Cyberpunk visual novel about the growing up of a girl from the suburbs who dreams of a life in the big city. It's also about a conspiracy, hacking, surveillance, but most importantly about friendship.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 53% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 1, 2015

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April 2

Invisible Apartment 3 Kickstarter relaunch!

Dear friends :) After Months of production we now relaunched the crowdfunding campaign for the third part of the series. We figured that we rushed the Kickstarter for part 3 last year, so we took some time to bring you more content and to have the VN mostly complete. The current campaign's goal is to make enough money for editing and finalizing the production.

Please help us finalize the Invisible Apartment visual novel series :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vysoko/invisible-apartment-3





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About This Game

Teenage girl hacker stumbles upon a secret that changes her life forever. This is a cyberpunk visual novel about the growing up of a girl from the suburbs who dreams of a life in the big city. It's also about a conspiracy, hacking, surveillance, but most importantly about friendship. Invisible Apartment Zero is part of a series and is a prequel to Invisible Apartment which you can also find on Steam.

The other parts of the series:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/351790/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/401200/

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WIndows 7
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 175 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64 bit Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 175 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (15 reviews)
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Helena
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Like I said on my review of the first chapter, the interface of this VN doesn’t match its atmosphere. It’s too simple, and to be really honest, kinda annoying (the text box is basically transparent, and the letters are plain white. It’s hard to read stuff sometimes)… But anyway, leaving that technical detail aside.

The writing doesn’t make much sense in a few scenes; like on the beginning, with Joel being taken away. It felt too rushed, I barely had time to fully understand what was happening. It’s a short VN, and like other people said here, the choices are basically just “right” and “wrong”. The ending was pretty dull too. The art style was ok, BG was good, and BGM was pretty nice. Characters are quite plain tho, I couldn’t feel sympathy for any of them (not even Kacey).

3/10. It’s too expensive for what it’s offering, get it only on a good sale if you really liked the first game. Overall, I simply don’t recommend this VN, but I’ll keep reading the next chapters to see if things will get better. The concept is interesting, I just think it needs a bit more of effort on the writing and character development part.
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andrewwileyguum
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2015
I had high hopes after I played the free verison but this..... I don't know what this is.....
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Logic™
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 10, 2015
This is an okay visual novel. The story and artstyle are rather unique, wasn't too fond of the music though, and nothing about it was really outstanding to me, it also didn't feel like choices really mattered other than immediately leading to a death end at times, there's no arcs/butterfly effect, just right or wrong (game over) choice basically. Eventhough this isn't really a bad visual novel, for the price it's being sold for, I can't really recommend it.
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rinimt
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
My full review can be found here: http://www.the-backlog.net/invisible-apartment-zero-review/

Invisible Apartment Zero is set in a cyberpunk world. You're Kasey, a hacker who wants to get away from where she's living.

The game is a fairly short visual novel. Unfortunately, it has a lot of spelling mistakes throughout the ~1 hour it will take to get through it. There are only a few set backgrounds that get reused a lot, and some of these backgrounds make it fairly hard to actually read the text (brighter white backgrounds mixed with the white text, even though there's a dark transparent background for the text).

This is one of those cases I wish Steam had a neutral setting, but as it is I'm not recommending this title. It feels too short and there are a lot of spelling issues.
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murdochsolus
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 9, 2015
I didnt make it through 5 minutes of this VN. Why? YOU CANT SAVE DURING CHOICES. What the duece man? Exploring choices is a fundameental part of most VN's these days. All in all, I like the art style, the music is original, and it looks like there was some work put into the game. However, player beware.
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rock3tz
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18, 2015
Good introduction.
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fuck maths from mars
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13, 2015
It's got a good soundtrack, but the writing/characters left me underwhelmed. If you want a better brief game with a wonderful score, go grab Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos. (Or maybe just its OST, because sadly it will never continue, and that depresses me.)
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bigh
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23, 2015
Outstanding soundtrack!
This futuristic looking visual novel deals with the fears and passions of a little girl.
In her dreams she has those visions of a threatful future. So she tries to hack into systems to get some more information. I didn't playthrough yet. But what I have seen were nicely drawn visuals and a hooking story.
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| Daffi |
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21, 2015
Good story, nice scenes and atmospheric background music... especially the characters. I recommend to anyone who loves cyberpunk novels/stories!
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Dihy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17, 2015
The story and dialogue feel as if they were written by high school teenagers. I suppose if you're looking for a very weak romance short, this might be up your alley.

[Updated 5/18/15]
Some additional information:

* The UI is exactly the same as Invisible Apartment, you can QuickLoad/Save at all non-option sections.
* The music fluctuates between mellow beats, scratching, and light rock. At first I thought my headphones were malfunctioning, but it was actually just the soundtrack.
* The art style is the same as Invisible Apartment. For some reason, all of the women have arm problems, and cannot resist holding on to their elbows.
* The goal of this game is to present a backstory to some of the characters in Invisible Apartment. The author tries to add a romantic element to the story, but the dialogue just feels very immature (even pandering at times).
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
Invisible Apartment Zero is an interesting peice. As a prequel to the Invisible Apartment game, once again we are in the shoes of Kasey, a young hacker in a light cyberpunk setting, as her hacking leads leads her to find out things some would rather she didn't uncover.

Before I say anything else, if you haven't played the original Invisible Apartment, it is on steam, and it is -free-. I would recommend playing that game first, as it establishes the protagonist well and my review is aimed at those who have already played the free chapter.

Mechanically, Zero is identical to its free counterpart. The quicksave button won't give you feedback on whether the quicksave worked or not, so, as with the other installment, clicking MENU in order to manually save is your best bet. I also found that sometimes my clicks wouldn't register in the game, though that also happened with the other chapter and it's possible that it's on my end rather than a game issue.

