The creators call Retention a game, but it isn't really, as the choices you make during play have wholly unpredictable effects on the final outcome, which is simply one of eight "endings," four good and four bad. What it is, really, is an interactive gallery of photography, featuring a wide variety of sometimes impressive photographs taken by the developers over a series of years; you can think of it, therefore, as more of an interactive art project.
Photo Gallery as Game
|Submitted by costik on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 03:01.|
East Side Story
Murder in Sweden
|Submitted by costik on Sat, 07/26/2008 - 00:27.|
East Side Story is a point-and-click mystery in the Tex Murphy mold (at least until that series got moldy), developed by Mikael and Eleen Nyqvist, a Swedish husband-and-wife team -- their fourth game, in fact, featuring the English sleuth Carol Reed. It's first person, meaning that, like Myst, you never see your protagonist onscreen; and like Myst, screens are static images, with hotpoints you can mouse over, and the ability to turn to either side and move forward or back.
The images, however, are not rendered 3D, but photography -- nicely captured photographs of the town of Norrköping, in Sweden. This has its good side and its bad; the photographs are technically excellent, and many of them very attractive, providing visual quality that would be hard (and expensive) to create with digital assets.