developer: Zachtronics Industries
publisher: Zachtronics Industries
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Eliza is a visual novel game developed by the independent studio Zachtronics. Although the title does not differ from the studio's earlier projects in terms of subject matter, it is far from them in terms of genre. The earlier works of these developers, such as SHENZHEN I/O, Opus Magnum or EXAPUNKS, are complex logic games.
The main character of Eliza is Evelyn Ishino-Aubrey - a specialist employed by Skandha, responsible for creating the eponymous Artificial Intelligence. As she delves into its secrets, the protagonist becomes increasingly doubtful as to whether its purpose is actually to serve people, or whether, on the contrary, it was designed solely to take control of people. In addition, by learning about the lives of the Seattle users of Eliza and renewing their old friendships, our AI starts to question her past and the decisions she made years ago.
As befits a visual novel, the pillar of gameplay is to follow the plot and make choices that will affect the course of the story. The plot is presented in the form of half-static scenes showing Evelyn's interlocutors or situations in which the protagonist finds herself. In addition, a mini-game called Kabufuda Solitaire, which combines the principles of solitaire with Japanese Kabufuda cards, is waiting to be tested here.
Eliza features hand-drawn, high-quality 2D graphics; both the characters and the environment are designed with attention to detail. In addition, all the characters in the game were dubbed, and the fun is accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack.
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 45 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit