|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
Engaging, beautifully designed, very challenging puzzle and logic game. Fascinating plot, if not a bit twisted. You should definitely buy this game!
First of all I am trying to describe an app that is beyond words. This is an outstanding game/book/what-the-heck-am-I-supposed-to-do? but that is the magical part of it all. Most of the IOS games show you what to do and how to do it and Blah Blah Blah...it’s like they think we are stupid or something (cough cough). Anyway, from the begining you don't know what is going on, then the pieces start to fit together and you’re like, "Yes, I get it!!" You will go through an amazing story and equaling amzaing "Puzzles". But the ending...Oh, the ending is Simply Brilliant. This game will change the way you look at life, love, and the way your younger sister eats her cereal. Yes, this game has little to no replay value but you don't need it; it will completely satisfy you. All this to say... the game is worth it, buy it, injoy it, and never let you youger sister eat cereal again.
I’m bummed. A very interesting artistic concept, unusable for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, unless captions are added for the spoken clues, and textual descriptions of critical sounds. I hope the developers include these; Deaf people, who are exceptionally visual would enjoy this unique storytelling.
I bought this game several days ago for my iPad Pro, however, it will not proceed past the initial splash screen. I’ve done all the usual stuff....restarted the device, reinstalled the app, etc. to no avail. I found an email address in the developer’s website and sent a message, but thus far have received no response nor any fix. I should have known better since it shows it’s been 9 months since an update was released for the app. I’m so disappointed.
Game will not start
Other reviewers have said enough about Device 6. Its awesome. If you love a good short story then you’ll love this. The story doesn’t reveal overtly (i.e. who are the people controlling the game, what is it that they are doing and why are they sound it?) itself but leaves lots of clues and had me and my son talking about it for a week after we played it. One thing that no one mentioned is the song by Jonathan Eng called Ana. This song is just as amazing as the game and fits so perfectly. The song is great and deserves to be played on the radio. Kinda funny how such a seemingly happy song can give you chills. I kinda want to forget the song and game go together just so I can enjoy it without thinking of evil captures. Still, it works. Just like everything in this game works. My only complaint was I wish there were multiple storylines because it would have been fun to explore the story from different angles. We played it twice just to be sure and all roads lead to the same end. That being said, I hope the developers and writers come out with more high quality games like this.
Seemingly clever but ultimately annoying format intended to encourage one to read a mystery story by physically rotating your iPad screen with few touchable semi-interactive graphics interspersed between the text. The prolonged and non-skippable credits at the start was pretentious and detracted from the initial experience. Overall, this was not a delightful game.
This game/story/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is delightful. Puzzles are perfectly executed to be challenging enough to make the player feel smart, while adding to the story and mystery. Really really a wonderful experience.
Based on the reviews I purchased the game, the graphics are interesting but despite the warning that sound is critical to the game play, I cannot get any sound on my iPad Pro. The sound on my iPad works on all other games and apps. Would like to try this but can’t.
I played this with my fiancé trying to do a chapter or two a night. We liked the way it made us think and how it didn’t interface like other games. Superb FUN!