Richard and Alice are prisoners. Both their cells have a leather sofa and a state-of-the-art computer. But only Richard’s has a TV. Outside, the snow falls. It has done for some time. Elsewhere, they say, parts of the world have been rendered an inhospitable desert, the earth parched and cracked. People live in the zones now.
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Release Date: Jun 5, 2014

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“Incredibly moving… A poignant, well-told tale, exploring themes of hope, despair and morality. And that’s not a thing you can say about enough games.”
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“A quietly powerful tale about parenthood and survival in a frozen world.”

“A game like this lives on the quality of its script, and Denby and Raze have written a tender, human story.”
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Richard and Alice are prisoners. Both their cells have a leather sofa and a state-of-the-art computer. But only Richard’s has a TV.

Outside, the snow falls. It has done for some time. Elsewhere, they say, parts of the world have been rendered an inhospitable desert, the earth parched and cracked. People live in the zones now. The lucky ones, anyway.

Richard and Alice have secrets.

Created by Lewis Denby and Ashton Raze, whose games journalism credits include the likes of Eurogamer, Gamespot and the Telegraph, Richard & Alice is a riveting mystery story about family, desperation and the weather – all set to the beat of an indie adventure game.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP 3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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Welcome to my review of Richard & Alice!

In A Nutshell:


-Strong, interesting storyline from two perspectives.
-Great Apocalyptic Theme!
-Macabre undertones and adult language.
-Multiple Endings (Though some debate over how to trigger each!)
-Fairly Cut-&-Dry steps and puzzle solutions.
-Steam Achievements and Trading Cards!


-A bit too much back-and-forth travel towards the end.
-Some puzzles have fairly obscure solutions.
-No way to Stop an action after clicking (such as going through a door by mistake).
-Basic sounds and effects, and dated graphics (though Retro-licious!)

Full Review:

As a fan of Point-&-Click style games, not to mention a post-apocalypse theme, I was really excited to get my hands on Richard & Alice. I found the story to be intriguing, with just enough darkness and sadness to be appropriate for the setting, and some “adult language” thrown in for good measure. While it felt like most of the plot revolved around Alice’s half of the backstory, and the fate of her child, the developers definitely tied in both Richard and Alice’s history nicely in the end. I love that there’s multiple endings, though there’s some pretty heated debates over how to trigger them -- fortunately, there’s a few Steam Guides available if you need some help. I had the “Parting Ways” for my play-through, which I found to be appropriate and fairly satisfying, though it did feel like more of a cliffhanger than most of the other ending possibilities.

All in all, Richard & Alice is a worthy addition to any Point-&-Click library, especially if you like the added bonuses of Steam Achievements and trading cards! The story is a little gloomy at times, and the puzzles – and tedious walking back and forth towards the end – slowed down the momentum at times, but in the end it definitely receives my recommendation.

In Conclusion: 7/10

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119 of 138 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
A second ice age has descended upon us. The world has frozen over, obliterating civilization and government, leaving anyone but the highest up to fend for themselves in a world that has gone completely to hell. But deep underground, Richard lives out his life in a well outfitted prison, away from the horror that humanity has become, watching nature documentaries and contacting the guards through his personal computer when something breaks or he’s in need of assistance. If it wasn’t for the iron bars confining him, it would almost seem a rather pleasant place to wait out the cold. The only thing possibly missing, is someone, anyone to talk to, and as if summoned by a support ticket Alice appears in the cell opposite him. If only things were as simple as they appear.

Richard and Alice isn’t the story it first appears to me. Behind the easygoing life the inmates of this peculiar prison seem to live, incredible amounts of despair and heartbreak are pressing at the gate, eating away at the humanity of those who have to bare with the insanity that has brought the world to the brink of almost complete desertion. There are no heroes or villains in this tale; there are simply people, trying their hardest to survive in the midst of impossible odds, doing whatever it takes to live another day despite how meaningless it may seem.

Parallels can be drawn between Richard and Alice and literary masterpieces such as The Road, and certainly it isn’t a premise that we haven’t seen done before (to varying degrees of effect). What makes Owl Caves’s take on it unique, especially in a medium that rarely attempts (let alone succeed at), is the unprecedented level of humanity in its characters and the skill at which they so eloquently explore the darkest side of us in a way that’s neither heavy handed or moralizing. This isn’t a story that is trying to make you believe in something; to show what’s right and wrong, with infallible characters that ultimately make the right choice.

