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  • Summary: Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination.

    Thousands of years later, it has finally been found. Uncover the mystery
    Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination.

    Thousands of years later, it has finally been found.

    Uncover the mystery of what happened to the final generation aboard the generation ship Mugunghwa by reading through its dead crew's logs, with the help of a spunky AI sidekick!

    Two pursuable characters. Five endings. A dark visual novel that further extends the non-linear style of Digital: A Love Story in a mystery featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay.

    Welcome to the future.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 14, 2012
    86
    It's no secret that I thoroughly enjoyed Analogue: A Hate Story. The writing is stellar, the music and graphics are stylish, and the interactive gameplay elements are immersive. I also appreciate its unapologetic attitude toward mass appeal, instead opting to please a very specific kind of gamer. Those who want to see a fine example of elevated video game storytelling would do best to check this game out. It may not be a long ride (5-7 hours for a single playthrough), but it is a satisfying one.
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    76
    Beneath the endless text, Analogue is smart, focused, and refreshingly unpleasant stuff with a style all of its own. [Apr 2012, p.112]
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    It's a game that doesn't have the luxury of distracting you with clever mechanics and satisfying challenges to excuse its lack of narrative. It's just you and the story and how exactly you digest it. If you're interested in dystopian sci-fi and intriguing mysteries and like getting angry about patriarchal misogyny, then it's certainly something you could enjoy.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    50
    My feelings about Analogue are nuanced. For every thing Love nails, there's another place where the experience falls short. The middle stretch doesn't live up to the standard set by the intro, but the finale is just satisfying enough to even it all out. If I had to sum up the whole game in one word, it would be "ehhhhhhhh". Don't take it personally, but this just ain't my story.
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    40
    An intriguing exercise in interactive fiction, let down by shaky writing and a major lack of emotional engagement. [Apr 2012, p.50]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    Ok, whilst a different type of game to the norm, even amongst Visual Novels, this game is great! It's hard to give an overview of the gameplayOk, whilst a different type of game to the norm, even amongst Visual Novels, this game is great! It's hard to give an overview of the gameplay that sounds right. Put simply, the entire game's focused around accessing emails and learning about the history of a ship. Specifically, what caused all those aboard to die. If you go in expecting MW3 you'll be disappointed, but if you can take a slow, intriguing tale, with one hell of a moral dilemma if you think about it, I can't recommend Analogue enough Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2012
    10
    Analogue adds a point again where you can see that you don't need full nudes or extremely harsh situations to have a "good" visual novel.Analogue adds a point again where you can see that you don't need full nudes or extremely harsh situations to have a "good" visual novel.

    There's no doubt telling that the story is deep and it's told in an unconventional way that allows you to read again so you can collect your thoughts and take good actions, it has enough endings to satisfy anyone, even those bad ones and there is an epic tension moment in the game that will test your typing and mind skills to the limit.

    Both characters are wonderfully developed, only if you could talk with them using the input text console...

    It's a novel I would gladly recommend to anyone who is willing to share his or her time to enjoy a nice written piece of art, with beautiful graphics and a nice and intuitive interface.
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  3. Dec 15, 2012
    8
    Obviously, as a Visual Novel, there isn't much to say about game-play, its really just reading, exploring files, and clicking on stuff. ButObviously, as a Visual Novel, there isn't much to say about game-play, its really just reading, exploring files, and clicking on stuff. But what it lacks in game-play it makes up for in its story, background, and characters. There are points in this story that will shock or disgust you, stress you out, make you cry, laugh...really, the story is pretty great, as are the characters. The art is done well, as is the writing, there isn't really anything just remotely bad about the game, what you expect from a VN is what you get, and what you get with this is great.
    All in all i'd say that if you want a unique, enjoyable story with sci-fi undertones then this is worth picking up.
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  4. Apr 29, 2012
    8
    This game was totally worth its money. Something i cannot say about a bunch of AAA games out there. You don't have to be a huge fan of visualThis game was totally worth its money. Something i cannot say about a bunch of AAA games out there. You don't have to be a huge fan of visual novel or an otaku to like it. If you're interested in sci-fi, socials or intense storytelling with at last some mature topics, you don't do anything wrong in buying. If you seek something to just play and relax (which is totally ok) you should step away from this game. It is a little short but it also feels like "more" would just lenghten it unecessary. I was a little disapointed that it was quite easy. So no much detective work and only two passages where you could use the console somehow free and creative. I would like to have another game like this, maybe slightly longer and with more posibillities to look trough the ship, use the console, maybe hacking, hide things from the ai because you don't thrust them and so on. Hey, seriously who didnt disabled the bulkheads in the reactor sequence because he tought something like "Oh hey maybe there are surviors left or i cannot board the ship if...". Anyway, good game. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2014
    8
    Analogue is an intriguing visual novel with a good story and compelling characters that grow on you as the game progresses. I enjoyed theAnalogue is an intriguing visual novel with a good story and compelling characters that grow on you as the game progresses. I enjoyed the humor and interaction with the characters, and the soundtrack is gorgeous to listen to. The story is decent and the mechanics, although limited, are fitting and in tone with the atmosphere and environment in which the story is told.
    You take on the role of an investigator whose mission is to uncover the truth behind the events that took place on the generation ship Mugungwha using a computer console to access log files and diaries. To aid you in your mission, two characters, *Mute and *Hyun-ae, both with their own personality and view on the story, are at your disposal. As with most visual novels, at least partly, the game involves romance. Analogue is obviously aimed at a male demographic, but I wouldn't say that the game goes out of its way to pamper to the boys.

    Note that this is a *visual novel*, as in, "a visual presentation of a novel", meaning the game's primary way of storytelling is through text (i.e. you'll have to do a lot of reading to get through the game, as is the nature of these kinds of games). How fast you progress depends on your own reading speed. I personally thought the game was reasonably paced, enough so that I spent at least a couple of days playing practically nothing else without it really feeling like a drag.

    All in all I enjoyed my time with Analogue. The game was well worth my money, but if you're the kind who'd rather watch a movie than read the book, then this game isn't for you.
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  6. Aug 26, 2014
    0
    This game is absolutely horrible. I don't know why people like it so much. The visual novels from Japan are way better. Stick to the real dealThis game is absolutely horrible. I don't know why people like it so much. The visual novels from Japan are way better. Stick to the real deal Japanese games. Expand

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