This one slipped out onto the shelves under cover of apathy, and a few of us adventure-loving UK journos are trying to help rectify the situation. Or at least, point it out to the seemingly everybody who has missed it, on the off-chance that at least a few of the people not buying it would have a real ball.
The website’s at http://www.inmemoriam-thegame.com, and gives the basic gist of it. The plot itself is pretty simple - a serial killer has taken two hostages and released a disc full of clues and puzzles as a challenge to the authorities. Unable to solve it, they’re passing copies around the world to see if anybody else can succeed. That sets up the basic structure - solve a range of twisted puzzles to work your way through the disc, unlocking Blair Witch style clips of the victims’ final journey and trying to work out exactly what the killer is up to. It’s not a million miles away from
http://www.thestone.com in that respect, although the closest game is the long-defunct Majestic (albeit in one-shot, single-player form).
What makes it more interesting is that it’s been designed for play over the internet. They’ve seeded the web with fake websites, fake blogs and other bits of information that you need to hunt down - and, just as entertainingly, routinely sends you in-character e-mails about the mystery (for instance, shortly after starting, a girl called Julie Massenet gets in touch to point you towards her site about Notre Dame cathedral). It’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is a really fun, atmospheric little game. So needless to say, it ended up on the Shelf of Hell at our local Game, sitting next to things like Private Dancer and Robocop. Which is a shame - get into the right mood and it’s extremely atmospheric. Especially when a new e-mail clicks into your inbox juuust as you’re going to bed. Either way, it’s worth a punt. If you don’t find it any fun, well, that’s what refunds are for :twisted: