Let me just start off by saying I got this game because at one point in my life, I had a strong passion for writing. I still hold writing to be important to me, but it will no longer be my career of choice. As such, after hearing numerous stories of how taxing writing a book can be for the average author, be it on their sanity, nerves, love life, or even the amount of time able to be allocated to quality family fun, I really hoped to both emulate that and hear another good story in this game. That, and the fact that it seemed like it'd play out simlar to Heavy Rain, or Fahrenheit (The Indigo Prophecy).
Now, the game itself spins a good story, but not nearly enough as I'd expect from a game all about writing, and titled "The Novelist". The story is too simple, and the choices you can make lack any real sense of worth to the other characters, or even yourself, if you choose to have Dan focus on his book. The choices you must decide on in this game can be easily compounded together to satisfy all parties, with good time management (which I guess Dan does not have). Gameplay is also very repeditive, stealth mode or not, and offers no creativity. The "compromises" are very disappointing, and seem to have even more of a negative imapct on the family than just choosing one solution to one person's desires.
The game also fails to lift any emotion from me, as the voice acting sounds forced, unemotional, and half-♥♥♥♥♥, to be frank. Many lines are very cheesy, melodramatic, and sound as if taken out of a cancelled soap opera. Many of the Visual Novels here on Steam have more tear-jerking moments than this entire game does, and that speaks volumes, considering the VNs on Steam are half-♥♥♥♥♥ themselves, short, and were made solely for a quick buck on Steam.
This game does not meet or even come close to the potential satisfaction it could have delivered by such a unique concept in a game; therefore, I cannot reccomend it. For me, not only was it the potential wasted that made me not want to reccomend this game, it was the fact that none of the story even evoked the tiniest bit of empathy within me. It lacked heart, and emotion into the voices, and the dialogue itself.
4.75/10, Don't even consider spending more than $4.