On the contrary, Richard and Alice is fascinating because it never chooses a side or try to make you see some presumed moral truth. Its characters are flawed individuals, doing terrible things that from the outside seem almost inhuman. But can we truly say that when forced into a corner with no alternatives, we too wouldn’t shed our morality and do whatever it takes to survive, rationalizing it however we must to keep from tearing ourselves apart from the inside? Richard and Alice is a shameless look at the animals we all become when forced under pressure, and it’s shocking not because of incredible amounts of violence or grotesque situations, but because we know deep down that we are all capable of such atrocities.

It’s hard to say if I actually “enjoyed” Richard and Alice. It’s an incredibly bleak adventure that at times is hard to stomach from how emotionally taxing just being such a hopeless world is, let alone what occurs within it. It’s not a “fun” game (or really much of a game at all in many ways), but it is an immensely well crafted experience that does more with less than a handful of characters in just a few hours, than most games ever manage. It’s a captivating character study, that absorbed me from the second I set foot inside Richard’s extravagant cell up until its undecided ending, which leaves just enough unanswered to keep you wondering and filling in the gaps yourself. Some might say its lazy storytelling, but to me it was the only possible way to end a story that was never going to have a happy or finite conclusion. After all, the world is still turning, and humanity along with it, through the best and worst of times.

Full disclosure: Richard and Alice was reviewed using a copy of the game provided by the developer. You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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86 of 101 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Richard & Alice is a point-and-click adventure game with memorable plot twists, deep characters and a fantastically dark story. I enjoyed the game enough to finish it through in one sitting, which lasted around 3 hours or so. It does feature multiple endings, so there is definitely incentive to give it a few more playthroughs once your maiden voyage is over. The art style is charming, and the overall writing is superb. Fans of old-school adventure games will not want to pass this up!
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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
I really dislike point and click games. Not my cup of tea. I always found them frustrating, and often found myself being stuck at a certain point with no ambition to carry on. Richard & Alice however.

This game is wow

You begin your journey in a frozen apocalypse, the world ravaged by the cold. Soicety has fallen, gang warfare is at an all time high. One of our centre pieces, Richard, are tucked away safe from the devastation in a prison that is secluded from the hell above. As you begin to chat with your new in-mate Alice, you slowly discover that she has had a very dark time surviving the end of the world. This game charts her memories of her devasating and heartbreaking experience with her son as they trek across the wasteland in search for salvation.

This tale is one of the most human I have ever came across in a video game. I genuinely felt myself caring for these characters, which some recent games have failed to make me do. In this point-and-click "walking simulator" you watch this horrofying story unfold in front of you, and you are tasked with choosing how you want things to go.

Choice is a very subtle feature in this game, and if you do not carefully think through every dialouge sequence and opportuniy brought forward too you will suffer the consequences when the game comes to a close.

For a rather short adventure, Richard & Alice is amazing, and will certainly leave you heartbroken and satisfied. This game has a story better than most AAA games out there, and it is dirt cheap. Get this game, you will never forget it.

+ Amazing story
+ Makes good use of choice
+ Character development and pacing is well done. You will be glued to the screen.

- Backtracking can get a little annoying
- Some sequences are a bit short

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52 of 69 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Sigh. The plot was interesting, the overall metaphor was great and I wasn't terribly bothered by the less than stellar graphics, but the gamplay is poor and overall I found this game predictable, easy and bland. The level designs left a lot to be desired (lots of open space which is painstakingly slow to move across, tons of repeated sprites/tiles, almost no interactivity with anything), useless "cut scenes" that are used over and over. Most of the story focuses on Alice, there isn't enough background on what Richard was going through. No desire to do another playthrough even though there are 4 more endings.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
What i like about the game:

- set in a post apocalyptic world where the endless snow has covered the earth.
- dark story (no cheerfull moment in the game, it all sad and quite depressing story).
- at some point in alice story there is a really heartbreaking moment and that really shock me. oh god, why she did that?
- multiple ending.

What i dislike:

- resolution stuck at 640x400
- can't go fullscreen
- not detailed graphic, so sometime i miss some item.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014

The focus of this game is a moving, post-apocalyptic story. Two people are locked up together in a world covered with ice, and Alice tells how she got there, and so you are able to play as Alice during each part of her story.
This is a mature and very sad story, with very strong and heart wrenching questions, so do not expect anything cheerful.


