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The Novelist

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69.36% Overall Rank: 11184
PC Rank: 2667
2013 Games Rank: 11161
2013 PC Rank: 2667
Score based on 14 reviews


The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be. The Kaplans have come to a remote coastal home for the summer, unaware that they're sharing the house with a mysterious ghostly presence: you. Read the family's thoughts. Explore their memories. Uncover their desires and intervene in their lives. But stay out of sight; you can't help the Kaplans if they know there's a ghost in the house. It's up to you to decide how Dan's career and family life will evolve, but choose carefully; there are no easy answers, and every choice has a cost. Dan's relationships - to his work, his wife, and his son - react and shift in response to your choices. With a different sequence of events in every playthrough, The Novelist gives life to a unique experience each time you play. The decisions you make will define the Kaplans' lives, but they may also tell you something about yourself.
Release Date: December 10, 2013

Latest Reviews

PC Gamer UK 04/01/14 Review 71 out of 100
GamesMaster UK 03/01/14 Review 80 out of 100
The Digital Fix 01/20/14 Review 6 out of 10
Eurogamer 01/03/14 Review 5 out of 10
Gaming Illustrated 12/26/13 Review 85 out of 100
Edge Magazine UK 12/18/13 Review 8 out of 10
VideoGamer 12/18/13 Review 5 out of 10
RPGFan 12/18/13 Review 70 out of 100
Hardcore Gamer 12/15/13 Review 4 out of 5
Game Informer 12/13/13 Review 7 out of 10