APPLE STORE GAME OF THE DAY. UK/US. JAN 2020.
BEST MOBILE GAMES OF 2020. METRO (UK)
Dropping you straight into the action, Unmemory’s captivating blend of puzzles and mystery uses every aspect of your phone, from touch to motion to sound and visuals, making it – ironically – a singularly memorable experience.
Interactive fiction immediately makes you think of choose your own adventure books, and while they have their place Unmemory stretches that genre in ingenious and surprising directions, using text, images, and other objects on the page to deliver puzzles that require logical deduction rather than trial and error.
With superb sound design and problems that actually feel good to solve, like Simogo’s Device 6 this is a game that will rattle around your head long after you’ve finished playing it.
MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR. Stuff Gadget Awards 2020 (UK)
Not since the wonderful Device 6 have we seen such a masterful reimagining of the narrative tale and interactive content. At first, Unmemory is a noirish murder mystery that feels a lot like a traditional digital book, albeit peppered with illustrations and presented as one long scrolling view rather than pages you flip.
The secrets soon reveal themselves as a clever, tactile set of interconnected puzzles — an innovative production that upends existing conventions on digital books and room escape puzzlers. It’s fair to say things take a turn for the weird, twisting perceptions and plunging you into a series of brain-teasing tasks.
This is a stylish and smart take on a now-established genre, and from the second you hear a distant phone ringing, realize you spotted one earlier and frantically scroll back up the screen to answer it, you’ll be smitten.
An “Escape Book” that is sure to delight fans of the genre. Engaging, interactive, and with lots of narrative details that will make you spend several hours on your screen.
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A book to play with, a game to read: “Unmemory” attempts an exciting balancing act. As investigators without memory, we have to solve a murder case in a world between the art scene and the mafia. The text of this exciting story is at the same time the playing field on which words, but also other very different elements, audio clips or film snippets are interacted with. “Unmemory” has less to do with the rather dusty “interactive fiction” than with clever puzzle games like “Device 6” or even the logic puzzle “Return of the Obra Dinn”. Exciting and extremely stylish.
#1 OF 25 BEST TEXT-BASED GAMES. POCKET GAMER.
Unmemory is the best text-based game I have played to date. It can be read as a storybook or played as a game. This thriller has you trying to track down the man who murdered your girlfriend, but you also suffer from memory loss, so it’s a bit of a challenge. In the game, you need to solve puzzles, scroll up and down the screen to see how things change, listen to recordings, look at pictures, and more! It will keep you guessing.
THE BEST IPAD GAMES 2021. TECH RADAR.
unmemory initially resembles a conventional illustrated mystery novel. You awake with blood on your hands, with no idea where you are. A telephone has a button to press, but it doesn’t do anything. Scroll down and more story is revealed, but interaction beyond reading is minimal.
A few minutes in, everything changes. The phone rings and you scroll up to receive a message (that’s best jotted down). You soon realize what once appeared to be a scrolling page of the storyline is an intricate network of interlinked puzzles. And once you’re done, there are several more to tackle.
It’s rare to see truly fresh games on iPad, but unmemory manages to thrill and intrigue in equal measure, doing clever things with narratives, adventures, and puzzling to an extent we’ve not seen since classic iPad game Device 6.
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The moment unmemory fully reveals itself as something other than what you were expecting is when a telephone starts ringing. This being an illustrated telephone you’ll have earlier spotted towards the top of the scrolling story you’d been reading as if it happened to be along the lines of a conventional book.
By that point, you’ll have already clocked that unmemory isn’t quite a normal tome. Sometimes, sentences need a tap to resolve; images shift and change. Text and images alike propel the plot but are also peppered with clues designed to help you further unlock the story. But when you hear that distant ring, quickly scroll the page, tap a button and hear a vital message, a grin will rapidly spread across your face. At least it will if you had the foresight to have a pen and paper handy to scribble down the message’s salient points.
This is how unmemory behaves throughout its several hours of playtime. Each ‘chapter’ of this mysterious tale is a tightly woven network of puzzles. And as lightbulbs go off in your brain, causing you to jump back and forth in the scrolling pane, gradually cracking its code, you’ll feel smart. But more importantly, you’ll recognize you’re playing what amounts to a unique mash-up of narrative, adventure, puzzle, and touchscreen/device interaction of a quality that hasn’t been seen on iPhone and iPad since the classic Device 6.
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unmemory combines a text-based story with puzzles, in a similar vein as Device 6 and Blackbar. As you read, you’ll encounter puzzles that need to be solved in order to continue. The game mixes visual and audio clues, and you even have to flip your device upside-down at times. I felt like a proper detective solving all the puzzles, and I still haven’t even found all the hidden secrets and Easter eggs. I don’t think this game got nearly the amount of attention it deserves, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, please do so.
But, without a doubt, the most enjoyable element of Unmemory are those secrets that images and words often hide, something that eventually leads us to touch everything and read each of the chapters a second time. Because just as the memory of the protagonist plays tricks on him and is built and rebuilt over and over again, progressing in solving the puzzles leads to some changes in the text that only the curious can find.
This game has certainly been one of the great surprises this year and it shows that textual adventures still have a lot to offer us when a story is treated with care and in such a polished way.
Unmemory becomes one of the best adventures of 2020 and a must-play on mobile devices. It would not hurt if they also made a version on Nintendo Switch.
It is a gamebook in which we will interact with practically everything that appears on the screen. It is a highly recommended game if you liked Memento or Matrix, if you love role-playing games and you love “choose your own adventure” gamebooks. Unmemory is great pocket entertainment.
Unmemory proves that you don’t need overflowing graphics to be inside a new universe, that books and video games can merge and evolve together. And that, above all, creativity rules.
VIDEOGAMES OF THE DECADE. ARTURO MONEDERO. DEVUEGO.
it is one of the national surprises of the decade. A game that is read, a new genre “Escape Book” is far from everything known, that is why it is one of the proposals that I liked the most. Interesting, grown-up story with an amazing soundtrack.