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Speaking Simulator

Rating Summary

Based on 10 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

10%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJan 30, 2020
PCJan 30, 2020

Developer: Affable Games

Genre: Simulation

Do you have a vague understanding of human interaction? Well this is the game for you! Your mission is simple: Infiltrate a world of extremely trusting humans, speak to them, and convince them that you’re definitely not a robot. The disgusting art of human speech is a mystery us. Somehow, just by waving a wet tongue around and stretching your lips a bit, words come out. Just how does this work? We don’t know. But in this simulation you will have to learn quickly if you don’t want your face to explode. Beware: if you make errors, your systems will overload and your AI will be forced to relieve pressure by triggering one of the huge array of facial explosions and mechanical glitches. Sorry, but in this economy we had to cut some corners with your safety features. As you upgrade your technology, you must learn to smile when something is happy, and frown when something is sad. Eye contact is important too, as humans find it suspicious if you look unceasingly into their eyes with a wide smile as they tell you a tragic story. GAME FEATURES - Make your way through 10 different social scenarios such as job interviews, eulogies, doctor examinations, and romantic conversations. - Upgrade yourself with the latest in social technology. Learn to smile, raise an eyebrow, and awkwardly glance away from eye contact, just like in real life. - The most realistic gibberish system ever seen in gaming. Play within a dynamic audio system that reacts to tongue and mouth movement. - Replayability: With a huge array of different failure facial explosions, every conversation is hilarious and unique. - Fantastically beautiful tongue graphics. Finely tuned spit particles. - Adaptive soundtrack which changes as you enter different parts of your conversation. - Highly polished dialogue and delightful narrative. - Degrade yourself by partaking in human dancing. - Customize your robot to make it feel like your own. - A surprisingly good portrayal of social anxiety.

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Speaking Simulator is a fun idea that remained best on paper.

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Like its protagonist, Speaking Simulator starts off okay but later reveals itself to be a janky mess upon further inspection.

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Speaking Simulator is a great idea delivered in mostly the right way. It throws its android protagonist into some brilliantly awkward situations and, once you've unlocked his entire repertoire of facial movements, things get pleasingly hectic. However, a lack of polish with regards to the controls, zero replayability, a janky combo system and the fact you don't actually seem to be able to fail a level all conspire to hold it back from being really easy to recommend.

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Much like the games it takes inspiration from, Speaking Simulator definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s a short physics-based romp filled with slapstick quality and well-written humour that’s bound to make anyone laugh regardless of whether you’re playing or watching. Despite its short runtime and minimal replay value, if Speaking Simulator piques your interest I implore you to give it a go, it’s as entertaining as it looks, but don’t expect anything much deeper than that.

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Speaking Simulator Available on Switch and PC Jan 30

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Speaking Simulator on Nintendo Switch - Vote for me on Jan 30, 2020

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