HER STORY

De­vel­oper/pub­lisher Sam Bar­low For­mat iOS, PC

EDGE - - THE EDGE AWARDS -

An in­creas­ingly com­mon method of in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling has play­ers ar­riv­ing af­ter the fact, re­con­struct­ing the nar­ra­tive by gath­er­ing to­gether in­di­vid­ual parts and ar­rang­ing them into a chronol­ogy. In that sense, Her Story is do­ing noth­ing we haven’t seen be­fore – ex­cept it is, by im­mers­ing us more deeply in the process. We might well stum­ble across a vi­tal piece of tes­ti­mony by happy accident, but it’s only our prod­ding and prompt­ing that has brought us to it.

We’re af­forded a vi­tal part in this de­tec­tive drama as the per­son do­ing the don­key work that leads to that eureka mo­ment. In that in­ves­tiga­tive role we ex­pe­ri­ence the un­com­fort­able voyeurism that nat­u­rally comes with it, while the list of key­words in the search history re­veals much about us, per­haps even con­firm­ing prej­u­dices and judge­men­tal streaks. It would fall apart with­out a bravura dis­play from Viva Seifert and with­out a script that man­ages to of­fer clo­sure with plenty left un­said – and enough lin­ger­ing am­bi­gu­i­ties to leave room for two very dis­tinct in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

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