Review: Welcome to the Game (Computer)

Reviewed by TheGrayShow1467, posted Jul 5, 2016
Jul 5, 2016
  • Release Date (NA): June 15, 2016
  • Publisher: Reflect Studios
  • Developer: Reflect Studios
  • Genres: Indie, Simulation
  • ESRB Rating: Mature
  • Single player
    Local Multiplayer
    Online Multiplayer
Welcome to the Game. A vague title for a dark subject. For $1.99 USD, is this game worth it?

The story is simple. You are wanting to browse the deep web to view a Red Room. For those who don't know what a Red Room is, it's a live stream where the viewers get to watch someone be tortured or murdered. In some cases, the viewer(s) get to decide what happens to the victim. Back to the game, your buddy, your chum, your pal, Adam, helps set you up to browse the deeper side of the internet. He teaches you about the basics, like note-taking, using A.N.N. (Anonymous Node Network (your Tor equivalent)), how to deal with DDoS attacks (Direct Denial of Service (The game just refers to them as Denial of Service (DOS)), how to deal with Kernel attacks, and briefly mentions 2 important facts. Fact 1: The Red Room is open for 30 days. Fact 2: There's an urban legend about a kidnapper.
Accessing the Red Room is no easy task. The URL for it is split among other deep web sites. Adam made our homepage The Deep Wiki, which has a list of websites. The goal is to visit certain pages to obtain an 8th of the URL. Code look like this: X- ____ (X = 1-8, _ = a-z or 0-9) I had to read some guides on the Steam Community page, as this game is extremely confusing.


The gameplay is fairly basic and is split in 3 parts.
It's just like the real deal; click on links, look for parts of the URL, blah, blah, blah. Press Right Click to leave the computer. Escape to pause. To save and quit, press the power icon in the top right of the screen
Being Hacked
If you get hacked, you'll either get a DDoS attack, or a Kernel attack.
Kernel attacks are simple; type the code you see.
DDoS attacks are also simple, but can be difficult. The goal is to redirect the traffic. There are squares with arrows and squares without arrows. The goal is to get the data through all the squares without arrows. Click them to send the data in a direction. Not the right direction? Click it again. Press Escape to pause.
When you Right Click during browsing, you will be taken to your room. W and A are useless trash; W does nothing and why the hell would I look left with A if there's nothing but a wall? S and D are useful; S looks behind you, where you can turn on and off the lights, and D allows you to get a better view of the window and the rest of the room.
Here is the room without lights.
Left Click the screen to go back to browsing. Oh, and time doesn't advance while you are AFK. Press Escape to Pause.

The Kidnapper

He gets his own section. Your bestie, Adam, forgot the importance of giving you a VPN or other means of keeping you from being tracked. Wow, what a bro... The urban legend is actually true, there are indeed kidnappers looking to snatch your bum and possibly make you the victim on a Red Room. Now, I know what you're thinking... "THAT GUY SOUNDS LIKE A DICK >:(" If you think about it, you kind of deserve it, since you're going through the deep web without protection. He will make noises. Sometimes he just wants to scare you, other times he wants to take you out into town. Most players won't understand what he says, due to speaking the ру́сский (Russian (DID I GET IT RIGHT?)). I mention this, because that in itself is an audio cue for when you should/shouldn't turn on the lights.
Here is the hot piece of ass known as the Kidnapper

Some sites are only accessible during certain times of the night.
+ Cheap
- Tedious at times
8 Presentation
It doesn't look bad
6 Gameplay
It feels like a chore to get certain parts of the URL. and blocking the hacks... in a word; tedious.
6 Lasting Appeal
It's definitely got an interesting concept, but I don't see myself playing it for several hours.
out of 10
Overall (not an average)
If you've got the $1.99, go for it. It's not terrible, but it feels like it'll get stale quickly.