Narrative-adventure playing an Agent of Death who must take ONE life that could change the fate of a conflict-torn Nation!Think The Walking Dead meets Home and The Last Express, with a dash of To The Moon!Freeform exploration with Rich dialogueWhat might you learn searching the fundraising Gala and talking to patrons?
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Narrative-adventure playing an Agent of Death who must take ONE life that could change the fate of a conflict-torn Nation!
Think The Walking Dead meets Home and The Last Express, with a dash of To The Moon!

Freeform exploration with Rich dialogue
What might you learn searching the fundraising Gala and talking to patrons? Perhaps the less you know the better?

Meaningful choices and Unintended Consequences
Can your choice change the fate of a Nation? What other result could your meddling have?

Cast of ambitious and influential characters
What if they die? More importantly... what if they live?

Complex setting of violent domestic conflict and industrial revolution
A devastated country - but is it your place to fix it? What if your educated guess is wrong?

Dynamic and surprising Ending
The choice is *entirely* up to you - but what other factors may be affecting the outcome?

Online Stats to compare Your Choices with
Anonymous aggregate stats of everyone's playthroughs will let you see how your own choices compare! Are you one of the good guys?

Free Version

The basic game, without the extra character and bonus materials, is also available for free from our Official Website!

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1GHz CPU
    • Minne: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card supporting OpenGL
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: if you're having problems make sure you install the Visual Studio 2008 Redistributables
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FallenSeraph75
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Publisert: 22. mai
Duration of this game is not worth the cash. If this game was less than $.79, I may advise getting it; however, at this current form, don't get it.
 
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Ketonal
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Publisert: 2. april
You are the Grim Reaper himself/herself.
You have one task - visit charity Gala and take one life. You can just kill random person and finish game in less than 5 minutes. Or you can spend 1h to have conversation with everybody and explore all rooms but game area is really small.
Dialogues are well made and you can have huge impact on decisions made by each person.
What a coincidence - every single character you will met in that house will have huge impact on future history of whole fictional nation. So whatever you do - it will have impact on following events.

Idea is great. Unfortunatelly i can't say the same about game quality. It's not about graphics or music (which is great btw). This kind of game should have possess great replay value - you can choose different dialogue options and kill different character after all. Not in thas case. First playthrough took me 1 hour. Second one took me 10 minutes. And after 2 endings i knew all the patterns. I don't think this game can suprise me anymore.

Can I recomment it - yes. Not in a full price of course as game content is really small. But in discount or as a part of a bundle - why not?
 
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Allu Card [ Ø ]
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Publisert: 17. mars
The developer's political leanings tend to show in the dialogue and exposition. There are a few characters that event after multiple play-throughs seemed rather unimportant enough to justify killing.
 
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BanditPig
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Publisert: 25. februar
IFound this in my library one day from an old bundle it came in.

I installed the game.

I completed the game in ~5 mins.

I uninstalled the game and never want to see it again.
It had good potential, but if its worthyness of buying was a number, it would be the equivalent to Shanades life expectancy.
 
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PotHuman
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Publisert: 17. februar
This is load of f***ing sh*t.
 
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FranzMan
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Publisert: 10. februar
Liked the story, but not the unrewarding ending.
 
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NoonyCurt
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Publisert: 26. januar
I don't know why so many people complain about this game. It's an ok...

...

What do you mean, the game is over? That was just the tutorial level, right?

...

RIGHT?!
 
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OrangeCavalier
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Publisert: 15. januar
Really short, more endless reading than natural dialogue. Good concept, would be better if more than one day was used.
 
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ʕგҚვֆ
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Publisert: 24. desember, 2015
An incredibly well put-together game, with refreshing dialogue, music, graphics, and mystery. The story is very fleshed out and there is a lot of information packed into such a tiny game. Many people complain about the length; some even saying it took them 20 minutes to beat. Well if it took you 20 minutes you're FAR from experiencing the full game. I exhausted almost all dialogue options, and searched everything around the house, made my decision thoughtfully on who to kill, and it took me a little under 2 hours. I don't believe game length matters as long as it was the CORRECT length. Now, while Postmortem DID end a bit early, the length was fairly well established and the game ended when it should have, more or less.

