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  • Summary: On the corner of July Avenue and Yam Street, all is not what it seems. What role will you play in a city's fate?
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 24, 2020
    90
    A short but satisfying adventure in a surreal and creative world, Caetano’s Slice is a terrific entry in the Off-Peak series and a promising first volume of a new anthology.
  2. 90
    For fans of the oddball 90s game aesthetic – misproportioned bodies, warped perspectives, and bold colours – visiting Heffernan’s gameworlds is like spending time with an eccentric old friend. But in addition to some really great banter, Vol. 1 primarily unfolds through revealing conversations that touch on social issues like gentrification, corporate hegemonies, collective bargaining, and the complicated business of making a living; all of these topics are painfully applicable to current events, which makes Vol. 1 both visually anachronistic and thematically accurate. It’s meta-exploration through chat and movement – a thoughtful voyage through a community going through a slowly snowballing crisis. If you’re looking for confrontation and convention, this probably isn’t the game for you.
  3. May 21, 2020
    85
    Volume One of Tales From Off-Peak City is an escalating procession of existential crises staged through instances of gentrification, corporatism, and pizza delivery. It’s a kitschy nightmare laundered through eccentric characters and their bizarre conditions and the product is a surreal but eloquent presentation on preventable social decay. A single city block and a couple of hours is all Tales From Off-Peak City needs to tell a grotesque, distinctive story.
  4. Feb 10, 2021
    83
    Surrealist art is so often overlooked for the superficial layer we may bounce off of. Don’t let the very human tales at the core of Off-Peak City be ones you ignore.
  5. Jun 10, 2020
    80
    I’m a big advocate for saying that longer games are not necessarily better games. This game is exceptionally short, at about an hour for a playthrough, but it spends that hour well. You’re given enough time to get to know the cast, explore the city, and leave once the city’s secrets have been laid bare and the remaining answers lie beyond in a later volume.
  6. May 15, 2020
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jun 7, 2020
    70
    Tales From Off-Peak City is full of memorable characters and interesting dialogues and uses your sense of curiosity to persuade you to continue through the story, and then leaves you with no answers; and it's yet to be seen how the story will be continued in the next chapters of the game.

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  1. Dec 23, 2020
    10
    Great surreal and fever dreamish atmosphere and great sound design, like all Cosmo D games
  2. Sep 5, 2020
    8
    This is a very interesting and very original game that will be enjoyed by everyone because it's very unlikely that it will remind you of a lotThis is a very interesting and very original game that will be enjoyed by everyone because it's very unlikely that it will remind you of a lot of games you have played in your life. While it's true that it has some surrealism its structure is very defined so it's not going to feel a mess. Its disadvantages is that technically its relatively too simplistic and the atmosphere might be a bit more gloomy than most would prefer and the episode is relatively short. Expand