Orwell - Keeping an Eye on You

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Orwell - Keeping an Eye on You is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 6, 2016

There is no deep understanding here, you won’t have your mind changed, and it certainly doesn’t have any of the emotional impact of Papers Please. But within its own barmy universe, it works! It’s a good chunk of fun, and easily survives at least a second play to see how much you can mess with people’s lives.

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Stevivor
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2016

With a total of five episodes releasing over the coming weeks, Orwell’s story has not yet come to a close. Based on the first two instalments however, I can happily recommend this for anyone that loves to dig into a layered story – or just wants to snoop around in somebody else’s emails.

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Videospielkombinat
Liked
Liked
Aug 18, 2018

Is total control a price worth paying for safety? Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You has some flaws gameplay-wise but overall the game tells a very interesting story and presents it in a thoughtful way. You're spying on people and feeding the machine with information. Try out the free demo and decide afterwards.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2016

If you like getting an hour per monetary unit, then you definitely get that in Orwell. The campaign is as long as Titanfall 2, and it has a heck of a lot more gameplay to it than BATMAN the Telltale Series, both of which cost more and are written just as well.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

Orwell grabs the problem of how we balance our own liberty and our safety and turns it into a thrilling adventure. It unfolds complex debate points into a dazzling satire, that neatly presents all the relevant arguments as a series of moral problems, dressed up in a frighteningly convincing world.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 21, 2016

Orwell is a thought-provoking game about privacy, politics, and ethical dilemmas such as sacrificing a few in favor of the whole. With immersive visuals and a multi-layered story, it will instantly pull you in. This game offers high replayability and starts much-needed conversations in this age of technology.

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Play Some Video Games
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 20, 2017

Orwell takes place in a country called the Nation, led by a modern-day authoritarian government known as The Party in the capital of Bonton. In 2012, the Party passed the Safety Bill, a law expanding the government’s ability to spy on its citizens in the name of national security. As part of the bill the Ministry of Security, led by Secretary of Security Catherine Delacroix, commissioned a covert surveillance system code named Demiurge (later renamed Orwell). Orwell allows investigations into the private communications of people of interest, but doesn’t allow any one person full access. Instead, Orwell’s operation is run by two groups; Investigators, persons outside of the Nation working for the government who search through the communication of target persons and upload items of interest (represented as “datachunks”), and Advisors, people inside of the Nation who use the received datachunks to determine the course of action and to recommend actions to the authorities.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Nov 13, 2016

A lot of effort went into creating the content for the game and it is really impressive. I wish there was more room to make more of your own deductions, but that isn’t the nature of Orwell. After playing the first three episodes, I am hooked and cannot wait to play the next two. It’s simple but fun with unexpected twists along the way. There are four episodes now out on Steam, but remember your every move is being watched…

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RPG Fan
86%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

86%
Jan 15, 2017

Good for contemplating the line between security surveillance and invasion of privacy.

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2016

Orwell is a thriller investigation game, but also an interactive way to face the consequences of a dystopian society.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2016

Orwell paints a picture of a surveillance state that is morally reprehensible yet sadly recognisable and relateable

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 30, 2016

A smart take on surveillance and a focus on player choice makes Orwell exciting, engaging, and discomforting.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Dec 13, 2016

A novel perspective on totalitarian surveillance. Orwell may not make you think, but it should keep you entertained.

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The Escapist
Dec 19, 2016

Orwell is a thought-provoking interactive debate about the politics of privacy and security. It's the kind of game that never actually feels like a game, and it manages to do it well

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Game Informer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2016

Orwell is a lukewarm interactive thriller with several moments that hit hard, but it’s inconsistent and some of the writing is laughably bad

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