The characters have rich and thought-out stories and have realistic responses and what you say seems to matter. I would've liked more options and more people, though as far as a dialogue-driven game goes, Postmortem does what it sets out to do very well. Postmortem has incredible potential and I hope to see a sequel in the near future. I wouldn't be upset if they released DLC (fairly priced, of course) which consisted of other houses and events with the same premise: just more scenarios.

It was very enjoyable to play through and listen to each character's story and that's saying a lot because I don't usually enjoy games like this, and lately my attention span has been getting shorter and shorter, so it's rare a game captures my attention for this long nowadays. But alas, Postmortem did, and for good reason, it's a great game and if you take your time playing through it and actually make a thoughtful decision, there can be a good amount of impact and intensity to it which makes it a good experience overall.

I recommend buying this game if you like murder mysteries (even though it's somewhat backwards since you're the one doing the killing), dialogue and story-driven games, rich characters, charming graphics and soundtrack, and an engaging story overall. I would also recommend waiting until it goes on sale if you're worried about the length of it, as $6.99 is a bit much for a 2 hour game for some people.

7/10
 
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hojusimpson81
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Publisert: 2. desember, 2015
There is a bloody conflict between Newagers, who care little for history and culture, and Oldagers, who wish to remain set in the traditional ways. You are Death, and are assigned to a fundraising party held to benefit (although the term is applied loosely) a school that was recently vandalized. Guests come from all walks of life, and have their own political beliefs and emotional attachments. Everyone there plays a role in the hostilities, and it is your job to select one who must die -- thus sending events hurtling in a particular direction.

You could simply approach anyone, tap them on the shoulder, and that's that. However, the real meat of this game is to investigate each room, ask many questions about events and each attendee, and maybe even sneak a peek at some hidden items. At the end, take a look at your journal and select the one who will have the greatest impact (for better or for worse). Once the deed is done, a series of news articles will pop up and show you the fruits of your labour. You'll also have a brief, albeit rather pointless, scene with your target. After this, you can compare your choices to others, much like in the Telltale adventure games.

Okay, let's get the bad out of the way first.

1) The resolution options are limited.
2) There's a distracting amount of screen tearing.
3) The controls are fiddly.
4) There seems to be an average of one spelling mistake every sentence.
5) Once you've exhausted the 20 or so dialogue options for every character, and there aren't many of them, the game essentially ends. Well, unless you want to stand around and listen to the snippets of classical music that make up Postmortem's soundtrack.
6) The political beliefs are fairly simplistic (e.g. foreigners are bad, women don't deserve rights, capitalism is awesome, etc.) and aren't as nuanced, or blended as I'd like.

So what's good about it?
1) There aren't many games like this. A locked room... er, make that a locked apartment mystery, with no real right or wrong answer.
2) A hefty amount of backstory and information links the characters together, be it psychologically, socially, emotionally, etc. A fair amount of thought went into all this.
3) It doesn't overstay its welcome. As I mention in Neg.6, there isn't much to do after talking to the people, so you can make your decision rather quickly -- perhaps in 45-60 minutes should you examine every nook and cranny, and draw out every last line of dialogue.

I do wish there had been a few more locations. I read a review mentioning attending a protest, maybe also visiting the host's factory, and so forth. Then again, I believe this would only expose some weaknesses in the game's foundation. Nonetheless, with more and/or stronger writers (and an editor!), I think this could work, and work well.

Is Postmortem a great game? No, but it's definitely not a bad one. It has a strong premise, and good parts, but is brought down by its linearity and lack of polish. Nonetheless, it can be found on sale often, and at a steep discount, it's an experience I would recommend.

Just know what you're getting into first.
 
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Potentiality12
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Publisert: 6. november, 2015
Postmortem: OMD is a game with an interesting mechanic which can be played using various graphics options (if I recall correctly). The permanent markdown to $2.99 is probably justified.

