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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 He's worried
The Novelist Windows Loading screen
The Novelist Windows player's ghost is slightly visible, so he must work from behind
The Novelist Windows Tommy sure had a lot of fun with his friend

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The Novelist Screenshot
The Novelist Screenshot
The Novelist Screenshot


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GameSkinny Windows Feb 10, 2014 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Nivelul2 Windows Apr 03, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Adventure Gamers Windows Jan 08, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows Dec 14, 2013 4 out of 5 80
The Indie Shelter Windows Dec 26, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Dec 31, 2013 80 out of 100 80
cublikefoot Windows Dec 11, 2013 4 out of 5 80
IGN Windows Dec 11, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Jan 03, 2014 5 out of 10 50
JayIsGames Windows Dec 12, 2013 Unscored Unscored


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