Six Mass Effect Universe Dream Spin-off Titles

Reaper Indoctrination for iPhone, iPad and Omnitool

Few things fill the citizens of the Mass Effect universe with terror quite like the possibility of being indoctrinated by the Reapers. The the sick sensation of losing your free will and the decay of your body into a cybernetic monstrosity are the stuff of nightmares. And what gamers truly want is the chance to enjoy thrilling experience for themselves. And now they can, with Mass Effect: Reaper Indoctrination, a new survival-based social app for iPhone, iPad and Omnitool.

Using your iOS device’s or omnitool’s camera, Reaper Indoctrination will identify certain key points in your environment and project exciting elements of the Mass Effect Universe onto it, simulating the experiencing of being inside a dead Reaper. To play, you’ll be given a series of instructions, such as “touch screen to save human” or “slide finger to attack incoming husk”. Be careful though: even dead gods can still dream, and prolonged exposure to the Reaper will make indoctrination inevitable. To survive, you’ll need to anticipate when following commands will result in the opposite suggested result. The game ends when you fail to do so more than 5 times in a row. The longer you last, the more points you can ear, points that can be spent on a new enemies, additional levels, even the ability to turn off advertising. Best of all, you can play against friends or “Quantum Entanglement” enabled users in your immediate vicinity, one of you ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL as the Reaper and the other battling to retain their humanity.

Reaper Indoctrination: how long can you hold out? For iPhone, iPad, Omnitool. (Android version planned for 2014).

Drau Grabo: Krogan Attorney at Law

The krogan race has it rough. Born of the planet Tuchanka, the tend to be a rough-and-tumble lot bred for war and struggling with hardship and clan infighting throughout their evolution. As such, they also tend to wind up as mercenaries and dedicate their lives to fighting. But not every krogan has dreams of grabbing an assault rifle and blasting thugs in the back allies of Omega – undoubtedly, some have other aspirations.

Enter Drau Grabo: Krogan Attorney at Law. Grabo prefers to use his hulking size, gruff demeanor and tactical mind in the court rooms of the Citadel, saving the wrongfully accused (and rightly accused) from the Citadel races’ penal colonies. Game mechanics include witness intimidation, crime scene investigations, cross examinations, and generally saying things like, “Oh really. You don’t remember that night. You sure about that?” And then Grabo cracks his neck suggestively as the witness recants his story.

In fact, we’d love to see Drau Grabo get his own series as he expands the krogan into more peaceful ventures. Drau Grabo: Krogan CPA could be a Kinect or Move game in which players have to perform motion-based actions quickly and correctly, less Grabo get frustrated with his paperwork and accidentally smash his desk in a fit of rage.

N7 Suit Conrad

Think Leisure Suit Larry (of sorts), but with one Conrad Verner, the rabid and slightly off-kilter Shepard fan who shows up in the first two games. Conrad wants to be just like Shepard, and in Mass Effect 2 he actually gets a little out of hand with his fandom. The guy deserves his own goofy title. We could see players taking on the role of Verner has he tries to emulate his Spectre hero in every way – and turning out to be something akin to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Verner could even take on gangs and thugs on the Citadel as a bumbling vigilante.

Verner has lots he could get up to as a knock-off Shepard fan. How about some awkward conversations with women in bars? How about fending off debt collectors and people who keep claiming you need psychiatric attention? Or – holy crap – what if some crime lord or warlord or terrorist group mistakes you for the real deal? Conrad could easily find himself in a hilarious situation like Bill Murray in The Man Who Knew Too Little. Sounds like fertile ground for an Uncharted style action title, a point-and-click adventure title, or even a new RPG offering.

Honorable Mentions

Here are a few other things we thought sounded like fun.

  • Joker’s Pilot Training
  • Because we need a flying sim, probably.

  • Joker’s Punch-Out!
  • Because Joker has brittle bones, he’ll have to work extra hard to be a champion boxer.

  • Joker’s Zero-Gee Combat Training
  • Think Ender’s Game, but with Seth Green wit.

  • Cure the Genophage!
  • A Bejeweled-style puzzler in which salarian scientists have to recombine DNA to cure the krogan genophage. The stakes are raised by an angry krogan waiting to punch you in the face if you make mistakes.

  • Sid Meier’s Planet Mining
  • Now a whole game for planet-probing!

  • Omega Dance Club Tycoon
  • It’s a rhythm game. Choose your alien race carefully.

  • Drell Assassin
  • No explanation necessary.

    Leave your own dream Mass Effect spin-offs in the comments.

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6 Comments on Six Mass Effect Universe Dream Spin-off Titles


On March 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

YES! YES! YES! To all of these!

Urdnot Wrex

On March 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

OMG, I would pay anything they asked for a MASS EFFECT universe 4x. With space gameplay like Sose and even landing troops to take a planet and play it out like a total war game!!!!


On October 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Mass effect Galactic civilisation: best idea for a game iv heard in years, 4x real time game play would be amazing! although personally id rather the map not be like SINS where you get one star at the centre of the galaxy, but have entire solar systems within the galaxy, not just one planet.
but still excellent idea!


On October 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Loads more of the same, and loads more day one DLC! More plot holes and non-sequitors (whatever they are) and more disingenuous emotional manipulation with no basis in canon or scientific theory! Anyone who wants a coherent story and ethical practice from BioWare and EA are entitled crying babies talking dump! Mass Effect 4TW!


On December 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I would play the sh*t outta Mass Effect: Galactic Civilization (there is a 4X game called that though).

I would love to see a spinoff game with Samara (or a new Asari Justicar). I think a game with Kasumi as a main character would be great too — it would be a space Sly Cooper type of game with Salarian STG being more of a Splinter Cell/Metal Gear Solid type of game.


On January 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Mass Effect is so content rich it could go in many different directions. I see Mass Effect as being like the star wars universe.
It’s that good!