Story driven crossword Games only mechanic is to guess words which have been censored. Neither plot nor lore are worth the price for me. I admit, I've bought it without research at all. I was hoping to get experience like Dark Room. And mechanics included could give it to me. Unfortunately, they didn't grip me at all.
Bounced off it immediately, tried and bounced again An interesting concept for a narrative experience with nothing mechanical to support it. Guessing blindly doesn't really qualify as a mechanic. The possibility space is too broad, and the result isn't really what could be called interactive since it is hard to become invested in a crapshoot. The narrative and prose, at least to where I stopped didn't wow, and are deficient in any real mechanical guidance. Ultimately, this is likely a premise better as an idea than a game, in this form or any other.
Not worth it Definitely a good game, however the ending was terrible, and the gameplay could be better. Needs to be longer at the very least, or even have a less obvious storyline.
Great idea, Okay delivery The atmosphere here is fantastic. Some of the answers gave me chills as I realised what the 'Department of Communication' had censored in a given letter, and why. That being said, the fiction isn't handled especially delicately, and certainly once a decidedly human (if sadistic) relationship develops directly between you and the censor, some of that creepy detachment is lost. Secondly, I was very surprised at how short and linear this game was, given it's a paid title. All in all a lovely gaming experience I'm glad I had, but did feel a little disappointed at the end. 3/5
Minimalist 1984 style text game I enjoyed it. Never played a game like it. It was long enough and I liked the ending. You have no impact on the outcome, you're strictly along for the ride, but it's an interesting ride. The sense of gleeful malice emanating from The Department is horrific, and at times a little jarring.
Frustrating A good and innovative concept, however if you got stuck on anything, that was it. You either had to keep staring at the puzzle hoping you'd come up with a word you hadnt tried yet, or you had to look it up on line (something i hate doing). And some of the words were pretty tough!
-Blackbar 1.0.3 fixes some issues with alternate spellings and scrolling to uncompleted words.
-Blackbar 1.0.1 fixes some issues with custom keyboards.