The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be.
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Datum vydání: 10. pro. 2013

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The Novelist for $5 During the Humble Spring Sale!

Hey, everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the Humble Store is doing its Spring Sale for the next two weeks.

The Novelist is on sale there for a cool $5.09, and it comes with a Steam key so it's a great way to pick the game up for your Steam library. If you've already got it, tell your friends or gift it to them. :)

Have a good weekend!

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“The Novelist affected me, deeply and painfully ... I frequently cried at the outcomes of the decisions I made for the Kaplan family.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“While it arrives on the heels of other notable non-combat, story-based games, it still manages to feel fresh and emotionally resonant. This is thanks to sincere, realistic writing and an inspired approach to player choice, which has you picking sides and making difficult compromises in the context of family conflicts.”

“The Novelist is the most personal and beautiful game I have ever experienced. The creator, Kent Hudson, has quite plainly poured his heart and soul into this game, and the outcome is genuinely something to behold. Never before have I felt so emotionally involved in the characters, their situation and potential future, as in this truly player-driven story.”
10 out of 10 – GameGrin

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The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be. The Kaplans have come to a remote coastal home for the summer, unaware that they’re sharing the house with a mysterious ghostly presence: you.

Read the family’s thoughts. Explore their memories. Uncover their desires and intervene in their lives. But stay out of sight; you can’t help the Kaplans if they know there’s a ghost in the house. It’s up to you to decide how Dan’s career and family life will evolve, but choose carefully; there are no easy answers, and every choice has a cost.

Dan’s relationships – to his work, his wife, and his son – react and shift in response to your choices. With a different sequence of events in every playthrough, The Novelist gives life to a unique experience each time you play.

The decisions you make will define the Kaplans’ lives, but they may also tell you something about yourself.

Systémové požadavky

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
    • OS: OS X Lion (10.7) or higher
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Built with Unity 4.3.4, tested in Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
Užitečné recenze od zákazníků
12 z 17 osob (71%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
3.6 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 11. května
  The Kaplans, a seemingly average family who've decided to spend a summer like any other, in a beautiful vacation home similar to that of any coastal holiday residence. Or not? Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear all have down-to-earth aspirations and wishes, but that is all that is normal in this summer home. For you become the sneaky little "Goldilocks" of this household with your stealth abilities to possess flickering lamps and pendant lights, making invisible bounds across the entire Kaplan abode honed over decades of haunting the inhabitants of this house. As the resident ghostly entity minus any ghoulish intent, your new arrivals, the Kaplans will be your brand new pet project. To them it's their lives; to you it's another day at the office helping those unknowingly in need of your insightful guidance. Not only do you gallivant from room to room while becoming some variation of a peeper, you own a penetrative ability which allows you to delve into the minds of family members and look into their recent memories.

  Not as bleak as I'd worried it would turn out to be from other reviews, especially by the second month, it was an interesting look into the varying perspectives of individuals making up a family. Though it doesn't provide the depth that such a game could, it did succeed at igniting the interest I had lost for more inanimate genres where clicking objects and reading excerpts from newspaper clippings and diaries to progress a set storyline had become too routine to enjoy. This is especially a great change of pace for those who often spend time playing point and click adventure games and visual novels alike. The stealth aspect adds a light edge to the boredom and personally this vanquished the tedious norm, apparent in similar games, completely. I'd also expect this to be fun for do-gooders like myself who enjoy volunteering their own points of view and choices to others in an attempt to be an aide. Every choice and chapter requires a good deal of sacrifice and has sure consequences. Decisions are difficult and this adds most greatly to the overall suspense and amusement.