Simple point and click interface, with only the left and right mouse buttons to interact or the ENTER button in the keyboard to skip conversations (hold to skip faster). Simple puzzles that make sense and are logical, but not very challenging. I only got stuck once, because I did not know what I was supposed to do.


Amazing sound effects that make you feel the bleakness of the environment. Really good!

Voice: None, only subtitles for dialogs


Simple but functional, not a problem for a story-focused game like this. Just make sure you configure the game (setup) before launching to play it in fullscreen and use Directx 3D 9. You'll need to copy and paste the game's exe file ("richardandalice.exe") and rename the copy as "richardandalice_steam_final.exe". Then just click on the game through steam and choose setup while starting it to uncheck "Run in a window instead of Fullscreen" and change the Graphics Driver to Directx 3D 9.


Very well written for an indie game, it makes you want to know what is going to happen next. There are many possible endings, and it was not hard to get them all with a guide, after I was finished with the game. By the way, I recommend saving in the beginning of each scene to help you come back later for the other endings.


This is a great game if you like story rich games that make you think and get involved with the game world. If you want hard puzzles, fast action or shining graphics, look elsewhere.

If you have any further doubts or need any help, please post a comment. Thanks for reading!
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77 of 118 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Richard & Alice is kind of ... okey-ish. I can't really say anything bad about, but also I can't say anything good either.
One could argue that it does things well considering it was done by a small team, but at the same time I see games like To The Moon or Miasmata that were made by even smaller teams but do so much more.
Richard & Alice will take around 3 hours to complete, so if you have money to spare and nothing else better to do, sure, why not, go play it, otherwise there is nothing new to see here.
If you haven't already done so, go play To The Moon instead, it is very similiar game but highly superior.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Richard and Alice isn’t about the graphics. It is a story based game that has a focus on the narrative. That being said the simple style of the game talks to the simplicity of Owl Cave’s vision. It’s slightly bland in some cases but never looks bad and I think that it is a fitting look and feel for the game as a whole. There isn’t a great deal of audio in the game but hearing eerie music and raging winds did convey a sense of unease and foreboding that added a much needed layer to the game, something above reading endless reels of text while waiting for the chance to solve the puzzles.

Richard and Alice has multiple endings so it is worth playing through a couple of times however once you know where to use item A all of the challenge has gone from the game. If you are a fan of point and click adventures then it would be value for money, unfortunately with no real replayability past the couple of endings and there’s not much else to expect from this game for anyone other than hardcore point and click fans.
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Wow this game is good, the story is so well thought-through. The characters themselves, just learning more about them, is really good. Also, the multiple endings give this lots of good replay value, something which I plan on doing.

I completed it in 1 sitting, in around just under 3 hours. Quite short, but there are multiple twists which make you want to play it through to the end.

I recommend this to anyone with lunch money and 3 hours' free time on their hands. :)
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
Sorry, Ultimately I ran out of interest toward the end, and was just happy to finish. It's more "meh" than bad to me, but still I can't recommend it unless you're a point and click fan.. There are apparently multiple endings, but I had no motivation to go back and understand key turning points or what might make the story end differently.

That said, if you like point and click adventures you might like this, as it is better than some I've played, but still, I was relieved when it was finished and just sortof felt meh about it. (I'm generally not a big fan of point and click adventures, but this one caught my attention due to reviews and the setting, so this review might apply more to people who are more similar to myself).

+ The story is interesting, even throughtful about survival, and
+ the puzzles generally aren't arbitrary and make sense in context. I only had to consult walkthrough once.
+ world itself was well constructed, interesting.
+ characters well developed, identifiable
- Lots of text/conversation to click through at various points. This can take a while to click through, and some responses can seem a bit polite for the situation.
- I guess I just felt like it started dragging a bit toward the end.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
The game is based on a pretty interesting premise, the world has been plunged into eternal snowfall and you're locked up in prison with only the company of another prisoner in the cell across the hall. The two of you begin talking and as the player you take turns controlling Alice in her flashbacks, and Richard in the present time.

