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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Norco is a gothic point-and-click narrative adventure set in the decaying suburbs and industrial swamps of an alternative South Louisiana. Your brother goes missing after your mother's death and you set out to find him by following a fugitive security android through the refineries, strip malls, and drainage ditches of suburban New Orleans. It's smart and unflinching in its study of how institutions like religion and big business can exploit a region.

Play involves exploring the painterly pixel art world of swamplands, oil refineries and suburbia. It's a world created by pixels but brought to life by real world audio and a haunting soundtrack. As you progress you meet characters and start to uncover the mysterious disappearance in a world haunted by the past and threatened by the future.

It's a simple adventure to begin with, but soon grows into an expansive labyrinth of characters, narrative and locations. Things spiral into a multigenerational mystery where the lines between salvation, memory, technology, and nature overlap and blend into each other.

It's a layered story with numerous time-periods, characters and settings. It has a novel way of helping you keep track of things with a built in mind map. It starts small but as you discover more about the world and characters, it grows to offers both reminders of what you know and also things to look further into.

The result is a fascinating adventure that combines a Southern Gothic setting with magical realism. It offers sharply drawn characters with deep roots, rich backstories, and complex motives. As Garrett Martin put it for Paste Magazine, "It’s an unflinching, occasionally surreal glimpse into an only slightly exaggerated version of Louisiana, with its mythical and allegorical flourishes only highlighting the aimless mundanity and real-life degradations of the modern South."

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Robotic Geo (@RoboticGeo)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

The developer states that "the game contains instances of violence, suicide, substance use and mature language".

CostsCosts

Norco usually costs £11.39 to £12.49.
 

Norco

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Norco Accessibility Report documents 37 accessibility features:
You can use the Mind Map to track facts and connections your find. This graphical web can be explored to provide conversational reminders about the subject and related dialogue.

There are a number of text customization options for readability; 6 font options (including OpenDyslexic), 3 text spacing options, 6 colors, and 3 speeds available.

Difficulty options include an expert mode that removes text highlighting and other hints as well as a separate option to automate combat. Most of the game has fairly clear tutorial when a new mechanic is introduced, however there is no guidance or explanation of how combat works.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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