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The Novelist

Orthogonal Games
Dec 10, 2013 - PC

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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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He may be the novelist, but you're the one who writes his story in this introspective, story-driven indie game released today on Steam.

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