If you miss the glory days of old-school text-driven adventure games and have a soft spot in your heart for cyberpunk (and extremely cute robots), Read Only Memories is right up your alley.
Set in the neon-tinged future of 2064, you play as a freelance journalist whose inventor friend Hayden has vanished. Fortunately Hayden’s latest invention, the world’s first sapient robot named Turing, is here to help you track down his kidnappers and unravel a corporate conspiracy. The story involves many traditional sci-fi themes, especially genetic and cybernetic modification of humans, and the game’s perspective on these themes is quite refreshing.
The game uses a point-and-click gameplay style, where you click around to explore the streets of Neo San Francisco. You’ll spend most of your time looking for clues or interrogating NPCs, many of whom are a joy to talk to, and solving a few simple puzzles here and there.
The sounds and visuals hit all the right spots: The pixel art may not be the best around, but it is certainly stylish, using just the right amount of neon pinks you would expect from a cyberpunk game. The soundtrack sets the mood nicely, though none of the songs are especially memorable, and the noise the characters make when they talk sadly gets a bit grating by the end of the game.
Read Only Memories is not for everyone, but will definitely strike a nerve with certain players. If you’re not sure, give the demo a shot: Then you’ll know which group you belong to.
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Vita
Release date: October 6th, 2015