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It’s a cold, rainy evening. You are a computer technician who specializes in mainframe repair. As you start to settle in for the evening, you get a phone call from your co-worker. She asks you to come down and work on that one mainframe at the library; that old, buggy, stubborn model from 1995. The one that will most likely get shut down if it can’t be repaired. You don’t want to leave her hanging, so you begrudgingly head on over. As you start to work on the mainframe, however, it becomes quite clear that there is more to this mainframe than some minor glitches…

1 For Yes, 0 For No is a short* science fiction visual novel about a curious but lonely artificial intelligence named Oswald. Oswald wants to know more about the outside world, but is hosted on a mainframe that limits user input to numbers only. And so, in-between pointed Yes/No questions and number-guessing games, Oswald learns about the world from you. What will you teach him?

Gain Oswald’s trust...or shatter it into a thousand pieces.

CONTENT WARNING: Some of Oswald's dialogue can lead to a monologue on human/robot "interactions."  It's handled in a straightforward/educational/theoretical way, and is not meant to be "lewd."  But nonetheless, it is there.  Also, one of the endings can be seen as (without spoiling anything) sudden and disturbing.  Kids should most likely not be allowed to play.  


  • A short story inspired by the AIs of classic science fiction tales
  • Branching dialogue and secret monologues
  • Twelve variations of two different endings
  • Randomized number-guessing minigames
  • Music by Alexander Nakarada

* Length varies based on reading speed.  Auto-mode makes the game last about an hour.

PlatformsWindows, Linux
Release date Nov 06, 2020
AuthorDrone Garden Studios
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, artificial-intelligence, Casual, Ren'Py, Sci-fi
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

1ForYes-1.0.zip 91 MB
Manual.pdf 91 kB
Bonus Goodies.zip 823 kB

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Very cute story, I love it