Devolver Digital’s The Red Strings Club has officially launched on Steam, GOG.com and on the Humble Bundle Store. The game is a narrative driven game about a hacker and a bar owner intent on taking down a despotic corporation in the far future.
The game is a point-and-click title, centered around three playable characters, each with their own motivations and gameplay quirks. As the hacker, you’ll attempt to uncover the corporate conspiracy centered around the Social Psyche Welfare program, which is intent on controlling people by turning them into codependent drones under the command of Supercontinent Ltd. As the bartender you’ll make drinks for patrons, along with working as a cover spot for the hacker to carry out his plan against Supercontinent.
There’s also a droid you’ll play, who is attempting to upgrade itself and blend further into society by establishing empathy with humans. The three will form an unlikely trio of rebels working together against the corporate technocracy.
Conceptually the game looks pretty cool. You have the hacker segments where you’re trying to break into the corporate inner workings of Supercontinent, while the bartender segment is centered around mixing drinks, and then the last part is about building upgrades for the androgynous looking android.
Majority of the reviews for the game from users are quite positive, giving the game a thumbs up for being a “conversational” cyberpunk bartending adventure.
I imagine some people might be worried about SocJus propaganda given the leads of the game and the fact that they look like hipsters, so it might be best to ask around on the forums about potential sociopolitical proselytizing from the developers.
The Red Strings Club clocks in at around five hours of gameplay, and given the choice-driven narrative, some have stated that it offers a measure of replayability.