This is not an action game. A playthrough does not last a long time. However, many plays will be required if you're interested enough in the game's premise to try different tactics with different characters.

Considering the price and what the developer put into the game to make it the game it is, I'll recommend this... but if it's on sale it's a firmer recommendation than otherwise.


 
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silversuriv
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Publisert: 4. november, 2015
==== Review ====
Tasked that one must die, you investigate attendees of a gala to pick and kill one person. Times are tough, rife with political turmoil resulting from the events of the Baker's Revolt, 5-Point Plan and the TFF. Who you choose to die will have a profound affect on society.

The game is very interesting, allowing you to play God and pick whoever displeases you (politically, socially, morally or personally) to die. You feel this sense of power when you hear of all of the troubles that the attendees are facing knowing that you can easily fix it.....seemingly. Yet, this very short game loses its replayability once you discover the major effects from your choice.

==== Score ====
Fine
- 6/10
 
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AManEatingBear
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Publisert: 30. oktober, 2015
Postmortem is quite an interesting experience. You know those games where you get to make decisions and influence the world and it changes your playthrough as you continue through it? This is like those except because it's one level it's less of a chance for roleplaying and more of a puzzle. You must figure out "How do I do the most good on this most inconspicuously fateful of nights?"

Now Postmortem is not without its flaws. This is not a polished game. The option to rebind your keys is not even in the game itself but instead comes with the game in a different file that you can select to run when you start up the game. A few noticable typos are present as well, which is both surprising in a game that's like 60% text, but also not surprising considering the amount of text. There was also an interesting agreement to make when starting it up that you won't hold the developers responsible for damages coming from the game, though everything on my computer seems fine so far. I will admit I do not reccomend the game at its standard $3 price. But if it sounds intriguing to you and you don't mind the extremely rough edges, go for it when it's on sale.
 
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Lord Roost
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Publisert: 27. oktober, 2015
Way too little content.
 
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WickedMagic
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Publisert: 18. oktober, 2015
Nice idea, but way to short. Could easily have added more then just 1 level.
 
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Jolly Komrad
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Publisert: 6. september, 2015
I thought it was cool. Get it on sale.
 
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Lothy
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Publisert: 31. juli, 2015
The country is at war, and the choice you make can change the fate of an entire Nation…. or, you know. Not.

In this extremely, extremely, super duper extra short game that is definitely NOT worth the full price you play an angel of Death, or Reaper if you will, sent into a fundraising Gala to reap the soul of one person. Who you reap is up to you: You must move around the only map this game has in existence, talk to people, discover secrets, and eventually choose one person to die.
That, or you can go in, pick the first one you talk to, and you’ll be done with the game in under 5 minutes.

While the story it’s trying to tell about the nation is great (the socio-political talk and opinions placed into the characters speech and the history of the place is quite deep), and while the idea that who you choose to take in the end might affect the fate of the Nation is pretty darn awesome, the game falls on its face once you’ve played through it once.

There’s no new maps, only the fundraising gala, to replay over, and over, and over. And there’s not even a reason to do that. The choice of who you kill in the end is not as important as they make it sound (it does affect the end, but it doesn't -feel- as important); and not even the reactions of those you kill in the very end are different: they always react the exact same way and say the exact same thing.

And this was the extended cut...

In all, the game had a great idea, but fell short on the execution. I would only advise getting it if it’s under a dollar (or even less), free, or perhaps bundled. Otherwise, it’s really not worth the money as you’ll only be playing it once and it’ll take less than an hour to get through it fully. Just watch a Let’s Play of it.
 
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Dumle
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Publisert: 25. juli, 2015
Interesting concept and setting. The characters felt real enough and it felt like the dialogue options gave me enough room to argue for different sides. But there really is not all that much content in the game. There are six characters that you can talk to in a very small map and it is not all that impressive. The idea is very interesting and the setting is nice but it could have been much more than it is.

