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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 11 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Rivals is a puzzle game where you piece together the story of Josh and Luke and the breakup of their band. Playing detective, similarly to Return of the Obra Dinn, but rather than murder it's musical betrayal you are sleuthing here. You inspect sources, documents, audio logs and records to solve puzzles and get to the bottom of why things went badly for the group.

The story plays out on your desk, where you can arrange and interrogate all the resources. You piece things together chapter by chapter, receiving validation every 5th correct chapter. It's well written and subtle and backed by some great indie music (think Wilco meets Teenage Fanclub), which makes for an engaging story of few hours.

Each fresh set of clues is an opportunity to delve deeper. Some mention a date, making your job easy, some require legwork to investigate -- even needing you to Google real-world events mentioned -- to establish the order of events.

It gets players thinking in different ways about relationships, world events and the decisions we all make that affect those around them.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Tim Sheinman (@TimSheinman)




Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The game includes some swearing including "f^&k" and "p*&s".


Rivals usually costs £4.79 to £23.79.


Steam Store PC £4.79

Rivals of Aether

Steam Store PC £23.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


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