Richard and Alice are prisoners. Both their cells have a leather sofa and a state-of-the-art computer. But only Richard’s has a TV.
Outside, the snow falls. It has done for some time. Elsewhere, they say, parts of the world have been rendered an inhospitable desert, the earth parched and cracked. People live in the zones now. The lucky ones, anyway.
Richard and Alice have secrets.
Created by Lewis Denby and Ashton Raze, whose games journalism credits include the likes of Eurogamer, Gamespot and the Telegraph, Richard & Alice is a riveting mystery story about family, desperation and the weather – all set to the beat of an indie adventure game.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP 3 / Vista / 7 / 8, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM (1GB recommended), video card with DirectX 9.0c compatibility, 100MB hard drive space, mouse and keyboard.
Posted on 2013-02-22 09:31:36 bylowyhong:
Richard & Alice is an excellent adventure game, made with much thought given to the development of its characters and plot. The story is centralized around the theme of moral relativity, and is very well-written, never coming off as being too pushy with its philosophy. Little can be said about the story without giving away spoilers, but suffice to say, as it unfolds, there areread more quite a few surprises in store for the player. The final scenes will almost certainly move you, and give you something to think about.
What of the puzzles? The game's emphasis is on the story and conversations, and while there are puzzles, the solutions are almost always immediately obvious. Make what you will of that.
Despite the simplistic graphics, the game oozes atmosphere. Thanks to the music and sounds, the game evokes a haunting and downright depressing mood, with an ever-lurking foreboding sense of dread.
I bought the game at $6, and while it lasted me 3-4 hours, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and riveting experience. It's not the sort of game I would play after a rough day at work. Instead, it excels at what it does: telling a very well-written, cohesive story of an unforgiving and harsh reality.
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Posted on 2013-02-22 07:39:13 byCthulhuKaamos:
A few unjustified ratings made me feel the need to throw in my 2 cents.
A great game with fantastic atmosphere, while I think rating it a 1 star (!) was totally uncalled for based on price and graphics, I do agree that it is pricey coming in at $5.99 considering what you're getting for the money: a great story driven game, mostly dialogue driven and well within the whole "gamesread more as art" indie movement (so expect near-8-bit graphics that have huge charm nonetheless), that clocks in well under what you'd expect for the price. In saying that, it achieves all it has to and struck me as feeling more or less exactly as it should.
Take that how you will, I stand by 4 stars. Recommended for those who enjoy this style, not so much for those expecting anything else.
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Posted on 2013-02-24 14:19:35 byJustKos:
The story is very enrapturing and the visuals have that retro charm. The sound/music was pretty well executed. My only problem with Richard and Alice is that it's very short! Expect to finish the game within 3 hours, basically exploring everything except a few dialogue paths. As interactive stories go, this is a goodie. As games go, it's quick and leaves you wanting more.
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