The Red Strings Club is an upcoming cyberpunk point-and-click adventure. With an interesting premise, cool graphics style and some quirky-looking game mechanics, it’s a title to watch out for.
The story begins as giant corporation Supercontinent Ltd is about to release Social Psyche Welfare, a system which will supposedly eliminate depression, anger and fear from society. However, a bartender at a secret club and a freelance hacker don’t see this as an improvement. They see it as brainwashing. And it’s up to them to stop it.
As well as a cyberpunk narrative experience, The Red Strings Club boasts extensive use of pottery, bartending and impersonating people on the phone. At the bar, you can mix cocktails to manipulate people’s emotions in order to gather the information you want. You can design genetic implants using something which looks suspiciously like a pottery wheel in order to change the attitude of the corporation’s executives. Finally, you can also assume the voice of important figures in the Social Psyche Welfare project, and play them against each other over the phone. All of this allows you to gather information and use it to your advantage to take Supercontinent Ltd down.
The Red Strings Club is being developed by Deconstructeam, who were behind the dark but excellent Gods Will Be Watching. Along the way, the game looks like it will raise questions around happiness, and how far one should go to achieve happiness. If Gods Will Be Watching is anything to go by, The Red Strings Club will certainly take you to some deep and dark places.
The Red Strings Club launches on 22 January. Preorder The Red Strings Club now on Steam to get a free (or giftable if you already own it) copy of Gods Will Be Watching. You can also follow @deconstructeam on Twitter.