I really do have mixed feelings about Feels Games. On the one hand, they’re a sure-fire way to deliver a compelling narrative that stays with you long after the credit rolls and “The End” or “Fin” appears on screen and thus very much worth the admission ticket no matter what’s the price. On the other hand, OH GOD THE FEELS
Luckily for me (and my budget for tissues), “The Novelist” seems to present a different kind of feels: a GOOD feels, this time around. The game casts you in the role of a ghost that inhabits the summer home presently occupied by a novelist and his family, and instead of possessing their kid to write “redrum” all over the wall, you will be tasked to help the struggling writer balance between the deadline for his novel and being a good husband and father for his family. Hey, this must be what Casper feels like!
The game plays very much like a stealth-game and a puzzle game, where you can ‘hide’ in lightbulbs and must not allow any family member to see you as you look for hints regarding their woes. Apparently, they’re perfectly fine with you solving their family problems but has a serious problem about seeing your ugly, rotting ghostly mug. I’d call them a buncha selfish pricks, but I guess there’s just enough dysfunction in this family to bring the right amount of feels to make me understand.
The Novelist is available now for both PC and Mac through Steam, so what are you waiting for? Get your feels on!