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  • Summary: 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 21, 2016
    95
    If you like getting an hour per monetary unit, then you definitely get that in Orwell. The campaign is as long as Titanfall 2, and it has a heck of a lot more gameplay to it than BATMAN the Telltale Series, both of which cost more and are written just as well.
  2. Nov 29, 2016
    90
    Orwell grabs the problem of how we balance our own liberty and our safety and turns it into a thrilling adventure. It unfolds complex debate points into a dazzling satire, that neatly presents all the relevant arguments as a series of moral problems, dressed up in a frighteningly convincing world.
  3. Dec 14, 2016
    90
    Unique, fun and entertaining, Orwell is a little masterpiece and a great thriller which deals with a much-debated topic of these years: where the privacy of individuals ends and the safety of the community begins?
  4. Jan 18, 2017
    86
    With such a compelling tale and well-crafted characters, it's easy to look past the fact that gameplay solely consists of absorbing information and choosing to pass certain things on. Though there are no random puzzles to solve, the main puzzle for the player is clear: are you willing to let a government do this to its citizens? Where are the boundaries of freedom of speech and privacy in such an interconnected world? Is it more important to guarantee the safety of all by being paranoid, or to ensure that everyone has the right to be innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt? If asking difficult questions and finding a way to your own answers sounds like a good time, Orwell is the game for you.
  5. Jan 16, 2017
    85
    If you are willing to read a lot, Orwell can send shivers down your spine when working as a profiler.
  6. Nov 30, 2016
    80
    Orwell is a hard experience to pull back from, even as the dirtiness of your job sinks in. It uses simple mechanics to tell a complex and engaging story, one that feels particularly relevant right now. This is a game where your choices matter and resonate, and which will leave you with plenty to think about once it’s over.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 18, 2016
    40
    Big Brother may be watching, but if I was him I would have switched off from boredom. [Issue#257, p.65]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Nov 28, 2016
    10
    Great game. It's insightful, interesting and draws you right in with a compelling story and unique presentation. If you're looking forGreat game. It's insightful, interesting and draws you right in with a compelling story and unique presentation. If you're looking for something casual, intriguing and mysterious, you'll be satisfied.

    P.S. it really makes you feel like a creeper, conversations between characters seem very authentic and I felt like I shouldn't have read some of them.
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  2. Nov 20, 2017
    9
    I really love this game. I originally got the game because it was relatively cheap. I fell into a pit of four hours of a gaming non-stop. II really love this game. I originally got the game because it was relatively cheap. I fell into a pit of four hours of a gaming non-stop. I couldn't stop till I had finished. I was engaged in the story and with the characters. Sure, they weren't perfect but if you think enough they are three dimensional, for the majority of the characters at least. It actually managed to evoke feelings. The first time around it hit me like a brick, what had I just done? Though i was just wanting to give data to help the program twists it into all sorts of things I didn't mean. I didn't want the game to end. I wanted the story to continue. I highly suspect the sequel isn't going to give me that closure I want. My only compliant is the comments every single time I collected data, I just wanted a certain person to shut up so i can do my job without being interrupted. If there was a way to turn that off I would. Give me a short tutorial then let me go at it and make my choices without feeling like it was a never ending tutorial to the end where all your choices pretty much limit your choices. It also glitches sometimes depending on choices you made where you can't move forward, that is always so irritating. But it's worth buying and is very thought provoking. If you have any background in government or psychology it's really interesting and eye-opening. Hello Milgrem's experiment on a bigger and very real scale. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2016
    9
    Very cool casual indie game about deduction and hint collection. As the story unfolds you're collecting data about the personae involved inVery cool casual indie game about deduction and hint collection. As the story unfolds you're collecting data about the personae involved in the case you're investigating. Small game, but exciting story. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2017
    8
    It was an enjoyable and unique game. It definitely makes you consider our current surveillance in the world and how it's all headed to exactlyIt was an enjoyable and unique game. It definitely makes you consider our current surveillance in the world and how it's all headed to exactly what George Orwell predicted in 1984. There is a LOT of reading, so if that is not your thing, then this game is absolutely not for you. I wish it had more replayability and I wish it was longer. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2017
    7
    The game presents an interesting, if somewhat overly simple set of mechanics to the player, allowing for the illusion rather than theThe game presents an interesting, if somewhat overly simple set of mechanics to the player, allowing for the illusion rather than the existence of choice. Whilst some actions do have consequences, most players will just be uploading information as soon as it appears, especially in the early game. Whilst the game does probably think that it's cleverer than it actually is with its literal Orwellian references (see title) it does sometimes revel too much in its own sense of smugness over what the developers no doubt thought were biting social comments. Never-the-less, Orwell manages to provide a novel gameplay experience, enriched by the lengths the game goes to in order to immerse you in its story, like sending you emails in the real world. Worth checking out if only for the chance to see a different approach to storytelling. Expand
  6. Dec 17, 2016
    4
    I like the idea and graphics but after playing a few minutes with so many pop up tutorials I cannot stand them any more.

    It's not actually
    I like the idea and graphics but after playing a few minutes with so many pop up tutorials I cannot stand them any more.

    It's not actually that fun or innovative.
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  7. Oct 8, 2017
    0
    This is NOT a game in any sense of the word! Firstly, it should be classified as a visual novel, since all you do is read a story. Secondly,This is NOT a game in any sense of the word! Firstly, it should be classified as a visual novel, since all you do is read a story. Secondly, there seems to be little in room for choices. You simply follow a guy who asks you to read something, he highlights basic information and you drag and drop those highlights from one side of the screen to the other.

    I have played through a few chapters and was bored at that point. The story does not develop. You are spying on very boring people and there is no subtlety at all!

    Severely over hyped and pretentious!

    Very poorly programmed and NOT optimized...This little visual novel uses about 1.2GB of memory and takes forever to load a game (80 secs). In fact, upon loading, its fake browser acts like a 14.4k modem. All this game does is display images and text, so I cannot believe it takes as long as it does to load and uses THIS much memory. I have built complicated business analytic solutions which process terabytes of data use less memory.
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