Dyscourse Game

Review: Dyscourse is a survival adventure video game developed and published by Owlchemy Labs. The player takes on the role of Rita, a barista stuck on a desert island after a plane crash. The game was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and takes 60 to 80 minutes to complete. Dyscourse was released on March 25, 2015 for Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms. It received average reviews from video game critics.

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Dyscourse is a survival adventure video game.[1] There are six characters in the game. Rita, an art graduate working as a barista and the games protagonist; Steve, a pessimist; Teddy, a conspiracy theorist; Garret, a gamer; and George and Jolene, a couple with marital problems.[2] The game is set on a desert island with the six characters being the only survivors of a plane crash. The leadership of the group falls to Rita, allowing the player to make decisions about the group’s actions. The choices have effects on the other survivors, including potentially triggering events that lead to their death. The game has numerous potential outcomes depending on the choices made by player, in which all, some, or none of the survivors are rescued by the end of the game. The player is encouraged to replay the game to make different decisions and in turn to obtain alternate endings.

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A “memory marker” system is also used, which allows Rita or the other survivors to revisit areas without the need of a map.[3] After completing the game for the first time, the player unlocks the “Day Rewind” feature, which allows players to go back to the beginning of the day.[2][4]

An additional mode in the game, Indie Island, was later added as downloadable content. This mode offers a similar scenario to the main game. The player controls Emily Park, a game developer on her way to the Game Developers Conference for the first time. The plane on which she is traveling crashes on a desert island with ten indie developers, including Tim Schafer, Edmund McMillen, and Robin Hunicke, who have twelve hours to get off the island before they miss the conference.

Dyscourse Game

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