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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Very Positive (36 reviews) - 88% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Product received for free
Welcome to my review of Her Story!

In A Nutshell:

-Fantastic Storyline (And an intriguing, original method of uncovering it!)
-Ending Open for Interpretation (Could be a Con?)
-Retro-Licious Graphics
-Quality Acting
-Steam Trading Cards and Achievements
-Lots of Surprise Plot Twists

-No True Ending (No real resolution, since the player draws their own conclusions.)
-Minimal Replay Value
-Dated Graphics (Even if Intentional.)
-Fairly Short (Ignore Time-on-Record, I was finished in roughly 2-3 hours!)

Full Review:

Her Story is essentially an interactive, visual novel, in which the player searches through a database of achieved videos from the ‘90s to piece together the whole puzzle of a murder. It’s incredibly immersive, and a psychological ride at times; I absolutely loved trying to figure out what had happened. Players use search terms to find videos, looking for clues within them for their next search entry; you can save videos for later review – and best of all, tag them with your own keywords! Some are a few seconds long, and others are over a minute.

The whole narrative takes place over several interviews with the suspect, a woman who initially goes by Hannah. As the story unfolds, it gets more and more convoluted; in the end, the player has to decipher what they believe happened, and the Developer no doubt intentionally left it open-ended for exactly that purpose.

As someone who loves mysteries and psychological thrillers, Her Story was a perfect mix for me. At first, it felt like a Herculean task to figure out what key words would work best. However, things snowball quickly, and before long you’re uncovering lots of backstory and nitty-gritty details. It’s touching at times, unsettling at others, and in the end I was vaguely dissatisfied with my conviction on what exactly happened. Her Story is one of the few open-ended games where I would have preferred a final conclusion, if only because of the police investigation –oriented theme. In the end, I highly recommend it, especially if you can nab this one on sale.

In Conclusion: 8/10

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
one of the very rare games where the only reason to go forwards is to discover the story. The gameplay stays the same. There is no artificial reward. The only reason to press forward is for personal satisfaction.

And that is beautiful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Fun investigative FMV-focused game!

Basically a long interrogation base game (you type words in the search querry field and watch videos), which all the "computer file system is corrup" so you try to piece together what the hell happened by watching lots of videos. Good acting by the woman too!

Nothing spectacular but overall pretty interesting and can be finished in one sitting!

If you want to play a different game "while taking a break from another game", this will do nicely!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
You'll never play another game like this.

I couldn't sleep the night I beat this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
One of a kind game. Definitely worth it during a sale.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I feel that this game, decisively, does not benefit from the medium. In fact, it only hinders the story, really. It's easy to find all the major clues really quickly and then be stuck with 75% of the database to watch through after already knowing the meat of the plot. A lot of it is filler, basically. I don't think this would make a particularly compelling movie either, though, since it's just... one woman talking, for about an hour and a half of clips. And she's a fine enough actor, but, the story isn't that compelling on its own, and I don't think the format helps it. At the very least a short film format would allow the writers to pick and choose all the important bits and arrange them in a specific way to make the story more interesting and feel more completely, but as it is... yeah, just not enough her to warrant the time nor money. I was going to try to get 100% completion but apparently "delete session data" doesn't just clear your saved videos like I expected it would, and I definitely can't be bothered to rewatch everything just for achievements, so, whatever. I'm not missing much.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This game is bad
The concept seemed simple enough and kind of rogiginal. You have series of video of a woman going trough different interogatio in an old cold case, you need to put them back in order, and calss them to make yourself an opiion
And the videos are decent, she's not a bad actress and good voice acting as wel.

But the lack of an actual goal makes it all meaningless and after a while it gets quite boring. Maybe if you has sme sort of 'quiz', like some questions whose answers you had to find to complete the gam then this would be much more satisfying
but really what kills the game ultimately is the crapy in game UI. I can beleive that police programs might not b the most intuitive r user friendly but I' pretty sure even in real life they'd have the possibility to let you class videos by just draging them with a mouse movement rather that the horribly painfull process of having to slide them one by one

Potentialy interesting concept. Tedious and Lazy execution. Not worth t's price even if you got it for free
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Didn't get the goal. Just a lots of video fragments and search tool. Got the story idea in a few actions. It should cost 1$ i suppose.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
670 of 809 people (83%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
Been playing this for about an hour and a half and I have to say I'm really impressed. Her Story is a throwback to the old FMV games that were made back in the 90s, only this time it isn't ♥♥♥♥, it's actually surprisingly great. The purpose is to try and find out - by going through archive footage of numerous police interviews with a woman that took place two decades earlier - what happened to her missing husband. This is done through keyword searching, so it's best to play this with a pen and paper handy as a video will throw up another clue or word that could be vital in your investigation.

As an exercise in non-linear storytelling Her Story is incredibly well written and a huge amount of thought has clearly gone into not just the dialogue and plotting, but also into the length of the videos. Some of them can be as short as 3-4 seconds and at first viewing seem absolutely redundant. As you delve further into the archives, however, they can take on a whole new meaning. The actress who plays the subject of these interviews deserves huge credit for her work here, her performance only truly reveals its brilliance the further you progress and you begin to notice her intonation, mannerisms and overall demeanour are all absolutely perfect.

If you're after something truly different, interesting and original then look no further. Her Story is a little gem of a game. Recommended.
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295 of 367 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
In a medium where evolution is typically measured in polygons and development costs, it’s fitting that possibly the most innovative game of 2015 would be something so unassuming.

