See, with GTA V delivered and desperate to escape from its Amazon-endorsed cardboard prison, I still found time to play through Everlove, “a narrative game of Romance and Mystery where each choice you make builds your character and brings you closer to one of your four possible romantic liaisons”. You heard me.
Everlove is developed by Silicon Sisters Interactive, Canada’s first female-owned and run video game studio.
At this point you’d be forgiven for worrying that Everlove might play out as Fifty Shades of Grey: The Game and/or a steaming slice of feminist propaganda, but – thankfully – it’s neither.
In fact, whether it was the developers’ intention or not, Everlove deserves to be played by ladies and menfolk alike; it’s really rather good.
What happens is, see, our protagonist, Rose, is lying on her psychiatrist’s couch in a bid to get to the bottom of a recurring dream featuring a mysterious beast, a beast that’s getting increasingly close.
And how, specifically, does she get to the bottom of said dream? By travelling back in time of course. Ok, technically Rose is embracing a former life, but it’s much the same thing.
Everlove plays out in a series of conversations, and we quickly learn that the Rose of the past’s father died under mysterious circumstances, with credit going to – you guessed it – the beast in Rose’s dream.
Now, Rose is quite a popular lady, with no less than four suitors, and after the introductory section, the story branches off – essentially one branch for each hunky man.
Needless to say, you can only choose one man at a time (respect, Rose), though you can go back and replay individual scenes, or even tackle all four branches should you so desire.
The game I was reminded of most was the excellent Sorcery! Makes sense, I guess, since they’re both very much story driven.
However, instead of manly fights, Everlove has flower picking. For serious. Actually, it’s not as bad as it sounds; it’s more like a spot-the-plants puzzle. Oddly enjoyable.
There are also jigsaw puzzles, with Rose putting together wanted posters and letters and stuff, all of which drive the story forward.
All in all? Everlove was surprisingly enjoyable, and I found myself genuinely gripped by the story. Heck, I even went back and replayed some of the conversations.
Yes, there’s plenty of flirty dialogue, and things get pretty steamy (check out the pictures above!), but it’s all very tongue-in-cheek.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to drink beer, eat steak, and watch football. Ahem.
- Genuinely interesting story
- The flower picking and jigsaws
- Frequently funny
- Maybe a tad girlie for some
- You might question your sexuality
- It’s relatively short (2-3 hours for one playthrough)
Summary: I fully expected to mock Everlove, a story-driven tale of romance and mystery in ye olden days, but here I am heartily recommending it. If that makes me a big girl, well I guess that’s what I am.
Developer: Silicon Sisters Interactive
Price: £2.49 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.