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    dkirschner's Norco (PC)

    [July 8, 2023 02:56:31 PM]
    Completed this morning. This is a point-and-click adventure oozing with style. The pixel art is perfect for the grimy future New Orleans setting. Corporations are destroying the environment; cults are proliferating; people can create AI of themselves, which propagate autonomously. It's a dreary and strange setting, and the story goes through cults, Christianity, aliens, and monsters, evil corporations, robots, alligators, and space ships. You play as a young woman returned to New Orleans after her mother's death, and her brother has disappeared. In your search for your brother, you get dragged into all of this. The game also alternates from the daughter to the mother (before she died), and you'll often see the same characters at different times from different perspectives.

    It sounds like a lot is going on, but it's surprisingly coherent. This is in part due to excellent writing and engaging ways of presenting information, like the "mind map," which keeps track of main characters and events in the story. You'll mostly be reading dialogue, but there are some gameplay elements too, such as some sections where you navigate a boat through the bayou, and some combat sequences. There are also a handful of puzzles. None of this is difficult. On a difficulty scale of 1-10, Norco is like a 2. Puzzles did not make me think, and I wish they had. One reason I usually steer clear of point-and-clicks is their often awful puzzle logic (especially those in the vein of classic point-and-clicks), but this goes the other way. All the puzzles were obvious and solutions laid out before you.

    Regardless, I wasn't playing this for puzzles. The story is really creative and engaging, the setting is appropriately dismal and seedy, the characters are weird and interesting. I normally steer clear of point-and-clicks, but this one is cool.

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    dkirschner's Norco (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Friday 7 July, 2023

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 8 July, 2023

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Love the style, great writing so far. Interesting point-and-click. --------- Great writing, weird story!

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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