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The Novelist

Orthogonal Games
Dec 10, 2013 - PC
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

IGN
6.5 / 10
Eurogamer
8 / 10
Game Informer
7 / 10
GameSpot
7 / 10
Polygon
7.5 / 10
Game Revolution
2.5 / 5
VideoGamer
5 / 10
Twinfinite
4 / 5
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Critic Reviews for The Novelist

The Novelist is an interesting, minimalist study of family relationships undermined by a rather superficial narrative.

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It's an interesting short experiment in narrative choices, then, but perhaps I'm just missing the point because I'm single, young, childless, and will never be able to afford that house. In any case, I really hope Mr Ghost gets to flip a table over one day or spew some food just once, because he's really earned it.

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Seeing one character succeed at another's expense isn't exactly fun, but it results in some tough and thought-provoking decisions

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The Novelist doesn't tell the most tightly constructed of stories, but the choices it forces you to make have real, affecting weight.

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The Novelist captures the quiet heartbreaks of family life.

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[W]hile The Novelist certainly has a particular charm with its minimalist visual style and unique concept, I felt underwhelmed by my experience with it.

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An intriguing narrative is bogged down by sparse mechanics and repetitive environments.

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I'd easily recommend it for anyone interested in thoughtful, emotionally-driven story — though, its focus on this is likely a detractor for many more "traditional" gamers.

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