After playing through Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive, I really felt like more point and click adventure games with puzzles to solve. Going through my game list, I came across Whispers of a Machine. The setting is like this post-AI world where machines were once all the rage and then considered evil. So you end up with this science versus religion theme in the background. This is interesting because the main character is augmented by science but has to uphold the laws to limit it.
As the character progresses through the story, there is answer prompts based on how one answer will dictate the character's alignment. This affects the story because you get a new ability based on the alignment as each day passes. I like this because it does change how you solve the problems presented in new ways to give this game some re-play credence. Which is unusual for me to say.
The game only happens over the course of four days, but there is not some timer for the days. Once you complete all the steps required for the day, the day just ends on its own. This kind of felt annoying. I did not always feel ready for it to end, but it would. There is a lot to see and interact with within the game that is not always story related, probably for hidden achievements, so I wanted to explore more. The problem solving was well done in most cases. I will admit, some even seemed extra hard, but that is good for a lot of people. I did have to google a couple of answers out of frustration.
I love the analyzing tool. I love how you used it to find things and then basically made blueprints to continue using it. I wish there were more things to find with it, if even only for achievements. It seemed underutilized pretty quickly after the first day when you start getting your personalized augments based on your alignment.
Some other positives of this game were the sound and music wasn't overbearing. I didn't have to turn it down. It was just an excellent background, the way it should be. The voice acting was fantastic with this game. I would say, with the amount of dialog there was, if I had to only read it, the game would not have been very engaging. So extra kudos with voice acting it all.
The only real con to the game would probably be some of the puzzles being too hard, but I did see how it worked once the answer is found. They all made sense in the end but very out of the box on some of them. Definitely check this game out at the next sale!
Game: Whispers of a Machine
Publishers: Raw Fury
Initial Release Date: April 17, 2019
Knowing what I know now, would I repurchase it? Yes