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  • Summary: A Golden Wake is a nostalgic adventure that spans two dramatic decades in American history. Set in the era of Gatsby with a plot that includes real people, locations, and events, A Golden Wake has story- and puzzle-driven gameplay, retro-styled pixel art, and a point-and-click interfaceA Golden Wake is a nostalgic adventure that spans two dramatic decades in American history. Set in the era of Gatsby with a plot that includes real people, locations, and events, A Golden Wake has story- and puzzle-driven gameplay, retro-styled pixel art, and a point-and-click interface reminiscent of classics like King's Quest and Monkey Island. Alfie's power of persuasion will play a unique role as he analyzes other characters' attitudes and weaknesses to figure out the best way to approach them. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    90
    A Golden Wake interprets a rich history in its chapters and paints an image of the best and worst of the 1920s, and while its overly-easy puzzles didn't really add to the story, I felt a stronger appreciation for that era after playing through it.
  2. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    A traditional adventure game that is pretending nothing while combining an interesting plot with a unique audiovisual concept perfectly. Its retro approach is (in a good way) visible almost everywhere, and even despite its obvious but deliberate old-fashionedness, there is almost nothing to criticize.
  3. Dec 15, 2014
    75
    The scenario feels fresh, the dialogue puzzles are the highlight of this adventure, that overall is not challenging enough.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    69
    Sadly, more seasoned adventure fans looking for a new challenge will not find it here, and are instead likely to be frustrated by the patchy attempts at diversifying the gameplay.
  5. Oct 9, 2014
    68
    This is not a bad game. It's just that it certainly cannot rise up to the expectations created by former titles released by Wadjet Eye Games, such as Gemini Rue, Resonance and Primordia. Nevertheless, a nice enough commercial debut for Grundislav Games and Francisco Gonzalez.
  6. Oct 18, 2014
    65
    A Golden Wake is an adventure that cannot fully leave the sign; the gameplay offered by Grundislav Games, in fact, stands at a difficulty level too low to pose a real challenge.
  7. Nov 27, 2014
    43
    The difference between playing A Golden Wake and browsing through a screenshots gallery is that screenshots scroll faster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    9
    Loved this game. Great immersive story line with a likeable character who is anything but a cookie cutter "good guy". A story I could seeLoved this game. Great immersive story line with a likeable character who is anything but a cookie cutter "good guy". A story I could see myself playing again in a few years. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    +Good dialogues
    +Good story
    +OK voice acting. -Too easy -Short game time (4,5 hours) -Graphic style is fine but does not support HD,
    +Good dialogues
    +Good story
    +OK voice acting.

    -Too easy
    -Short game time (4,5 hours)
    -Graphic style is fine but does not support HD, crashes constantly when alt tabbed.
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  3. Fuz
    Oct 25, 2014
    8
    The game starts not so good, the story is pretty dull, the puzzles are weak and way too easy and the main character is extremely unlikable atThe game starts not so good, the story is pretty dull, the puzzles are weak and way too easy and the main character is extremely unlikable at first (the top of this being the "inspection" scene, it's something that really disgusted me). It's just... not that fun to be a real estate agent.
    Then after a while it picks up. Sure, the puzzles all remain way too easy but the "seller intuition" is a pretty nice mechanic that sadly doesn't get used as much as it should have. The years-spanning story becomes quite interesting and you get to care for the characters and what becomes of them. Especially considering that most of them are historical figures and the plot is based on real facts. And this is the game's strong side: it's historically interesting (every now and then I went to google things I saw in the game) with a great and underused setting. And the music is pretty good.
    So... in the end, I had fun and learned something too. Definitely a good adventure, but could have been so much more and it's not on par with the other Wadjet games
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  4. Sep 24, 2016
    6
    High quality point and click adventure but the storyline is dull, the characters are dull and all in all it wasn't much of an experience.High quality point and click adventure but the storyline is dull, the characters are dull and all in all it wasn't much of an experience.
    Gameplay is lacking too.
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