Device 6

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Device 6
Device 6.png
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Developer(s)Simogo
Publisher(s)Simogo
EngineUnity[1]
Platform(s)iOS[2]
Release17 October 2013[2]
Genre(s)Interactive fiction
Mode(s)Single-player

Device 6 (stylized as DEVICE 6) is a text-based adventure game developed by Swedish game developer Simogo for iOS.[3] The game uses text, images and sounds to guide the player through a set of puzzles, which the in-game protagonist, Anna, needs to solve to escape from an unknown island.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Device 6 uses mainly text in its gameplay, and the player swipes the screen to move through or review the story.[4] The text may turn or split into branches in certain points of the game, adapting to the protagonist's movements in the story.[3] The player uses buttons to interact with in-game elements shown in black-and-white pictures like machines to get hints or to solve a puzzle.[3][5]

Plot[edit]

The game begins with Anna, the protagonist, waking up in an unknown castle, only with an unpleasant doll in her memory. Throughout her journey, she meets strange people and creatures appearing to be unresponsive or electronically controlled, raising her suspicion.

Reception[edit]

Device 6
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic92/100[6]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge9/10[7]
Eurogamer9/10[8]
Game Informer8.75/10[9]
IGN9.5/10[10]
Gamezebo4.5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy5/5 stars[11]
TouchArcade5/5 stars[12]
Awards
PublicationAward
AppleApple Design Awards 2014[13]
IGFExcellence in Audio[14]
Pocket Gamer2014 Best App Ever[15]
Pocket Gamer2014 Most Innovative Game[16]

Device 6 has received highly positive reviews from critics. The game is listed with a score of 92/100, indicating "universal acclaim" on review aggregation site Metacritic.[6] Critics applaud the game for its creative way of storytelling, the well-written prose and the audio effects, while noting its short gameplay.[7][8][10][9][17][3][18][4]

The game won the Excellence in Audio award in the 2014 Independent Games Festival,[14] Apple Design Awards 2014,[13] 2014 Best App Ever Award from Pocket Gamer[15] and several others. It was also nominated for several BAFTA Games Awards.[19]

As of March 2014, the game has sold 200,000 copies on App Store, according to the developer.[20]

Soundtrack[edit]

Music in Device 6 is composed by Daniel Olsén. The soundtrack album of the game, DEVICE 6 Original Soundtrack, was released on 1 November 2013.[21] Singer of the lead single in the album, Jonathan Eng, also makes appearance in-game.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Road to the IGF: Simogo's DEVICE 6". UBM Tech. 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Device 6". IGN. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nadia Oxford (22 October 2013). "Device 6 Review". Gamezebo.
  4. ^ a b c Andrew Webster (17 October 2013). "'Device 6' is a stylish mystery novel masquerading as a game". Vox Media.
  5. ^ a b Simon Flesser (28 April 2014). "The Complete Guide to References and Inspirations in DEVICE 6". Simogo.
  6. ^ a b "DEVICE 6 for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Device 6 Review". Edge. Future. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 23 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b Christian Donlan (17 October 2013). "Device 6 Review". Gamer Network.
  9. ^ a b Jeff Cork (29 October 2013). "The Next Step In Interactive Fiction - Device 6". Game Informer.
  10. ^ a b Marty Sliva (27 November 2013). "Device 6 Review". IGN.
  11. ^ Scott Nichols (22 October 2013). "Mobile reviews: 'Batman: Arkham Origins', 'Device 6', more". Hearst Magazines UK.
  12. ^ Larsen, Luke (28 October 2013). "'Device 6' Review – An Interactive Story Unlike Any You've Ever Experienced". TouchArcade. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Device 6 - Apple Design Awards". Apple Inc. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  14. ^ a b "The 16th Annual Independent Games Festival Finalists". Independent Games Festival. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  15. ^ a b Richard Brown (27 March 2014). "Simogo's psychological thriller DEVICE 6 is crowned the Best App Ever". Steel Media.
  16. ^ "6th Annual Awards Winner for Most Innovative Game". Steel Media. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  17. ^ Tom Hoggins (30 October 2013). "Device 6 review". The Daily Telegraph.
  18. ^ J. Nicholas Geist (18 October 2013). "Device 6 is a mystery game that creates as many mysteries as it solves". Kill Screen Media.
  19. ^ "Games in 2014". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  20. ^ Simon Flesser (27 March 2014). "Last week was crazy". Simogo.
  21. ^ Daniel Olsén. "DEVICE 6 Original Soundtrack". Bandcamp. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

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