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REVIEW: Richard & Alice

Richard & Alice isn’t the most impressive game in terms of gameplay but has a narrative so deep and sinister, it merits multiple playthroughs for maximum intake.

The world is subject to disastrous weather conditions which have ultimately ruined civilization, leading to a decline in social morals. This top-down point and click adventure revolves around two complete strangers to one another; Richard & Alice, who meet in a strange prison. Unknown as to why both are there, they quickly get to know each other, eventually sharing the most intense life stories.

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Why would someone do such a thing?

And that’s how the game is played; you’ll alternate between the present as Richard within the prison, and Alice’s past through flashbacks. The world is subject to disastrous weather conditions which have ultimately ruined civilization, leading to a decline in social morals. This harsh new environment is your playfield, and it’s up to you to navigate through it whilst experiencing one of the darkest storylines in recent titles.

Whilst Richard & Alice is too short, it does provide enough puzzle gameplay you’d expect in a game such as this, however these puzzles are way too easy and provide little challenge, which is ideal for the casual gamer but hardened adventure gamers might be disappointed. The graphics resemble that specific look a lot of early to mid-90’s adventure games had such as Beneath a Steel Sky and The Secret of Monkey Island – this could be an ode to those games and is visually very nostalgic.

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Interacting with the environment and discovering new items is commonplace in Richard & Alice.

With multiple endings available based on your actions, there’s plenty of room for replayability, which is advised because a script written so well deserves your attention. For a 2-man studio, Richard & Alice is an impressive little indie project that demonstrates how narrative can often outdo gameplay. Worth checking out.

http://owlcave.net/richard-alice/

Rating: 7/10

Available On: Windows PC




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