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  • Summary: Stay human in a world overcome by automation. Play as Lina, one of the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Your friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, the only thing you can do is keep driving.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 4, 2019
    90
    I loved Neo Cab’s story, characters, and simple though thoughtful game mechanics. Emphatically, this is a ride worth catching.
  2. 85
    Neo Cab leaves the illusion of having met someone, human beings in virtual disguise. Chance Agency has hit the spot, simulating that humanity that wanted to praise.
  3. Oct 14, 2019
    81
    Despite its dark themes, there is a quirky charm in its several dialogues and the game does a fine job of debating relevant societal issues. If you’re into visual novels, then you’re used to doing lots of reading and advancing through simple interactions, which is exactly what Neo Cab offers. As a branching narrative game, your choices are perceived by the system. It feels good to have an impact on the story, but the focus here is clearly on connecting with people and affecting their lives. After all, one could say “Isn’t that what life is all about?”
  4. Oct 2, 2019
    80
    Neo Cab manages to interweave a well-built cyberpunk dystopia with a cast of memorable characters, delivering an impactful story-driven experience.
  5. Oct 2, 2019
    80
    Neo Cab is a captivating exploration of a cyberpunk city, not including the pretty visuals and ambient synth soundtrack. However, its satellite stories gripped me and the core narrative feels like a detour.
  6. Oct 4, 2019
    79
    Neo Can is ambitious and thoughtful, but it sometimes overshoots into something too bleak.
  7. Oct 2, 2019
    70
    Neo Cab might suffer from inconsistencies and presentation issues in some places, but as a depiction of a near-future society corrupted by tech fetishization, and an exploration of how humans are adapting to automation and the rise of the gig economy, it's got plenty to say about how important it is that we all look out for one another. This is a forward-thinking game, but the issues it explores are extremely relevant in 2019, which makes for an engaging, stimulating narrative experience, even if the central mystery of your friend's disappearance is not particularly interesting.

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  1. Oct 7, 2019
    7
    TLDR: The writing is great, the setting and the music are also great. However, some of the mechanics (namely the FeelsGrid system and theTLDR: The writing is great, the setting and the music are also great. However, some of the mechanics (namely the FeelsGrid system and the entire cab system) are underdeveloped.

    It gets worse when by reaching the end you are forced down a path that doesn't always seem logical with your choices in-game up to that point, as if the ending is dictated solely on the last conversation you have and not the entire experience.

    The FeelsGrid system is mostly infuriating as most of the time you will be given 3 or even 4 conversation choices but the game refuses to let you pick the choices you want to and forces you down a path because of your character's emotional state. A better option would have been to not show the other choices as options and instead limit the number of choices to the one you are actually allowed to take.

    The mechanics of the cab system work fine but could have been better developped. You are allowed a maximum of 3 fare per night but are also allowed to go to bed early after 2 rides. As far as I can tell it's pointless to go to bed early as you mostly end up shortening the lenght of the game. Of course you could tank your star rating by picking up a bad fare or could end up having to spend more money and potentially leaving you short changed. However, I never came close to running out of money and the rating system is very easy to recover if you end up getting a few bad reviews. I would have preferred a system where if you get to bed early, you get to complete 1 extra ride the next day. The rides are where the game shines the most and it's a shame that you end up missing on many new characters along the way by being limited to only 3. Especially since most of the characters have follow up stories on following nights, so you end up mostly picking the same passengers over and over to get to know more about them (and thus missing out on potential new stories from new characters).

    The game is also fairly short (at around 4h) but thankfully the price point is also on the lower side (about 15$).

    Finally, very few bugs, some popping issues due to a low draw distance (probably to accommodate an iOS/Android release).

    All in all, it is a good product but flawed for sure. If you are a fan of game set in a cyberpunk-y universe, then definitely check it out.
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  2. Oct 15, 2019
    7
    Neo Cab é um jogo que traz vários questionamentos interessantes sobre precarização do trabalho, automação, controle social por meio daNeo Cab é um jogo que traz vários questionamentos interessantes sobre precarização do trabalho, automação, controle social por meio da tecnologia, uso de dados e, principalmente, como se manter humano em um monopólio sobre um capitalismo desgovernado. A execução é questionável, mas pra quem gosta de jogos narrativos, vale a pena conferir. Expand

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