As regulars probably know well by now, I don’t tend to be a fan of visual novels and even sometimes struggle with titles that are too heavily text-driven, but when they’re done right it’s almost impossible not to take notice. Spinning a very future-forward sci-fi tale of fighting for survival in a remote space station, Citizen Sleeper absolutely won’t be for anyone looking for action or who despises games where the majority of the experience is simply focused on reading. The critical difference here is that the story is an original one, full of details and a variety of characters that really come alive as you read on. What then takes things to the next level is the challenge you’ll face in choosing how to make the most of what are usually tough circumstances to string yourself alive and make progress. This won’t be something you’ll master quickly, and at first each roll of the virtual dice you’ll need to make use of to complete critical tasks can feel like they’re working against you. However, as you begin to wrap your arms around how best to make use of the time and opportunities you have and begin to talk to the right people, new avenues ripe with potential will continue to reveal themselves… leaving you the challenging choice of how you wish to proceed. With its very old-school text-based adventure feel, this is a game that really managed to speak to me, and if you’re down to get wrapped up in an often challenging sci-fi world it shouldn’t disappoint.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [9.0]