We often think about playing video games as a hobby to have a good time. It is a time when we leave our daily stress and thoughts aside. The game we reviewed today is fun and a good time for sure, but it makes you think about your life and relationships. Most importantly, the world and the future. Norco is a game with an engaging story and gorgeous pixel graphics that will take you to dystopian South Louisiana.
Norco is a point-&-click, narrative-driven adventure indie game where you will explore the world in a state of environmental and industrial decay. A story that begins with looking for your brother turns into a mystery, an adventure into the deep and sinking city, Norco.
The game was developed by Geography of Robots and published by Raw Fury. It was released on March 24, 2022. Since its release, the game has gotten a lot of attention, and we can say confidently that the game is amazing. If you are a person that likes a well-written story with satisfyingly simple gameplay, Norco is for you. So let’s take a closer look at the main story.
In Norco, we play as Kay, who returns to her home learning that his brother is gone missing after their mother died of cancer. We begin our game with a long narrative, which shows that developers are pretty good at what they are doing with story-telling.
Usually (without fans of this genre), listening to or reading lots of texts isn’t appealing to most players. Yes, of course, learning about the story and characters is fun. But a game like a novel is difficult to do.
As we proceed with our search, we meet new people (or new things). In nearly every conversation, we see parts of humanity in this era. Besides the story and characters, the gameplay is easy to learn.
There are some mini-games where we will need to be fast at clicking. But it’s not a challenge after all. In every new area, you might need to search with your mouse. Because there are no indicators that say “Hey! Click here. ” At first, it felt a bit unnecessary. But after thinking about how the game presents itself (we are in an unknown world with chaos), it makes sense.
As for the visuals, there is not much to say. The game looks fantastic. You know the feeling when you look at a game and say, “Ah, this is an art piece.” Yeah, you might say that a lot while playing it. It’s not just artistically and beautifully appealing, but the pixel-blurry look puts you in the game world, with the corruption and uncertainty surrounding you.
Norco is Available Only For PCs
Overall, Norco is a well-written click-and-play novel. The game they created shows that video games are capable of telling big stories and can reach anyone (considering its easy gameplay mechanics). It’s heartwarming to see the variety of video games. To explore the dystopian South Louisiana, you need to go to Steam and pay $14.99. The game is not demanding, but be sure to check the system requirements before you play:
- OS: Windows 10/11
- Processor: Intel i5 or AMD equivalent
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: Discrete GPU / Nvidia 1050 or equivalent
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 4 GB of available space