Finalist - Outstanding Achievement in Story: 2014 DICE Awards Finalist - Gamer's Voice Award: SXSW Gaming Expo The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love?
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"It is good, not just because it deals with the complexity of adulthood, but that it executes on that to a degree that is particularly rare. "
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8 сентября

On Sale for $5.99!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post letting you know that The Novelist is on sale for $5.99 over at the Humble Store. You can also pick it up directly at the game's website.

Each purchase comes with a Steam key, so it's a good way to support the game, support charity, and still add the game to your Steam library.

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6 мая

On Sale!

Hey, everyone, I wanted to quickly let you know the game is part of the Humble Spring Sale here.

I didn't know that the Humble Spring Sale was coming when I put the game on a Weeklong Deal here last month, and unfortunately there is a two-month waiting period for sales here on Steam. This means that I'm prevented from reflecting the same 50% discount here on Steam. :-/

That said, Humble sales do come with a Steam key, so you can buy it there and then activate your game on Steam via your Humble account.

Sorry for the confusion, but I hope you enjoy the deal!

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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.”
Polygon

“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

Об этой игре

Finalist - Outstanding Achievement in Story: 2014 DICE Awards
Finalist - Gamer's Voice Award: SXSW Gaming Expo

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.

Системные требования

ПК
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM video card
Полезные обзоры покупателей
56 из 63 пользователей (89%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
3.7 ч. в игре
This game made me confront the fact that I was slowly destroying my relationship with my partner through neglect. That it was able to speak to me on such a human level is probably the greatest accolade I could give it.
Опубликовано: 20 мая
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10 из 11 пользователей (91%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.2 ч. в игре
I just finished this, and all I can say is it is probably one of the best games I have ever played. People interested in intricate gameplay might be dissapointed with the simple controls and limited actions, but the story has tons of different outcomes, and i'm already halfway through my second playthrough! Oh god, the story is amazing. It is so real and so raw. The art style is also really beautiful, and the side-story of the ghost that you play as is really cool. I love this game and would recommend it to anyone.
Опубликовано: 28 апреля
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11 из 15 пользователей (73%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.8 ч. в игре
Lovely Story, nice writing, nice voice over. I learned actually something about myself while playing it :D
Опубликовано: 9 апреля
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6 из 7 пользователей (86%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
3.0 ч. в игре
Excellent storytelling, excellent voice acting, although not much gameplay - essentially fetch quests with an interesting plot. Was FAR too short in my opinion - took me 2 hours. THis is forgivable in my case, only payed £2.50 with Humble Bundle, however my friend payed £9. He has not played yet, but he thinks 2 hours is not worth that pricetag. If you can get it for <£5, go for it :)
Опубликовано: 13 мая
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2 из 2 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.3 ч. в игре
A sort of "slice of life" simulator, where you play a nosy ghost with the ability to bend people to your will. Sort of.

Actually, it's like The Walking Dead, except your choices have actual impact. No, but really. It's also like Dear Esther or Gone Home, but with a little bit more actual gameplay (I highly recommend the "Stealth" difficulty level), and your decisions throughout impact the entire story and the Kaplans' relationships as well as the ending. You have to balance the father's career as a writer (side note: as a writer myself, Dan hit a little too close to home), the mother's stalled career as a painter, and their son's emotional turmoil--or you can fail miserably. Doom everyone to a life of misery, focus on one family member at the expense of the others, or flail around looking for a happy medium; the choice is yours.

I'd definitely recommend picking this up on sale--$15USD is unfortunately steep for such a short game--and then setting aside an uninterrupted 2-3 hours with a cup of tea or something to play it all the way through. It's well worth your time.
Опубликовано: 16 сентября
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34 из 37 пользователей (92%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
4.8 ч. в игре
Дело происходит в доме, куда только что переехал Дэн со своей семьей. Мы же играем за эдакого призрака. Наши основные задачи - летать по дому и влезать в головы каждого члена семьи. Нам предоставляется возможность, а главное, необходимость читать мысли героев и копаться в их прошлом. Мы должны как можно подробнее изучить различные проблемы, что их гложат и какие-либо ключевые воспоминания, для того, чтобы решить, как стоит повернуть ход событий.
Внутренний мир героев изображен в виде записей в дневниках или в детских рисунках.
После ознакомления со всем, что может раскрыть жизненную позицию каждого из трех героев, мы должны сделать выбор, кому помочь с помощью ключевых предметов. Будь то отцовская тетрадь, чтобы Дэн мог продолжить писать или детская настольная игра, чтобы сын мог провести время с отцом или бутылка вина для создания душевной атмосферы для супругов.
В игре существуют просто десятки различных вариантов развития событий, которые зависят не только в наличии или отсутствии выбора, но и в его порядке.
Сама механика игры скромная, но не уродливая. На протяжении всей игры мы должны искать заныканные предметы вроде дневников, рисунков и прочего хлама. Графика достаточно простая, но, на мой взгляд, самое важное в картинке - не пестрить некстгеном, а радовать глаз. "The Novelist" мой глаз весьма порадовал. И, наконец, саундтрек... Спору нет, композитор угадал с атмосферой, но блин... Не в обиду пианистам, но я также играл на уроках фортепиано в далеком 98-м. Хотелось бы больше мелодичности.
Игра весьма оригинальна. Подобные игрули, разумеется, были, но я еще не играл ни в одну, где нелинейность сюжета развили бы настолько мощно. Достаточно давно я не наблюдал такого трепетного подхода к созданию игр. Думаю, разработчиков ждет яркое будущее.

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Опубликовано: 12 декабря, 2013
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