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Mixed or average reviews- based on 131 Ratings

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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: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  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. Jul 12, 2020
    9
    This game successfully achieves what it wants: making you paranoid of surveillance and online presence. Other than the few bugs I encounteredThis game successfully achieves what it wants: making you paranoid of surveillance and online presence. Other than the few bugs I encountered this is a perfect game. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2017
    9
    Really innovative take on a detective game. It plays like a really flash, atmospheric, choose-your-own adventure. The story is really engagingReally innovative take on a detective game. It plays like a really flash, atmospheric, choose-your-own adventure. The story is really engaging and exciting, with many twists and turns. It's not hugely difficult, but you are often presented with moralistic choices and dilemmas. What you upload to the system can really sway the outcome.

    It is almost an art piece, a commentary on the modern rush towards total surveillance we see in politics now. I felt totally creeped out for most of the game, and I believe this is Orwell delivering exactly what is intended.
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  4. Aug 22, 2018
    8
    Orwell delivered more than I asked for. It's short, but that's not a problem for me, for I am exactly in the market for short, story drivenOrwell delivered more than I asked for. It's short, but that's not a problem for me, for I am exactly in the market for short, story driven games. The decision matters to a nice degree, which was a really fun thing about this game! I really felt after two full finishes that doing different things brings out differing outcomes (even if the main story, of course, remain intact).

    It's a fun game of picking up puzzle pieces to assemble a bigger picture and deciding how the picture will look in the end. It has neat music, solid characters, surprising amount of suspense and is a very good purchase for anyone looking for a Single Session game with some thrills to it.
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  5. Jul 22, 2017
    7
    It's a nice little game, you can read what you like in to it about government monitoring etc. The actual game is pretty solid, looks nice, andIt's a nice little game, you can read what you like in to it about government monitoring etc. The actual game is pretty solid, looks nice, and the impact you can have on the outcome is quite good. Just feels like there could of been a little bit more there in terms of how it turns out or the impact you have. Worth a look though. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2020
    7
    Cool little indie game that questions your morals and such. Maybe too short and could have been better if there was more content.
  7. Sep 2, 2017
    0
    A reading game that is slow, boring, and lacking the story or characters of a good book. Orwell might be hero fantasy fulfillment forA reading game that is slow, boring, and lacking the story or characters of a good book. Orwell might be hero fantasy fulfillment for bureaucrats and paper pushers that accomplish nothing in their actual lives. Too clever by half to have any kind of general gaming appeal. Expand

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