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The Old City: Leviathan is a first-person adventure game entirely focused on exploration. The game is divided in eleven chapters and it is set in a decaying city in a post-apocalyptic environment. The protagonist is a sewer-dwelling isolationist and an unreliable narrator as the game warns you at the start: "You are about to inhabit a broken mind. Not everything you see or heat is trustworthy". The game mixes scenes of the abandoned metropolis with memories of the people who died there, a lost society based on three types of religions, water as an important source and a catalyst for insanity, religious themes most notably tied to the story of Jonah and the whale, and dreams of the protagonist's childhood.

Just like Dear Esther there are no puzzles and the player just needs to explore, optionally establishing the story by piecing together different pieces of information. There are sometimes branching paths but ultimately only a single path. Reaching a certain location often triggers musings by the protagonist. Other clues are provided through the environment and a large amount of notes left behind by various people. It is possible to jump and sprint but those are not needed to progress. It is also possible to zoom in slightly using the left mouse button. The only interaction required in the game is opening doors. Optionally seven extensive notes by the character Solomon can be collected in hidden locations and these provide even more background information.


The Old City: Leviathan Windows Notes provide most of the (reliable) story
The Old City: Leviathan Windows These exit signs also help you to first visit the other locations before ending a chapter.
The Old City: Leviathan Windows Just like all other locations: abandoned
The Old City: Leviathan Windows Another large city

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Gaming Nexus Dec 29, 2014 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Watcher Dec 03, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Softpedia Dec 24, 2014 7 out of 10 70 Dec 04, 2014 50 out of 100 50
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Dec 09, 2014 1.5 out of 5 30


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Sciere (507600) added The Old City: Leviathan (Windows) on Feb 06, 2015