Futuristic cyberpunk adventure games aren’t particularly new, but MidBoss‘ Read Only Memories still looks interesting enough to warrant a play.
I’ve never been a fan of the anime art style (Studio Ghibli doesn’t count), and with games it’s even more difficult. However, this point-and-clicker piques my interest, mainly due to the references to Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher. I haven’t played this early adventure game, but with the right sense of humor, this could turn out quite nicely. With a robot called Turing who’s the first ROM (Relationship and Organizational Manager) and a journalist who has problems with his job, this duo is interesting enough to make for memorable dialogues.
Of course it remains to be seen how the anime art style influences storytelling, but I’m enthusiastic about it when a game like Gabriel Knight is mentioned for inspiration (although from the first looks of it, it seems far-fetched). It all looks low budget, and the promo voice in the trailer is quite horrible (or maybe intentionally so?). But with the promise of a branching narrative and multiple puzzle solutions in addition to a vibrant world one could get lost in, the game can be something special, even for those who’re sceptical about animes.
The game is available now for PC on GOG and Steam in a standard edition, but also with an artbook and soundtrack sold separately or in a bundle with the original game.
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