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  • Summary: NORCO is a Southern Gothic point & click narrative adventure that immerses the player in the sinking suburbs and verdant industrial swamps of a distorted South Louisiana. Your brother Blake has gone missing in the aftermath of your mother's death. In the hopes of finding him, you must followNORCO is a Southern Gothic point & click narrative adventure that immerses the player in the sinking suburbs and verdant industrial swamps of a distorted South Louisiana. Your brother Blake has gone missing in the aftermath of your mother's death. In the hopes of finding him, you must follow a fugitive security android through the refineries, strip malls, and drainage ditches of suburban New Orleans. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 6, 2022
    100
    A modest title that demonstrates that a narrative-rich experience, made by a first-time indie developer, doesn’t always have to be overshadowed by ostentatious displays of bigger releases. Norco may refer to itself as a sort of pixel ephemera, but its adventure is a vast, cosmic tale that will be fondly remembered decades after.
  2. Mar 29, 2022
    100
    In NORCO, past and present blend together; one moment you inhabit the shoes of the terminally diagnosed, and in another, learn in minute detail about how your childhood home will, in time, flood, become abandoned, and eventually be razed. All stories told in exquisite, beautiful detail, never pulling a punch.
  3. Apr 12, 2022
    93
    I’ve never played a game like Norco, which elegantly celebrates and admonishes its cultural roots while simultaneously chronicling a strange doomsday scenario. Kay and Catherine’s shattered America is not so dissimilar from our own – burgeoning industrial complexes threaten to displace low-income families, automated systems supersede human workers, and the filthy rich work around the clock to deter upward mobility. The game isn’t always gloomy. One cool night, I sat atop City Hall and gazed at the constellations with a stranger. Hours earlier, I flipped through treasured memories on a faulty flatscreen TV. Norco is an unforgettable reminder that there’s an inherent beauty behind the madness.
  4. Apr 1, 2022
    90
    This is a fascinating creation, brilliantly unsettling and uncanny, that plays its cards with enormous subtlety. It’s so interesting to see Southern Gothic depicted so effectively in a video game, and leaves just the right amount of mystery by the end.
  5. Apr 11, 2022
    90
    Norco's beautiful, evocative, and contemplative storytelling takes you on a fascinating journey that will occupy your thoughts for weeks and months after the credits roll. It earns its place alongside games like Kentucky Route Zero and Disco Elysium, effectively depicting the Southern Gothic genre with a mystifying adventure that's built on sublime writing and a poetic exploration of societal issues, environmental catastrophe, and what it means to be human. It's not always captivating from a gameplay perspective, but this is a negligible flaw in the grand scheme of things. Games like Norco don't appear very often. It's one to treasure.
  6. Apr 4, 2022
    90
    If nothing else, NORCO will go down as the game this year that had the most unique world, but it also stands a huge chance of going down as the game with the best writing, story (or stories) and atmosphere. Who could have thought that Louisiana would be a perfect backdrop for a bizarre sci-fi mystery? Geography of Robots did, and it’s thanks to them that we got this memorable journey that folks should check out, even if it may be hard to describe what happened.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Mar 24, 2022
    70
    The sense of having travelled somewhere that games have never taken us before. [Issue#370, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mar 31, 2022
    10
    Just an incredible game. I'm not sure what EDGE was thinking (or Playing), but it's an early GOTY candidate for me.
  2. Apr 28, 2022
    10
    Stellar: a must buy. Seriously, get it.

    Pros: - graphics are beautiful - story is.... amazingly thought provoking. There's so much to
    Stellar: a must buy. Seriously, get it.

    Pros:
    - graphics are beautiful
    - story is.... amazingly thought provoking. There's so much to talk about, so many ideas that it deals with intelligently, that just throwing them out here would do you a disservice. Seriously: the game speaks for itself. And beautifully so! My translation of it's ideas would just be muddying things.
    - minigames are fun.
    - the amount of side-missions that you can stumble into are really neat and range from hilarious to depressing.
    - a lot of earnestly funny moments

    Cons:
    - too short
    - not meant for people who want a lot of fast-paced action, or dislike reading
    - not a game for people who don't like stories or complex narratives
    - the ending is very philosophical and interesting, but as the reviews show, it can definitely go over some people's heads.
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  3. Apr 21, 2022
    10
    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2022
    10
    Amazingly beautiful pixel art, great soundtrack and sound design, the writing of this game is sooo good you won’t be disappointed!
  5. Apr 15, 2022
    9
    For me the best Writing since Disco Elysium. If you enjoy great writing/Story in Videogames thats must buy.
  6. Apr 20, 2022
    8
    Good. Reminded me of the Jake Hunter series and Portopia Serial Murder on the Famicom/NES. A visual novel type of game, you would like it ifGood. Reminded me of the Jake Hunter series and Portopia Serial Murder on the Famicom/NES. A visual novel type of game, you would like it if you like narrative focused games. Expand
  7. Apr 24, 2022
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The third act of this game and story "resolution" is, to put it nicely, insane. In Act 2 we see Kay's mother working for a rogue AI to find a "stone" of some description, which once found looks to be some sort of alien technology. What is the stone exactly? Where did it come from? What does it have to do with Shield? Why does a cult of yahoos following an influencer turned false profit want the stone? **** you, the game never answers any of these questions.

    In Act 3, the influencer is beheaded off camera and then a homeless lunatic who believes himself a herald of some sort of...god...takes over the cult, builds a rocket to send you into space, kidnaps your brother, exhumes your dead mother, and then just sits back and waits patiently for you to board the rocket and bring the stone with you. Why does he do any of this? What's his true motivation? Why did he do any of the weird things we see him do in Act 2? Where does religion come into this story when the vast majority of the story has been dealing with dystopian politics of mining ruining a small town? **** you, the game never answers any of these questions.

    Quite frankly, I was on board LOVING this game until Act 3. And in Act 3 the devs forgot to write a meaningful, coherent ending. It's a shame. This could've been great, but sadly, it just did not come together to anything meaningful at all.
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