I was also a bit frustrated with some of the failure states, as some of the choices, from my experience at least, seemed similar enough that discerning the correct option was less about deduction and more about guess and check. Additionally, your choices might lead you to a few small differences in events, but the major structure of the story won't budge from your input. To me this isn't much of an issue, but I imagine it could be frustrating to some.

The soundtrack is solid, mostly ambient tones to fit the game, but I thought they worked well. (As a side note I have no idea where to find the soundtrack on the game's website, and if they have officially posted it somewhere I don't know where that would be.) The artwork is also fitting of the game's tone, and the art style is well represented by the screenshots on the store page. Whether you like the artwork or not is rather subjective so there isn't much to say, other than I appreciated it.

Zero is not a long game, as I beat it in about an hour. While I like the character of Kasey and enjoyed the game myself, I don't really see myself picking it up for another playthrough anytime soon. Like I said before, the story won't change much from your choices (as far as I can tell,) so i don't see a ton of value in going back and trying to see what few bits I missed.

A six dollar price tag isn't huge by any stretch, but for the length of an hour it might not be what everyone is willing to shell out. I personally thought it was worth the money to see a younger and less confident version of Kasey, but to each their own.

tldr: Hesitant Recommendation. If you wanted to know more about Kasey's character and appreciated the (FREE) original game then Zero complements the other chapter well. That said, the different story and slightly longer length are the only real changes to the game from the first installment; so if you took some issues with the scope of choice or other aspects of design in the original, then you'll find them here as well.

It was short, but I enjoyed the first game for it's story and protagonist, so it's no real suprise I enjoyed this prequel chapter as well.
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
The story and dialogue feel as if they were written by high school teenagers. I suppose if you're looking for a very weak romance short, this might be up your alley.

[Updated 5/18/15]
Some additional information:

* The UI is exactly the same as Invisible Apartment, you can QuickLoad/Save at all non-option sections.
* The music fluctuates between mellow beats, scratching, and light rock. At first I thought my headphones were malfunctioning, but it was actually just the soundtrack.
* The art style is the same as Invisible Apartment. For some reason, all of the women have arm problems, and cannot resist holding on to their elbows.
* The goal of this game is to present a backstory to some of the characters in Invisible Apartment. The author tries to add a romantic element to the story, but the dialogue just feels very immature (even pandering at times).
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
It's got a good soundtrack, but the writing/characters left me underwhelmed. If you want a better brief game with a wonderful score, go grab Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos. (Or maybe just its OST, because sadly it will never continue, and that depresses me.)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Like I said on my review of the first chapter, the interface of this VN doesn’t match its atmosphere. It’s too simple, and to be really honest, kinda annoying (the text box is basically transparent, and the letters are plain white. It’s hard to read stuff sometimes)… But anyway, leaving that technical detail aside.

The writing doesn’t make much sense in a few scenes; like on the beginning, with Joel being taken away. It felt too rushed, I barely had time to fully understand what was happening. It’s a short VN, and like other people said here, the choices are basically just “right” and “wrong”. The ending was pretty dull too. The art style was ok, BG was good, and BGM was pretty nice. Characters are quite plain tho, I couldn’t feel sympathy for any of them (not even Kacey).

3/10. It’s too expensive for what it’s offering, get it only on a good sale if you really liked the first game. Overall, I simply don’t recommend this VN, but I’ll keep reading the next chapters to see if things will get better. The concept is interesting, I just think it needs a bit more of effort on the writing and character development part.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
This is an okay visual novel. The story and artstyle are rather unique, wasn't too fond of the music though, and nothing about it was really outstanding to me, it also didn't feel like choices really mattered other than immediately leading to a death end at times, there's no arcs/butterfly effect, just right or wrong (game over) choice basically. Eventhough this isn't really a bad visual novel, for the price it's being sold for, I can't really recommend it.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
My full review can be found here: http://www.the-backlog.net/invisible-apartment-zero-review/

Invisible Apartment Zero is set in a cyberpunk world. You're Kasey, a hacker who wants to get away from where she's living.

The game is a fairly short visual novel. Unfortunately, it has a lot of spelling mistakes throughout the ~1 hour it will take to get through it. There are only a few set backgrounds that get reused a lot, and some of these backgrounds make it fairly hard to actually read the text (brighter white backgrounds mixed with the white text, even though there's a dark transparent background for the text).

This is one of those cases I wish Steam had a neutral setting, but as it is I'm not recommending this title. It feels too short and there are a lot of spelling issues.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I had high hopes after I played the free verison but this..... I don't know what this is.....
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
This is a nice short visual novel with some scifi elements. There are some easter eggs in the dialogues which will be recognized by folks who are into conspiracy theories :)

The music goes from nice atmospheric to quite rough & industrial at places. The volume level could be adjusted so that all music matches, but maybe that's just me.

I'll need to see how it all ties in with the other parts. The one freebie novel which is also on Steam seems to be happening in some time after the events of this one I believe.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I didnt make it through 5 minutes of this VN. Why? YOU CANT SAVE DURING CHOICES. What the duece man? Exploring choices is a fundameental part of most VN's these days. All in all, I like the art style, the music is original, and it looks like there was some work put into the game. However, player beware.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
Outstanding soundtrack!
This futuristic looking visual novel deals with the fears and passions of a little girl.
In her dreams she has those visions of a threatful future. So she tries to hack into systems to get some more information. I didn't playthrough yet. But what I have seen were nicely drawn visuals and a hooking story.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny