Sarawak

Cowleyfornia Studios LLP, Cowleyfornia Studios LLP

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
78
Top Critic Average
Based on 4 critic reviews
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Sarawak

Rating Summary

Based on 4 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

Based on 4 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJan 28, 2021

Developer: Cowleyfornia Studios LLP

Publisher: Cowleyfornia Studios LLP

Genres: Adventure, Interactive Story

Sarawak is a literary mystery game set in Oxford and Borneo. A university professor is found dead on the steps outside your hotel. The police arrest someone very close to you for his murder. The dead professor has left behind him a web of secrets that you alone can unravel. Sarawak is a short narrative adventure game that takes you from the dreaming spires of Oxford to the jungles of Borneo as you make interactive choices and solve puzzles in a story that blurs the boundaries between narrative games and conventional literature. FOR FANS OF NARRATIVE ADVENTURE GAMES OR OLD-FASHIONED MYSTERY NOVELS Sarawak will appeal to players who enjoyed the likes of 80 Days, A Case of Distrust, LucasArts adventure games or Agatha Christie novels. Sarawak is best described as a narrative adventure, and gameplay is split between interactive text choices and point-and-click puzzles. CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY Through dialogue choices, you interact with a cast of characters who help or hinder your progress. The more you unravel, the more conflicted you become as you start to question who's lying and who's telling the truth. SOLVE PUZZLES Discover Sarawak's beautiful and interactive illustrations as you open locks and doors, discover secret rooms, hack into police equipment, pore through newspaper archives, and light up a jungle research station.

Sarawak Critic Reviews

Sarawak is an interesting story that sells itself too short, with interesting gameplay and an intriguing premise but ultimately not enough exposition.

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Worth Playing

Lauren "Feffy" Hall
8 / 10.0
Worth Playing

Narrative game fanatics who enjoyed such masterpieces as the sultry Vampire: The Masquerade or the noir-esque A Case of Distrust will find similar entertainment with Sarawak, complete with several dialogue choices and interactive art to spur the story along. Despite the lack of extensive character development, the main character is one you happily root for, and she would not be out of place in a typical mystery novel. The story is as engaging as it is brief, but the story length does not have to be considered a flaw, as a shorter game can be a welcome break from the usual 20- to 50-hour gaming marathon. Sarawak is not perfect, but it is a great game to pass an hour or so, and it's ideal for those who don't have the time for an extensive read or playthrough. After all, not all great stories are back-breaking novels; sometimes, a short story says as much as a story that's 10 times longer.

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Sarawak can be found on Steam right now for $9.99. I highly encourage anyone that's a fan of mysteries and interactive novels to give it a try, and support this wonderful new indie studio.

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Sarawak is a wonderfully crafted narrative adventure that follows an endearing character as she journey's to explore herself and the mysteries of her life. It features a well-written story that's brimming with character, charm, and wit. It has incredible art that complements incredibly vivid prose and fun, engaging puzzles to help make the experience a little more interactive.

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