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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: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  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. Nov 2, 2016
    9
    Very cool casual indie game about deduction and hint collection. As the story unfolds you're collecting data about the personae involved inVery cool casual indie game about deduction and hint collection. As the story unfolds you're collecting data about the personae involved in the case you're investigating. Small game, but exciting story. 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. Jan 1, 2017
    8
    It was an enjoyable and unique game. It definitely makes you consider our current surveillance in the world and how it's all headed to exactlyIt was an enjoyable and unique game. It definitely makes you consider our current surveillance in the world and how it's all headed to exactly what George Orwell predicted in 1984. There is a LOT of reading, so if that is not your thing, then this game is absolutely not for you. I wish it had more replayability and I wish it was longer. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    8
    Orwell is hard to describe but it a very enjoyable experience!
    In Orwell, you are the investigator that is using a "Big Brother" look-a-like
    Orwell is hard to describe but it a very enjoyable experience!
    In Orwell, you are the investigator that is using a "Big Brother" look-a-like tool to investigate a series of terror attacks.

    Is a game of choices and your analysis of the suspect and events can allow interesting outcomes, that so many times make you feel that you are not playing for the good guys. Is a curious approach about digital privacy and the invasion of it, the pros and cons, and what would you do if you had "the power".

    An awesome experience that I fully recommend.
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  6. Aug 19, 2017
    7
    The game presents an interesting, if somewhat overly simple set of mechanics to the player, allowing for the illusion rather than theThe game presents an interesting, if somewhat overly simple set of mechanics to the player, allowing for the illusion rather than the existence of choice. Whilst some actions do have consequences, most players will just be uploading information as soon as it appears, especially in the early game. Whilst the game does probably think that it's cleverer than it actually is with its literal Orwellian references (see title) it does sometimes revel too much in its own sense of smugness over what the developers no doubt thought were biting social comments. Never-the-less, Orwell manages to provide a novel gameplay experience, enriched by the lengths the game goes to in order to immerse you in its story, like sending you emails in the real world. Worth checking out if only for the chance to see a different approach to storytelling. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2017
    0
    This is NOT a game in any sense of the word! Firstly, it should be classified as a visual novel, since all you do is read a story. Secondly,This is NOT a game in any sense of the word! Firstly, it should be classified as a visual novel, since all you do is read a story. Secondly, there seems to be little in room for choices. You simply follow a guy who asks you to read something, he highlights basic information and you drag and drop those highlights from one side of the screen to the other.

    I have played through a few chapters and was bored at that point. The story does not develop. You are spying on very boring people and there is no subtlety at all!

    Severely over hyped and pretentious!

    Very poorly programmed and NOT optimized...This little visual novel uses about 1.2GB of memory and takes forever to load a game (80 secs). In fact, upon loading, its fake browser acts like a 14.4k modem. All this game does is display images and text, so I cannot believe it takes as long as it does to load and uses THIS much memory. I have built complicated business analytic solutions which process terabytes of data use less memory.
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