At PAX East 2016, we came across a booth for a monthly subscription called IndieBox. Every month, they send out
a “Collector’s Box” of top indie games that include a digital and physical copy of the game along with other collectible goodies from the game itself. The box only costs about $25 a month.
The second IndieBox we received was for a game called Dyscourse, and it came with a full color manual, a USB drive and steam code for the game, a full soundtrack, a pin, some stickers, and a figurine of one of the characters, Disky.
Dyscourse is an interactive decision based narrative adventure in which your character, Rita, becomes stranded on an island with five other people after a mysterious plane crash. You can explore the island, but onl
y the parts that have something to do with what your character is doing. There is no open world within the game, and it is very guided. The mechanics are extremely simple, using the standard W-A-S-D or arrow keys for movement, and hitting enter to select dialogue and to interact with people and objects. The option to use a controller with the game is given.
When interacting with people and your environment, multiple choices are given and each choice has a consequence that effects the outcome of your little rag-tag group of survivors. You’re even given the choice to figure out why your plane crashed, but with an airline name of Dysast Air, I think it’s a bit obvious that this was all just an accident waiting to happen. Watch out, though. Some of your choices are put on a timer, and a lack of decision making can make the decision for you.
The game isn’t long at all, and should take about an hour or less to complete. There are multiple outcomes that you can end up with, and plenty of achievements to unlock within the game, which gives it a high replayability. Each character has a distinct, if clichéd personality and backstory.
One issue I found with replaying the game is that certain scenarios will occur no matter who you have in your group, only differing in who is involved. This makes playing the scene a bit stale, and it takes away from the individuality of the characters slightly.
Overall, I definitely recommend the game to anyone who enjoys witty pop culture references and one-liners and anyone who wants to just sit back and relax and play a game that isn’t too complicated. The style of the game is fantastic, and the soundtrack pairs perfectly with gameplay. If you’re ever an hour early to one of your classes or a meeting, just pull out Dyscourse and try to survive the island.
You can purchase Dyscourse here
You can check out the Indie Box here