I would guess that most people are going to be done with the game in under an hour. Those who are really interesting in seeing all the different sides and endings might get a hour or two more out of the game. If that is worth the money is up to you.

I did like the character art by the way.
 
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LadyPyramidHead
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Publisert: 13. juli, 2015
Nothing much to this game, just when you think it starts, it ends which is highly disappointing.
The game feels very unfinished and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
 
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Danaconda
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Publisert: 30. juni, 2015
This is a really interesting idea, but don't pay too much for it because you can finish it completely in a couple minutes. Like a flash game with really good writing. I'd like to see what this developer goes on to make.
 
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You are the Grim Reaper himself/herself.
You have one task - visit charity Gala and take one life. You can just kill random person and finish game in less than 5 minutes. Or you can spend 1h to have conversation with everybody and explore all rooms but game area is really small.
Dialogues are well made and you can have huge impact on decisions made by each person.
What a coincidence - every single character you will met in that house will have huge impact on future history of whole fictional nation. So whatever you do - it will have impact on following events.

Idea is great. Unfortunatelly i can't say the same about game quality. It's not about graphics or music (which is great btw). This kind of game should have possess great replay value - you can choose different dialogue options and kill different character after all. Not in thas case. First playthrough took me 1 hour. Second one took me 10 minutes. And after 2 endings i knew all the patterns. I don't think this game can suprise me anymore.

Can I recomment it - yes. Not in a full price of course as game content is really small. But in discount or as a part of a bundle - why not?
 
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Publisert: 26. september, 2014
First off, I just wanted to point out that - at the current time of writing this review - I am nearing the 100-review mark.

Out of all my reviews, I have NEVER been as disappointed by a game's sheer wasted potential since Game of Thrones (RTS) until I stumbled upon Postmortem: One Must Die.

Furthermore, this game is currently $6.99 on Steam, and I implore you all to NEVER even consider buying this UNLESS it is offered for free or in a bundle - I received this in a Bundlestars bundle and wanted to give it a try despite the endless amount of negative reviews. I try my hardest not to mention a game's price if I feel it is unnecessary, but DO NOT waste your money on this.

I've clocked almost an hour playing this at the time of this review, and I've played through the game a total of 4 times - my first playthrough took about 10-20 minutes because I explored and read everything possible.

The aesthetics are not bad, the character sprites and art models are decent; however, there are only a handful of characters in the game. The game takes place in a mansion fundraising party, and the background is decent. The music and ambient noises give a classy, upperclassmen vibe, and this is probably one of the better parts (the soundtrack is actually very good and probably the best part of the game).

The controls are very simple, and the tutorial is super quick. There is always feedback on what you can do and when you can do it. There is no learning curve at all - you can literally finish the game in less than 5 minutes if you wish because all you have to do is press Tab, walk up to someone, and then press E to kill them. The game ends within a few minutes after selecting your target (you have a brief dialogue and overview of the epilogue).

I am so utterly disappointed by this game. You are an agent of death, tasked with ending the life of one partygoer at tonight's fundraiser. Upon entering the game, you can choose to look into the political conflict and instability plaguing the city/area. When conversing with each guest, you are given a variety of dialogue options, and at the end of each conversation you will be able to "nudge" people into a certain direction with your arguments.

BEGIN SPOILERS This REALLY interested me at first (I momentarily forgot about all of the negative reviews) - I sincerely thought I had convinced both the Oldagers (lower/middle/working-classmen) and Newagers (industrialists, upperclassmen) to settle for a compromise and decided to kill a foreigner who was interested in brutal animal testing in the name of science and potentially moving on to using cadavers (dead human bodies), whether they were obtained legally or not. After choosing her to die, you are taken to another scene (remniscent of a "gray-area" Purgatory), where you have a brief discussion with the victim and reflect on your choices. After this, you are given an overview of your choices, and this part REALLY annoyed me, as you can so very easily determine what the obvious opposite choices/outcomes will be.

