Facade - my two cents
If this is in the wrong forum I do apologize but since this was mentioned in this month's B&B segment....
Shane mentioned this free interactive novel game called "Facade" which he said is simular to "Alter Ego." I gave it a download at nearly 800 megs so I could give it a whirl. Here is what I think.
The idea is that you play the role of a character which you pick a name from a set list. After that you hear an answering machine message inviting you over to a friends house for a get together. Then the screen fades in with you in front of the door as you hear the husband and wife argue over wine glasses. After you knock on the door you are then greeted by the husband. From this point you are in control over what happens.
The idea behind the game is that you are interacting with the two characters by typing in dialog which they respond to along with using the mouse to, say, pick up an item or hug one of the characters. Movement in the room is done with the arrow keys on your keyboard as you are seeing the game through the eyes of your character (ala first person perspective).
Throughout the duration of the game you have to make decisions on what to say, how to react, and how to emotionally handle what is going on. The duration can be anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour depending on how you play things out. I played through this four times already and each time I've gotten different results depending on what I did right from the first decision I made.
The graphics in this game are pretty nice for underground. The game has a stylish attempt of a sketch drawn look which looks very nice. At times if you are away enough from one of the characters however the game seems to drop detail of things like mouths and what not but that's a minor detail.
One of the things that most impressed me with the game is how remarkable the speech engine is. If I didn't know any better I swear the computer was rendering the speech on the fly instead of it being pre-recorded dialog. I mean when you type something the characters reply very quickly to what you type. I also felt that the dialog itself is very well done, not to mention with my nice headphones I felt the stereo mix is very nice. When someone is to the right rear of you then you'll hear their voice in that direction. Very well done.
The music is nothing special or memorable yet however it does add to what is going on so it does work.
Overall I must give a high recommendation to Facade. It is well worth the download and I must say I hope we get to see more high quality interactive novel games like this in the future.
Listen. Think. Rant.
NFL = New England Patriots (AFC) & Minnesota Vikings (NFC)
MLS = New England Revolution (East) & LA Galaxy (West)