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The world ended on the day the bombs fell. Since then, it's always been like this: disease, hunger, death. The ruling Aristocrats - a faceless oligarchy that controls all resources - have ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Shelly Shenoy ... Amy Wellard (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Britton ... Gus / Cooper Wellard (voice)
Philip Callen Philip Callen ... Nelson / Aristocrat Guard (voice)
Andy Chmelko Andy Chmelko ... Ministry of Medicine Receptionist / Harrison's Servant (voice)
Colleen Gallagher Colleen Gallagher ... Train Lady
Miranda Gauvin Miranda Gauvin ... Jess / Ministry of Medicine Directory (voice)
Dave Gilbert Dave Gilbert ... Freddy (voice)
Abe Goldfarb ... Tiberius (voice)
Francisco Gonzalez Francisco Gonzalez ... Propaganda (voice)
Eli Green Eli Green ... Bruce / Aristocrat Guard / Waiting Room Man (voice)
Neil Hellegers ... The Reaper (voice)
Felicia Hudson Felicia Hudson ... Danton (voice)
Jacob Janerka Jacob Janerka ... Additional Voices (voice)
Samuel Kurnit Samuel Kurnit ... Town Crier / Doctor Collins (voice)
Daryl Lathon Daryl Lathon ... Gordon (voice)
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The world ended on the day the bombs fell. Since then, it's always been like this: disease, hunger, death. The ruling Aristocrats - a faceless oligarchy that controls all resources - have unchallenged authority. There's never enough food, water, or vaccine to go around. The rich receive regular doses of vaccinations in exchange for their unconditional government support. The poor live in fear, superstition, and squalor until they die. Amy Wellard, a young woman reluctantly working for the government to qualify for the vaccine lottery, believes there's a cure - and she's going to find it. Even if it costs her her life. Written by Francisco Gonzalez

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8 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Of plagues and revolutions
12 July 2019 | by petra_steSee all my reviews

I like Wadjet Eye games: they scratch my itch for old-school point-and-click adventures with pleasant retro graphics, competent writing and puzzles which are neither frustrating (no pixel-hunting, for example) nor so easy they become pointless... although the trend seems to be heading towards easier solutions: compare the Blackwell series to Shardlight, Unavowed and Lamplight City. While overall I enjoyed all these games, I really hope they don't go further in that direction.

Shardlight has an interesting setting, probably inspired by Dishonored: a post-apocalyptic society with a Neo-Victorian style and a strong class division. The masses live in poverty and are plagued by a deadly epidemic, the Green Lung; the ruling Aristocracy hoards the cure and distributes lottery tickets with the chance to win a treatment to those who volunteer for dangerous jobs. Add to this a death cult focused on a mysterious masked figure, the Reaper, and you have a compelling premise.

Shardlight starts strongly and never lost my interest, but the last act is rushed. For example, an evasion from a supposedly inescapable prison feels anticlimactic, and so does the revolution which has been building up for the whole game.

I don't particularly like adventures which punish you at every turn, but in this case it would have been nice to allow the player to make mistakes and plan poorly, with negative results. There are three different epilogues depending on a choice at the last moment which isn't influenced by previous in-game decisions. Frankly, some things about the endings don't make a lot of sense, but I won't go into that as we would enter spoiler territory.

Voice acting is excellent, in particular scavenger Amy (Shelly Shenoy), who is the protagonist, and main villain Tiberius (Abe Goldfarb, who played Joey in the Blackwell series).


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