unsolicited
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Release: Aug 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Unsolicited

Site Score
6.5
Good: Style, presentation and tone – Free and accessible
Bad: Limited mechanics – Only worth playing once
User Score
7.9
(8 votes)
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Continuing the theme of paper coming from Lucas Pope is Unsolicited, a game about filling in various junk mail forms and sending them out into the world. As a typical Lucas Pope title there is a darker undertone to all the paper pushing although don’t expect the depths achieved in likes of Papers, Please (the game was created in 48 hours for Ludum Dare Game Jam 33).

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Playable for free within your browser players step into the desk role of an unknown character in ACME, a company that specialises in various direct mail campaigns. From collection notices to time shares, credit offers, insurance and various other products you’re in charge of taking the information on screen and transferring it to the appropriate form. After the form has been completely appropriately players can sign, seal and deliver it before accepting another task.

On the surface this assigned task is easy but once players have a bottleneck of up to 11 mail items to process and different forms for each it can quickly become hectic.

Filling out said form is easy enough with each template having gaps on the page for players to plug in details which are provided on the left hand side of the screen. Clicking on one of these blank areas will trigger a drop down with various options based on your current workload. In order to successfully send off a form all the details must match the provided information with the required signature and seal (which are automatic but the buttons must be pressed in the correct order).

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In order to keep the current client list (and attract new ones) players will need to ensure they are delivering a certain number each day without errors. The time pressure can definitely be felt only a few levels into the adventure of Unsolicited.

It wouldn’t be a Lucas Pope game though with out a little twist, which you can discover for yourself.

Summary:

  • Free browser based title by Lucas Pope.
  • Send out junk mail on behalf of several companies.
  • Battle time limits, various forms and a high volume of requests.
  • Simple but enjoyable gameplay.
  • Great humour, style and twist endings.

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Unsolicited, 7.9 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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