Her Story is the new game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A woman is interviewed seven times by the police. Search the video database and explore hundreds of authentic clips to discover her story in this groundbreaking narrative game.
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Release Date: Jun 24, 2015

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“As well as being a superb detective game, Her Story might be the best FMV game ever made.”
RPS Recommended – Rock Paper Shotgun

“Her Story has all the drama and intrigue of the best TV crime shows, but plays to the interactive strengths of the medium in a daring, imaginative way, trusting you to make sense of the scattered jigsaw pieces at your own pace. It’s her story, but it’s also your story. The murder mystery is as old as popular fiction itself, and territory video games have covered before, but I’ve never experienced one quite like this.”
90, Editor's Choice – PC Gamer

“An astounding performance by Viva Seifert, immaculate writing by Sam Barlow, and a completely innovative concept cement Her Story as one of the most solid and mesmerising releases this year.”
9.5/10 – God is a Geek

About This Game

A Video Game About a Woman Talking to the Police

Her Story is the new video game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.

How does it work?


Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer that’s logged into a police database of video footage. The footage covers seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.

Unlike anything you've played before, Her Story is an involving and moving experience. A game that asks you to listen.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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TheSimCal
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Literally perfect
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babydollpinup
4.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Really fun game that focuses on the exploration of interview clips. So many twists and turns with a dark edge to it all. It is a shorter game in length and took me only four hours to complete (including gping back to get all achievements).
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Beep-Boop, I'm a Robot ♥
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Her Story is a fairly short game that I think people might catergorize more as an interactive story than a game. However, the story itself unfolds in an interesting and compelling way and held me captivated all the way through. Her Story is told through interviews of the wife of a murder victim, Simon Smith. Through these interviews, the player uncovers what really happened to Simon and why.

Even though the big reveal happened for me around the middle of my playthrough, there were still pieces to what happened left missing that made me want to explore more. Although I think a lot of people might be put off by the mechanics of the game as they can get a bit tedious (trying to come up with new things to search after a while was a struggle for me), I think it still did its job well enough for the length of the game.

If you're not a big reader and aren't the kind of person who feels compelled to find out every little thing in a mystery, I wouldn't get this game, but if you're looking for a simple mystery story to get immersed in for a few hours, maybe try this out.

I'm not 100% sure I would've gotten it at full price as it doesn't really have much replay value (I got it in a bundle) - so if you're on the fence, wait until it's on sale. The game looks great though, so I understand why the price is what it is. I thoroughly enjoyed the game, however, and would recommend to people who I know like getting lost in a mystery.

A NOTE OF CAUTION

Do not delete your session data. It doesn't remove the video clips you saved, it just deletes your entire game data!
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Spartanlemur
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
This is not a game! Avoid!

Spend your time watching a good crime movie instead.
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Mario Dan
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
This review is in english and spanish.
Esta revisiòn esta en inglés y español.

English:
Ok, you must know this game is like a movie... a movie where the police interviewed a person... but the movie is cut on hundred of pieces, an you have to put it together again.

So you have a super old computer with a tedious software to do it, you can only type words on the software to find clips that use the words in the interviews. Your objective, deduce the words to find each one of the clips and unlock the history, but, you can only see five clips at time, so you must use extra words to find others clips.

Interesting concept, i unlocked more than 75% of the clips and have an general idea of "her story", but the true is... i don't feel like recomending this game.. the history have a nice twist but... is worthy for the gameplay of the game?

An album where you can see all your clips unlocked it would have been a very nice addition, instead the actual "review clips" system that is just a "battery" where you stock clips and hardly can organizate them. You can't see al your clips fluenty, just one by one, so you have to build the context in your mind, you can't see it or "feel it" trough the game.

As experiment is a nice game... as a product, questionable to recommend.

6/10

Español:
Ok, debes saber que este juego es como una película ... una película donde la policía entrevistó a una persona ... pero la película esta cortada en muchas piezas y nuestro trabajo es juntarlas.

Para ellos se tiene una vieja computadora, donde sólo se puede escribir palabras en el software para encontrar los clips que utilizan las palabras en las entrevistas, por cierto, el juego solo esta disponible en inglés aunque maneja subtitulos asi que se requiere un buen grado de inglés para este juego.

Tu objetivo, deducir las palabras que pueden estar en cada uno de los clips y desbloquear la historia, pero, sólo se puede ver cinco clips al tiempo, por lo que debe utilizar palabras adicionales para encontrar otros clips que tengan palabras comunes.

El concepto es interesante, he desbloqueado más del 75% de los clips y tengo una idea general de "su historia", pero la verdad es ... No me siento como recomendar este juego .. la historia tiene un guión decente, pero .. . es vale la pena para pasar por esta clase de gameplay?

Hubíera sido bueno un albùn donde se pudiera revisar todos los clips desbloqueados, pero en su lugar tenemos una "pila" donde podemos apilar los videos que consideremos más relevantes. Los clips no se pueden tocar de manera consecutiva, ùnicamente uno por uno, así que todo el contexto de la historia lo tienes que armar en tu cabeza, no hay manera de verla o "sentirla" dentro del juego.

Como experimento es un buen juego ... como un producto, cuestionable para recomendar.
6/10
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LIL-REDDENBACHER
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Worth a sale buy. Good game, very simple interface but effective. Brought back fond memories of FMV games of the 90s, although also felt a bit clunky like most of those.

Refreshing break from the norm.

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Grant
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Pretty good story, decent concept, but the gameplay just isn't fun. The problem is the execution. You have a series of short videos that you can only unlock by entering a word in the search that exists in the transcript of the video. This is alright at first but quickly becomes a chore, as only 5 videos will display in the search at a time. So you spend the majority of the game guessing at keywords that will appear in the videos. It gets boring very quickly.
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gallifrey
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Difficult to review. Certainly innovative. Also I'm trying to limit spoilers.

The game has strong resemblences to those wax paintings where you trace over them using a pencil or a jigsaw puzzle. However the strongest resemblance is to the game "Hangman" played with words instead of letters. If the word is in the video clip it gets added to your database.

The game plays through in only a few hours and even then is more interesting at the beginning. At the beginning you pick up new clues easily and are soon busy assembling video evidence and getting to grips with the story of what occurred. However once a key video clip is revealed you pretty much know what happened. A lot depends on ambiguity over the question is one two or are two one.

Thereafter it was dredging to try to get 100% which I narrowly failed evem with cheat guides. Some of the video clips are very short which makes getting the right word very difficult. One tip - "Yes" and "No" bring up different and more useful results than Yes and No - which is bloody unfair.

The pay-off is a bit "Meh" and it would have helped to be told what had been the result at the end.

In the sale this will be coming in at a low price and at that it's worth getting for what is an innovative and clever idea. I'd play until you've fully "cracked" ther case - or cracked it as much as the available evidence lets you know, get the ending, and get on with your life since beyond that point you`re chasing irrelevant fragments.

There's exceptionally low replay value.

It's innovative and clever but perhaps too clever for its own good. A Dragnet style summing up of the participants' fates would have been more dramatic and satisfying.

A sequel would have to have multiple parts and multiple characters to sustain interest. And despite the comments in the Wiki L.A. Noire is a far better detective game.

I'm damning here with faint praise. It's very innovative for the few hours it will take you to break the case. But its very high critical praise seems to value appearance over substance.

S.x.



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DizzySweets
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Highly reccomend Her Story. Brilliant narative game, easy to play and fun investigation. The narative is amazing the music and voice acting is tremendous.
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Quaznar
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Interesting way to tell a story, but ultimately lacking a definitive end, which hurt it tremendously. If you're going to pick this up, play until you stop having fun, then *STOP* - don't keep searching for the perfect ending point.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A decent idea, ruined (in a way) by the execution. You can easily spoil yourself the fun of gradually understanding the plot by accidentally stumbling upon some clips that are too revealing, turning the rest of the gameplay into unnecessary busywork.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
VERDICT:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...if caught on sale or in a Humble Bundle.
RECOMMENDED...at its current price-point on Steam ($6).


REVIEW:
Her Story is both a full-blown story & narrative experience that gamers into those kind of games should most definitely experience for themselves. This is an excellent narrative experience that should not be missed, which is especially even more so true if the player catches this game on sale or in a bundle.

