its usefulness as a controller of the city. The problem isn't that Central is disobeying or attempting to subvert the orders the Council gives it, because its programming effectively prevents it from this, but rather that it has taken to deliberately delay and stall the implementation of certain policies and edicts for as long as possible]].
* AllegedlyFreeGame: In-universe example with the ''Laser-Paper-Stone'' mini-game on Regis and Lao's Travelers. Essentially a rock-paper-scissors clone, the player has a limited number of moves and has to pay money to keep playing once it runs out. Either that, or wait exactly 1000 seconds (which counts down in real game time) to keep playing.
--> "T.H.E. Games: World Leaders in "Free" to Play since 2055"
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** [[spoiler:The Van der Waal couple. While they were a gay couple, they liked to have threesomes involving an "anatomically correct" female {{sexbot}}, which would make them this, or at least {{robosexual}}s.]]
** Nina Jeong also mentions having a relationship with [[OverlyLongName Imogen Natalia Revilla-Quintanilla de Florez]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Latha, [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to having South Asian mother and Caucasian father (Regis)]].
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: A series of flashback sequences has you playing as [[spoiler:Regis' dead wife, Vicky]].
* {{Animesque}}: The Trance world.
* AssholeVictim: One of the victims of the Mindjacker is [[spoiler:Evan Baxter, former colleague of Regis and Vicky's murderer.]] ''No one'' expresses any amount of grief over his murder, and one person who knew him even remarks that she's glad he's dead. [[spoiler:Galatea also meets a horrible fate]] in one of the endings, but seeing as how all the bad things during the game were more-or-less her fault...
* AssimilationBackfire: The Mindjacker has specialized wetware that allows him to download a person's mind and store it in his own until he can offload the data later. [[spoiler:Doing this to Evan Baxter causes him to be infected by Baxter's malice toward Regis.]]
* BarefootPoverty: Latha wears cheap blue overalls with no shoes, a fact lampshaded twice. At the end of the game, Lao even mentions that they should get her to a hospital, considering how she's been walking around for a day with no footwear. Latha notes that she shut off her pain receptors to deal with it.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The omnipresent Central can access and monitor virtually everything in Newton.
* {{Biopunk}}: The field of Gengineering allows for easy manipulation of organisms' genes to create new species. Many of the characters' jobs involve altering existing plants and animals on a commercial scale. There also exists a restaurant that serves cloned human flesh. Also, there are organic nanomachines called "wetware" are used for many different purposes.
* BodyHorror: The suicide bomber, who needs to walk around on crutches and suffers numerous health problems because he's been biologically engineered to grow ''explosives in his bones'', his body producing nitrates instead of calcium. He's but one of many, all built the same.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: At one point, you have to access a computer locked with a palm-print. The owner is already dead and in numerous pieces, so getting his hand is easy. However, the scanner is sophisticated enough to tell living flesh from dead flesh despite its age, so you need to figure out how to fool the scanner into thinking the severed appendage is alive.
* BrainComputerInterface: Rather than a mechanical plug, people join other systems by coating them in their own organic wetware to establish a connection.
* BrainUploading: Carried out against his victims' wills by the Mindjacker, and kills their bodies.
* CannotTellALie: Councilman Deane because of the Governor chip installed in his head. [[spoiler:However, he is quite skilled at wording his statements and answers in ways that makes them technically true, yet at the same time misleading.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The intern working at Vickerman Pharmaceutical Labs who speaks entirely in word salad. Eventually subverted when it turns out he's just afflicted with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphasia aphasia.]] Artificial, ''self-inflicted'' aphasia. And he's not too happy when you cure him of it.
* CrapsackWorld: The world of ''Technobabylon'' is not a nice place, and that's coming from the perspective of one of the nicest places in it. Genetic engineering allows suicide bombers to be designed from birth as living explosives. There have apparently been multiple nuclear strikes all over the globe. America has degenerated into warring factions. Even in Newton, where personal liberties are respected and the government tries to provide for all its citizens, your rights can be stripped at a moment's notice if the government has even the slightest suspicion of you being a criminal.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Though mixed with an undertone of {{Biopunk}}.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Called "Trance" in the setting.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Regis. Even before his wife was murdered, [[spoiler:he was forced by Texan warlords to biologically engineer child suicide bombers before he finally made it to Newton.]]