My first playthrough outcomes: Political turmoil lasted for 3 more years before settling. During this time, violence escalated because I had lightly sided with a young idealist who believed that sometimes violence was the only way to get your voice an audience. Animal disappearances ceased (since I killed the crazy scientist), and the bill for giving the public a stronger voice (especially the lower/middleclass) was successfully passed. Yay.

That's it. You LITERALLY kill ONE SINGLE person, and the game is over. I was hoping for at least a few more levels, so you could truly steer the course of the nation, however, this was not the case.

I tried a few more playthroughs, and really found that the differences in the outcome were so bland and predictable. Ex: In my next playthrough - Bill for equality was NOT passed, animal disappearances escalated, violence/riots stopped. Wow, that seems like the complete opposite of my first playthrough. There aren't many alternatives.

END SPOILERS

Overall, this is a very shallow, extremely short, and absolute waste of potential, and I am so disappointed to have experienced this. My only positive thought is the hope that this review will help save at least ONE person from wasting even 5 minutes on this game.

DO NOT RECOMMEND.

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
 
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Publisert: 4. desember, 2013
If this is the extended cut, I have a hard time visualizing what the length of the initial release was. For all of the promise the premise of investigating several characters and picking one to die carried, the execution including perhaps 6 rooms and less than 10 characters left me feeling as if there was much more possibility to be played with and explored than is offered here.

It held my attention while I played it, and I was very interested to see how my decisions might influence the outcome of the game, but ultimately I don't feel as if I got enough play time out of the title for it to have been worth the dollar value I paid for it.
 
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Publisert: 3. desember, 2013
This is a nifty adventure game for those that like to read. Unfortunately it can be very short or as long as you want it to be, this is because there is essentially one "map" and literally you only get to kill one person.

The concept behind it all is that you talk to everyone and pick the choices you want. Those choices will then affect the ending you gain. Essentially you then play through again and again, each time picking different choices and the person you "claim"

Overall, there should be more to this game as I was hoping there would be something after the first level but literally the game can last 2 minutes (if you randomly pick someone and don't care about the choices or how they affect the story) or hours long if you decide to explore and go deeper trying to find every combination and choice
 
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Publisert: 3. desember, 2013
Not worth the price IMO. There is only one "act" (one level of the game to play through) which took me 30 minutes when I spoke to every person in the room and went into a couple of side rooms. Each conversation with each NPC can become a very long, very boring dialogue you cannot get out of until you go through the whole thing. Conversations would have been more interesting if they were much shorter and not so useless. I typically learned everything I wanted to know early on in each conversation.

There is nothing in the game to prevent you from choosing a random target to kill, so you can easily pay $7.00 for less than one minute of gameplay.

Overall, this game was an interesting concept which was stuffed with uninteresting monologues and only one act. Not worth the money paid at all.
 
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The indie scene is more prominent than ever boasting a diverse selection of games that often serve as bite sized reprieves from major triple A releases. While the indie scene isn't immune from uninspired copy and paste designs, there have been a string of recent releases that depart from traditional game design in a major way, challenging what we think of as games. One of the more overlooked releases that fits into this growing segment of games is Postmortem: One Must Die which tries to test players by forcing them to make a single decision that promises to have far reaching consequences. While major releases have tried to accomplish this same goal on a large scale, most have come up short. Does Postmortem's smaller and more focused scope deliver more satisfying results?

Playing as an agent of death, it's your duty to take the life of one person from a fund raising gala in a fictitious turn of the century setting on the cusp of an industrial revolution. The nation is split with conservatives that believe in upholding tradition at the expense of progress for women and greater economic development. Meanwhile progressives are riding a wave of industrial prosperity at the expense of their workers. Both sides have admirable qualities and some absolutely abhorrent qualities which quickly muddies the line between noble and contemptible. Unbound creations has expertly balanced the qualities of each side of the conflict to tear gamers and make who they choose to snuff out a real struggle. Your potential targets rage from an influential member of the media to a young, idealistic student. Each person leans strongly in one direction and by thoroughly exploring the dialog tree you might find that your conversations with these characters may have quite an impact on them in the future...