Gameplay in Detail (v. mild spoilers)
  Gameplay is simple enough though the tutorial offered will help accustom you. Across a period of three months, chapters will open up spanning within a single day where you will be greeted with shining letters and blinking objects on various surfaces (truly easy to spot) to click and read/look at so as to get a grasp on the recent affairs of the Kaplan gang. Something will always be of issue and this is reflected in the chapter titles, aptly typed at the beginning of each episode. As you check each clue that has opened up in a new chapter, keep an eye out for single objects which stand out as you will be asked to search for object words for each character later on (becomes a bit of a hidden object game if you don't keep an eye out).

  As everyone goes about their lives you will drift from one hanging fixture to the next, making sure not to be spotted. Each family member has the ability to spot you if you are not possessing a light. Every time you are spotted there is a split second to dash to any visible, switched on light you can get to (trickier as you progress). Once you are spotted for longer than a millisecond, the tag suspicious pops up next to the relevant character in the tab menu* and you cannot move to a light and must flee from them and hide till they can no longer see you. If you are spotted again by that same character repeatedly in that episode, they will be spooked and there will be ramifications in relation to the choices you can make. Going through the house successfully in the shadows (or more so the light), you will notice moments during the day when each character will have their back turned so as you can creep up behind them cautiously and peek into their memories with that spectacular penetrative ability I formerly wrote of. Tommy is especially swift so after you peek into his memory it’ll help to be ready to pounce on a nearby lamp as soon as you exit it or he’ll see you. This is as thrilling as The Novelist will ever really get but for a laid-back genre of its kind it is a welcome touch which most players will appreciate.

  After this initial accumulative stage, you move on to check the thoughts of each character and receive an object word. With the clues found in a chapter you'll decide who you'd like the story to move in favour of and this is done by clicking the object in relation to this decision. At this point the day will be over and the Kaplans will go to bed.

*The tab menu is a helpful resource to keep you on track of where you are in the game even if you stop halfway and come back and I found that many features in this game focus on keeping the story and immersive qualities intact, their priority.

  Night time for the Kaplans is the only time you can walk around without need to be stealthy though you can opt to start the game in story mode instead of stealth mode where stealth is not used (not advised as may end up boring). This felt like a subjectively delightful part of the game as the player is free to stretch and move around the house, reading a new set (two) of letters or journal entries from that of past residents which open up more story for yourself, the entity that has been here long before the Kaplans came and will stay for long after they are gone. It was unfortunate that this wasn't built up on though that would have lengthened the game too much. The house was more detailed than I'd initially expected as it is superficially bland but has strong attention to the minute details (as is important to the story). So it did become a slight compulsion for me to walk down to the kitchen each night and stand by the fridge, listening to the familiar whirring of the motor then stepping back to listen to the heavenly crashing of the waves right outside the door which I lamentably could not open.

Simulation sickness tip
  While playing I was happy to note that though I am usually hypersensitive, I experienced little nausea with The Novelist. The lack thereof was mostly due to the fact I was hiding in the lights and moving through them which meant a lot of the whizzing about/motion was less dominant. Even at night I would gravitate through the lights at a prompt pace as opposed to sauntering up and down the stairs and around landings as that was invariably sluggish yet still induced ever so slight giddiness.

  The idea of a visual novel or point and click adventure game with stealth as the main game mechanic seemed intriguing. It was ironic that stealth could make such games more interactive as well. This was a game I'd waited to go on sale for a while and was intent on playing despite the indifferent reviews, then nabbed as soon as I saw it during the Humble Spring Sale. I expect it has several endings more than the one I stumbled upon but I was satisfied enough with mine in which I kept the choices rounded until the end and then went with Tommy which automatically found a compromise for Linda but didn't end badly at all for Dan (you'll see what this means if you play). It was gruelling to watch the Kaplans jump for joy only to be let down after the next chapter or repeatedly depressed from the choices you make for them and I was constantly trying to find a balance without knowing whether it’d hurt or help. The narrative in this game is well done and immersive but I didn’t enjoy the voice acting for Linda as although Linda seems sweet, I didn’t expect her to sound as young. I may play again in the future to have a go at some bad endings if there are any as I have the devious mind to make Dan a world famous author and live the crazy, disorderly life of the single divorced dad with young university freshers bowing down at his feet.
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6 z 7 osob (86%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
1.9 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 25. června
In The Novelist, your choices really do matter. You can choose your career over family, spending time with your son over working, and so on.

