Big Brother (lost PC game based on "Nineteen Eighty-Four" novel; 1998)

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A screenshot from the game.

Status: Lost

Big Brother was a video game developed for the PC by American company Media X some time in the late 1990s. Based on George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, not much is known about the game outside of the December 1998 issue of Next Generation Magazine.[1]

Plot and Gameplay

The game's premise is based on George Orwell's 1948 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, though the plot is "slightly different from that of 1984, with a corrupt regime that’s crumbling even more than in the book". Players are tasked with rescuing their fiancee from the Thought Police through 12 levels, each one apparently "5 hours" long, cut down from an original count of 60 levels.[2]

The published information in Next Generation Magazine describes Big Brother as an adventure game that uses a modern interface, real-time graphics, advanced facial animations, and environmental puzzles to deliver a fresh experience in the fatigued adventure genre of the late 1990s.


Next Generation Magazine seems to be the last time Big Brother or Media X was ever mentioned. The release date was scheduled for the first quarter of 1999. However, as of now, it is nowhere to be seen and likely will not be seen anytime soon unless any of the developers decide to leak the game online.