Developer/publisher Sam Barlow Format iOS, PC
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.