Astrologaster

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Astrologaster
Developer(s)Nyamnyam
Publisher(s)Nyamnyam
Director(s)Jennifer Schneidereit
Writer(s)Katharine Neil
ReleaseMay 2, 2019
Genre(s)narrative

Astrologaster is a comedy narrative adventure video game developed and published by Nyamnyam. It was released for iOS on 2 May 2019 and for Microsoft Windows and Mac on 9 May 2019. The game centres around Simon Forman, the real life astrologer-physician (1552-1611), and the characters he encounters who each demand diagnoses, treatments, and sometimes to be read fortunes written in the stars.

Gameplay[edit]

You play as Simon Forman, an astrologer, occultist, and herbalist active in London during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I of England. After examining the skies for hints about your patients’ personal lives, you suggest a treatment or course of action for them. The game was directly inspired by the real Forman’s casebooks.[1][2]

Development[edit]

The game was developed by Nyamnyam after Creative Director Jennifer Schneidereit saw the University of Cambridge’s Dr Lauren Kassell present her research on Simon Forman’s casebooks. Inspired by the wealth of character and story material, and with the help of Dr Kassel’s research team, Nyamyam mined Forman’s life and original patient records for inspiration for the characters and stories.[3]

The game was released for iOS on 2 May 2019 and for Microsoft Windows and Mac on 9 May 2019.

Reception[edit]

Astrologaster was featured on The Gadget Show[4] and appeared on a number of "best of" lists for video games in 2019.[5][6][7][8][9]

According to review aggregator Metacritic, the PC version received mixed or average reviews while the iOS version received generally favourable reviews from critics.[10][11]

Astrologaster was nominated for "Excellence in Audio" at the 22nd annual IGF Awards.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldwell, Brendan (2019-05-14). "Wot I Think: Astrologaster". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  2. ^ MacDonald, Keza (2019-05-09). "Astrologaster review – comedy quack stalks the streets of Shakespeare". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  3. ^ "Press Kit". A comedy written in the stars. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  4. ^ "S29 Featured Games of The Week | Gadget Show Competition Prizes". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  5. ^ "The 30 Best Videogames of 2019". pastemagazine.com. 2019-12-01. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  6. ^ "IGP's Indie Stars of 2019: 'Astrologaster'". Indie Games Plus. 2019-12-23. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  7. ^ "My favourite combat free games of 2019". Find the Strawberry. 2019-12-30. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  8. ^ Bald, Cameron. "Top 5 Best Games you might have missed in 2019". www.pocketgamer.com. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  9. ^ "AppUnwrapper's Favorite iOS Games of 2019 (GOTY List)". AppUnwrapper. 2019-12-29. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  10. ^ "Astrologaster". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  11. ^ "Astrologaster". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  12. ^ "Here are your finalists for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Awards!". IGF. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2020-01-10.

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