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The Novelist is a story-driven game about Dan Kaplan, a father and writer who has troubles giving his wife Linda and son Tommy the attention they deserve while writing his new book. He decides to take his family on a vacation to tackle this problem. Linda wants to work on their failing marriage and aspires a career as an artist. Meanwhile, sensitive and lonely Tommy craves his father's attention.

The player controls a ghost who must discover the family members' desires by possessing them, which allows to explore their memories, and finding clues throughout the house. Besides just walking around the summer house, this ghost can also hide in light fixtures, make them flicker to catch someone's attention and fast travel between them. At the end of each chapter, the player should make a decision which character gets their way. However, it is also possible to compromise with one other character. Depending on these choices, the story will unravel differently.

The game features two modes, storytelling and stealth. The only difference is that in the latter the player should avoid being spotted by anyone, or they will not be able to compromise with the observant family member.


The Novelist Windows That's a black-and-white memory of the boy
The Novelist Windows Then you can see the results of your decisions
The Novelist Windows The goal of the game
The Novelist Windows The family together

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Critic Reviews Windows Dec 26, 2013 85 out of 100 85
Nivelul2 Windows Apr 03, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Absolute Games ( Windows Dec 31, 2013 80 out of 100 80
cublikefoot Windows Dec 11, 2013 4 out of 5 80
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows Dec 14, 2013 4 out of 5 80
Riot Pixels Windows Mar 24, 2014 70 out of 100 70 (UK) Windows Jan 03, 2014 5 out of 10 50
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 20, 2013 Unscored Unscored
JayIsGames Macintosh Dec 12, 2013 Unscored Unscored
JayIsGames Windows Dec 12, 2013 Unscored Unscored


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