Inkle’s story-driven adventure game, 80 Days, was released today for download on Steam, Gog, and other digital distribution services. A critical smash hit when it was released last year for Android and iOS, 80 Days is loosely based on the Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. In it, you take on the role of a sidekick to adventurer Phineas Fogg, who has made a bet that he can travel around the world in, naturally, eighty days. Set in a steampunk, alternative timeline to 1872, you must act as valet to guide Phineas through a series of different cities. The clock is constantly ticking, and important decisions can speed you up or slow you down.
The game’s real claim to fame is in the sheer amount of story there is to be had: with the new update on PC release, there are 169 cities to visit and developer Inkle claims that there are over 750,000 words throughout the various story elements you can encounter. In their release announcement, Inkle gladly points out that this is more words than the first five Harry Potter books combined.
80 Days was a critical darling when it was originally released, nominated for many prestigious awards and winning several of those nominations. These include some BAFTA nominations, GDCA and DICE nominations, Time Magazine’s game of the year award, and an “Excellence in Narrative” award from the Independent Games Festival. With the sheer amount of content added, it sounds like there is definitely more fun to be had for those who have already made the trip around the world. If you have not, and a steampunk journey with branching story elements sounds like your cup of tea, you can download 80 Days now on your favorite digital distribution platform.
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