Rorschach - Can You Pass the Test?

Recently, I got a chance to talk to Jens Andersson, an ex-employee at Starbreeze video game developing company, now working at LucasArts. Jens is an amazing guy, not only he was the designer of Enclave, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (one of my favorite action games of all time) and The Darkness, he also developed an amazing piece of software for Nintendo DS and iPhone - Colors!.

In addition to all those things mentioned above, Jens created an independent game called Rorschach. This is a very innovative adventure game. The most interesting part of the game is its dialogue system which revolves around the idea of gathering conversation topics while talking with different in-game characters. The selected topics are stored in an inventory and can be used later on to advance the plot. There is a limited amount of slots in the inventory, so it is important to think ahead and select to carry only the appropriate topics in order to save some legwork. That approach to the dialogue system is truly interesting and makes the game fun to play.

Not only that, the game features the most amazing art. Rorschach actually uses the pictures drawn on paper and scanned into a computer. All the art found in game was created by a very talented artist, Ida Rödén. The game is very pleasant to the ear as it has a memorable music taken from the movie Oldboy (2003).

The game is still in a prototype stage, but is pretty much polished. It introduces only the very beginning of the story, so it will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete it. The current versions of Rorschach are 0.9 and 0.91 for PC and PSP, respectively. Both versions can be downloaded for free here.

Be sure to check the game out, it is really a gem. The only thing to pity is that the story is not yet finished.

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