Her StoryOfficial Waldo Score 8.8/10

8.8out of 10
Official Waldo Review

Her Story is a great example of complete originality from start to finish. The concept is to uncover clues by searching through a video database so that you can help solve a murder. Without any instructions, you are left to figure out how to play by yourself. You play from the point of view of a detective who is working from and old computer. Analyzing seven different video interviews to uncover more details about the story is just fascinating. It feels like an interactive documentary, but you control the narrative.

Rating Summary

UI Design
UX Design (UX)
Game Design
Learning Curve
Difficulty Progression
Playtime Longevity
Sound Design
Fun
Concept Originality
Post Production

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Her Story
Her Story
Her Story
Her Story

Game Description

A real life crime story where you play detective.

Her Story is the critically acclaimed mystery game from Sam Barlow. Playing like an interactive true crime documentary, the game lets you go hands on with a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.

How does it work?

Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs you into a police database. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.

Unlike anything you've played before, Her Story is an involving and moving experience. One that asks you to listen.


Rating Breakdown

This game was given a score of 8.8/10 which is good. Anything above a 5.0 is considered a great game. Below is a breakdown of the elements that were factored into the rating for this game. Even though Waldo's reviews are based on personal opinion, each game's rating follows a strict confidential rubric system for fairness.

User Interface Design (UI)
Game displays some but not all of the following: clean layout design, smooth transitions, animation / motion, good use of a color palette, orginality.
User Experience Design (UX)
Game factored some but not all of the following: simple to use navigation, engaging layout, priority-based design, clear use of icons, internationality / language barriers.
Game Design
Game design is flawless.
Learning Curve
Basic gameplay was easy to figure out, but some instructions were required.
Difficulty Progression
Game difficulty progressed to a certain point but then became either too easy or too difficult.
Playtime Longevity
It is a game that you will want to play for a week, but nothing more.
Sound Design
Both the music and sound effects were well thought out, well produced and original.
Fun
Fun enough to make you play for hours even when you have other responsibilities or things you should be doing.
Concept Originality
Nothing like this has ever existed. Full creativity from top to bottom.
Post Production
Post production contains a well written description, screenshots, video and icon design.
Her Story
Real Life Crime Story
$3.99
Version: 1.1

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Andrew "Waldo" Webster

  • Programmer, Creator, Designer
  • Lefty Games
  • From Savannah, Georgia

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