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Actual Sunlight

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“I know what you’re thinking: Why keep getting up, day in and day out, even though your life is going nowhere?”

Notorious: Widely considered to be one of the bleakest and best-written experiences in indie gaming, Actual Sunlight challenges you to confront the life of Evan Winter: An overweight, lonely and severely depressed young professional.

Fear the words, not the reading: Presented almost entirely in text, a mixture of sharp observation and pitch black humor captures your interest from provocative beginning to shattering conclusion.

Prepare yourself: Actual Sunlight is a uniquely unforgettable adventure that will etch itself into you as one of the most difficult, haunting and beautiful experiences you have ever had as a gamer.Key Features
  • An intense, heartbreaking story with themes of video game addiction, unsatisfying work and miserable solitude.
  • Beautiful, original pixel and CG artwork invokes the streets, offices and sanctuaries of Toronto, Canada.
  • Dark and moody original music sets a proper tone for the brutal indifference of real life.
Important Notice
Due to explicit language, Actual Sunlight is not appropriate for players under the age of 18.

It also deals with extremely mature themes, including depression and thoughts of suicide. Similar to other forms of art that tackle these issues, Actual Sunlight can be an extremely powerful emotional experience – before downloading it, please first consider what your reaction to a book, film or piece of music in a similar vein might be.

For immediate updates on the game, please follow Will O'Neill on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/willoneill
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WZO Games
Will O'Neill
WZOGI, Will O'Neill
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System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X 10.6.8
  • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7
  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024x768 High Color +
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Actual Sunlight reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
For 50 cents it passes, interesting writing, simple gameplay, it easily reads for an hour and a half. Difficult subject but who will talk to anyone who could be trained in a depressive spiral. I found that it was also a good gateway to the Visual stories, I who am not customary of the genre, I took this as the equivalent of a news of 50 pages to inquire in the afternoon, it fits me.
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Microsoft from French
The thing I regret most is that you cannot blow up the character of the roof before the end of the game. The subject of depression and resignation are interesting, dense, little-treated themes, but in this case we are witnessing two hours of unbearable complacency. This game is at the service of that slab, it sublime absolutely nothing: it only just swinging its negative waves nauseabondes, its bad faith, and brings strictly nothing (if the creator is depressive, sweet Jesus, that's not how you go up the slope , buddy.). Frankly, even if you play a game about depression and ill-being, you might as well play the Cat Lady. (which, paradoxically, is a billion times less unhealthy)
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It's not really a game, it's a story we're told. Dark, cynical, sad... linear and without any real choice and influence. I confirm what other opinions have expressed, this game is not to put in all hands. It shows a dirty and disappointing world, seen through the eyes of a completely disillusioned character. Unlike other people, I didn't really get attached to the character. Yet these are subjects that affect me and concern me, but no. There the sauce did not take. It's still disturbing and depressing as an adventure. The illustrations are nice but no more. The graphics of the game environment are really sloppy and it feels good that they are there only because it has to, that it does not matter. (Note the workstations: a TV with a generic skin placed behind the desk with a remote control at its feet...). It's the hisoire that matters, and the narration. In this matter nothing to say, it is well written (in French in any case there were few errors) and the texts describe quite well what can actually think or feel a person in the case of the protagonist. The game is short and does not really have replayability, I had in the idea to do it at least twice to discover a possible alternative end, but it is too long and too painful to have to redo everything, to talk to all people to access the next scene... etc. so I dropped the deal after I finished it once (in 50min, examining all the objects and talking to all the characters). I had this game on sale at-80% and luckily I think at €5 I would have regretted it. I advise it at low prices for those who like me are intrigued and curious to see what it can give, I think it can be disturbing and disturbing for more than one person.
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