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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (151 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014
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"A dramatic tale that does not dimish minority voices to side characters. Wah wah wah."

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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.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“A quietly powerful tale about parenthood and survival in a frozen world.”
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“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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About This Game

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Personal rating: 7/10

PROS:
+ great story telling
+ really awesome gritty story
+ multiple endings
+ atmosphere

CONS:
- short game time
- slow walking
- MS-paint style graphics

Comment:
All aboard the feels train! This game really takes the post-apocalyptic setting and shows us how dark and gritty it is. Not by huge amounts of combat. It does it through it's characters, through the actions that the people who are trying to survive do. The story is great, the way we are served this story is even better. Piece by piece you uncover the truth. What brings down the score is the lack-luster gameplay (even for a point&click game) and the bad graphics. But despite these this is a fantastic piece of video game art I can really recommend!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Richard & Alice is a well-writen adventure. It is not easy for me to actually care about the characters unless they are well developed, which is definitely the case with this game. It doesn't deal with black and white and it is not a happy title, but it brings variety and makes you think along the way. I was invested in the story the whole time and wanted to see what was going to happen next. It has also an interesting way to tell the story, using different time periods.

In terms of gameplay, it is basically what you can expect of Point & Click games. The puzzles do make sense and they are not random, which avoids the impression that they were just made to be filler. If you are used to similar games, then you are going to encounter a familiar environment here, but in a setting that makes your purchase worthwile. I definitely recommend Richard & Alice to everyone even remotely interested.

It is well done and polished. It isn't a long game, but the few hours you are going to invest in it are definitely worth your time.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
even 66% off

It's about 5 minutes of dialogue stretched out into unimaginably long and sometimes frustrating scavenger hunts.

Would have made a better short story (in a book with pages) then it does as a videogame.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Overview:

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.

Gameplay:

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.

Sound:

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

Voice: None, only subtitles for dialogs

Graphics:

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.

Story:

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.

Conclusion:

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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Richard & Alice is a great game for anyone interested in tales of “end of the world” scenarios or who like a very personal story in their gaming experience. It is incredibly short for an adventure game, lasting only about three hours give or take. And that includes clicking on every object in the game and seeing the messages spewed forth. I would have loved to hear voice acting, but having played adventures since the ’80s I’m willing to overlook such an omission. Others, however, may see this as a major dealbreaker. If you can overlook this, though, you’ll find a gripping tale of loss, heartbreak, and emotions that run rampant. And the multiple endings (about four in all) show just what a person is willing to do to stay alive in a place that couldn’t care less what happens to you.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Super slow paced point-and-click adventure game with well written dialogue and a mostly interesting story. The game involves a lot of trudging through snow, and it does not make the process particularly quick. Recommended for those with patience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I love adventure games. I personally feel what makes an adventure game memorable is a good story with intriguing characters. Richard & Alice are both interesting characters that feel fleshed out and believable. After I completed the game, I'm still thinking back to the encounters the two had. The writing has a great "voice" helping you imagine all the dialogue. I don't want to say much about the story because I feel that could ruin it. I actually wanted to know even more of the background! Just know that it's story is a little dark. The game is not a long game (maybe 3 hours), but this game is a high quality experience. R&A has multiple endings based on decisions making me want to eventually go back and play again once I "kind of forgot" some of the conversations. It would be a mistake to miss out on this game.

The graphics are good, but funny thing - personally I wanted more trees in the stage layouts! Weird nitpick I know, but at one point a character doesn't want to wander into the forest and I just felt it was a little too open. Made me chuckle.

The music is good and sets the tone of each level.

Richard & Alice is definitely worth the small asking price, especially if you're a fan of the genre. I recommended this game to a friend of mine who is also currently enjoying the experience. Submit your ticket and buy (in game joke)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I enjoyed playing Richard and Alice. It's more of an adventure game, but the story had me legitimately interested to see how the characters would develop and just what the hell was going on. Little bit of replay value even for a slightly altered ending. If you see this one go on sale and you have a few short hours to kill, pick this one up and enjoy the atmosphere.

