- Summary: Emily is Away Too is a brand new story featuring new characters and multiple different endings. Message your friends, surf the web and choose your path through this branching narrative.
Jun 4, 2017Like its predecessor, I’m unlikely ever to forget Emily is Away Too. What developer Kyle Seeley has created is a great reminder that excellent immersive storytelling is reliant on only two things: an unique idea, and the vision and passion to see that idea materialize.
May 26, 2017As with the first one, Emily is Away Too is a wonderfully crafted narrative experience that echoes what it was like to be a teenager in the mid-2000s. For such a simple concept, the level of detail really makes this game a fantastic narrative experience. If you like short narrative experiences, I can’t recommend this enough.
May 26, 2017Emily is Away Too is basically the first game expanded beyond a simple gimmick. It may not be the best piece of interactive fiction ever created, but quality-of-life changes to the original formula make the journey feel more personal for individual players. The multiple endings really seal the deal, meaning you’re in for heartbreak or everlasting love.
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Jul 22, 2017This game looks simple and lazily made at first, but pretty soon it hits you by being actually awesome. It's an "AOL chat simulator", whereThis game looks simple and lazily made at first, but pretty soon it hits you by being actually awesome. It's an "AOL chat simulator", where you're messaging two friends. They message you with all sorts of files and web links (click those, they're cool), and after a while this just feels like a natural conversation. There's a lot of references to 2006-2007 pop culture, so you have to be reasonably old to enjoy it (ideally in your late 20's). Best part is the story that unfolds via this messaging. It feels well written and very responsive to your choices. My ending felt very strong and left me somewhat in disarray, but in a good way.… Expand
Jun 20, 2020It’s not often that a game’s sequel fixes many problems I had with the original without adding in new issues or changing too much. Emily isIt’s not often that a game’s sequel fixes many problems I had with the original without adding in new issues or changing too much. Emily is Away Too manages this feat very nicely. I thought Emily is Away was a great game but I felt the game lacked options in the way the story went and that it would have been nice to have manual saves. The sequel addresses my first concern by adding a second character you interact with and allowing you options to end up with either of them. So you go from the one ending to three possible endings as you can choose to romance one of them or stay single and friends with them. They didn’t add in manual saves which I wanted but they did add mid chapter auto saves so it does save more frequently then the original. The game still retains the fantastic sounds and interfaces that the original had as well as having great throwbacks to the movies and music of the time period. The game can be a bit rigid with certain rules. For instance when each of the girls consider hanging out with you they take into account having slightly different music or game tastes. It is a bit realistic I guess as some humans probably do that but looking at it objectively if you enjoy conversing with someone and have a connection then refuse to hang out because you like FPS games and they like RPGs it’s a bit weak of an excuse. That being said one of them actually mentions this later in the game so maybe I’m over analyzing it. The conversation system still has realistic dialogue that I could have seen myself having at that age and the story has a natural progression to it. There was one chapter where you have to attempt to talk to both of them at once with each response being timed. I’m not sure if it can be beat without one of them thinking you aren’t paying attention due to failing to respond in time but I tried my damnedest with my hands probably looking like Hugh Jackman hacking the DOD in Swordfish but still failed. It actually added some tension to an otherwise light game but was an impressive challenge.
I played Emily is Away Too on Linux. It did have one crash where when I launched the game the window just flickered and I couldn’t get the game to quit. I ended up having to do a hard restart. Other than that I had no issues. The game also doesn’t have a full screen option, just windowed mode. It uses the Unity engine. I played version 188.8.131.523 of the game.
Disk Space Used: 107MB
VRAM Usage: 457-518 MB
CPU Usage: 1-4 %
RAM usage: 2.5-2.8 GB
Frame Rate: 64-75 FPS (Not that it matters in this game)
If you enjoyed Emily is Away you should enjoy the sequel as well. It adds some good features to the game; explores some different stories; and retains what made the original special. I paid $4.99 USD for it and feel that is fantastic value. I would have happily paid $20 for it. I finished it in 2 hours but felt it was a good length and didn’t feel stretched or thin.
My Score: 9.5/10
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May 29, 2017That russian review - if you want - use yandex/google translate
Emily is Away Too
ПРЕДЫСТОРИЯ - Можно не читать После прохождения этойThat russian review - if you want - use yandex/google translate
Emily is Away Too
ПРЕДЫСТОРИЯ - Можно не читать
После прохождения этой игры, я таки почувствовал необходимость написать обзор этой игры, просто не смог удержаться.
Начну с того, что я давненько играл и в первую часть, но она мне не так сильно понравилась. Почему? В первой части, был только грустный исход истории главного героя.
В этой истории, нам будет дана возможность общаться с двумя девушками, Emely и Evelyn.
Мы довольно мило общаемся с ними двумя, но наступит момент, когда вам придется выбрать, выбрать между ними. И таким образом, если мы следуем следующему правилу - получаем хорошую концовку anyway (но это непроверенная информация)
Правило 1, единственное и неповторимое
Не лги им, слышишь, черт тебя побери, не пытайся лгать!
Лично я, изначально пошел на встречу Evelyn, ибо Emely оставила после себя неприятный осадок после первой части (даже если это и разные герои).
Небольшой поверхностый review:
Emely - Обычная девушка, не пьет, не курит, образец, казалось бы, идеальной девушки.
Evelyn - Пробовала травку, слушает панк рок, казалось бы, не лучший выбор
Но общаясь с ними двумя, больше всего меня расположила к себе именно Evelyn, и именно ее я "выбрал"
Anyway, обзор у меня получился посредственный, в моем уме он был более складным и красочным, но перевести все в текстовый формат не получилось, почему то
Настоятельно рекомендую к покупке
И, в окончание комбо из пословиц/поговорок♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥знает чего
"На двух стульях усидеть не получится"
"За двумя зайцами погонишься - ни одного не поймаешь"
UPD: Так мало (вообще не нашел) русских обзоров, неужели все так плохо с русским комьюнити?… Expand
Jul 16, 2018More of a remake than a sequel, Emily Is Away Too adds a lot of new features for better immersion. I don't wanna spoil anything so let's justMore of a remake than a sequel, Emily Is Away Too adds a lot of new features for better immersion. I don't wanna spoil anything so let's just say that this is one of the most nostalgia inducing titles ever created for 2006-7th years)… Expand
Dec 28, 2020Honestly, this was a pretty underwhelming visual novel esque game. The connection between your choices and the resulting actions never feltHonestly, this was a pretty underwhelming visual novel esque game. The connection between your choices and the resulting actions never felt very strong, and there wasn't really anything in this game to rescue it from mediocrity.… Expand