When it comes to sequels to games I adored, I try to keep my expectations in check. It hurts when the next game in the series drops the ball.
That is not the case with Orwell: Ignorance is Strength.
I wrote a review about Orwell, the predecessor to this game back in 2017 and as you might have picked up already, I loved it. To prevent myself from repeating what I said about that game, here is the review for it if you want to check it out. Enjoy.
In Orwell, you play as an investigator who is tasked with finding incriminating evidence and information regarding the case you are working on. It is the same premise for Orwell: Ignorance is Strength but with a bit more depth and personal choice.
Durning the events of Orwell, another investigator is tasked with finding a missing informant. However, if you played the first game you will know that nothing and no one is what they seem.
You gather intel by dragging datachunks to the right profile, but be careful as you will encounter conflicting datachunks and you need to pick one and it will make an impact, for better or worse.
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength improved on an already brilliant game by adding some more depth to the gameplay. You are put into the story a bit more as you fill out a profile at the beginning which also serves as a quick tutorial on how the game works.
On top of that, there is a more pronounced sense of working against the clock as each time you add a datachunk, ten minutes pass in the game. There are events that will happen at certain times, so you need to keep an eye on that.
The Orwell games can be completed in a few hours, but they have a fair bit of replayability as there are several choices you can make which will change how the story plays out.
As someone who loved the first game, it was great to see little references to it in Orwell: Ignorance is Strength however, that doesn’t mean you need to play the first Orwell to enjoy this one. I mean, I highly recommend you play both anyway but it isn’t necessary.
If I had to pick between the two, I would choose Orwell: Ignorance is Strength as it has a more interesting story.
If you like political games or even just simulation games, I could not recommend the Orwell games enough. Both games are great, they build a sense of dread and apprehension as you rush to stop what could be a major disaster.
They also keep you on your toes as the second you think you have got it figured out they throw a wrench into the works.
Now, investigator, time to get to work.