With over 50,000 words of content, Analogue: A Hate Story offers up plenty of visual novel gameplay. Focusing on the likes of relationships, human relationships with computers and some LGBT issues you’ll play as an investigator after the reappearance of an interstellar ship after 600 years.
Said ship (the Mugunghwa) was designed as a generation ship on route to a distant planet. While it left as a modern society at some point it degraded into a more medieval dynasty with language and clocks changes around the ship to represent this fact. Several decades into the journey the replacement rate fell below the minimum, leaving the ship to fall into disrepair.
622 years after the original launch and these events the ship is found in orbit over a star system along its original path. Playing as an independent investigator your job is to climb aboard the ship and uncover information around the break down of the ship’s population. In doing so you’ll communicate with the two ship AIs that are at ends with each other while reading logs from the imperial families that commanded the spaceship.
This means your primary gameplay revolves around the reading of these logs and combining it with conversations with the AI and commands to the computer system on board the ship. You’ll pick up the controls very quickly as it replicates a basic e-mail system, something similar to the developer’s previous title, Digital: A Love Story.
An additional staple is the unlocking of information out of order which gives players the sense of slowly piecing together the puzzle behind the ship. Players are encouraged to attempt the game multiple times due the impossible nature of unlocking all entry logs in a single playthrough, as certain decisions will block your path to certain logs. To assist with this there is a system that tracks all logs obtained across playthroughs, allowing you to piece it all together.
- A unique setting of space meets past.
- Explore the break down of the ships social system.
- Unlock all log entries over multiple playthroughs.
- Communicate with the ship systems and two AI entities.
- Available across Windows, Mac and Linux.
Review Platform: PC