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Recompile (2021) is a platform game about hacking and exploring an expansive virtual world. Drawing inspiration from the Tron film, It's a combination of a classic platform game where you progress by gaining more powers, and a narrative game with branching paths. The whole game takes place in a single second of real-time.

As you explore the world you can discover the sprawling ruins of an old computer and the new movement abilities it offers to help you on your journey. It's running and jumping, but along the way, the choices you make affect how the game develops and whether you uncover the true nature of the mysterious virtual world.

You must decide whether to help or hinder the Mainframe computer and its inhabitants. Nothing is hardcoded, everything is systemic, and everything is fully exploitable. Logic gates can be freely inverted, overridden or disabled entirely, allowing puzzles or other threatening obstacles to be peacefully and safely bypassed. Even the inhabitants themselves can be tampered with, their programming changed to follow the player's commands.

"Recompile is a game about choices and consequences," says the developer. Playing the game is a novel way to consider these choices, and elevates the conversation towards other dichotomies: life and death, chaos and determinism, sentience and sapience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Recompile 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform and Puzzle game with Adventure and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence and use of bad language. This game features journal logs that contain instances of bad language ('*!@?*', 'goddamn', 'bollocks' and 'tosser'). The game also features mild violence between fantasy characters. The player is able to use fantastical weapons to attack enemies. These enemies flash when hit and then explode when defeated. When the player's character is hit, the screen flickers red and their health is reduced. The player's character disappears into particles of light when defeated.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need good reactions, strategic movement and resilience to try again when you die. It's an intentionally hard game offering a high degree of challenge.


Recompile usually costs £15.49. 


Steam StoreSALE PC £15.49 £2.32 until 22/07/2024
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2022

Price: 85% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform, Puzzle (Adventure and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: phi 6 (@phi6)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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