Analogue: A Hate Story

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Dark underlying themes – Strong character development – Encourages multiple playthroughs
Bad
  • Large amount of reading
7

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.

analogue-a-hate-story-gameplay1

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.

analogue-a-hate-story-gameplay2

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.

Summary:

  • 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.

Links:

Videos:


Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on . Read our update policy to learn more.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages, Quora and GameStah Radio. He has over 3 million YouTube views, 10 million views on HubPages and 250k views on Quora.

Samuel follows the independent gaming scene closely and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. Games Finder is a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
LEAVE A REPLY

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>