By Simogo AB
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** Winner of Apple Design Award 2014 **
A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator.
DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.
Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll.
Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through?
Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve the bizarre mysteries of DEVICE 6.
"DEVICE 6 is designed to linger in the mind long after the last code has been cracked and the last sentence read. Spy stories - even traditional ones - often haunt their readers' dreams once they've been completed. It's only appropriate, really. Is that a final full-stop or a microdot? Is this the end of the affair or an invitation to go deeper?"
Eurogamer - 9/10
"In using its text both as narrative and as geography – and through its impressively restrained use of illustration and sound – it generates an almost unrivalled sense of place. It isn’t embarrassed to allow Device 6 to be a game when it needs to be, and yet it knows precisely when to let the story take over. The result is a sharp, striking mystery that is at once provocative, extraordinarily stylish and altogether essential"
EDGE - 9/10
"In turning a text adventure into a world map, Simogo has resurrected a long-dead genre with style and confidence. Great presentation and brilliant puzzles complete a stellar package"
Pocketgamer – 9/10
"Ever exceeding expectations, the developer has followed up one of 2013′s highlights with another title that can be classed as such. With a compelling story that keeps you guessing, and a pin-point utilisation of the platform, Device 6 is an accomplishment in games design, mobile or otherwise"
God is a Geek - 9/10
"DEVICE 6 not only explores the boundaries of narrative storytelling, it also demonstrates the creative potential of touchscreen gaming"
Appspy – 5/5
"Simogo’s doing something few others are doing, and it’s wonderful that someone is both providing great experiences and testing the limits of interactive media"
148apps - 5/5
"An ingenious slice of puzzling adventure that's as imaginative as it is stylish"
Modojo - 4.5/5
What's New in Version 1.1
- Optimisation for older devices.
- Fixed typo in Chapter 4.
- Added feature to reset progress via iOS Settings.
Too clever by half
Well this is awkward. I played Device 6 because I really enjoyed Year Walk. But this one left me feeling flat and disinterested. Whereas YW was a story with puzzles, this is a puzzle with a story stapled on. Whereas YW story was engaging and integrated and held me to the end, this one felt a little bit forced. All styling, text orientations, path following mostly felt clever rather than vital to the play experience.
While I appreciate the bizarre and mysteries and "neverending story"-type blurring between reader/book (or gamer/game) boundaries, Dev6 simply didn't suspend my disbelief enough to lure me in. Judging by the other reviews here, that is most likely my fault and loss.
Good puzzles though.
Love the puzzles and writing, but wish its a bit longer. And maybe there should have multiple endings
Strange and intriguing
The ending gave me goosebumps. They should have charged more for this.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Nov 04, 2013
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 137 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Simogo AB
- © 2013 Simogo, All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.