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Big Brother has arrived - and it's you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences...

 

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Big Brother has arrived - and it's you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences...

Orwell is a new governmental security program that has the power to survey the online presence of every person in The Nation. It can monitor all personal communications and access any computer. To preserve the privacy of citizens, human researchers examine the data Orwell finds and decide which pieces of information should be passed on to the security forces, and which should be rejected.

Selected from thousands of candidates, you are Orwell's first human researcher. And when a terror attack rocks the Nation's capital city of Bonton, Orwell, and you, are immediately put to the test. Starting with a single person of interest, you'll help the security forces build out and profile a network of potential culprits.

But are these people really terrorists? What does the information you reveal to Orwell say about them? What if you find out things about them that not even their loved ones know? What is the real price of maintaining the security that the Nation is yearning for?


Key Features:

Investigate the digital lives of citizens. 
Search web pages, scour through social media posts, dating site profiles, news articles and blogs to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks.

Invade the private lives of suspects. 
Listen in on chat communications, read personal emails, hack PCs, pull medical files, make connections. Find the information you need to know.

Determine the relevance of information. 
Only the information you provide will be seen by the security forces and acted upon. You decide what gets seen and what does not, influencing how the suspects will be perceived.

Secure the freedom of the Nation. 
Find the terrorists so the citizens of the Nation can sleep safe, knowing Orwell is watching over them.

MATURE CONTENT WARNING
Please note, Orwell includes mature language at multiple points throughout the game as well as mature themes and is not suitable for younger players.


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Publisher:
Surprise Attack
Developer:
Osmotic Studios
Genres:
Indie
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Released:
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Languages:
English
Format:
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements

PC

  • OS: Windows XP SP2+ 
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz 
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GPU: DirectX 9 compatible 
  • DirectX: Version 9.0 
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

MAC

  • OS: Tested on Mac OS X 10.10.5 
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz 
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+ 
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

LINUX

  • OS: Tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz 
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+ 
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

 

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100
Makes you think

frexterSWE

Orwell is a fun interactive story with puzzle elements. It deals with some heavy subjects that is very relevant to our generation. The story is well crafted, and the UI simulating a computer means it becomes very immersive easily - which is key for a title like this. Great game!

80
Well written and a decent use of the subject matter

Legolas_Katarn

Orwell is a game about state surveillance that has you investigating a group's online profiles, phones, emails, calls, and PCs to try to find who was behind a recent bombing. The game is well written with some good dialogue and story twists and actions that can change how things play out depending on what you report. Some things give conflicting information and one most be chosen to be uploaded, some are common sense to know what is true and some you just need to wait to learn more but gameplay never really becomes any more than some choices at the end of the game or different events playing out depending on what information you upload on someone. Both gameplay wise and narratively it does a decent job showing how such a power can be easily abused, with seemingly unimportant uploads possibly endangering someone's life or something said in anger or out of context can be used against someone, the story also has a few twists and surprises. It can wrap up a little too neatly, some events seem pretty unlikely, and the gameplay never really rushes you or forces you to make difficult decisions, it does come somewhat close in one part and it does show how a game like this could be improved mechanically. Good plot, decent use of subject matter, and some good ideas if there were other games like it.

80
Nice adaptation

Dave24

Probably everyone heard of George Orwell, be it Animal Farm or 1984. Both books had similiar themes going on in them, mostly that goverment is in control of every move of their citizens and this game is all about it. You're pretty much a big brother watching people's every move and that's what this game is all about. It is not long, around 4 hours, but it doesn't feel too short and it doesn't overstay its welcome. It's nice take on video game and can make you think about you leaving your personal data and trace everywhere. Good game, but perfect to pick on sale.

100
Very interesting and gripping story.

Makikuki

A very interesting and thought-provoking little detective game. You play as a person working for the government trying to track down the perpetrator of a terrorist attack. As you can probably tell by the name, this involves snooping through people's private lives. This isn't a game to go into expecting wild gameplay mechanics (the best game I can compare it to in that respect is Papers Please) but it's a game that makes you think and make choices, and I personally find that pretty neat! + Amazing plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. Honestly I gasped out loud at some points from certain reveals! + Character development in the game is superb and really hooks you into the game. As I learned more about characters I went between loving and hating them so many times. + Choices feel impactful. + Very nice interface, easy to use. + Simple artstyle and music suit the game nicely. - Game ending (or at least the one I got) wasn't super satisfying for me and I feel like everything ended a little abruptly. I did like the "post-ending" scene though, which kind of rounds stuff out a bit. - Game is a little bit hand-holdy at points. - Fairly short game

100
Interesting

spiderhopper_hu

Orwell is a game about investigating other people's online persona, in order, to fight crime. It sounds morally grey at best, but in truth, you don't actually have much more power then a private citizen would, since with the exception of their chat, you can monitor these things on anyone in real life, if they let you, and most people do. Anyway, about the game. The whole thing is played through a virtual program called Orwell, which let's you monitor the various social media sites, or at least their fictional version, and collect clues about the suspects. Some clues are fake, and some are contradicting, so you have to think, and make decisions, what o report, and what to leave out. At first glance, the game seems to hold your hand, but actually, quite a lot depends on how you decide, and may very well send an innocent person to prison if you chose wrong(or right, if that's your goal, there's an achievement for it). The game is medium length. You can complete it in about 10 hours. 15 max, if you're a slow reader. For an entertaining game, i think this is rather cheap, and i recommend it for anyone, who likes Text based adventures.

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