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  • Summary: The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk narrative experience about fate and happiness featuring the extensive use of pottery, bartending and impersonating people on the phone to take down a corporate conspiracy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Jan 31, 2018
    95
    The Red Strings Club is a game with refined dialogue and sublimely implemented choices. It sets a new standard for story-driven adventure games that can be seen as literature.
  2. Jan 22, 2018
    90
    The creators of Gods Will Be Watching bring us The Red Strings Club, a cyberpunk conversational adventure about happiness, fate and the power of technology corporations. It builds a multilinear plot with deep, diverse and complex characters. The game is varied thanks to different mechanics, like serving cocktails or making pottery, that interweaves with profound conversations in which we must research about a dystopian-ish enterprise.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    90
    The Red Strings Club deeply explores human emotions and feelings, giving the player the opportunity to play with them.
  4. Jan 22, 2018
    80
    Seeing the way that your decisions ripple outward and affect other parts of the game adds a sense of weight to every scene.
  5. Feb 5, 2018
    80
    The Red Strings Club in an excellent story-driven game that offers a beautiful pixel design and a very interesting narrative gameplay.
  6. Jan 24, 2018
    77
    The Red Strings Club is a clever (and occasionally quite confronting) narrative experience that blends a compelling cocktail of ethical quandaries and social engineering, with a fresh slice of low-stress minigames. Served chilled.
  7. Jan 23, 2018
    30
    Sadly, The Red Strings Club will fool some into thinking it follows in the footsteps of classics from WadjetEye Games purely because of its aesthetics. Do not be mistaken, though. This is not a patch on any of that company's releases, nor is it affiliated with it at all. Instead, this takes an intriguing style and theme of the world gone mad for technology, mixes in some extremely random love story between the lead duo of hacker and bartender that bears no relevance to the underlying tale, adds in a heavy dose of some of the most painful attempts at puzzles, and then perfectly tops it all off with an overly wordy script filled with too much padding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jan 1, 2019
    10
    Я влюбился в эту игру в, в эту атмосферу,саундтрек, персонажей их историю.Игра заставляет задуматься о человечном о эмоциях ,о моральныхЯ влюбился в эту игру в, в эту атмосферу,саундтрек, персонажей их историю.Игра заставляет задуматься о человечном о эмоциях ,о моральных качествах каждого человека.У каждого человека идеальный мир будет разным. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2019
    10
    A beautifully deep and introspective game.

    Life is the connection between birth and death. However, it is the events that occur during this
    A beautifully deep and introspective game.

    Life is the connection between birth and death. However, it is the events that occur during this connection that matter, as it is the only part of life you can change. That's what this game is about. Every choice you make matters, each tangling the red string of fate further. Only for it all to end the way fate had intended it to.

    The game peeks into a pivotal point in Donovan's and Brandeis' lives when the world is on the verge of change. A change for better or worse is what the game asks you.

    Which is another thing: the writing is excellent. While there is not much more I can say without spoiling, I would like to say that the ideas and principles woven into each character engages you into their story. You will begin to understand them, and perhaps question your current principles.

    Not to mention the stellar soundtrack, with each track leaving me scrambling for my phone to download it.

    This is a must play if you're in the mood for of a change in perspective with some banger tunes.
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  3. Jan 23, 2018
    10
    Fun, innovative gameplay mechanics. Awesome cyberpunk story with very well developed characters. Really beautiful pixel art and music with aFun, innovative gameplay mechanics. Awesome cyberpunk story with very well developed characters. Really beautiful pixel art and music with a very personal style. Overall top quality everywhere with many unique and innovative touches. Potential indie GOTY. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2019
    9
    Mucha gente se queja del contenido político del juego. Algo hace bien cuando todas esas quejas son bastante unánimes: que si personajes gays,Mucha gente se queja del contenido político del juego. Algo hace bien cuando todas esas quejas son bastante unánimes: que si personajes gays, que si es muy de izquierdas, que si no me ralles con política etc. "Yo no soy homófobo, pero...". Y así podrían resumirse todas esas críticas vacías. Críticas que denotan que no han entendido qué quiere decir este juego.

    The Red Strings Club es una anomalía videojueguil. Es más vídeo que juego, y de hecho, es más una novela que un vídeo. Es un prólogo a una gran historia sobre conspiraciones, secretos de una sociedad corrupta y más tecnología de la que aún podemos entender. Pero joder, qué gran prólogo. Tan bueno que aunque te dure 4 o 5 horas y las mecánicas jugables sean casi inexistentes, vas a estar pegado a la pantalla. Y con el nivel de impacto de tus decisiones, no hay esa gran historia, porque cada gran historia sería completamente distinta (a los creadores: ¿quizás para una secuela?).

    Eso es lo que hace grande a este juego. Cuando aparecen los créditos, te das cuenta que hasta el personaje más secundario está bien diseñado. Cada conversación te deja pensando "¿hasta qué punto esto de lo que hemos hablado puede ser así en la realidad?". Al final, eres tú quien se imagina cómo sería la gran historia que comienza con este prólogo.

