By Sam Barlow
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A real life crime story where you play detective.
** Winner of Best Narrative & Best Performance at The Game Awards 2015 and The Grand Jury Award at IndieCade 2015 **
"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 a fresh take on the police procedural from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle.
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.
"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
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.
Unlike anything you've played before, Her Story is an involving and moving experience. One that asks you to listen.
Unique Gaming Experience!
One of the more chilling and unique gaming experiences I have encountered. After I completed the game it reminded me a great deal of the feeling I got from the Simogo trilogy of Year Walk, Device 6, and Sailor's Dream. I could not give 5 stars however because there seemed to be something missing in both the game play options and story. In terms of story I personally would have liked a little more of Hannah (either through description or video) and it was hard to care about victims in story due due to lack of information. Perhaps an enhanced addition with documents to explore would have tipped this game into a 5 star experience. Also an Easter Egg at end would have been appropriate, although I appreciate the fact that there isn't one because I expected it. Despite critique a must-play game for anyone who like progressive, unconventional gaming experience. Definitely a "game" changer.
Unique story-telling experience
I love Her Story! Much like Device 6 and Year Walk, I lost myself in this game, although 'game' is not quite the right word. Immersive mystery story is a better descriptor. You are dropped into the story with no information and no instructions. Armed only with access to an old-school database of clips from police interviews and your own research skills, you must piece together the story. I must note that there is no way to 'win', although that only adds to the artistry of the game. The real point of the game is the experience of learning the story in bits and pieces and watching how your impressions change through the the experience. It leaves one wondering, both in the game and in life, do we ever truly have the full story?
You will either love it or hate it
If you need your gaming experience to have a specific list of rules, your objective constantly spotlighted with an icon hanging over it, or enemies to destroy, then this game is definitely not for you. However, if you are of the ilk who can take initiative, listen intently, and put two and two together, you will enjoy the process of deciphering Her Story.
Simple production values and a very solid performance allow you to concentrate on the unfolding narrative and be immersed in the experience. You rely on your own skills at putting information together to solve the case, just like a real detective has to. The one downside, I would say, is that despite all the preparation and obvious hard work that went into putting the game together, the actual gaming experience is entirely too short.