I recognise this game deals with some very serious issues. I also understand that this alone does not make it immune to criticism.
My thoughts are mixed. The game was short, and conveyed a powerful message. Succinct, and direct. But the dialogue was not particularly inspired, and felt forced.
The story being played over the course of a day I did like, and the revelations at the end were also thought-provoking. However, these high points are truly offset by the fact that the game is entirely played while the camera is criminally defocused. Yes, I recognise this does convey the feeling of someone who is 'defocused' in the head, as it were - the same with the unresponsive controls. I GET IT. That does however make for a vastly frustrating gaming experience. Enjoying a video game isn't always about having fun all of the time - some of my favourite games are true heart-wrenchers - but sadly due to the fact that this particular game has all of the right ingredients, but frustrating execution means that I really had to force myself to finish it. Any longer and I daresay I'd not have had the patience.
Headache-inducing. Lose the defocus - at least some of the time - and tighten up the controls a little more, and by the GODS I cannot recall how many times I tried to escape the office and failed.
I can't recommend the game in its present state, sadly. A bold effort, and a commendable and noble cause, but it doesn't quite get past the finishing post.
I do hope the developer isn't disheartened. It's a little sad to see the 'Note' in the game's 'About' section on Steam, about how he enjoys all of the negative comments. Take heart, and if there's an overwhelming negativity to a game, muscle through it, and find out where the constructive criticism is, and do your utmost to fix the issues. Or - produce something better next time around. This is how we learn and grow. By saying you're enjoying the negative press, all you're doing is feeding the fire, and ultimately alienating your players. The overwhelming majority of whom have PAID for the game, and are thus ENTITLED to voice their opinions.
For those interested in a playthrough video: http://youtu.be/ScJ4Prd0wTg