Her Story places you in front of a computer monitor circa 1994, and lets you loose to dig through hundreds of police videos revolving around a single woman and a very peculiar case. You are told nothing other than how to operate the software needed to access these videos, and then left alone to attempt to crawl through the archive.

Her Story doesn’t lend itself well to trailers or quick descriptions. It isn’t flashy nor does it immediately show its brilliance, but that subtlety is an integral part of why it manages to do so much with so little. The low rent aesthetic provides a texture – aged video footage, a faux 90’s desktop, dated clothing – and then drapes it over the narrative to fully pull you back in time as you attempt to put the pieces of the mystery together.

How Her Story looks though, or even what it has to say to a degree, isn’t why it’s so fascinating. To be sure developer Sam Barlow does an incredible job setting the tone through familiar, nostalgic imagery, smartly opting to omit authenticity where it isn’t needed while still nailing the feel of the 90’s. It’s all remarkably well-considered, but where Her Story pushes games forward is in how it approaches narrative as nonlinear and undefined.

Because of the limitations of your in game computer, you can only ever access five videos at once, using the search box to scrub through video transcripts for keywords. What this means in practice is you have to search out every bit of the narrative for yourself, being locked out of broad searches so as to require you to actually think like a detective and put the puzzle pieces together for yourself. Her Story is the first game I’ve played where I actually felt as if I was the one solving the case, following a trail of breadcrumbs I had to seek out and which often didn’t lead in a straight line from beginning to end, requiring I go back and dig up old clues to find a new lead.

I became exceptionally diligent in making sure to check up on every name, every address; any random detail that had the potential to lead me to a breakthrough. Her Story demands a lot from the player in order to see and understand everything hidden inside it, but the depth of its narrative and the intricacy in which it’s woven together rewards those who put more time into learning its secrets. Her Story puts a lot of trust in the player to follow through on their end of the bargain and not cheat their way to a resolution, but it backs this up with such an engaging plot (delivered entirely through a masterful, demanding performance by Viva Seifert) that anyone who doesn’t give it the attention it deserves is only cheating themselves in the end.

Her Story doesn’t look like much, nor is it easy to do it justice through words alone, but it’s nevertheless a game that’s going to be talked about for years by anyone who takes the time to look below the surface. It breaks entirely new ground for narratives in games, and is perhaps the biggest proof that FMV has a place in games beyond basic comedy. It’s a very difficult game to talk about in any capacity without ruining what makes it so great, but it all the same demands discussing and is a game I see creating ripples through the industry for a very long time to come.

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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
Amazing game, and you cannot beat the price. It does start off slow but it gets really interesting. It is relatively short so give it 15 minutes and you will be hooked... I really didnt want this to end.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
Mildly interesting, very close to the boring region. Very short game though, so it's not too bad
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Crewman Six
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
all im going to say is i found this surprisingly enjoyable. I used to read those "You be Jury" books when i was a kid. I always enjoyed a good crime guess story. Having to figure out the clues to search and knowing that this game could have played out in a number of different ways depending on what words i searched and videos i saw was exciting. I didnt find all the videos but i feel content that i know what happened, however i plan to try and find them all (without reading guides) to make sure i get the whole story.

there's not much to it, just point and click, but you have to assemble the story yourself through the stories on the clips. I figured out most of the plot early on, i think i got lucky with the words i decided to search on and got a large chunk of the story early on.

If you like crime drama and enjoy an emotional story, this game is for you. Just buy it on sale (i got it through a humble bundle)
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3.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
Very simple, but does not have a clearly defined end. You can run out of footage to watch, but it doesn't answer all of the questions. Well worth it for fans of good narratives.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
amazing. the idea, the story, the execution. it's really unique in gameplay (it's pretty much just a video but something more), the acting is well done and you can get 100% achievements really easily. go get it, i'd say it's worth about 2-3 bucks. (got it for one)
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8.8 hrs
Posted: October 18

A unique story driven game were you search a police database to watch short video clips of a woman being interviewed. From watching the clips you need gather keywords to use to find more clips, each clip helps you piece together what has happened to woman's missing husband.

The acting by the lead actress is really good and completely brings the story to life, subtle clues and nuances are really well done, and the game gets you really thinking as you attempt to piece together the story. The story and writing are both excellent.

I played this with my partner, i dont know if i would have as much fun playing on my own but that is because with two people we could discuss theories and pickup on keywords.

If you are a fan of story games then this game deserves to be played, it is one the best story games i have played.

Steam Controller Support

The game is very keyboard heavy and although i could use the on screen keyboard with the controller it is quite time consuming compared to a keyboard. I did use the controller to play this game but we used it alongside a Bluetooth mini keyboard plugged into the Steam Link.

Right track pad was set to mouse input to navigate the interface which worked just fine.

Steam Link Support

No issues playing this over the Steam Link. The game has low requirements and isnt graphically intensive. I turned off the fake screen glare but that is a personal preference. Used a mini Bluetooth keyboard for text input but on screen keyboard worked but was drastically slower.
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princess pris
0.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
I just bought this game and i LOVE IT and i would love it more if i could get it to work mor! im playing on a mac and only about half the videos play so i pretty much cant even finish the game :'( please fix!!!!
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Other reviewers are right when they say it's less of a game, and more of a story. This story is so well-written, with several twists. Months after I completed it, I'm still mulling over what actually happened!
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6.5 hrs
Posted: October 15
This is one of those "unique" games that has a genre of its own. Its a very special experience acting as a detective, looking for clues to unravel the plot, by typing keywords and looking at videos.
This game made me think about it while I wasnt even playing it, and completely hooked me up.
Awesome job to the dev.
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