Supposedly Wonderful Future

 

Genre:    Adventure 

Developer:   Dmitry Zagumennov

Publisher:    Dmitry Zagumennov  

Released:   April 18, 2018              

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
  • Processor: 2ghz with SSE2 support
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1300 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

 

 

By flotsam

 

Supposedly Wonderful Future

Dmitry Zagumennov

125,000 words of dialogue, according to the Steam page. I didnít read them all, but I read a lot. Be prepared to read your fair share if you want to see what this future is about.

It starts with an intriguing premise. A woman shows up at your place of work, claiming to be from the future, and needs your help. Put simply, an outsiderís perspective on some ethical dilemmas is called for. A time paradox explanation follows, which adds to the intrigue.

There are five ďdaysĒ, each involving a different dilemma. The future narrative sews them together, but they are essentially self-contained. They deal among other things with euthanasia, cyber bullying and the nature of God; contemporary issues which are still with us 30 years hence.

You have conversations, and many of them. The day will end eventually, perhaps based on a choice, perhaps just because. In one Chapter you have to determine a culprit to move on. The last day was probably the most interesting, and it isnít clear whether you can get a different ending than the one I got. I wonít spoil it by saying any more.

There are numerous dialogue choices, but they donít appear to affect the way the story plays out. Many times it didnít matter what I chose, I eventually exhausted all the options to move on. Maybe you get different final choices, maybe not. The culprit I chose may or may not have been correct. It didnít appear to matter.

There is no gameplay other than dialogue choices, no inventory, no puzzles, no anything else. There is also no spoken word, electronic music providing the only sound. Save at will, and continue where you left off. It is minimalistic visually, and 4 to 5 hours should see you through.

Given the construct, itís a good thing the writing is strong. Which really is the point. I enjoyed the debate with God, and the various dilemmas are well laid out, in terms of the elements that would be relevant were you to have to discuss and decide. The end was a surprise, and befitted what came before.

I confess that Supposedly Wonderful Future didnít really grab me, but I admire the ambition of the maker. Donít buy it to play a game, but to debate and think about some of the threads of the rich tapestry that is life.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz

RAM: 32GB GDDR5

Video card: AMD Radeon RX 470 8192MB

 

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