You follow Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write his book. He has a wife and a son. He must choose between his work and spending time with them, and everyone must make compromises. You are spending the summer in a cabin by the coast.

The Gameplay is nothing special, and pretty repetitive. It is very slow-paced, but you can move faster by traveling through light-sources. You must gather various clues around the house, to figure out each characters desires and needs. It does gets repetitive, and does not invite you to play the game for longer periods of time.

The music is very simple and works well with the story. The voice-acting is solid, but nothing spectacular.

The story is the main part of the game, and delivers it pretty well. I tried to make choices that would fit the family best, but always ended up disappointing someone. That made me try to make up for it in the following chapter, which shows that you care for the game & characters, which I did.

I believe that the game is rather good, but should not be purchased at the current price (15 euros)
Wait for a sale if you wish to purchase the game :)
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7 z 10 osob (70%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
1 osoba ohodnotila tuto recenzi jako vtipnou
2.9 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 24. dubna
It's a good chill and slow paced game. Shows that family is something you need to work on. If there's no teamwork, then you're doomed.
You doctor yet? Talk to me when you doctor.

7\10 would disappoint my dad again
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4 z 5 osob (80%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
2.8 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 13. června
I didn't know if I should give this game a good or bad review, but then I took a look at the price and figured out, that it's not worth 15 Euro.

I read a LONG user review and I agreed with him 100% - But I will cut it down to Pros and Cons.

- Nice voice acting.
- An idea for a game, which I've never seen before.
- A realistic story - kinda...
- Bathrooms wich were NEVER used.

- The family you spy on are acting like what they are. Bots. They walk around the house with no purpose. If they watch television, they do it for like 30 seconds and then go stare out a window.
- Not challenging. The game is driven by the story, but I missed a challenge. It was just like watching someone else playing it.
- You never get a chance of actually seeing what happens - you only read their diaries and letters telling about what they are doing.
- I felt like what I chose did not have any influence on the storyline.
- Graphics not that good - not bad, but if you look out the window you clearly sees that it's an image of a beach... No depth.
- Failed attempt to add gameplay. You try to fly around the house while watching them by using lamps. But oh no! A lamp is tured off... So what?
- There's no need for the people to be in the house, really. They could juat as well be outside while you go around reading their private letters - which is not legal!
- Kinda nice music, but it's awful for this game.
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2 z 2 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
5.4 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 29. června
The Novelist brings the player a handful of difficult decision between life, family, and work. This occurs at the end of each chapter and it is impossible to satisfy all of the characters wants and needs which ultimately makes your decisions hard to make. The effect of each decision is designed to draw you emotionally into the characters. For example, if your decision leads to making a character unhappy, if you feel empathetic and sorry for that character then you will try and make sure in the next chapter that your decision will make that character happy.

The gameplay element is interesting at first as you get to discover the memories and needs of different characters by wandering around the house and finding clues. For example, finding a drawing or walking up to a character and viewing their memory. However, at later stages of the game this mechanic of gameplay becomes repetitive and all you feel like doing is rushing and finding out what the character wants and progress with the story. To make the game less boring in this sense, you can activate a mode in which you have to be stealthy and not be seen.

Although the gameplay aspect is somewhat lacking, it certainly makes up for it in the story telling department. With the many different possible endings as a result of your decisions, this is an incentive to go through multiple playthroughs to find out what can possibly happen to the different characters. For the full price of this game i would say that it probably isnt worth it if you aren't into story driven games, however if you pick up this game on sale or in a bundle i would certainly recommend playing it, even for one playthrough as it is a relaxing experience :)
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