* DestinationDefenestration:
** In their first scene, Regis and Lao bear witness to a poor janitor landing on the sidewalk after being chucked from the 24th floor by the Mindjacker.
** Either [[spoiler:Ran Shu-Man or Councilman Deane meet this fate at the restaurant]], depending on which of the two you finger as the culprit.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: By the game's settings, the United States had been divided into warlords-controlled territories. Even PlayedForLaughs with the spams about Warlord of Oklahoma.
* DrivenToSuicide: An older version of the game, before the plot was changed, has a random young woman, who decides to slit her wrists and hang herself from Regis' special tree.
* DudeNotFunny: InUniverse. When Vicky reveals to Nina that [[spoiler:she's using her and Regis' embryos to create Central]], Nina remarks that she's surprised at this turn of events since [[spoiler:Regis' last kids had a tendency to blow up.]] Vicky is ''not'' amused.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: [[spoiler:About the only major character who doesn't have some direct connection to Central (aside from just taking orders from her) is Lao. Even Latha turns out to have been made from the same batch of embryos that made Central, making them sisters of sorts.]]
* EasySexChange: Max Lao had this when she was 16. It is {{justified|Trope}} with sex changes having been made much easier and painless to perform through newer technology.
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: In the Trance den, some of the patrons in the server are on the dance floor, repeating the same moves endlessly and never talking. This is somewhat problematic, as you have to figure out how to get them out of there so Latha and Jinsil and talk without any potential spies.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Regis came from there before joining CEL and [[spoiler:creation of Central]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: [[spoiler:Regis, Vargas, Chigwa, Baxter, and Nina were all part of the same project to create Central.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Plenty towards the fact that Jinsil is actually Nina Jeong. Most notably, their speech is in the same shade of magenta. There are also other hints, like the fact she tells Latha, she that is having some old friends over for dinner, and the next section has you playing as Regis meeting her and her co-conspirators in a restaurant, and that Latha correctly guesses that she is a scientist. All of that may explain the mispronounced Arabic.]]
* FrenchMaid: A robotic one, no less.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Particularly the end, where you have to choose between [[spoiler:Central undergoing GrandTheftMe and going underground to help her sister fight against Nina]] or [[spoiler:Central assisting her erstwhile foe in a MindProbe of Central's own sister]].
* GreyGoo: Wetware occasionally multiplies out of control, in a small-scale version of this trope.
* HateSink: Ran Shu-Man exists for no other reason than being a totally unrepentant asshole, so you don't feel bad [[spoiler:if you choose to frame him for the restaurant bombing and he gets tossed out a window]].
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: At the start of the game, Baxter is being released from prison, despite his crimes, but fitted with a Governor in his body that will cause him to collapse and begin puking whenever he starts having negative, violent thoughts. Then, when Lao meets the VirtualGhost of [[spoiler: Baxter later in the game]], he turns out to be a decent, pleasant person, since the Mindjacker has [[spoiler: ripped out his vengeful feelings towards Regis]], and even asks her to apologize on his behalf. [[spoiler: Later, he tries to prevent Latha's mind from being destroyed in the finale.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The janitor in the beginning is killed because he interrupted the Mindjacker.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:One of the endings has Regis lock himself in a 40-below room for four hours in order to save Latha. Fortunately, while he clearly intends to sacrifice himself doing so, CEL manages to save him.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Henry, the unfortunate waiter at the clone meat restaurant, is killed and replaced by an assassin disguised as him. Henry's corpse, meanwhile, gets hidden by hanging it on the meat rack in the kitchen amongst the clone bodies. Regis manages to see through the deception after the chef notes that all their clone bodies are brunettes, yet one of the bodies on the rack is blond.]]
* HollywoodHacking: Totally averted despite the {{Cyberpunk}} setting. All subversion of programs is helped by pre-written exploits, and one has to be delivered in an old-fashioned way (sticking a memory card in the thing).
