They ran a short Beta under the radar and with help from the community they managed to get it working. Really great to see the community feedback on the Steam post to help them.
Along with the Linux release, they've also patched the game with:
- Added subtitle hints for side patients
- Added multi-language framework
- Added many many more keywords and combinations
The developer sent over a key and the title was intriguing so I gave it a run. It does have the usual annoyance with multiple monitors, with it appearing on the wrong one. Apart from that though, it does seem to run nicely.
Such a bizarre game, but a fantastic idea. You're given a textbox at the top of the screen to type questions, or short keywords, which will hopefully unlock a new video response.
A lot of the time you might hear something like "I don't have an answer for that", so it can end up being quite confusing if you can't think of the right terms. I imagine that is what will make people torn on the game. It did take me a while to get used to it and figuring out what to ask is part of the fun. It's actually a bit of a puzzle game thanks to that feature. The thing to remember is to check your notes as they're quite helpful, as well as being sure to pay careful attention to what they're actually saying.
A game that requires a fair bit of thinking, as well as a good understanding of English as well of course. For those that love a good mystery, it would be well worth checking out.
The actors do actually seem pretty good (the receptionist was just weird though). The girl playing Marianna certainly gave real feeling, at least it seemed so to me.
I did notice that the Steam Overlay seems to not work, so it may have a few lingering issues.
Great to see it on Linux!