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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: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. May 23, 2019
    78
    At the end of the day, Whispers of a Machine is an excellent point-and-click mystery that I would recommend to both a fan of the genre and a solid entry point. It’s doesn’t flip the genre on its head, but the fun detective mechanics and impressively personalized story serve to make otherwise familiar gameplay feel fresh. It’s short, sweet, and although there is the promise for more, is ultimately rewarding.
  5. Jun 5, 2019
    70
    Whispers Of A Machine is a solid Point & Click adventure underpinned with some intriguing choice mechanics, boasting a solid, if not revelatory plot. Worth seeking out.
  6. May 8, 2019
    70
    Despite having big ideas, Whispers of a Machine is ultimately a traditional example of the genre with some neat ideas rather than something revelatory. But it's very good at what it does, and those augmentations help to differentiate it from all the other adventure games out there. It's short but gripping, offering a well-written, interesting and clever experience that wraps up well and which rewards your choices and play style with unique powers and puzzle solutions.
  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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 18, 2019
    8
    A very nice, retro style point-and-cilck adventure. A charming cast, good voice acting and spectacular backgrounds add to the feeling.

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    A very nice, retro style point-and-cilck adventure. A charming cast, good voice acting and spectacular backgrounds add to the feeling.

    I like the story . but have played more engaging ones in the past. (but also much worse ones)

    What i did not quite like was the .. sprites? (are those sprites?) the objects that move vs. the static backgrounds. The backgrounds are smoothed with very noticable AA (well, noticable because of the very low resolution) - while the characters and mobile objects are very, VERY jagged and pixalated. While they still look VERY good and well drawn - they stand out a bit much from the background.

    I am not finished with the game, so i cannot comment further on the conclusion - but all in all .. this is a game that is certainly well above the average - but also well in the more casual player range (similar puzzle difficulty like the Blackwell series)
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  2. 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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