|Games||$3.99||Simogo AB||iPhone, iPad, iPod|
A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator.
DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.
Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll.
Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through?
Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve the bizarre mysteries of DEVICE 6.
"DEVICE 6 is designed to linger in the mind long after the last code has been cracked and the last sentence read. Spy stories - even traditional ones - often haunt their readers' dreams once they've been completed. It's only appropriate, really. Is that a final full-stop or a microdot? Is this the end of the affair or an invitation to go deeper?"
Eurogamer - 9/10
"In using its text both as narrative and as geography – and through its impressively restrained use of illustration and sound – it generates an almost unrivalled sense of place. It isn’t embarrassed to allow Device 6 to be a game when it needs to be, and yet it knows precisely when to let the story take over. The result is a sharp, striking mystery that is at once provocative, extraordinarily stylish and altogether essential"
EDGE - 9/10
"In turning a text adventure into a world map, Simogo has resurrected a long-dead genre with style and confidence. Great presentation and brilliant puzzles complete a stellar package"
Pocketgamer – 9/10
"Ever exceeding expectations, the developer has followed up one of 2013′s highlights with another title that can be classed as such. With a compelling story that keeps you guessing, and a pin-point utilisation of the platform, Device 6 is an accomplishment in games design, mobile or otherwise"
God is a Geek - 9/10
"DEVICE 6 not only explores the boundaries of narrative storytelling, it also demonstrates the creative potential of touchscreen gaming"
Appspy – 5/5
"Simogo’s doing something few others are doing, and it’s wonderful that someone is both providing great experiences and testing the limits of interactive media"
148apps - 5/5
"An ingenious slice of puzzling adventure that's as imaginative as it is stylish"
Modojo - 4.5/5
It’s been five days. I’m still expecting it.
The initial atmosphere is very good and you step into something weird and different. However, it soon turns out that there are relatively few puzzles, and the sum of the puzzles and the story line is much less than expected. + Points for originality, atmosphere + Few decent puzzles - Very short - Final story as a whole, ending is disappointing - Words on a page going different directions is more of a gimmick than substantive
This game exceeds all other puzzle games I have played on my phone. I could see buying this from a large game corporation. The combination of a thrilling story and truly challenging puzzles makes me want a sequel. The first time I played the game I got stuck, but when I downloaded the app again I found myself amazed at the complexity and attention to detail they put into the piece I was stuck on. I had missed the easiest of details because I didn’t expect such thought out puzzles on an app. I wish there was a way I could replay this for the first time so I could experience the many aha💡moments I had was playing this outstanding game!!!
This game is so original I don’t know what to do now. Everything else feels stale. I was so engaged it felt like the game wasn’t long enough, but all good things must end. I’m strongly hoping they are working on a sequel.
The game is beautifully designed, and the puzzles were fun and challenging, and then... it ends. I almost never download apps that aren’t free, but took a chance on this one because it came so highly recommended. I never would have paid so much for this one if I’d known I would finish the whole game in about an hour and then never play it again. I’m sure it’s exactly the same the second time through, so there’s no replay value either.
Terrible game, and requires turning your device 360 degrees to read single sentences at a time. Puzzle aspect is poor, and it is clearly designed to engage based on the paragraphs of writing. The writers are not good, and the story is poor. Awful purchase.
This game is too hard.
This is a Wes Anderson rip-off
I first downloaded and played this game 3 years ago. Being stuck in bed after a surgery I downloaded lots of games and plenty of them were entertaining. This app, however, is not only mesmerizing and inventive, but has remained one of my favorite games of all time. I can not recommend this game enough!
I have never written a review in over a decade of having a phone, but I’m really disappointed I spent money on this. If you like scrolling endlessly and turning your phone all around to be able to read and have hours of your life to waste, it’s perfect for you. Almost zero graphics. For extremely bored hipsters. Full regret. Happy other ppl like it but omg omg that was a total waste of my mobile entertainment time and money.