The question for most gamers is probably going to be this: is this game going to actually be worth the money? While the game is only currently $6 on Steam for its regular price - for gamers, that mileage may very likely vary. If there's anything that is a big question mark for this game, the length and replayability might be the biggest factors for many with this title.

Gamers might want to replay the game and see how quickly they can reach the important clips to get the player to hopefully be able to reach the conclusion of the game. Some gamers might get very quickly to the end of the experience, maybe not even realize an option they hit brings them to the end, might not have much of the database found, and might actually want to come back to continue where they left off or just flat-out even replay the story from scratch. Some players might find everything and be done with it for good. Again, the player's mileage may vary.

Without giving away too much, here's the story and set-up of this game. A woman is being interviewed a few different times - seven, to be exact - for the murder of her husband. Viva Seifert, as the woman being interviewed, completely steals the show here. The entire game is focused around videos of her from different interviews that are all chopped-up into separate files, which is surrounded by a completely immersive 1990's setting & aestetic.

The way Viva dresses, talks, acts; the writing and dialogue; and especially the computer the player uses to do the searches evokes a completey 90's setting + aestetic. Without the immersion factor; superbly written dialogue; and also the excellent acting from Viva Seifert - well, this game would most definitely fall apart.

Depending on how the player searches the huge database like one would use Google to search the Internet, throwing out keywords to get hits on the database to find clips to hopefully understand the narrative. Depending on how much the player digs into the database and how well, the player might experience and unfold the story in a different way.

While I have found most of the clips, I have not found all of them. So, some things that possibly might be ambigious for me, might not be for someone that has found everything. Some people might know more or less about the story + characters, depending on how much they might have seen & how they put together the story themselves. The player will have to put in the work here, since it doesn't always seem to spell everything out. The player must pay attention to the story, if they're going to actually assemble it.

Doing the searching for these clips can be addictive. Whether it's for seeing how many clips you find on your search; how much more info the clips holds in the story; and whether new characters, locations, and/ or whatever are introduced - and you might want to search on them further - this can cause the player to get completely engulfed and lost into the game's story + universe, which is completely what this game did for me.

With the excellent writing; very addictive nature of searching + digging for more information to bring out the detective in the player; and the wonderful acting + performance from Viva Seifert - this game completely shines. With twists, turns, and often very intriguing reveals - which can often make the gamer dig for more searches of videos - as a mostly narrative experience, this is a hard to put down game, for the time it actually lasts for.

Both expertly crafted and executed, this is an experience for gamers who love the 90's, murder mysteries, and narrative-driven experiences. For the current price of $6 and since this has appeared dirt-cheap in a Humble Bundle before, I do think gamers could do a lot worse and likely rent a horrible movie or spend more $ going to a movie theatre, in terms of the "bang-for-your-buck" factor. I spent 3.3 hours with this game, according to Steam - and I certainly don't regret one moment of my time spent with this game on my first (and so far only) playthrough.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
This review is in english and spanish.
Esta revisiòn esta en inglés y español.

English:
Ok, you must know this game is like a movie... a movie where the police interviewed a person... but the movie is cut on hundred of pieces, an you have to put it together again.

So you have a super old computer with a tedious software to do it, you can only type words on the software to find clips that use the words in the interviews. Your objective, deduce the words to find each one of the clips and unlock the history, but, you can only see five clips at time, so you must use extra words to find others clips.

Interesting concept, i unlocked more than 75% of the clips and have an general idea of "her story", but the true is... i don't feel like recomending this game.. the history have a nice twist but... is worthy for the gameplay of the game?

An album where you can see all your clips unlocked it would have been a very nice addition, instead the actual "review clips" system that is just a "battery" where you stock clips and hardly can organizate them. You can't see al your clips fluenty, just one by one, so you have to build the context in your mind, you can't see it or "feel it" trough the game.

As experiment is a nice game... as a product, questionable to recommend.

6/10

Español:
Ok, debes saber que este juego es como una película ... una película donde la policía entrevistó a una persona ... pero la película esta cortada en muchas piezas y nuestro trabajo es juntarlas.

Para ellos se tiene una vieja computadora, donde sólo se puede escribir palabras en el software para encontrar los clips que utilizan las palabras en las entrevistas, por cierto, el juego solo esta disponible en inglés aunque maneja subtitulos asi que se requiere un buen grado de inglés para este juego.