Gameplay in Postmortem simply involves wandering around in an isometric world slathered in Victorian decor, scavenging details from news articles strewn about and talking to the patrons of the gala. Each character has a lengthy dialog tree that will allow you to acquaint yourself with them as well as current events. A wide variety of responses and questions are available and not asking questions can also have an impact on how the events play out. Dialog is generally well written but it can be a bit too purpose driven. Postmortem never creates the illusion that you are just another patron making small conversation, your pointed questions make each interaction feel like an interrogation rather than a conversation. The blatant agenda to your questions never allows the characters to show you who they are, they merely share what they perceive themselves to be.

Your interactions with the gala patrons ultimately culminate in your character deciding who should meet their end. Once your decision has been made, a series of newspaper articles show the results of your involvement at the Gala. It's not the most invigorating way to see the consequences of your actions unfold but there may be a few surprises for some players to uncover based on your actions. Also, a link to detailed player stats is viewable upon completing a play through to show how your behavior compares to other Post Mortem players. A thorough playthrough exploring all of the dialog options will take in the neighborhood of an hour and subsequent playthroughs will take less time. It doesn't take long to figure out what dialog has what impact so many players may not want to take the time to explore every possibility. The beauty of Postmortem however is that you are not required to buy it to enjoy the core experience. By purchasing the game, players are given an extra character to chat with as well as wallpapers, concept art and some behind the scenes development materials.

Like its triple A predecessors, Postmortem falls short of delivering a wholly satisfying choice based narrative. That is not to say that it isn't a worthwhile experience however, it's morally ambiguous world and intelligent and fresh setting remain engaging and some of the conclusions are engaging and surprising. It's brevity makes it easy to pick up sporadically and enjoy. I for one hope that Postmortem is simply an amuse-bouche, tantalizing our pallets for something a bit larger and scope and more accomplished in execution from Unbound Creations.
 
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Publisert: 9. desember, 2013
Potentially a good game, but possibly one of the shortest I have ever played with little to no replay value what so ever.
It seems like a fantastic 'first level' but for an extended cut/release? I was left dissapointed. The universe drew me in but the game left me wanting more, It was like watching a film and just as the protaganist is introduced the credits roll. Save your money on this one in hopes for a more final release but keep your eye out.
 
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Publisert: 31. juli, 2015
The country is at war, and the choice you make can change the fate of an entire Nation…. or, you know. Not.

In this extremely, extremely, super duper extra short game that is definitely NOT worth the full price you play an angel of Death, or Reaper if you will, sent into a fundraising Gala to reap the soul of one person. Who you reap is up to you: You must move around the only map this game has in existence, talk to people, discover secrets, and eventually choose one person to die.
That, or you can go in, pick the first one you talk to, and you’ll be done with the game in under 5 minutes.

While the story it’s trying to tell about the nation is great (the socio-political talk and opinions placed into the characters speech and the history of the place is quite deep), and while the idea that who you choose to take in the end might affect the fate of the Nation is pretty darn awesome, the game falls on its face once you’ve played through it once.

There’s no new maps, only the fundraising gala, to replay over, and over, and over. And there’s not even a reason to do that. The choice of who you kill in the end is not as important as they make it sound (it does affect the end, but it doesn't -feel- as important); and not even the reactions of those you kill in the very end are different: they always react the exact same way and say the exact same thing.

And this was the extended cut...

In all, the game had a great idea, but fell short on the execution. I would only advise getting it if it’s under a dollar (or even less), free, or perhaps bundled. Otherwise, it’s really not worth the money as you’ll only be playing it once and it’ll take less than an hour to get through it fully. Just watch a Let’s Play of it.
 
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Publisert: 13. april, 2015
Well...

Like the reviews say, it is a short one.
Definitely not worth the full price, but on a 75% sale for 1,25 euros, I don't really regret getting it.

