Welcome to this week’s edition of Five Dollar Dives, where I will be reviewing the game AWAKE.
What first caught my attention with this game was the style of graphics, although the tagline on the store page also piqued my interest: “It was supposed to be a romantic trip… but turned into a brutal murder scene.” From this description, I was not expecting a point and click game. I am hesitant to call it an adventure game as you do not get much time to do things.
The story is very basic: you are Marc, and you’re on a romantic date with your partner Caroline. The two of you are in the woods in a caravan. I am not certain whose it is or what happened prior to the events in the game, but that does not seem to matter much to the story of the game. As you’re (well, Marc is) walking outside and exploring, Marc is suddenly hit with a sleeping dart and knocked out. I will not go into the story any further than that as it will contain spoilers. However, one of the main game mechanics is that you keep waking up and restarting the day, similar to groundhog day.
Judging by the achievements there are multiple endings to the story. While I did not get an chance to explore them all, I like the idea of having multiple endings to the game.
The characters are not particularly memorable: I find myself recalling more of the overall story than anything else. Then again, the story is also extremely short, so there is only so much character development that can occur in that short amount of time. You also do have the ability to dive a little deeper into the characters, but you can only really touch the surface of things.
The gameplay is a standard point and click affair, unfortunately the game in part suffers from it. It does encourage experimention to a certain extent, and at the end of the day I did find myself picking up random objects and trying to combine them with each other. You only have four inventory slots, which makes things interesting as you have to choose what you bring with you carefully. This gets annoying when you are trying to experiment to solve problems. The problem is also compounded by the fact that you’re not sure when you’re about to get knocked out and dragged off.
The game offers a wide variety of resolutions all the way up to 1080p. It also has a wide variety of graphics options, although my 7870 had no issues running it at the highest quality.
All lines in the game are fully voice acted in English. This is something I value and appreciate, considering that it is an indie game at such a low price point. The game also offers subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese at this time.
I would recommend AWAKE, but I would suggest waiting for it to go on sale. You could get some enjoyment out of it if point and click games are your thing. The story is short, but it does not overstay its welcome. The characters seem shallow, but for such a short game this can be forgiven.
Store Page: AWAKE – Definitive Edition
Developer/Publisher: Stroyyeller Games, Off the Beaten Track, Schreihals Interactive
Release Date: 13 Jan, 2019
Price: $2.99 USD
Time Played: 30 min