Review Hello, stranger! 2
A decent story game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 25 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good interface, push notifications
Story isn't intriguing, some of the language is awkward
Imagine waking up to a few text messages on your phone from a number you didn’t recognize. Her name is Alice and she’s claiming that she’s been kidnapped and she’s asking you for help. What do you do? Do you try to help her? Do you call the police? These are the questions tackled in Hello, Stranger 2 for Android, just another entry in a series of text-based story games that brings you in as a character of a story in progress.
Right off the bat, you can tell that whoever wrote this game isn’t a native English speaker. It shows in some of the phrases used in the dialogue and through the grammar mistakes. For a game that’s purely text based, this really brought me out of the story. Though, you could easily write this away by thinking about who Alice’s character is. Maybe she’s not a native English speaker. Even still, the writing isn’t really the strongest. There are similar games what handle the story just a bit better.
The game also gives you dialogue choices that give you the impression that you’re able to turn the story and mold it into whichever direction you want it to go, but this is false. Most of the options are the same, but phrased differently, so you can choose from two different “paths” of dialogue, but you get more or less the same result.
Hello, Stranger 2 isn’t the greatest text adventure game I’ve played, but it’s not absolutely terrible. The writing is really hit or miss and even though the game gives you the impression that you can mold the story yourself, you really can’t.