I’m not going to give a score to ‘The Norwood Suite’. It’s pointless, even more so that any normal review. This isn’t an experience that can be scored and numbered, nor is it one that can be categorized or recommended based on other titles. Unless you’ve played and enjoyed the 10-minute prequel, “Off-Peak,” that is. But I will say this- if you’re the kind of person who enjoys art, or mystery, or even just a good theory craft- then you have to play ‘The Norwood Suite’. You won’t regret it.
With some re-arranging of the locations we visit and the characters we encounter, the mechanics of play, and the level design, this game could have fantastic atmosphere and would have compelled me to take a deep nosedive into the ripe thematic core it presents. So my message to you is this: if the idea of ‘We Happy Few’ interested you, I’d recommend you give it a try. It’s not perfect, by any length, but it’s something I think we should all at least look at, as there are many design lessons to be learned. A great concept does not make a great game, but if you’re willing to put up with some slightly annoying level design and play with mechanics you’ve seen before, that price of entry may well be worth it if you’re wanting to experience the story it has to tell.
At £15.00, this is a game well worth your time if you plan on having some friends round for an afternoon – Combine with a few drinks and an extra-large pizza and you’ve got yourself a perfectly chilled-out Friday night game. Highly recommended.