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Pick up Orwell for free while Big Brother isn't watching

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A view of a plaza in the Nation from Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You
Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You Osmotic Studios

Osmotic Studios' authoritarian system simulation called Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You is free for a limited time on Humble and since Big Brother doesn't seem to watching at the moment, now is your time to head over there and pick it up.

The game is aptly named Orwell, for the obvious connection to George Orwell's masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four and explores similar themes throughout the game, with no shortage of references to the aforementioned book.

Orwell puts you in the shoes of a state investigator in the Nation, a country with authoritarian leadership known simply as The Party. The Party passes the Safety Bill, which is basically legalisation of spying on your people for reasons of national security, and so it begins. By the way, any of this sound familiar?

Anyway, Orwell is not a game for quick reflexes or anything of the sort, so if you're expecting a hectic, action packed game, you might as well turn away immediately. What you will find is a calmer experience that lets you go about your business in a non-hectic manner, akin perhaps to Papers, Please if you removed the time limits brought about by your pesky family and heating expenses.

A keen eye and some analytical thinking will be your best friends throughout Orwell, as digging around records, files, newspapers and every other document you get your hands on will be feeding you bits and pieces of important information you'll need to progress further.

Moreover, as you're doing your data digging for the Nation, you'll be slowly introduced and, might I say, immersed into the dystopian world of Orwell. Being episodic in nature, Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You comes with five episodes: The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen, A Place Where There Is No Darkness, Unperson, Memory Hole and Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree.

Osmotic StudiosA view of a plaza in the Nation from Orwell: Keeping an Eye on YouOrwell: Keeping an Eye on You

In case you don't want to take my word for it, you should know that Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You has been received quite well, with review scores to match. On the other hand, it's free so why am I trying to come up with other reasons here?

You can get your free download of Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You here.