By Sam Barlow
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
A real life crime story where you play detective.
** Winner of 3 Bafta Awards, 2 IGF Awards, 3 GDC Awards, Best Narrative & Best Performance at The Game Awards 2015, The Grand Jury Award at IndieCade, Polygon's Game of the Year, SXSW Mobile Game of the Year, Webby Award for Best Mobile Game, 5 IMGA Awards and more! **
"Her Story is one of the most entrancing experiences you can hope to find on mobile"
9/10, Pocket Gamer
"It’s a murder case where you’re in the detective’s chair, a mystery where you make the running, and an engrossing experience from start to finish. With this we should consign the term “interactive movie” to history’s dustbin, because movies can’t dream of offering audiences a narrative structure as intimate and involving as this: they’re just moving pictures. Her Story points to the future" 5/5, The Guardian
Her Story is the critically acclaimed mystery game from Sam Barlow. Playing like an interactive true crime documentary, the game lets you go hands on with a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.
How does it work?
Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs you into a police database. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.
"Her Story is a beautiful amalgam of the cinema and video game formats... a remarkable achievement..." 90, The Washington Post
"Profound, gripping live-action drama… sure to be discussed for years to come" 5/5, Digital Spy
Unlike anything you've played before, Her Story is an involving and moving experience. One that asks you to listen.
Mesmerising - a new kind of storytelling
I was absolutely entranced by this game. It took me 2.5 hours to complete and during that time I had no idea what was going on around me, I was so sucked into the world of this game. I made pages and pages of notes. I transcribed sections of dialogue and cross-referenced my notes against them. I drew diagrams. I felt like I was doing WORK and that it was worthwhile, meaningful and rewarding work. I've never felt this way about a game before.
The story emerges organically, based entirely on what parts of it you choose to follow up. There's a real joy in making your own discoveries. The only motivation to play is your own curiosity, and to that extent you can immerse yourself as deeply as you like. How refreshing to play a game which refuses to hold your hand and present you with arbitrary goals to achieve in the face of a carefully managed difficulty curve. Instead, we have a prime example of how games as a medium can expand the realms of what is possible with storytelling. The stroke of genius here is to do away with pretty much every traditional 'game mechanic'. There is no 'strategy', nothing to 'beat', no real beginning or end. No tutorials. Nothing to collect or level up or complete... There is only Her Story.
Not for me
I am not going to say 'don't buy this', because apparently lots of people really enjoyed it. I am just going to say, beware that there is a possibility you may find it as annoying and awful as I did. I found the idea to be interesting and I feel it could be amazing if put together right, that is why it deserves 2 stars from me rather than 1, but the acting is terrible. In my opinion incredibly bad, "I could do better" level bad. I will admit that I didn't watch long enough to find out the killer or reveal a lot of the story, so the whole story may be good. But honestly I couldn't care less about what happened to the man because the whole thing is so unrealistic. I can't suspend disbelief at all when the acting is this bad. It's also a little preposterous, the part where the actress left to throw up was so badly acted it was laughable. The point where she started playing the guitar was completely ridiculous (the guitar playing wasn't even that good!), at that point I just couldn't take any more. You may enjoy it, idk, fine, but it can't be THAT good. The other person on here that wrote it was better than any TV or movie they could think of, I want to know what they're smoking...
Think about the journey not the destination!
I read several reviews before I bought this game. Some people love it while others think it is terrible. I'm in the "love it" camp. In the game you are a policeman and you can review the clips to solve the crime. Policemen have to prove guilt beyond all reasonable doubt. So you don't just have to find out "who done it" you have to be able to explain your evidence. This is where the fun comes. You immerse yourself in a scenario, you take notes, you look for inconsistencies, you look at the time line. Gradually you piece together your analysis. So ignore the bad reviews that say it was easy and the acting was bad. They were simply trying to get to the end when in reality the fun was there in all the detail put there by the game makers to await your discovering the total picture.