    No es un prólogo perfecto. Hay alguna escena que se vuelve un pelín tediosa y me habría gustado alguna mecánica jugable más. Que tuviera un poquito más de juego, aunque no demasiado tampoco.

    Aún así, este juego ofrece conversaciones tan buenas, tan inteligentes, tan poco banales y tan fuera de las historias habituales, que a poco que te llame la estética, la ciencia ficción, los mundos Blade Runner, deberías probarlo. Aquí no hay caminos del héroe, no hay salvar al mundo en tiroteos. Si esperas este tipo de cosas, no pierdas tu valioso tiempo aquí. No lo vas a encontrar.

    Y cuando termines, prueba a llevar las conversaciones por otro lado. Porque cada historia es eso, es una historia, no es un videojuego donde cargas la partida y vuelves a intentar ese monstruo. Esto es distinto y vas a tener que vivir esas historias varias veces para entenderlo.
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  5. Nov 30, 2018
    8
    Set sometime in the future, you enter the clandestine bar known as The Red Strings Club, operated by charming, information broker Donovan, whoSet sometime in the future, you enter the clandestine bar known as The Red Strings Club, operated by charming, information broker Donovan, who has run the club in the last two decades. Joining him is his partner and street-savvy hacker, Brandeis. Together, they make mischief magic and rebellion look cool. Donovan is infamously notorious for his cunning ability to fish for information from those who visit his espionage haven. How does he do this? With alcohol, of course. Through careful mixes of different spirits, Donovan can tap into the customer’s deepest emotions and drivers, forcing truth and confessions more candidly than you’d expect. Brandeis, on the other hand, gets his hands a little dirtier by hacking into corporations’ systems – all in the name of free will.

    The pair is unexpectedly visited by a malfunctioning android, Akara-184, who collapses and is on the verge of death. When Brandeis hacks into the android’s neural drive, a bank of its memories, The Red Strings Club unfolds into three phases, all under the overarching dilemma: Supercontinent Ltd, the mega-corporation responsible for the Social Psyche Welfare project. Essentially, a nice way of saying worldwide brainwashing, by manipulating humans’ emotions. Censoring emotions such as depression, wrath, suicide, are Supercontinent’s means of achieving the “ideal” world. As you play between the trio, it’s up to you whether you want to take Supercontinent to the ground or rise to its philosophy. Until the nail-biting ending, it’s your conclusion that determines who the culprit really is.

    At the core, The Red Strings Club is about happiness, free will, and humanity. The game’s primary method of unpacking these concepts is through its dialogue and the conversations you have with its rich, vibrant and memorable characters. This is not your average conversational game. You won’t find small talk as you serve drinks, create technological organs or hack into people’s phone numbers. Instead, you’ll find yourself answering questions like, “Is marketing inherently evil?” or “What would you say is the most important thing to be happy in life?” More often than not, I found myself assessing my own humanity, why I believe in certain social constructs and what drives my behavior and thoughts. It forced me to question the balance between truth and opinion, fact and experience. The Red Strings Club is a rollercoaster of emotions and is certainly not for the fainthearted. It’s uncomfortable, to say the least, but I appreciate that The Red Strings Club is a fresh take on our philosophy, done so in a poignant, respectful but thought-provoking manner. I’m still left begging for my own personal answers.

    The Red Strings Club‘s bank of information, secrets, and opportunities to sabotage are endless. The wonderful mechanic that the game offers is its replayability factor. During your gameplay, you are taken to a menu screen that shows you key decisions you made throughout your experience, traveling along the screen horizontally with what looks like red strings. Each string can take a different path and result in various factors, endings, and conversations. Upon my second replay of The Red Strings Club, I chose drastically different responses, beliefs, alcohol, and modules. What I witnessed was almost a completely different narrative. Some scenarios recycle the same dialogue, but overall each experience feels unique and is exciting to explore different facets of the narrative. There are a few grammatical and spelling errors that I wish the developers fixed, and was a little distracting especially for such an emotionally intelligent game as this.

    The Red Strings Club is uncomfortable, in that it forces you to assess the meaning of happiness and free will. It’s a clever cyberpunk narrative that creatively encourages you to pull strings to influence according to your understanding of right and wrong. Playing the game through the eyes of three memorable rogues is a thrill and leaves a palette you’ll always taste. Some in-game mechanics such as excessive mouse-clicking and dialing sequences of numbers can feel a little monotonous, but there are enough mini-activities to keep you hooked and craving for more.
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  6. May 2, 2019
    8
    A pretty fun game with some nice twists.Disliked some of the liberal **** they try to shove into your face but still a pretty good game
  7. Feb 16, 2019
    0
    Stop shoving politics down my throat, it's annoying. Seriously and the game's lame.

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