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Penrose Review

Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Penrose is a text adventure, where you don't only read the story and choose its next step, but can go back into the text to change it in all sorts of mind-bending ways. As the develop describes it, "Penrose is a non-linear narrative adventure game about time, choice, and the nature of obsession."

It starts as a story about descending down into an unknown building. But then you notice that some words are highlighted. You can select these and choose to change the word. For example, you find a generator in the building. But you can change the text so that it is either on or off. One word means there is no light while the other word means there will be. But if you change the word to on, there are also then alarm systems you have to navigate later in the text.

This tweaking of the text is a bit like pulling at at frayed edge of a tapestry. You pull at it, not realising what unintended consequences it might lead to. As the story unravels before you, you are led back and forth through the text in unexpected and interrelated ways.

You also get to see the same event from a different perspective of each character. This adds more layers to consider when change key elements of the text. It also offers more insight into what is really going on in the story as you hear their differing inner monologues.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete. Although this may take longer depending on reading time and how much back and forth you do between characters and words.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Penrose

Web Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can play about half the game for free via web browser and then finish for about $1/£1 on Apple or Android. On the apps you can select from the start from demo option.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for mild swearing.

12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence, Profanity or Crude Humour, Horror/Fear Themes, Cartoon/Fantasy Violence, Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Mature/Suggestive Themes

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