The release format of episodic games is becoming more and more commonplace in the world of digital download titles. One of the companies most famous for this format is TellTale Games with their series like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Batman A TellTale Series and so forth. Other companies have found great success using the same medium such as DontNod and their Life is Strange series or Square Enix latest Hitman season 1, both of these series have has commercial and critical success for their content.
When more independent studios follow the episodic format we are unsure what to expect, sometimes you can have a half-hearted attempt at a mediocre idea and other times you can have a truly hidden gem.
The team at Prologue Games took the episodic format and then added more dynamics to it; this resulted in something unusual and pretty unique as far as settings for games are considered. The game follows the actions of a blogger, newspaper journalist and a private detective as they all start covering the events of an actor’s suicide in a backwater Florida swamp town.
Their individual actions intertwine with one another and then cumulatively create something larger in narrative than a simple “who done it?” style of game.
The game is told like a play on a stage with the audience’s reactions lending weight to player decisions and choices. Scenes are rotated on constantly and the characters walk in between sets to show the change of location. The story lasts for 3 acts with the plot growing in size and ambition with each passing chapter; though by the time you come to the third act you stop trying to guess what happens and just start enjoying the ride.