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Orwell Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Orwell is narrative game where you play a fictional research using a surveillance program called Orwell. Through a series of episodes you are tasked with using Orwell to help solve mysteries like the bombing of a public plaza. To do this you trawl websites and documents in the game for clues.

As the researcher you view security footage of a critical event in the world. Your are then called upon to find information about what happened by trawling websites for data-chunks. You learn to glean information from different sources: a birthday from a social network; an address from medical records; someone's political opinions from a blog. This investigations walks (and sometimes crosses) the line between crime prevention and unethical surveillance.

You submit this information to an adviser, who interprets what you've found and decides what action to take. At first it seems that you have little power in the system, but it soon becomes apparent that you can sway decisions by what data you provide.

As you sift through information making choices about what is pertinent, you are embroiled in the machinery of control and sentencing. It becomes emotionally challenge as you dig through personal information to find incriminating evidence.

There are two stories in the Orwell series:
  • Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You - investigate a series of bombings.
  • Orwell: Ignorance is Strength - investigate threatening phone calls and kidnapping.

Orwell is a unique game, not only for the intriguing surveillance and believable world, but how it powerfully illustrates the thin line between fact and fiction. There are rarely good or right answers to choose. Instead each choice is a compromise between repercussions and some semblance of ethics. It cleverly coerces you to make decisions and do things you wouldn't normally do, and then feeds them back to you to see the consequences.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/10/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @OsmoticStudios


Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete. If you want to take great care with the investigation and see everything, the game will take longer.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for mild swearing.
In the US, ESRB state: The developer states that "Orwell includes mature language at multiple points throughout the game as well as mature themes and is not suitable for younger players."


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Orwell Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@OsmoticStudios) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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