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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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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wgren
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Highly recommended for fans of British or Scandinavian crime series, adventure games or narriative games. You (identity revealed later) is looking through an old corrupted database with short video clips of several police interviews with a woman about the disappearence of her husband. Type in keywords to search the database and find new clips, and slowly unravel the story of what happened and why.
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MysterD "The Gaming Toaster"
3.3 hrs
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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call me onin
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
i played this when i was younger
i thought i was a 'MWASTER DECETIVE!!1'
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Darth Saffa
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
I finished this game in one sitting. For 4 hours straight I felt like a real investigator. I pulled out notepad and had nearly 400 words typed up by the end. This game is a masterpiece of story design. Having details revealed at just the right moment for you to type it in and find a few more clues. At no point did I hit a brick wall, there was always something new to discover, some detail I wanted to know more about. No matter in what order you progress through the interviews the story will uncover piece by piece. Moments of pure confusion can turn into satisfaction as you uncover another piece of the puzzle. Highly reccomended if you want a good story that is not just spoonfed to you.
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9 of 12 people (75%) 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 7 people (86%) 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
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Got this as part of a humble bundle for very cheap. Got excited when I read through the reviews, but played through the game and really wasn't too impressed.

Pros:
- Stickers and achievements
- something different, i guess

Cons:
- becomes tedious going through 200+ videos, many of which are a few seconds long
- the way it ends kinda sucked

That is really about all you can do, is go through short videos. Unless you can pick up this game for pocket change, I recommend you skip it.

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6 of 9 people (67%) 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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
In short, Her Story is an amazing experience rather than a video game. Definitely worth the price for the great story. If you like story based games and don't mind watching videos then this is a great buy.

Now, that's pretty much all you do. Enter search terms and watch videos, unraveling the plot of a murder and what leads up to it. If you're not into that kind of thing, I guess this might not be for you. I thought the story was fantastic once I revealed everything and I'm glad I played this game. I fully recommend this to anyone looking for something different and unique that will really make you think and try to figure out a murder.

9.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Her Story was a critical darling. It got an 86 on metacritic. It was given game of the year by Polygon. Ten out of ten from Destructoid. 90 out of 100 from PC Gamer. High praise considering that this is a game composed of fmv clips that are found through a search engine in an old computer. This is because the game is original. It’s unique. Above all else, it’s experimental. However, I don’t think it’s fair to give a game high praise due to being just experimental. Sure, inventiveness should be rewarded on some level especially on a medium ripe for opportunity such as video games but saying a game is fantastic just because it tries some new things isn’t fair. I want to review this game using the fact it is experimental as a baseline and critique it past it being unique. I want to review based on its story, gameplay, and how the two mesh together as a coherent whole instead of rating highly due to just being original.
First, the story. The basic outline is that you are watching through recordings of interviews centered around Hannah Smith and her missing husband. I can’t give much more details than that due to spoilers. This narrative is centered around a mystery akin to thrillers like, say, those of Alfred Hitchcock, and it works beautifully in that regard. It’s storyline is filled with shocking twists that wholly surprised me, neat details that foreshadows the twists that making replaying the game almost as entertaining as the first go around, and a likable character who is aided by an amazing performance by Viva Seifert who adds a great sense of emotion to the character which really grounds the more outlandish elements of the plot. The narrative is just fun. It’s really fun! It’s just a massive joy to watch. It’s also ambiguous enough to allow you to engage in theory making which is also fun to do. I really only have one major complaint about the narrative and that is the poor framing device. There is only one real reference to it at the end and there is no explanation for the poor quality of the computer you use. This is particularly troublesome due to it making the narrative limited to clips of Hannah talking to the camera. This wouldn’t be too bad if the narrative was as minimal as the clips but that isn’t the case. The narrative embraces every overt element of the thriller genre so it ends up clashing with the minimalist presentation. This isn’t too big an issue and it doesn’t overtly impact the game’s narrative but it is still something to note. However, it is central to the problem inherent to the game as a whole that I will return to later. Overall, however, the story is a great time.
Second, the gameplay. It consists of you looking through recordings through the usage of a search system. You put in a keyword such as “the” and the game lets you watch the three most relevant recordings. This aids the mystery aspect of the game by making you think out what keywords could lead you to the next big reveal. You may even end up taking out a paper and pen to write things to search later. My only complaint is that I wish that after I completed the game I could watch through all the files I found in chronological order but whatever. Not a big deal. The gameplay is enjoyable enough but it really requires a good narrative which makes sense because this game is heavily narrative focused. This is why this game meets so much problems when it comes to the combination of the two.
This game suffers from ludonarrative dissonance soooo bad. Like, really really bad. If unaware, ludonarrative dissonance is when your actions in a video game don’t match with the narrative. For example, in Uncharted you play as a rogue with a heart of gold who mercilessly slaughters hordes of people with no reaction. Now, in most games it can be forgiven with a heavy dose of suspension of disbelief but, in a game praised for its original attempt at storytelling, it is unforgivable. The game and story are not connected thematically (no symbolic or metaphorical tie between the voyeuristic conceit the mechanics present and the themes the story present,) mechanically (the story doesn’t really lend itself to the multiple angles its mechanics would require and only certain keywords reveal the plot crucial information,) and it’s barely connected in the story itself (this is why the poor framing device has such a large impact in the game as a whole. With such a bare bones reason for why the story is being viewed this way the player feels completely irrelevant in the storyline.) You could separate the story and the gameplay away from each other and combine them with any other storyline or gameplay mechanic and it would work probably just as well. Normally this wouldn’t be such a big deal (as mentioned before, plenty of games abuse this) but in a game that’s supposed to experiment with the way a story is told this is critical and Her Story failed so bad in this regard.
I still recommend the game but with a conceit. Buy this game if you want a fun thriller or if you want to see a prototype for a very interesting way to utilise player interaction to tell a story. Both are done superbly. Don’t buy it if you want to see either done well together.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Really enjoyed this game. The premise is pretty straightforward. Without ruining any of the story, you basically sit and watch video clips from police interviews by searching the database with key words, to try and piece together a crime. I completed it in around 3 and a half hours with all the achievements, so it's not too long a game.
Her Story is not gonna be for everyone, but the idea is unique and the acting is good. Not the best in the world, but still pretty good. You can tell that a lot of effort was put into the game, unlike some of the rushed unfinished indie pieces that get thrown onto Steam.
I would recommend this game if you like different experiences and have the patience to sit and watch the videos, because you will be doing a lot of that and not a lot of anything else. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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