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Rating by CaptainD posted on Jan 26, 2018 | edit | delete

Great atmosphere, but gameplay is lacking

I really, really wanted to like this game.  The atmospheric portrayal of a bleak dystopian future almost rivals that of Westwood’s “Bladerunner”.  Sadly that’s where the comparisons to an all-time great end.

The visuals are very nice, moody music, decent voice acting. The interface does its job and is suitably cyberpunky in design. Most of the early puzzles are logical enough.  Just as it starts to get interesting, the puzzles get obscure and you end up travelling between locations again and again, wondering what you might have missed.  (Yes I know, this is a problem that blights even classic AGs at times, but it’s particularly bad here.)  It just feels like there is almost never enough to actually DO in these gorgeously presented locations.

Eventually it ends up as a case of style over substance.  I got quite a way into the game but never completed it in the end, even with hints the time taken to travel the locations felt way too long, and at one point it appeared that the problem might be a bug not something I’d done wrong (can’t 100% confirm that).  It felt like this could be something really special after the first half hour of playing, but sadly never lived up to that.


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Time Played: 2-5 hours

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Rating by Arreanore posted on Sep 28, 2017 | edit | delete

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Rating by desillusion84 posted on Jan 17, 2017 | edit | delete

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Rating by TrevimusPrime posted on Dec 12, 2015 | edit | delete

Painfully Unfinished

Painfully unfinished, Alternativa may be the worst point and clink game Ive played in years. Firstly, the game crashes a lot. This can be remedied by running in as an admin, but the game will still however crash sometimes during cutscenes (which it did during the bloody ending credts).

Some puzzles are nonsensical (the very first for example) and a lot of the time lacks any clear hints about what you need to do. This could be down to a poor translation, but some of the solutions are just down to bad game design. Does the story make up for this?
No….Not even a little.
Theres an interesting Distopian setting presented here, but its wasted on a plot that travels so fast, that the story itself isnt even fleshed out. There was a twist at one point, that Im guessing was supposed to be dramatic, but as a player you werent given enough background to actually care. As other reviewers have mentioned, the game end on an abrupt note, and feels very unfinished. If the plot was good, I would complain, but I was just happy it was over.

Graphics and voice acting can always be forgiven, bad puzzles and narrative however, cannot.

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Time Played: 2-5 hours

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Rating by TheOldSF posted on Jun 9, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by LiloneePetra2015 posted on Mar 8, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by wiadp1 posted on Mar 7, 2014 | edit | delete

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Rating by olomaster posted on Mar 18, 2013 | edit | delete

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Rating by pylke posted on Nov 16, 2012 | edit | delete

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Rating by Yzothateg posted on Oct 19, 2012 | edit | delete

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