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Latha gets to complain that she is "a hacker, not a plumber!"
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Well, in a somewhat technical manner. [[spoiler:Regis meets the people behind TheConspiracy in a fancy restaurant serving human meat... though he is assured that is only meat taken from brainless, fast-grown clones who where never actually alive, making it all perfectly legal. Regis is still understandably quite {{squick}}ed out about the whole thing, especially when he has a look in the kitchen and sees partially cut-apart human bodies on display in the freezer.]]
** [[spoiler:Notably, Ran Shu-Man is disappointed to learn that the meat is from brainless clones, as he likes the idea of cannibalism being the ultimate symbol of the rich elites' utter power over the poor.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Regis is being blackmailed by someone holding him and Vicky's frozen embryos hostage, which both represents a threat against the his only chance of having children of his own and one of the last things he has left of Vicky. Both Regis and his blackmailer compare it to effectively keeping his legacy hostage]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:In the pro-Central ending, not only does Nina arrange a plea bargain to save herself from getting arrested for her attempts to hijack and alter Central, but she gets to experiment on Galatea in her efforts to create another AI with Central's consent.]]
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Cheffie the Chef's obnoxious appearance and personality has been designed by committee with heavy overtones of this. At least she'll do ''anything'' to help.
* KickedUpstairs: Dr. Zvidzai Chigwa, who complains about her telepresence supervising job, claiming that "TP" is just where management sticks people they don't want being the public face of the company.
* KickTheDog: Central eventually calls Regis and Lao to neutralize a suicide bomber holed up in a railway car, but the player has the option of talking him down instead and getting him to surrender to the police. [[spoiler:If you do that, though, then Central is not happy that you talked him down instead of "[[DeadlyEuphemism neutralizing]]" him, and has him euthanized when the two aren't aren't looking, claiming that he was too big a risk to be left alive, but which Regis sees as a spiteful display of power.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: The security system in Latha's apartment uses a knight avatar, complete with YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. When pressed on the act, he'll explain that focus group testing polled it as the most trustworthy avatar for the job.
* LostInCharacter: A variation on this occurs with [[spoiler:the Mindjacker, who ends up picking up Dr. Baxter's grudge against Regis when he downloads his personality, and tries to get revenge on him despite having never met him himself.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Regis is revealed to be Latha's father]].
* MeaningfulName: [[Literature/TheStepfordWives Stepford]] makes synths [[spoiler:and is one himself]]. Galatea, too. [[spoiler:She's definitely a human, just an artificially grown and programmed one]].
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Invoked. [[spoiler:Councilman Deane voluntarily installed a Governor in his head which prevents him from lying, but does not prevent him from telling the truth in very specific ways. He uses this to deny hiring the bomber that attacked the secret meeting: technically, his secretary did that.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Nina Jeong. While her research actually has quite noble goals in and of themselves, she has a blatant disregard for ethical boundaries and can be quite the vicious cut-throat in her attempts to achieve them. [[spoiler:She also [[ImAHumanitarian frequents a restaurant that serves meat cloned from humans]].]]
* MuggingTheMonster: In one scene, the mindjacker sees an unaware CEL agent and decides to ambush her. [[spoiler:Cue him getting flipped onto his back by a NeckLift, revealing that the agent is the French maid, reprogrammed by Lao into an assistant and dressed accordingly.]]
* {{NEET}}: According to Central, Latha has clocked in 65,717 hours into Trance. That's seven and a half years! In the opening scene, she makes it clear she coasts on basic assistance on purpose because anything more would distract from the Trance, and only comes out if she absolutely needs to.
* NeoAfrica: When you visit Dr. Vargas in Fulcrum Tower, Max will mention how she is able to see Mombasa from the top of the tower, placing the geographical location of Newton somewhere in Kenya.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mr. Stepford appears to be an homage to Frank Nelson.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Baxter]] is found with his head pounded into pulp.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Regis is able to pinpoint a suicide bomber as hailing from Texas by his accent, when said character has nothing even resembling a Texas accent.
