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 (290 reviews) - 89% of the 290 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

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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Glucocorticoid
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Found a peaceful evening and sit through the whole game.
The idea of having a real actress to act and gradually reveal the whole story is amazing. I enjoyed the process of discovering the truth, which was not necessarily complicated but still quite enough to grab my attention. There were several moments of enlightment as I watched more and more tapes which made me pretty excited. I wouldn't disclose any plot-related information but it was an intriguing story (though I still don't understand why a comprehensive logic database would split every single interview into pieces... let alone the fact that words would be taken out of context...).
Anyway, good game, making you feel like walking out of a cinema in the end, and 9/10.
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mohredlou
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Interesting concept, boriiiiiing as hell
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Yablko
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
A good video game.
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Masa
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game seemed llke it would be fun when I purchased it, but it turned out to be extremely boring. It looked like a game where the player got to look at clips of police interviews to make a decision on who the antagonist is, but it is not. The game just has you look at the clips of 4 or 5 interviews, that tell you different parts of the night the victim was killed. It also features other side stories that have little to no role in finding out who the killer is. The player also doesn't get to make a choice either, so the only real way to beat the game is to unlock all of the clips.

I wouldn't really call it a game either, since the game is centered around looking up terms in a "police" data base to get different clips of interviews. The clips are also confusing since they only use one actress in this game, and she plays two characters that have the same mannerisms.

All in all, I think this would product would have worked better as a movie rather than a "game".
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bramblewood56
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Fantastic story. Interesting game play, typing in search words and piecing the story together. Very engaging.
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sompto6
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Choose your own adeventure movie!
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beautybiscuits
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
To be honest, I struggled whether to recommend this game or not. For the first hour, the story was interesting and the gameplay was challenging. But after you piece together the story, it gets a bit boring. The simplicity of the game doesn't do the supposed acclaim justice. Nothing occurs after you watch all of the interview clips; there's no reward. You can't do anything about your theories and understanding of the murder case. Nor is there more interaction with the game. You just do Google searches and watch videos. In the end, it left me wanting a bit more from the game. I was left unsatisfied.
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Ruby Blake
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I bought this game because it was on sale for the Steam Summer sale and I thought it looked interesting and different from anything I usually played. I ended up streaming it last night and Although the storyling got a bit confusing at some point for both my chat and myself, once we'd played through the game and learned the truth behind the story in this game, we didn't want the game to end. I didn't want to game to end. I really, REALLY loved this game and I have to say it outloud. I loved it from begining to end and thought it was amazingly well made. So thank you for bringing us this game. I have now discovered a whole new different genre of game and I can't wait to see more games like this and play and stream them.

And for the hater, no I wasn't paid to say this, I'm not even partenered on my streaming platform. I actually loved this game.
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Andres Melmoth
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Damn feels! This game is AMAZING.
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n0rr3c
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
+++ idea
++ acting
+ music

--- your experience may vary
-- after you find out what happened (after maybe 30min - 1h), there' really no point in playing
- filler videos...
- story doesn't hold up, just couldn't believe in some parts of it

6/10 overall. Worth playing just to get the concept.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
[SPOILER FREE REVIEW]

Ok, for a game included in a US$1 humble bundle, I got my monies worth. You get about 2 hours (3 hours to 100% achievements) of gameplay which is basically typing in keywords into a 90's styled PC.

The 'gameplay' is to work out what to type in. Anything returning more than 5 results will only show 5 results and will only show the oldest files first, limiting what you can view and protecting the 'newest' files from being shown.

Once I eventually found the answers I needed (and I got my "ahh, clever devs...clever..." moment) I was satisfied, though if I spent anymore than US$1 on this I would have felt slightly cheated. It's a game that you could watch a youtube playthrough and possibly (depending on the youtuber) enjoy it more. I did enjoy the experience, though I'll be uninstalling it within seconds of posting this review as there is zero replay value (unless you want to grab the remaining achievements, which is basically ensuring that you watch every video).

tl;dr - For US$1 it's worth it if you like VHS quality 'who dunnit' and indie games.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Firstly, I want to say, that this is not exactly a game, it's more like an interactive experience. It has an interesting story and good acting, but what really makes this game a gem is the brilliant narrative. It's just so cool trying to put all those scraps of story in order and figure out what happened. Makes you feel like you're a real detective. I hope they'll make a sequel or some kind of spiritual successor.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
It's different from most games, and you can finish it in a day. But, it's worth it
Your job is to watch old 90's police interviews. But, the videos are lost in the system. Look for keywords to find more videos and find out what happened back in 1994.

- The actress is very good
- The interface works
- Have not been able to find a single bug
- The price is very reasonable for the experience it provided
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
SB: "If you can Google, you can play Her Story."

Absolutely brilliant! Highly recommended.

It's not your average video game. Her Story has a simple gameplay concept where the player must search keywords to find clips of police interviews about what happened. There's about a 100 minutes worth of video to watch, but you don't have to watch all of them to uncover the mystery. Well-written with some clever tidbits. A major plot twist leaves the player pondering what exactly is the truth. Extremely rewarding experience, like solving a puzzle.

Many people seem to fixate themselves on the quality of Viva Seifert's acting, but it's good enough IMO. Turn on the video subtitles and just skip over the mundane stuff.


Suggestion: Play it in one sitting to fully immerse yourself in its carefully disorganized storyline.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Really cool and unique game, but i must say, this is not exactly what you might call a "game" i think its more an experience, a cool narrative experience you try to put together, with logic. You must think as a detective, and as the story continues to unravel you get more and more into the game. Amazing and unique, I think its not a game for everyone tho. You have to be in the right mood to play the game, or else you won't apreciate it, and thats a shame, so if you dont think you might appreciate this kind of experience just dont play it, but for those who are into alternative and unique games go for it!
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The idea is good and i wouldn't say it's a bad game, but i just can't recommend the game.
It simple isn't enough story and gameplay overall.

Good:
+ the idea
+ the music
+ the acting

Neutral:
Story (it is interesting at first) but you are not solving the case

Bad:
- no real gameplay, you are "just" watching videos
- Story you will find out about the twist quite fast
- ending (the only reason why i played through
- too short for that price with (almost?) no gameplay
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This was so much more engaging than I was expecting! I had heard good things and seen the previews, but nothing does it justice until you experience the game and play it for yourself. The gameplay is so simple, and yet it was so engaging and extremely interesting! I just had to find out how everything went down, and could not stop until I found every piece of footage. And the ending (no spoilers), left a chill going down my spine. Lots of twists that I was not expecting! I honestly really enjoyed the idea of live action being inputted into this game. It made everything seem so much more real, and was very spooky.

Excellent game that I would highly recommend!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
WoO0OoW
so amazing experience
great acting
great sound
discover feelings
I relly love it you should try it ^^
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Everyone raved about this game, but it was not good. You figure out the twist in the first twenty minutes, then you go for another hour hoping there is more to the game, but there isn't. In the end you watch videos of this girl talking, and then you search for more videos. Watch a "Let's play" on youtube if you MUST understand this game. There is no interaction, and was not worth the time I invested in it.

On the plus side, the girl you watch is easy on the eyes. That's about it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
If you ever watched CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, X-Files, or Sherlock,

Then get this game.

If you're entertained at the idea of an interactive story that will be unique to how you discover it,

Then get this game.


Clever stories are clear when they must be, and mysterious when they ought to be. They must shroud you in riddles when you feel close, and pull back the curtain when you feel as if you have reached the end. This game does exactly that.

Narrative 9/10
Acting 8/10
Sound 10/10
Style 10/10

Ruling: Must Play
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