[Spoilers] The Novelist

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The choices, the choices…

I wanted to write down some thoughts about the different “routes” in The Novelist as well as their outcomes. The game had 3 chapters per month and 3 months in total. In each chapter a wish can be granted, so it makes 9 choices altogether. All except the last choice could be compromised with another wish. This made it impossible to aim for 3 main wishes and 3 compromises for all characters. Smart – or annoying?

In any case, incoming my playthroughs and their outcomes. So spoilers, spoilers ahead – in case someone missed it in the title there. Continue reading

The Novelist

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Score: 7.0
2013

The Novelist is an interesting little game about life choices, mainly between one’s family and career. The Kaplan family of three (the writer Dan, his artist wife Linda and their son Tommy) moves into a remote location for the summer, mainly so that the father could work on his new novel. The player is an outside force that observes and even influences the decisions of the father. At the end of the summer the consequences of the player’s actions are revealed. Continue reading

Shelter

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Score: 8.0
(10+)
2013

Shelter is a short and cute game about being a mother badger, taking care of her offspring. It’s a rather simple game but full of charm. And it can be surprisingly distressing at points. I played it with my kids and possibly ended up scarring them a bit (that age limit of 10 is not just for show, though all the violence in the game is nothing more than can be seen in nature documentaries). Continue reading