Great experience.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
An interesting short point-and-click adventure about two prisoners in a dystopian society where extreme weather has made survival difficult. Over the course of the game, Alice, a single mother, slowly reveals how she came to be imprisoned, in a series of flashbacks.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
So Richard and Alice is a short point and click game which I spent just over an hour and a bit finishing. It's art is decent, the sprites are very well designed and the game looks good overall. However, the story is fairly short, just shorter than a similar game "Home" which, by the way, is £1.99. Some of the few puzzles in the game are a bit desperate to be puzzles, if you know what I mean. They are slightly far fetched. As much as the solutions make sense, and would work anyway, there are much simpler solutions not available in the game itself. So the story for the game, pushing away from the cliche zombie scenario, is the planet has frozen, and it never stops snowing, and everyone is dying, and civilization is fighting against each other to survive. It's original I suppose, but there are some descrepancies that I have with it. Firstly, no matter how much it snows, the amount of snow on the ground never rises. Secondly, I don't understand how snow could lead to an apocolypse and death. Just wear a jacket. I most likely enjoyed the game for it's plot, where a mother and her son are struggling to survive, but it's abrupt ending really irritated me. Either way, pick this up if you have a 99% off coupon for it, because it's certainly not worth nearly £5.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I found this game boring and generic, a very VERY typical post-apocalyptic story that brings nothing new to the table. Characters are just okay and there's THAT kid, you know, completely useless, oblivious, gives predictible dialogue about toys, meant to portray innocence but just ends up being annoying as hell. After Clementine in Walking Dead, its even harder to tolerate.

The gameplay is okay, the puzzles are interesting enough but it takes forever to walk anywhere and there's a fair bit of walking. Its appropriate since you're walking in very heavy snow but I was fustrated instead of feeling immersed in the enviroment. I think is because the slowness is so exaggerated that I end up going on my phone or doing something else, and this is moving from one tree to another in a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ woodland.

Overall not terrible but a pass.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
cool story bro
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Awesome point-and-click game full of sadness and despair. Memorable characters, interesting storyline, nice soundtrack.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This is one of the best point and click adventures I've ever played. I have a 5 yr old daughter. I guess it hit home for me. I thought this was very well written. I cried twice. I cried damnit all. The music is well done too. I love this game. I might even play it again.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Now don't get me wrong. Richard and Alice are not a terrible game.
But it's very very short, kind of predictable story and sometimes the game mechanic feels very slow and clunky and more like it gets in your way than anything else.
It goes amazingly quick to finish it and that left me feeling like I had wasted money on it, even though I bought it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
A very short but epic game with an amazing touching story.
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I got it cuz it was on sale and honestly, I didn't have very high expectations. But with its mature story and interesting characters, I was impressed at the end of 6 hours I've spent to finish this game. It's definately worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Leave your morality at the door, because this game does the same. Richard & Alice is a tale of surviving an apocolypse caused by a never ending snow storm. Governments have collapsed, and people are doing whatever they can to survive. What would you do if you had no food, but someone else did and they wouldn't share it with you? There is no right and wrong here, no lesson to be taught. There is only choices.

This game is short, but it does it's best to stir emotion in it's players. It doesn't succeed as well as some major releases, such as The Walking Dead or The Last of Us, but for a short journey and obviously an indie developed game, it does an admirable job.

Do not play this game if you're looking for your typical entertainment. Shooting and heroes saving the day are nowhere to be found here. However, if you want a deep story that will leave you thinking for some time after it's finish, then perhaps Richard & Alice is what you're seeking.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Richard and Alice is a bleak, yet thought provoking, story of two people during desperate times. I think that the developers did a wonderful job creating the world not only on screen, but by describing just enough to allow the imagination to take over what the player does not see. The game is short, which is a definite plus when trying to achieve the multiple endings that this gem has in store. If you like games that provide a bit of thought and provoke a bit of emotion, then this is definitely worth a try.
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