Hey, did you ever play a game called Her Story? It was this weird little indie game that came outta nowhere on Steam and is maybe one of the most interesting and engrossing games I have ever played. The game plays out like an interview between a woman and the police regarding her missing husband. The player has a search bar to look up specific terms from her monologues, allowing access to new files and videos of her story. A story that plays out and becomes clearer the more attention you pay to what she says and how she says it is super innovative and is maybe the closest to an actual detective-like experience I’ve encountered in video games. My description really doesn’t do Her Story any real justice, so go look it up on Steam, it’s super cheap and deserves your money.
Back in the present, the writer for Her Story, Sam Barlow, is currently working on a new game entitled Telling Lies which looks like it takes the concept of Her Story and expands on it to provide a sleuthing experience even greater than before. Watching four strangers tell their stories and trying to pick apart each one for who’s lying in an effort to piece together some kind of bigger mystery sounds super compelling. This will be done in much the same way as it was handled in Her Story, with players being able to search for kkeywords and saving video clips that could prove potentially useful. The trailer doesn’t give much away, but it is really cool to see that developer studio Furious Bee have hired professional actors for their characters: Logan Marshal-Green (Charlie in Prometheus), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine in Westworld), Kerry Bishé (Christina in Narcos) and Alexandra Shipp (Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse).
It looks like Barlow has really taken the success of the experiment that was Her Story and expanded upon the idea to create something far grander and wider in its scope. If the trailer is anything to go by, Telling Lies will be a challenging test of wit and the player’s abilities to see through dirty lies. There’s no release date for Telling Lies right now, but you can find it listed on Steam so I expect it’ll be out sooner rather than later.
Last Updated: March 28, 2019