This game brings back the good old days of classic point-and-click adventure games and is also unique in that the gameplayer can control up to four characters at the same time over the course of the game. The cold introduction before the game's splash screen presents the four characters to play through and informs you of their perspectives before the mystery begins.
We meet Ed, a Computer Assistant at Juno Labs. Anna, a Medical Doctor who works at the city's hospital. Det. Bennet, a seasoned Police Officer bent on collaring the bad guys. And Ray, a pragmatic Investigative Blogger chasing his next big story. These four meet in the aftermath of the death of Anna's Uncle Javi and try to find out why he died.
The mechanics of controling the four characters takes a little processing because of switching back and forth while moving forward in the story, but generally is simple. The character palette quickly lets you know which character you are at the moment. You can give and talk about most of the inventory items to the other characters and use any character for most of the story. Story cues will usually identify which character is the best for each leg of the game.
Basic Story Overview
The story starts out with a televised news report showing that catastrophic explosions have taken place all over the world, including at the White House. However, no person or group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In Aventine City, Ed has his computer crunching numbers for his boss Dr. Morales over at Juno Labs. He's awakened early Sunday morning and heads off to the lab. Anna has to head in to work at the hospital and first meets Ed on the subway. Ray is investigating what he thinks will be an important story, also at the hospital, and is using his computer hacking skills to find out more about a secret project that he got an email tip about. Meanwhile, Det. Bennet and his partner are on a stakeout following a suspect, when a citywide power blackout occurs.
When the power returns, emergency services are spread thin trying to help the city's residents. Soon it's discovered that Dr. Morales was trapped and injured inside his lab. When he's finally taken to the hospital, Anna recognizes him as her Uncle Javi and he soon dies. Now Ed, Anna, Bennet, and Ray start trying to figure out the significance of his death.
Their search for clues takes them all around the city.
Get The Game
Download a demo or buy the game from WadJet Eye Games. The demo is a free download for the PC. The game sells for about $10, which gives you a download link for the full game.
Play the game intro-demo to see how the multi-character palette control can be used before purchasing the game. Each character's story segment is self-contained during the demo and you can learn how the mechanics of wandering through the story work, in particular the long and short term memory.
The total playing time is over 10 hours. And because there is some swearing especially towards the end game when things get more intense, this game is recommended for mid-teens and up.