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Muri is a game on Steam in the style of a 1980's MS-DOS game, complete with PC Speaker sounds, EGA graphics, and the game screen moving in blocks rather than smoothly. It was created by Daniel Remar and Ludosity.

After humanity colonized Mars, a research station orbiting the planet conducted controversial research on the nature of life — and death. Dubbed MURI, the project resulted in an armor suit of cataclysmic power. Kojo, son of the two head scientists, was equipped with the suit. The people of Earth and Mars, fearing Kojo to be a world-ending weapon, prepared their robot armies to destroy him and the research station. Yet as the Martian forces declared their attack, Mars suddenly vanished…

Unlike most games with multiple weapons, you're automatically forced to use your strongest weapon to defy Too Awesome to Use for weapons or to ensure you don't forget them.

This game contains examples of:

  • Archnemesis Dad: Or in this case, Archnemesis Mom. Adwoa may kill her own daughter to fulfill her goals.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Adwoa and Kwaku combine and enter the Earth's core to make a new world that is unlike Earth.
  • Bilingual Bonus: MURI roughly means "impossible" in Japanese. The connection is probably intentional, as MURI is also the final difficulty level name.
  • Bold Inflation: MURI is always colored in blue to set it apart from any other word.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The initial gun shot has infinite ammo, and there are powerups for infinite ammo of each type of shot, scattered throughout certain levels, like for Rapid and MKV in Level 2.
  • Cap: A cap of 99 of each ammo type, unless they've been made infinite.
  • Collision Damage: Touching an enemy hurts Adowa for one Energy and hurts the enemy as well.
  • Easter Egg: One can see Remar's initials DCR somewhere at the top in stage 2-5, above the entrance location.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The Earth's Core isn't very happy about the prospect of Adwoa or Kwaku fusing with it and doing who-knows-what, hence it is the Final Boss.
  • Genre Throwback: To Duke Nukem, Bio Menace, Commander Keen, and the like.
  • A God Am I: Both Adwoa and Kojo definitely think they have the right to remake whole planets as they see fit.
  • Goomba Stomp: Yep, you can jump on enemies to kill them. According to the developer's blog, it was implemented to prevent losing health when falling on enemies, thus avoiding Leap of Faith situations.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: When Kojo absorbed all of Mars, he was just trying to rebuild it into a more peaceful place. Instead, he ended up comatose, and the ghosts of all life on Mars infested his MURI.
  • Hit Points: Called Energy, with a max of 8, and depicted in a Life Meter on the right of the screen.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The chaos weapon, which is ridiculously powerful compared to all the other weapons. And if you find all the cells in the final episode, you get infinite chaos.
  • Life Meter: Called Energy, and displayed in green on the right side of the screen.
  • Mad Scientist: Adwoa.
  • Powered Armor: The MURI-class suits, of course.
  • Retraux: Very, very retro.
  • Robot War: Most of the enemies are robots. Also, after the disappearance of Mars, the nations of Earth started using them against each other.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Kojo has the ghosts of all life on Mars inside his MURI. Adwoa tries to restore them (after beating them up first), to no avail.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Even if you manage to spare Esi in the battle against her, she's already succumbed to wounds from battle robots and dies anyway, offering her life force to Adwoa's suit.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Optional. One level boss is Adwoa's daughter, Esi. Since neither of them really want to kill one another, refusing to fight back stops the battle entirely. Not that it makes a difference in regards to Esi's fate.
  • Spread Shot: The MKV bullets, are a fan of five bullets in front of Adwoa.
  • Suspicious Video-Game Generosity: When the game gives you infinite of any special weapon, you can expect difficulty ahead.
  • Vague Hit Points: Hit an enemy enough times and they'll die eventually. It does this partially for the retro look.
  • Villain Protagonist: If it wasn't for Adwoa's actions, all the horrible stuff wouldn't have gone down. And then Adwoa goes and tries to fix things her way, which can include killing her own daughter.