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  • Summary: Whispers of a Machine is a Sci-Fi Nordic Noir that tells the story of Vera, a cybernetically augmented detective in a post-AI world, who investigates a string of murders and unravels a dark conflict over forbidden technology.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 17, 2019
    95
    A fun well thought out point and click adventure game. This genre isn’t for everyone, but for those who like it, then this is a definite buy. If you’re new to the genre this would be a good first dip into the water, although its sub-genre of a sci-fi Nordic Noir may be a bit different than what you’re expecting; but in a good way.
  2. May 15, 2019
    85
    If you enjoy classic-style point-and-click adventures that make you think – which is the reason we play them, I know, but I mean more so than usually – then Whispers of a Machine is a must-buy for you. You’ll probably have to look into a walkthrough at some points, but when you do, you’ll bash your head against a wall thinking “how did I miss that!?”
  3. Apr 19, 2019
    84
    A solid, confident narrative, truly worthy of the "Nordic Noir" mantle. Whispers of a Machine convincingly puts players in charge of a police investigation in the technological post-apocalypse. The quality of the writing and puzzles are guaranteed to delight genre fans.
  4. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Clifftop Games and Faravid Interactive show no sign of a sophomore slump with Whispers of a Machine. This futuristic murder mystery with some innovative gameplay, flexible puzzles, and built-in replayability should be enough to pique any adventure gamer’s interest.
  5. Oct 10, 2019
    77
    An enjoyable and short-ish adventure game, Whispers of a Machine is well worth a thoughtful playthrough.
  6. Jun 4, 2019
    70
    Whispers of a Machine is an approachable point and click adventure. The story is pretty interesting and the main character, as well as few side characters, are well-crafted too. It falls shy of the best examples of the genre, but Whispers of a Machine isn't far off the mark from being considered great.
  7. Aug 7, 2019
    69
    Whispers of a Machine is a huge step ahead compared to Kathy Rain and a new look for hand-drawn AGS-based adventure games. Still, there are too many brilliant ideas that remain underdeveloped.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 31, 2020
    9
    Absolute blast and wonderful reminder of good old times without those stupid item combinations. Story is pretty interesting and keepsAbsolute blast and wonderful reminder of good old times without those stupid item combinations. Story is pretty interesting and keeps surprising you till the end. 9/10 Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2020
    9
    Simply one of the best adventure games I’ve played in 20 years.
    Compelling story with moral decisions
    Well conceived puzzles A credible
    Simply one of the best adventure games I’ve played in 20 years.
    Compelling story with moral decisions
    Well conceived puzzles
    A credible background world
    Memorable characters with a marvelous voice acting
    A must play
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  3. May 27, 2020
    9
    I loved the music, the atmosphere, the voice-actors and the world. Really really good point & click adventure. Would love to play more gamesI loved the music, the atmosphere, the voice-actors and the world. Really really good point & click adventure. Would love to play more games like this one.
    Only negative point would be that the ending seemed a bit rushed all of a sudden. Still - greatly recommended for every adventure fan out there!
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  4. Feb 23, 2020
    8
    A solid sci-fi detective-mystery adventure game set in what must be coastal Norway after society collapsed from an over-reliance on AI. What IA solid sci-fi detective-mystery adventure game set in what must be coastal Norway after society collapsed from an over-reliance on AI. What I like about the setting is that although it's "post collapse" it's not just doom and gloom, small societies seem to be thriving and getting by just fine. The world seems very believable, with interesting characters, and it's not just a "mad max" or "fallout" setting. The story is pretty fast-paced, engaging, relatively original and with a few nice twists and turns along the way.

    The game also has some interesting game-play mechanics where you can pick different dialogue options along the lines of "assertive", "analytical" and "empathetic". And depending on your choices your character will then develop in different ways, and different problem solving options will open up. So it's actually a bit of an RPG and not just a point-and-click game.

    This is very similar to Unavowed which also has quite a few RPG elements in it. Which makes sense since the developers of Whispers of a Machine are the the same who also made Kathy Rain, which was published by Wadjet Eye Games. And I also believe Dave Gilbert of WEG was involved in the voice work for Whispers of a Machine. So although Whispers of a Machine is published by Raw Fury, a Swedish publisher, there is definitely some heavy inspiration here from games such as the Blackwell Series and Unavowed. Fans of Wadjet Eye Games should feel right at home I believe, at least I did.

    All in all I had a great time with Whispers of a Machine and it's definitely one of the best adventure games from 2019. For the developers it's a huge leap up in quality from Kathy Rain, but I would still like to see even higher resolution art for the in-world characters and a slightly more fleshed out universe.

    Some examples of things which could be improved: There is a school in the village, but I only saw two children and no class. There is a café which we are led to believe we can go to, but we never do. There is a scene in which bringing along the local police to arrest someone would have made a lot of sense, but instead we go at it solo and get ourselves and someone else into trouble. The motivations, and actions, of the main antagonist towards the end are highly dubious and unfocused, they feel like they are placed there just to oppose the player and create drama. Then you can also drink a max of one cup of coffee a day, this is highly unrealistic for the Nordic population and even more so for police officers.. So maybe the last 10-15% of world building and play-testing is missing.

    But like I said, this is a huge step up in quality from Kathy Rain and if they continue like this I'd wager their next game will be something spectacular. I'm also quite happy with the recent trend of the inclusion of light RPG elements in adventure games, I think this is quite genius and really adds to the genre. Especially when it comes to detective games such as this one. The score is a "very solid 8 but not quite a 9". If you like adventure games, and you're a fan of the Wadjet Eye style of games, you should definitely play it.
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  5. May 12, 2020
    7
    Short and focused, it does incorporate an interesting RPG mechanic of unlocking skills. I went the empathy route and feel it was probably easyShort and focused, it does incorporate an interesting RPG mechanic of unlocking skills. I went the empathy route and feel it was probably easy mode. It does not feel like it has replay value though. It is humourless and the story disappoints a bit by the end, but I do wholeheartedly recommend it. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2020
    7
    A nice graphic adventure, little to say. I liked the plot, and also the gameplay, quite different from others of the same genre, due to theA nice graphic adventure, little to say. I liked the plot, and also the gameplay, quite different from others of the same genre, due to the powers and choices that lead to different ways of dealing with the puzzles. Great music and voice acting. Too bad for the duration, very short game, just over 6 hours. Quite simple puzzles, except 2-3 a little weird. Recommended for all point and click lovers. Expand
  7. Fuz
    May 16, 2019
    4
    Cannot stand the autosave system. Such a stupid decision from the devs. Let me decide when to save and keep my save points like I always didCannot stand the autosave system. Such a stupid decision from the devs. Let me decide when to save and keep my save points like I always did since the '90s. Also, this has been aggravated by the fact that I played about one hour then logged off. When I returned to the game there was no autosave file to load and I had to start from zero.

    At that point I was just too infuriated and stopped playing altogether. Not sure I will touch the game ever again.
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