DescriptionSunset is a first-person exploration game where the player controls Angela Burnes. The game is set in the fictional Latin American country Anchuria ruled by the dictator Generalísimo Ricardo Miraflores. Angela studied for five years in the US to become an engineer, but she is unable to find a job and leaves Baltimore for Anchuria. Her job prospects do not improve there as unrest leads to a civil war and she becomes a housekeeper for a man called Gabriel Ortega in the city of San Bavón. The game takes place over several non-consecutive days between 1972 and 1973 and it is set in a single environment, Ortega's luxurious penthouse apartment. Angela goes to the apartment between 5 PM and 6 PM (sunset) to do chores for Ortega.
Each working day starts in the elevator leading up to the apartment where the tasks for the day are shown on a list. Angela has one hour to complete them before she needs to go home. Once inside, the apartment can be explored freely and Angela can interact with different objects in various ways. She can walk around, zoom in on objects to trigger a response or interact with them. There are a large number of choices and consequences that influence the story and the narrative is often shaped by the player by fitting the different pieces together in a coherent way. One of them is Angela's stance towards Ortega. She can either stick to her job, perform the tasks and leave, or snoop around and ignore them. Tasks are completed automatically by interacting with items or equipment in the correct location. Once done, the task is scratched off the list. Tasks include cleaning the windows, cooking diner, ironing, emptying ashtrays, watering plants etc. They require time to complete and Angela only has a single hour, so the player often has to choose between sticking strictly to the job or exploring instead. The remaining time is shown through visual cues in the light as the sun sets, but it can also be seen in a menu. When it's 6 PM Angela can still explore the apartment, but many interactions are no longer possible.
Angela's brother is involved with a rebel group that wants to overthrow Miraflores and Ortega often has information lying around on his desk that can help her. The player chooses what to do with the information and this leads to different types of events. As the game always takes place inside the apartment, consequences are only experienced by looking outside the window, reading newspapers, listening to the radio etc. Next to the tasks Angela can form a relationship with Ortega by interacting with optional items. Interactions often have two choices, a warm, flirty one or a neutral action. The same applies to actions without the choice. She can either help unpack Ortega's boxes or leave them, arrange pictures is a playful way or stick to a rigid pattern etc. Ortega sometimes leaves behind notes Angela can respond to in the same way. She can also sit down in one of the many rooms or chairs and then the player can see her thoughts, which are collected in a diary.
Through other types of optional interactions Angela can learn to play different songs on a piano, she can inspect the books and pictures in art books he is reading and put on vinyl discs to play Ortega's music. Even though the environment is always the same, each day at the apartment is slightly different as new objects and items appear, traces of previous nights remain, some rooms are open or locked, important revelations or events take place and so on.
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