For a very linear point-and-click game that only lasted for a few hours, I was pleasantly surprised.
Orwell is available on Steam... for an overpriced amount. But if it's on sale I'd go for it -- as of writing this it's 75% off, so that's great! However, if you are a Humble Bundle subscriber you can find this for free in the "Trove." Which was what I did. 😁
The Steam "About This Game" says:
Big Brother has arrived - and it’s you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences…
I, the great Kaelci, became a secret investigator for the government! I stopped a terrorist attack, listened to people's phone-calls, spied on their private messages, stalked their internet profiles and webpages, and I... was inevitably betrayed by my own handlers.
The writing in this is pretty impressive. This is more of a choose-your-own-adventure story than an actual game and I'm looking forward to playing through again with the information I already know in hopes I can change the fates of the people involved. As well as my own.
It didn't take long for it to feel as though I was actually reading real conversations and I felt a distinct need to keep on trying to find the necessary information in order to solve the mysteries portrayed.
"Solving" the mysteries mainly involved scouring vast sections of writing for high-lighted text and images, but apparently selecting different high-lighted text leads to different outcomes. In this playthrough, I tried to play as just your average Surveillance Lady dedicated to serving her superiors. But in my next, I'm thinking of playing a complete troll just giving my superiors completely useless information and ultimately helping this group I'm supposed to be bringing down.
Should be fun! 😁
The length of the game is quite short. I spent about 6 hours in it but a fair chunk of that time was me going away-from-keyboard to partake in the necessities of life. I'd say that overall the game is about 3 hours in length, so maybe 9 hours in total to be a completionist and discover alternative 'endings.'
While writing this I have discovered that there is a sequel to this called Orwell: Ignorance is Strength which is currently 40% off on the Steam store. I didn't buy this first one, but after the enjoyment I got from this one I'm almost tempted to buy the next! Though, I'll probably personally wait for a 75%-90% sale rather than the current 40%. Or maybe it will also end up on the Humble Bundle subscriber Trove eventually - would be nice.🙂
All in all, if you have a spare $3AUD and a few hours to churn through, I'd recommend this visual novel quite readily. And of course, take to heart the obvious -- and highly relevant -- message embedded within. 😉
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