Basically you are one of the many reapers, sent to an event to collect a soul.
You're introduced to the case by a secretary, who you can't flirt more than say: "Tell me about you"
She then asks whether you'd like to be seen as a male or female by the mortals, but I'm not really sure if it makes any difference.

The guests are the same and the conversation may end up in the same way despite your dialogue choices.
It feels kind of clumsy when you play it again and pick different choices, only to see them answer the same way as they did during last time.

You CAN just go up to someone and kill them there, but the purpose is to learn about the guests, and then make a choice on who you will collect.
The annoying thing is that if you want to see the results in the same situation, only with a different person dead, you have to do everything again in the same way.
Talk to same people, pick the same dialogue options, etc. etc.
Also, I've only played it 2 times, and both times, the person you kill seems to talk the same way, even if it is a different person...

I think that one thing that could've made this far better would have been options to better interact with people, and maybe add a few things that switch by random each time you play.

Ultimately, the controls feel a tad bit clumsy, and the game does seem a bit laggy time to time.
That may be just my own PC, though.

But, in the end, I can not recommend the game for the full price.
For 1,25euros though, sure, it gave me some amusement. This could work on a phone, be a reaper and kill a person each time you go take a ♥♥♥♥.
But when at computer, nah, I don't think I'll end up playing this that often.
 
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Publisert: 30. oktober, 2014
The game held great potential and got me very exited to see how the player, Death, could affect the lives of others by choosing one person to die and create such massive change in history.
Each character had a story to them and influence that really made you question who you should kill. They all had their pros and cons as characters go, but they were overall interesting, making it hard to kill any of them.
However, the biggest drawback, even at such a low price, I don't think it was worth the brief gameplay available. It felt more like a demo than an extended cut as the majority of the game takes place within one house.
As Death, you would think you'd have more abilities than inflicting a fatal heart attack on someone, but Death remain rather plain throughout the whole thing.
Though there are options to enter rooms you're forbidden from entering, they really seem to offer little to nothing in the game besides the risk of getting caught.
Overall, it's a great way to kill some time on your first try, but afterward it just feels like a great effort that was abandoned.
 
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Publisert: 28. februar, 2014
Game thrusts you unceremonially into a dinner party and tells you to kill one of the six guests you can speak to. You can read a few newspaper clippings strewn about and go into very superficial conversations with the guests, mainly concerened with a conservative/liberal conflict in their imaginary country. Conversations are often ended abruptly and guests would stop speaking to you afterwards, leaving you with very little to go on. Once you've made a choice, an epilogue is shown, presenting the results of your choice and any influences you may have had on the guests due to dialogue options.

Overall, it feels incomplete and the story and characters are uninteresting and the resolution is very anticlimactic. Seeing one resolution is enough as it gives you a fair idea of what would've happened if you had done things differently. Game is short, took me a bit over an hour and I did go into all dialogue options and actions available.

For a game that handles choices and their consequences better, check The Novelist.
 
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This is hardly what I would call a game, it is more of a glorfided demo. You basically just read and make ONE decision. No interactivity. The concept has a lot of promise, but charging people for this "game" is almost criminal.
 
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Extended?

This game is one level that lasts 30 minutes at most *if* you poke at *everything*. I like the concept and quality of content, but most demo's and tutorials are longer than this. I picked this up in a bundle, but I would have been furious had a paid full retail for 30 minute game.
 
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October 18th, 1897
The country is in turmoil; citizens confused and concerned about its future, rioting, terrorizing, and uncertain of who is really on their side. Amid the chaos, a charity event is being held gathering a group of people from all walks of life and world views. One of them is going to die, and you are going to decide who.

Postmortem places you in the role of death, harbinger of destruction and reaper of souls, with the soul task of attending a gala and choosing who's time has come. You aren't told why you have to kill someone or what reason they may have for deserving to die, but there isn't time for you to inquire as the decision is ultimately on your head regardless.

In a medium that so often features exorbitant amounts of murdering, rarely with even a slight hint as to its moral or physical impact, it's unusual and maybe even a little unnerving to have such an emphasis placed on taking a single life. Part of that is the characters you meet aren't the usual diabolical warlord or incarnation of evil we are so often put up against; they're just people, flawed but likable individuals who you get to know rather personally over the course of your brief exchanges. It's fair to say that Postmortem isn't much of a game, it's a character study aimed to bring your biases and personal feelings to the surface, which ultimately is what will hold the most influence on your inevitable choice.

Feminism, radical industrialism, conflicts of interest between the rich and the poor, and complex political struggles all come into play as you mingle with guests and try to get at their aspirations and motives as well as putting your (occasionally unwanted) word in. All of these play a role in the outcome, which often goes quite unaccording to plan with threads intertwining and actions having unforeseen consequences. It's a fascinating tangle of subplots that works with subject matter not traditionally seen in games, that aside from the sometimes bizarrely candid way it's presented, is handled smartly and intelligently to form a plot that despite typically having no interest in politics I was completely absorbed in.

If there is anything I have to fault Postmortem for, it's that for what you are paying you aren't getting much more than you can find for free on the developers website. While the art is improved and some content added, this is still a 1-2 hour game with only marginal replay value if you want to quickly run through the alternate endings, that feels a tad costly all things considered.

If you can forgive the price, Postmorten is an engrossing and quite original reversal of the classic murder mystery. The writing subverts many of the usual drab political terminology, leaving an easily ingested script that's all the same requires a good bit of thought do to its heavy nature and implications on your actions. If your adverse to reading I'll advise you to turn the other way, but those intrigued by the concept would do well to check it out as what you'll find is a developed and intriguing tale that offers some food for thought as you have tea and biscuits with your lovely secretary.
 
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Publisert: 10. desember, 2013
Let me start by saying I actually do recommend you to play this game. It's execution and premise are pretty damn great. However, it remains an underdeveloped idea that is not worth five Euros in my opinion. The idea of saving, ruining or keeping the status quo of a country torn by two opposing sides of an industrial revolution is a great idea, but the game offers but one scenario. One that can be replayed a lot of times, but still, it's but one scenario in what could have been a very deep and amazing political simulator.

On their site, you can get the game for free, or pay what you want. I like supporting Indie developers, but the Steam price is way too steep. So I'd suggest getting this from their site and paying around 1,50, which I feel is a fair price for a nicely executed idea that needs quite a bit more depth to justify paying more.

 
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You play as a reaper, you must pick one person to die from those attending. This is a very short 'game', you can finish it within about 10 seconds or so if you just select a person at random to kill and choose not to influence any of the people with your opinions. I spent just under an hour reading everything and talking to everyone, and went back through the game to alter a couple of choices to confirm outcome.
The developers have released this as a DRM free game on their website in its non 'extended' version - and unfortunately should have stayed as such. It has potential to be a sort of 'cluedo played as death' game; if it was expanded throughout several scenarios. As it stands however it's just too short and simplistic to be considered a full game.
 
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Publisert: 9. desember, 2013
This is the extended cut? Trying all possible combinations MIGHT net you an hour of gameplay with 5-20 minutes being more realistic. Three or four levels of equivalent detail - a point where the game stands up solidly - with cumulative effects of your choices could be interesting. As is, however? Not worth it.
 
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I liked the idea of the game, gave it one run through, then uninstalled it. It is not particularly memorable. Reading through the conversations is tedious and I didn't feel attached to the characters or story at all. Will not play again.
 
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I was curious about the victorian ambient, and I found the idea of the choice good..but at the end I din't enjoy this title. You just have to choose one person more for personal simpathy rather than social causes, ethical values & stuff; you have one room only and not much to do. Definitely too short, and for that It should be free to play.
 
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A really interesting consept pulled off rather well. You're death and you've got a job to do, a simple enough concept. Lots of reading, so if you're not into reading, this isn't for you. My one complaint is I would really like to see more levels, as there is only the one. If they expanded this a bit more, added a few levels, this game would be way better then it already is.
 
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