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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You (2016) is a narrative game where you play fictional research using a surveillance program called Orwell. Through a series of episodes, you are tasked with using Orwell to help solve mysteries like the bombing of a public plaza. To do this you trawl websites and documents in the game for clues.

As the researcher, you view security footage of a critical event in the world. You are then called upon to find information about what happened by trawling websites for data chunks. You learn to glean information from different sources: a birthday from a social network; an address from medical records; someone's political opinions from a blog. This investigation walks (and sometimes crosses) the line between crime prevention and unethical surveillance.

You submit this information to an adviser, who interprets what you've found and decides what action to take. At first, it seems that you have little power in the system, but it soon becomes apparent that you can sway decisions by what data you provide.

As you sift through information making choices about what is pertinent, you are embroiled in the machinery of control and sentencing. It becomes emotionally challenging as you dig through personal information to find incriminating evidence.

There are two stories in the Orwell series:
  • Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You - investigate a series of bombings.
  • Orwell: Ignorance is Strength - investigate threatening phone calls and kidnapping.

Orwell is a unique game, not only for the intriguing surveillance and believable world but how it powerfully illustrates the thin line between fact and fiction. There are rarely good or right answers to choose from. Instead, each choice is a compromise between repercussions and some semblance of ethics. It cleverly coerces you to make decisions and do things you wouldn't normally do, and then feeds them back to you to see the consequences.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Role-Play game with Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete. If you want to take great care with the investigation and see everything, the game will take longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

The developer states that "Orwell includes mature language at multiple points throughout the game as well as mature themes and is not suitable for younger players."

CostsCosts

Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You usually costs £7.19.
 

Orwell

Steam Store PC £7.19
Steam Store Mac £7.19
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/10/2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Role-Play (Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Developer: Osmotic Studios (@OsmoticStudios)


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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