After completing the game and going through every ending, my opinion is that this is worth playing; however, if you are a completionist and want to eventually get every ending, you should play using a guide from the very beginning. The movement in the game is very slow and if you don't make save files at the right times, you will spend several hours re-doing content to get the different endings and it's pretty frustrating.

Playing through this game once is enjoyable, but trying to see the different endings can be very time-consuming if you aren't smart with your saves.
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17.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
I couldn't do it, i really liiked the story, I quite liked the style, but I gave up on (i think) day 6 for one reason. THE WALKING. It's so blinking slow and there's absolutely no reason for it. When it takes more than 2 minutes to walk between two buildings on two screens it's ridiculous.

Also there is no indication atall where you canleave one area and go to another.

Possibly a good game, but killed by some stupid design decsions.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
One of the absolutely worst games on Steam that I've encountered so far. Animations are too slow, and around the midgame you just ask if the game can end already. Graphics are absolutely terrible and I didn't understand the ending at all.
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Dig, Larry, dig!
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Dark, dreary and macabre: all things I usually enjoy in modern games. So why didn't I like Richard & Alice? A few reasons. The gameplay isn't very fun, and as a point-and-clicker, there are far better examples. The storyline here, pitch black as it is, falls apart into a self-righteous, quasi-religious, philosophical mess, where any potential poignancy and relevance becomes impossible to take seriously due to comical 'Dragon Warrior'-styled graphics. There's simply far too little stuffing here for one to take the game seriously, so Richard & Alice ends up just being dark for darkness' sake, without the character development or back story required to really make anyone care about what's happening to the folks as the story unfolds.

If you're looking for a good point and click horror game, I'd recommend the Black Mirror trilogy.
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Mr. Hugh Mannity
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 17
A pretty decent point & click game. It took me around ~4 hours to beat and the rest is used for achievements. The story speaks of of loneliness, desperation, and a world that has to fight against two inexorable enemies: nature and human kind. If you look at the gameplay, there's not such a great challenge, but, on the other hand, you may find dramatic and somewhat decent storytelling. There are 5 possible endings in the game, and with replays from several save points throughout the game, I was only able to arrive at 2 of them. Each offers a slightly different potential outcome for our two main characters.

My main complain with this game is the huge frame drops, and it always happens whenever Alice (2nd screenshot) goes outside. I tried several things with no avail, so I just sucked it up and finished the game. There's also the problem where I found it a a bit hard to become emotionally invested in the characters. After all, if everyone is a survivalist animal, why should you care which animal survives and which one doesn’t? The game tries a little too hard to tug on your heart strings with Alice’s cute and naive five year old son, Barney, and while Richard does at least invite a little bit of sympathy, the same can’t be said with Alice. In describing her childhood and her background, she strikes me as a perpetually depressed melancholic for whom the Snowpocalypse is just another average day. She is the kind of person who would be insufferable even in a utopia. Other than that, it also feels like the game didn't really live up to its own potential, and instead of leaving you with a rewarding experience, it constantly hammered you with a message that all humans eventually succumb to their evil nature, and that none of us are deserving of good fortune, nor will we find it, in the event of global tragedy—and that, frankly, perseverance will be a wholly useless endeavor should we ever reach such a level of desperation.

Maybe that's all true, and maybe Richard & Alice at least deserves credit for being able to stimulate this kind of discussion. It may also deserves some credit for being engaging enough for me to want to play it to its conclusion, even though that conclusion isn’t very satisfying. It isn’t a terrible game by a long stretch, and it is possible to like it if you don’t mind playing through what amounts to an interactive novel. My final rating: 7/10
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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Wow, what a great game!
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2.6 hrs
Posted: August 5
If you are a fan of end time stories and like "The Road" or "The walking dead", this is for you. There are some point & click adventure puzzles but they are not very hard and are mainly there to progress the story with some action from the player. If you are in the mood for this setting and have three hours to spare, go for it, you won't be disappointed.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: July 26
I want to like this game, but it is poorly optimised. It defaults to a small window, to get the game fullscreen you have to manually edit the acsetup.cfg file in the file directory. When set to fullscreen, it opens the window still as small but you now have blackscreen, so it's less distracting.
When looking past this, the game itself is a great point-and-click game. Although the graphics are lacking, the story is well written and so is the dialogue. The movement can be painstakingly slow, especially when being stuck, solving a puzzle.
I would only recommend this game to hardcore point-and-click enthusiasts.
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