Choice is a vital part of video game mechanics these days. They give power to the player/character and let them decide who lives, dies and usually, how the plot is shaped by their whim. Whether you play as a shining example of peace and love or that one guy in Fallout 3 who kills people because they have a shiny gun, choice makes everything better.
Gods Will Be Watching takes the whole concept of choice and applies it to the extreme, by giving you a time constraint and then adding moral choices that will leave everyone involved feeling like they just kicked a puppy.
The game is made up of moments where you see yourself attempting to keep your band of survivors alive through various, brutal scenarios that are incredibly difficult. With each passing decision, something will inevitably go wrong and you then have to adapt accordingly to that new situation. Resource management is key as well as killing off a useless team member may actually help you out in the long run.
Nothing in this broken world is easy though. That’s reflected massively in the mechanics, as well as the gameplay. You can spend hours just redoing a single failed choice that ended with your brains splattered across the floor. Trial and error is an integral cog in the machine that is Gods Will Be Watching and it’s not something you play to relax.
However, if you’re prepared to fight through each act, you’ll be rewarded with success quite like no other. You’ll be able to sit back and fall in love with the wonderfully minimalist graphics that draw out the most from your screen with little effort.
What will you choose?
Platform(s): PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Genres: Point n’ Click, Puzzle
Release date: 07/24/14
Publisher: Devolver Digital