|a game by||Robert Brock|
|Editor Rating:||6.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Simulator Games, Best Indie Games, Horror Games, Puzzle Games|
If you have ever seen films set in one location, you’ll know that they are a hard sell unless done particularly well. Movies like 127 hours or Room act as good examples of this. Well, what if we told you that there is a video game that presents a story without ever leaving the confines of a prison cell no bigger than a box room flat in central London. Sounds boring right? Well, in Presentable Liberty, you begin to realize that narrative is a very powerful device in game design indeed.
This game plays rather like this games prequel Exoptable Money, Draugen, Dollhouse, Paranormal Syndrome and to some extent Silent Hill 2. This game combines fine storytelling with an apocalyptic setting and some psychological horror elements, aiming to really touch a nerve with the player. However, does the game manage this, or is it just a monotonous stay behind bars? We find out in our review of Presentable Liberty.
So the question on everyone’s lips is how do you tell a compelling story from within a shoe box cell. Well, the simple answer is through some brief exposition and then a series of letters slipped under your door from various cryptic characters. You’ll get to know these pen pals as they deal with the end of the world in their own respective ways. Plus, with no means of communicating back to these people, this adds another layer to their responses, with you acting as a means of release for these people.
The characters you encounter, Charlette, Mr Smiley and Dr Money all have very well written and complex stories that pull at the heart strings, leaving you rattling your cell door in anticipation of their next letter of correspondence. The cell setting adds to this desire for communication and interactivity. The solitude plays a huge part in this game’s success and it’s a testament to the developers for taking a risk like this.
Not All Doom and Gloom
You may be stuck in a prison cell and the world may be ending, but it’s not all terrible. The player still has a number of things they can do to pass the time in their cell. You’ll have a trusty PEP or Personal Entertainment Product, which allows you to play simple mini-games like Fear of Fire or Serpent. These allow you to collect achievements and work toward something within the confines of the cell but eventually these become boring and tedious, which is obviously the intent of the developer and works in the games favour.
The game is designed to make you think. It’s not a game that is necessarily fun. Nor is it a game that aims to be an audio or visual masterclass. Instead, it is a game that is a work of art through it’s design, it’s premise and it’s storytelling.
Overall, Presentable Liberty is a game that succeeds at what it aims to do. It offers a narrative masterclass, touches a nerve with its player base and offers something truly unique. However, it goes without saying that this game is not for everyone. It offers very little interactivity, there are several moments of downtime where nothing happens at all and in terms of presentation, it’s nothing special either.
However, for those that like to make the argument that video games are an art form. This is another important game to add to the pile.
- A masterclass in storytelling
- A unique premise carried out expertly
- Levity through mini-games
- A lot of downtime in this game
- Minimal interactivity
- A concept that is not for impatient gamers
Download Presentable Liberty
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP