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Subtext

by William O'Connell profile

Science Fiction
2018

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About the Story

You get a text from someone you don't know. They say they've been kidnapped, and they need your help to escape. Do you trust them? Do they trust you? Will they make it out alive?

Subtext is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). The game plays out in real time through actual text messages, phone calls, emails, etc. that you receive from characters. Along the way, you'll need to solve puzzles, break into systems, and use social engineering to unravel the story of a mysterious research facility and a person who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: August 16, 2018
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: Custom
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: nc7on49m1qp3el2

Editorial Reviews

GameSpew
Subtext is an Intriguing AR Mystery Game Told Through Text Messages
I loved how it freaked out my family and friends and how they encouraged me to stop playing it before it stole my identity or I was actually kidnapped. The mystery of it all is a welcome change to the regular and expected gaming format. It is definitely something that you arenít likely to have experienced before and by the end of the game youíll find yourself questioning whatís real and whatís part of the game.
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ARGNet
Going Beyond the Text with the Subtext Game
Subtext taskes advantage of the low fidelity nature of the text messages that form the backbone of the story to create a more active immersion, and the experience has numerous moments of clever writing that makes it all too easy for players to fall into the conceit that theyíre chatting with another honest to goodness person in need.

If youíre interested in learning more about Subtext, play the demo. Even if you donít think youíre interested in the full experience, play the demo: itís that good, and will help you decide whether the full game might be up your alley, at a negligible investment of time.
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