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Eliza (2019) is an interactive narrative where you play Evelyn, a young woman burnt out from the pressures of a high-tech job. She now works for a virtual counselling service called Eliza, that guides counsellors to provide the ideal response to patients.

As you play, you decide whether to stick to the script provided by the Eliza system or to offer your own responses. These choices don't hugely affect the progression of the narrative although there are different endings. The ending themselves are powerful and challenge the player to adjust assumptions about different characters. A nice touch is being able to go back at the end of the game and make different choices.

Running through the game are well written and deeply developed characters, each of who need counselling and therapy support. Alongside this are moral questions about the efficacy of the Eliza technological recording and monitoring these deepest thoughts and potentially replacing human therapists.

As this plays out, our character Evelyn reconnects with people from her past and gets to know the ordinary people of Seattle. "As she begins to question everything about her past life and future purpose in the world, it becomes clear she must confront the turmoil and darkness inside."

This is one of a series of games by a developer called Zachtronics. He makes these games free for use in schools and education.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Eliza 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Simulation game with Communication and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

CostsCosts

Eliza usually costs £2.89 to £12.79.
 

Eliza

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
Switch Store Switch -

Elizabeth

Steam Store PC £2.89
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/10/2019

Out Now: PC and Switch

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Simulation (Communication and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Zachtronics (@Zachtronics)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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