Orwell - Keeping an Eye on You
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A novel perspective on totalitarian surveillance. Orwell may not make you think, but it should keep you entertained.
Orwell is a lukewarm interactive thriller with several moments that hit hard, but it’s inconsistent and some of the writing is laughably bad
A smart take on surveillance and a focus on player choice makes Orwell exciting, engaging, and discomforting.
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.
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.
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.
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
Orwell is a thriller investigation game, but also an interactive way to face the consequences of a dystopian society.
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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.
Good for contemplating the line between security surveillance and invasion of privacy.