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Video GameMonorail Stories Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Monorail Stories is a narrative adventure where two people's lives are entwined by the journeys they take on the same monorail. You make choices for each character that can impact not only people on your commute but those on the other journey. It's understated and interwoven, and stands out for being able to play this in turns with another player.

Silvie and Ahmal live in two cities opposite each other. At different times of day they both commute to work, and make choices about who to talk to and how to treat their fellow passengers. They don't know each other, but the decisions they make affect each other's lives in profound ways.

This may be as trivial as a lost scarf, or as important as advice for someone's failing relationship or maybe intervening in a harassment. At the end of each day you get a recap of the decisions you made for each character. Each new day is a chapter and a new set of interlocking choices in their shared story.

You can play on your own, making choices for both of them, or take turns with someone else, each taking charge of either Silvie or Ahmal. As you progress you meet dozens of people and every interaction impacts not only one life, but the life of the other people and the city they live in.

The result is an unusual game about humanity, friendships, and intertwined destinies manifesting during the everyday commute.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/09/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Adventure, Communication, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Stelex Software (@StelexSoftware)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete. The expected playtime for all endings should be around 10-15 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. You can play with another player online, asynchronously taking turns. With each player controlling one character.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Monorail Stories usually costs £12.79.
 

Monorail Stories

Steam Store PC £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Monorail Stories Accessibility Report documents 31 accessibility features:
You can adjust the text size of subtitles and other text to be really large.

The game helps you remember who the different characters are via the Look option which causes the main character to remind and describe who the character is.

Being a narrative game it's not about difficulty, but there are some timed choices that can feel pressured. You can remove this option via a setting to make the game easier because there is more time to think about, for example, appropriate answers to "tricky" questions.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender and Sexuality Choices: The gender and sexuality choices you can make for your character orientation and presentation in the game.

  • Unrestricted Sexuality Orientation: You can form intimate relationships with other characters regardless of gender.

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Stereotype-Free Woman: The game's protagonist is a woman who doesn't conform to common gender stereotypes. Leading the narrative and not conforming to common objectification.
  • Play as Stereotype-Free Man: The game's protagonist is a man who doesn't conform to common gender stereotypes. Solving things by brute force, conforming to large muscle-bound body type.
  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

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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