Review

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a difficult game to rate, because it’s actually difficult to call this a game in some respects.  It is a beautiful “experience” of discovery in which you wander around to various points of light to find out exactly what has happened in this little British town in 1984.

There is no shooting, no inventory, and no puzzles to solve here. You simply walk through the world and listen to the story unravel. As the story is the main content in this game, I’d recommend you play with the sub-titles turned on to make it easier to remember the names of the characters you will hear. I’d also recommend you play this game in a couple of sittings (not too hard to do since it’s only around 6 hours long), just because it will keep all of those character and plot points fresh in your brain.

EGTTR Screen (2)

There really isn’t too much of a challenge in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, except exploration and the occasional need to wiggle the control to reveal the memories, but beyond that, it’s not really an actual game. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience this, however.  The graphics, built on the CryEngine, are gorgeous and with extreme details and the textures quite well developed. Since the game takes place in 1984, you will note the appropriate electronics and surroundings including huge cell phones and a Commodore 64. The music is very atmospheric, even eerie at times and it helps support the environment and feel of the game.

EGTTR Screen (3)

One of the things that I did in order to make it into more of a “game” with objectives was to look at the trophies available and try to obtain them. Some are quite easy (just sit there and do nothing for five minutes and boom, you will get a trophy) and some are a little more challenging. If you missed some optional items you can actually find secret paths back to old areas, which in itself will get you a trophy.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is not for everyone but if you love the adventure games of old and exploring a rich narrative as a mystery unfolds, then this is your experience. You will require patience in the end but once you are in, you are likely going to want to finish this so you have all your questions answered. Or will you? I guess you’re going to have to play to find out.

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Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.