Tu objetivo, deducir las palabras que pueden estar en cada uno de los clips y desbloquear la historia, pero, sólo se puede ver cinco clips al tiempo, por lo que debe utilizar palabras adicionales para encontrar otros clips que tengan palabras comunes.

El concepto es interesante, he desbloqueado más del 75% de los clips y tengo una idea general de "su historia", pero la verdad es ... No me siento como recomendar este juego .. la historia tiene un guión decente, pero .. . es vale la pena para pasar por esta clase de gameplay?

Hubíera sido bueno un albùn donde se pudiera revisar todos los clips desbloqueados, pero en su lugar tenemos una "pila" donde podemos apilar los videos que consideremos más relevantes. Los clips no se pueden tocar de manera consecutiva, ùnicamente uno por uno, así que todo el contexto de la historia lo tienes que armar en tu cabeza, no hay manera de verla o "sentirla" dentro del juego.

Como experimento es un buen juego ... como un producto, cuestionable para recomendar.
6/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Pretty good story, decent concept, but the gameplay just isn't fun. The problem is the execution. You have a series of short videos that you can only unlock by entering a word in the search that exists in the transcript of the video. This is alright at first but quickly becomes a chore, as only 5 videos will display in the search at a time. So you spend the majority of the game guessing at keywords that will appear in the videos. It gets boring very quickly.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
--Spoiler-free review--

Her Story is a creative storytelling experience. Not much of a game, no, but if you enjoy good fiction, this may be a fun exercise for you.

As you likely already know, the game itself is a just matter of watching video clips from a library. The library is a set of chopped up interviews concerning a murder. The clips are typically 30-60 seconds long. You access video clips from the library by searching for keywords in the text. You choose the keywords yourself. So - different players will have different experiences, as key bits of the story emerge at different times for different players.

I really enjoyed piecing together the plot. There are some twists in the story that will reveal themselves to you in time.

You'll likely spend about 2 hours in this game. Maybe more, maybe less. It's not a big time commitment. The story stays with you, like a good movie.

I recommend Her Story for fans of non-traditional games. Enjoy it especially as a fresh take on storytelling in gaming.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
A really new and interesting game experience. Reminded me of Until Dawn (so if you liked that game you will enjoy this one). Worth a few dollars. Doesnt last very long though but definitely fun. Better if played in the dark. Its one of those games you could probably play with a friend or significant other (especially if they dont really like games). It is a point and click adventure game. Highly recommended for a low price and worthwhile experience.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
An advanced database that can sort through custom metadata for police records and interviews... yet can't present you more than 5 videos at a time and can't sort chronologically. I understand that the narrative requires it but such programmatic incompetence simply reminds me of my day job and makes me depressed. I cannot play this without imagining how many hours could be saved if this nit-wit of a programmer hadn't written the perfectly obstructive database query mechanism. The entire time, all I wanted to do was simply dump the video files and view them in order (which I eventually did from the Steam files).
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Honestly, it's not that I didn't liked this game, but sure I was expecting way more... If you buy it on a sale, okay, if not... Maybe you can just wait for one?
The game itself isn't bad, but it was a little too short and I think the gameplay could be better. I would classify this as "neutral" or "medium" (?), but I can't, so I'll just leave with a "don't recommend" to alert people who, like me, was expecting waaaaaay more after seeing so many people talk so good about this one.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is basically a simulator of a the worst police database setup ever imagined. It has an interesting story that, due to the gameplay, is told in the worst way possible. I would recommend finding a youtube video with the story laid out in the correct order, rather than suffering through this game. Honestly, if this game were made into a short movie or something it could be amazing, it's just not a good game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Okay, so having 'completed' the game, I have more reservations than I perhaps started with.

The experience is a novel and interesting one. The problem lies in the game's inability to signal progress or completion. I spent half an hour searching for a denouement that I'd apparently already unlocked. If I hadn't had submitted to searching google for help, I'd have been endlessly searching for more content thinking I had a revelation or two to unearth.

I essentially got to the 'end' within an hour, which is very short, but the price is also small, so that's not so bad in itself. I think innovation in this area is good, but for future games like this, I'd like to see at least a little more in the way of indicators to signify progress.

Overall, good - great at times - but not for those seeking a pathed, coherent experience.
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