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Published on June 26th, 2015 | by Mica Rose


Her Story – PC Review

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Her Story is like nothing I’ve ever played before.

Her Story is quite honestly like nothing I’ve ever played before. The creator has tapped into a unique way of story telling that pulls the player into the genuinely engaging mystery.

The game takes place on the desktop of an old PC. There are a few ReadMe files to offer some information on what you need to do, a rubbish bin with a Mirror Tile game stashed in it and a program called L.O.G.I.C.

The latter is a police database, where video clips of various interviews with a woman from 1994 have been stored and digitally tagged, so that you can search for keywords and pull back relevant clips.

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The interviews revolve around a woman, who’s husband has gone missing and the discussions the police have with her in the days following his disappearance. As you watch and listen to each clip, you need to decide which keywords you’ve seen might lead you further down the rabbit hole towards discovering the truth.

Though you only ever hear one side of the story (the detectives interviewing her can never be heard), and the clips are non linear, you begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together in your own head.

The game really knows how to pull you in; if you watch a particularly revealing or ominous clip, the lights will flicker or you’ll hear police sirens. I always took this as an encouraging little sign that I was on the right track.

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Not only is the way that the player discovers the story original and thought provoking, but the narrative itself is fantastic. The outcome is unpredictable and surprising, with one final plot twist at the end to reward the gamer for discovering the whole story.

Though it’s release has clashed with the Goliath of Batman: Arkham Knight, this game is definitely worth taking a break from Gotham City to take on a different kind of detective work.

Her Story is out now on Steam and iOS.

What do you think consumers? Will you be tucking into this little mystery? Let us know in the comments!

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