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Digital: A Love Story is a visual novel set in 1988. The player acts as the protagonist who receives a first computer, the Amie Workbench, and the game is played entirely through its retro interface. Along with the setup instructions a dialer is provided, complete with the authentic dialling sound, which provides a trip to the past and opens up to a world of BBSes, filled with hackers, rambling trekkies and girl called Emilia who posts poetry. Starting from a local BBS the player quickly gains the knowledge to exploit long distance calls, hack into protected environments and download updates and programs to expand the computer's capabilities. Although there are many technical elements to the story, romance in a digital world is a central theme and no technical knowledge is required to play — just the attention to important clues.

Much of the game takes place through messages. The player does not actively need to type these, replies are composed automatically and you can only guess at the content of the messages that are sent out based on other people's answers. The Amie Workbench comes with a basic interface with a programme to play music. Other ones are added later and all of them are accessed through the desktop.


Digital: A Love Story Windows This one has a very fast node and over 50 MB of files!
Digital: A Love Story Windows Reading up on an overflow
Digital: A Love Story Windows Booting up the Amie Workbench
Digital: A Love Story Windows The Matrix BBS

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The A.V. Club Windows Mar 29, 2010 A 100
The A.V. Club Macintosh Mar 29, 2010 A 100
The A.V. Club Linux Mar 29, 2010 A 100
Hrej! Windows Aug 14, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Windows Mar 17, 2010 Unscored Unscored


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