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Polygon (Dec 11, 2013)
While it didn't affect me personally as much as other games in its fledgling genre this year, The Novelist still caught me up in its quiet, achingly real world. I felt for all of the people in this house — alive or otherwise — and got genuinely wrapped up in each chapter of family drama. It expertly captures the compromises of family life and the impossible decisions everyone has to face at some point — between personal happiness and family stability.
JayIsGames (Dec 12, 2013)
It's a dreamy, thoughtful game filled with moments of sweetness and joy alongside the bitterness and hurt, and "winning" is less about finding some magic combination for all the characters as it is simply doing your best to understand and accommodate them even knowing that in some cases, it might not be enough. At times it feels more like an interactive art piece than anything else, and if you can disengage the "High Score/Achievement Get" part of your brain long enough to see yourself in each of the characters, it can be an engrossing and moving experience. Though I had difficulty making a bridge at times between my own feelings and those of Dan and his family, The Novelist is still without a doubt a heartfelt and very personal sort of game that has the potential to move people who have the patience and experience for it.