A Video Game About Private Conversations
An investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling, Telling Lies revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé, Angela Sarafyan and directed by Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.
How does it work?
Telling Lies sits you in front of an anonymous laptop loaded with a stolen NSA database full of footage. The footage covers two years in the intimate lives of four people whose stories are linked by a shocking incident. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where those words are spoken and piece together your story.
Unlike anything you've played before, Telling Lies is an intimate and intense experience. A game where you decide the truth.
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This version includes key bug fixes, including enhanced input for Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Ratings and Reviews
Great concept let down by the UI
The story and acting are spot-on, and the gameplay element of “ahah! a word I can search for to find more video” is really fun.
But once you’ve identified the two halves of a conversation, why can’t you watch them side by side? (We know in-game from meta-data that the clips are perfectly synchronised.) The writers’ and actors’ work deserves to be seen properly.
A missed opportunity
Just like with Her Story this game has a great concept when it comes to mechanics, and one has to admire the sheer effort and time it must have taken to film over five hours of people talking to a camera. But the story itself really left me underwhelmed. It’s true that I was anticipating something that would use the mechanics to create a more thriller-like atmosphere and in the end it was much more of a drama, but even then I don’t think it was engaging or believable enough a drama to keep me interested enough to spend hours mining for clips if I hadn’t been holding on to the hope that there’d be some kind of twist or clever revelation or eerie moment of suspense or something. I wouldn’t have said anything at all on this were it not for the appalling epilogue, an unintentionally cold and ugly affair that feels like it fell out of another story entirely.
Problem with text not syncing
A number of times I’ve had to come out of clips and try and scrub to get the subtitles to move on from the search term, apart from that I’m loving the game. A double tap to rewind to the start of the clip would be welcome.
This is a game changing use of FMV, Her Story was brilliant but this takes it up to another level, using proper actors and a variety of cameras and settings make you feel like you’re the detective trying to unpick the truth, like Big Little Lies but you’re in the driving seat - please fix those niggling issues. I can’t help wonder if the bug in the patience game has some relevance, I bet it does - bravo team!
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- Annapurna Games, LLC
- 3.3 GB
- Requires iOS 12.2 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.2 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with the Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- © 2019 One Sided Conversation, LLC. Created by Sam Barlow. Published by Annapurna Interactive under exclusive license. All rights reserved.
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