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  • Summary: The Fidelio Incident is a single-player, first-person thriller set off the coast of Iceland. Inspired by Beethoven's only opera Fidelio. After a violent plane crash, Stanley must search a desolate frozen island in search of his wife Leonore while covering up any traces of their identity.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 23, 2017
    90
    Over and over, I risked certain death to snatch one more scrap of story.
  2. May 24, 2017
    80
    With the credits rolling, sat in the dark having begun playing when it was light outside, I felt fulfilled with what I’d just played; a game that is assuredly made by a very talented group of people wanting to make something different.
  3. Jul 5, 2017
    80
    The Fidelio Incident is a solid narrative adventure game. The actual gameplay may be light on challenge, but it does enough to feel significant without hindering the overall experience. The presentation is also well done, especially in the audio department where the music really sells the player on the mood. However, it is the story that is the real highlight, since it deals with some heavy subject matter without being too preachy. The two main actors really give the tale some humanity and emotion. For those who enjoy the narrative-heavy experience, The Fidelio Incident is definitely worth seeking out.
  4. May 23, 2017
    67
    An interesting story with some beautiful scenery, but let down by half-hearted puzzling and some derivative story beats.
  5. Jul 11, 2017
    65
    The Fidelio Incident offered little beyond a well-written and well-acted story that was far too sparsely scattered around disappointingly uninspiring gameplay.
  6. Jun 8, 2017
    65
    The Fidelio Incident is a good walking simulator which fails when trying to be a video game.
  7. Jun 9, 2017
    60
    The Fidelio Incident being nice to look at and listen to doesn't necessarily make it interesting to play. The haunting, frozen vistas and enthralling backstory constantly trip over uninspired gameplay. Though there’s a measure of forgiveness to be had considering the length of the experience, even that concession is fragile in light of the obvious disparity that exists in the quality of the narrative and the gameplay that's forced upon it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 1, 2017
    9
    Great game with fantastic graphics and very good voices. I liked the ending, but the next day I kept thinking about it and a new idea came toGreat game with fantastic graphics and very good voices. I liked the ending, but the next day I kept thinking about it and a new idea came to me. So I played the game again with this ending in mind and was blown away. Really well thought out. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. May 30, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A great experience. I finished it in one sitting.

    Beautiful visuals and music with a layered narrative. Not as much backtracking as Firewatch. Amazing what a tiny team can accomplish.

    9/10 would freeze again.
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  3. Jul 13, 2020
    8
    The Fidelio Incident covers some history that games don’t cover much at all in “The Troubles” part of Irish history. It is by no means meantThe Fidelio Incident covers some history that games don’t cover much at all in “The Troubles” part of Irish history. It is by no means meant to be historically accurate to a certain person, more a general overview of how it affected these fictional characters. You can piece together what happened to them by finding various pages of your wife’s journal after your plane has crashed. The story is fantastic and while I guessed the ending fairly early it was still a fun journey. The game has some puzzles to solve so it isn’t just a walking sim but many of them are pretty easy although they succeed in their goal of breaking up the game play and adding variety. The game adds a feature where you will freeze to death if you don’t find warmth in a certain amount of time. This sounds annoying but it is enough time that I only found myself dying a handful of times. The music was very well done as was the voice acting. The graphics were a mixed bag. The snow and vistas were great but the fire and trees were pretty poor.

    I played The Fidelio Incident on Linux using Valve’s Proton. It never crashed on me and I didn’t notice any bugs. There is one graphics setting as well as 4 AA settings and a Vsync toggle. The game is locked to 60 FPS regardless of whether Vsync is used. Alt-Tab doesn’t work. There is no manual saving option, just checkpoints. There is also no indication of when these checkpoints occur. The game uses the Unreal Engine 4. For the most part the game ran at 60 FPS but it could have sudden drops that lasted a few seconds and the drops could be severe and with no credible cause.

    Disk Space Used: 10.39GB
    GPU Usage: 1-99 %
    VRAM Usage: 1962-3615 MB
    CPU Usage: 4-17 %
    RAM Usage: 3.4-4.6 GB
    Frame Rate: 1-60 FPS
    Game Settings: Epic for both

    If you enjoy walking sims I can easily recommend The Fidelio Incident. I finished it in 2 hours 24 minutes which felt like a good length. I paid $1.09 CAD for it but it is easily worth it’s current full price of $10.99 CAD. It’s story, music and voice acting really make it stand out. Similar games would be Layers of Fear or Fire Watch.

    My Score: 8.5/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8GB | Mesa 20.0.7 | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB | Manjaro 20.0.3 | Mate 1.24 | Kernel 5.7.0-3-MANJARO | Proton 5.0-9
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  4. Dec 6, 2018
    6
    Atmospheric walking sim that will take around 3 hours to complete. Worth a look for fans of the genre, but making exploration difficult in aAtmospheric walking sim that will take around 3 hours to complete. Worth a look for fans of the genre, but making exploration difficult in a genre that relies on exploration? Frustrating at times.
    Total size on my hard-drive: 10.5 GB

    + Good walking sims have a great soundtrack, and The Fidelio Incident is no exception. It’s not too much to claim the soundtrack saves the game.
    + Excellent voice acting.
    + Great visuals (Unreal 4). 1080p Medium is all my RX 470 could manage to maintain a steady 60fps.

    +/- Story is… meh. A plane crashes, we’re at the bottom of a mountain, dude’s wife is at the top, find a path to reach her. As the journey progresses, we learn more about their backstories, why they were flying – somewhere – and what they were hoping to escape.
    +/- Despite the vagueness of how to progress, there are usually only a few paths, and back-tracking won’t take that long because level size is small-ish.
    +/- The Fidelio Incident breaks up the monotony of walking with some simple puzzles, usually involving turning valves or flicking switches. Nothing too complicated.

    - Freezing mechanic. For large parts of the game, you’ll be darting from one heat source to another, trying to avoid freezing to death. Hinders exploration.
    - Unlocking the complete backstory involves a collect-a-thon of finding all of the wife’s journal pages – which is hindered by the freezing mechanic.
    - Swirling snow looks cool, but it can be hard to see in some levels, and you’ll wind up stumbling vaguely around, hoping to see the glint of a fire in the near distance.
    - Dream sequences have overly heavy shadows, making it almost impossible to see a way forward. I frequently stumbled onto the path forward entirely by accident.

    I picked The Fidelio Incident up for a dollar, and feel like I got my money’s worth. With no alternate paths and no reason to replay, I wouldn’t spend much more that, though.
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  5. May 26, 2017
    5
    Not very good actually.Not so fascinating.No satisfying accident time visuals.No proper ambiance sound.Got too much things that could beNot very good actually.Not so fascinating.No satisfying accident time visuals.No proper ambiance sound.Got too much things that could be omitted.to be fair artistic Graphics looks good and realistic and eye catching.the rest is full of repetition, not very innovative in both location and puzzles design.miles far from "Firewatch".
    in summary,I could say that however it is an indie game and supposed to make a splash in storytelling and drowning the gamer into it's full-of-mystery plot but still can't live up to it's expectations and conventions in this genre and finally cuts the game unfinished.
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  6. Jul 2, 2018
    5
    I struggled to get in to this, it is quite short at 2-3 hours long at a stretch. The game look great in a beautiful setting with anI struggled to get in to this, it is quite short at 2-3 hours long at a stretch. The game look great in a beautiful setting with an interesting story but it never really pulls you in and makes you want to unlock more of the story as it can be pieced together relatively easily. Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2020
    4
    meh walking sim. valve turning and slow walking - the game .