* PeopleFarms: [[spoiler:A fancy restaurant that is the setting for one of Regis' chapters serves human meat cut from flash-grown clones. Though the horror aspect is slightly downplayed by the fact that Regis is told that the clones used are deliberately grown without brains and so they are never really "alive" or even conscious to begin with, the troubling moral aspects of such a business and its customers are still very much present, and Regis makes more than one comment on how SickAndWrong the whole business is.]]
* RobotGirl: The robotic French maid, who believes that she is a real human being.
* {{Sexbot}}: The robotic French maid was this to the Van der Waal couple. When programmed with the right personality, she will boast that she is "anatomically correct".
* SexForServices: Subverted at the Trance club. Latha can suggest she has skills (referring to her hacking) that she could barter for entry to the club. The bouncer assumes she means sexual favors, but refuses because he thinks she's too frail and she's hardly the first to try that tactic. Latha is disgusted and clarifies her intentions.
* SchrodingersGun: [[spoiler:Thomas, the suicide bomber, always dies, whether by blowing himself up, getting shot by Lao, or being taken to the police station and euthanized by Central under claims of being too big a threat to be kept alive. This is because his femur is needed as a bomb later in the story.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: The game takes quite a few cues from ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky'', especially considering how the network interface sequences are set up. [[spoiler:The villains EvilPlan centering around getting a person who is genetically related to a biological supercomputer to interface with said computer also carries some strong similarities.]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: The "human resources" trojan that Guy is infected with acts like this, seizing control of their body in order to make them fly to China and become an obedient factory worker. When the player walks in on a partial hijacking in Trance, it's represented as a robotic version of Guy spouting propaganda (made to get the host onto a plane and across the border) while the real Guy is partially fused with a wall and unable to move.
* SuicideAttack: A suicide bomber has organic explosives ''integrated in his bones'', having been genetically designed to produce them since birth.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: [[spoiler:The end of the murder investigation at the restaurant. The culprit, Councilman Deane, confesses to the murder, but explains that he was blackmailed into doing so while also bringing up that Ran Shou-man - an utter scumbag who's only part of Nina's plan for his own selfish ends - also fits all the evidence that Regis gathered. Thus Regis has to choose between absolving Deane of his crime and pinning the murder on Shou-man or pursuing the truth and turning Deane in. Either choice ends with the accused getting thrown out the window and written off as another victim of the attempted suicide bombing.]]
* UnitedEurope: Some of the characters came to the city from "Eurofed". According to the newspapers, Europe has just adopted metric time.
* UncannyValley: Invoked. [[spoiler:Even before Mr. Stepford's RoboticReveal, Regis notices that there is something seriously wrong about him, especially with his eyes.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Ah, nuke it!"
* VerbalTic: The android customer service rep constantly says "Oh my, yes!"
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted with the in-game phone. Dialing random numbers gives you hundreds of different responses, ranging from "sorry, wrong number" to business answering machines to referencing ''Literature/TheRing''. You get an achievement for doing it ten times.
* WetwareCPU: Wetware is used all over the place as a computer.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality:
** There is, strictly speaking, only one person who can truly be defined as gratuitously evil in the storyline, and he isn't a crucial part of the plot -- indeed, he only gets a few lines. Every other negatively-slanted character is moved by various degrees of [[WellIntentionedExtremist extremism]] or is simply a mercenary.
** [[spoiler:Central is shown as being somewhat amoral at times, but it's only because it's acting to logical extremes in what it perceives to be the "big picture". Galatea is moved by a desire to improve Central to its utmost potential, even if doing this carries a high moral cost. Nina has the same objective, though her methods are different. Dr Vargas's past conduct is certainly questionable as well, but he too acted for what he thought was the common good. Even Baxter eventually snapped from exasperation at Regis' actions, as his benign leftover ghost shows. As for the Mindjacker, he's an amoral hacker for sure, but he only gets properly evil when he inherits Baxter's latent hatred. Just about the only true scumbag around is Ran Shou-Man, who seems to enjoy evil [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]]; he is a side character with only mild relevance, and you can kill him during the plot to put an end to his actions.]]
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