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Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II

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Help tell the story of Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage who became steward on board of the HLV Herald, a merchant ship set for his country of birth.
As Devan it is your job to keep the peace among the crew and passengers by resolving their daily squabbles. Set during a time of widespread inequality and injustice, you are challenged to uncover a great mystery that surrounds the Herald's perilous voyage.

Together, Herald Book I & II have around 4 hours of gameplay. Each Book has its own contained story. Book III & IV will tell new stories of Devan's adventures and will be released as episodic content at a later date. Key Features
  • A branching narrative that changes depending on how you decide to play. Do you choose to be bold and stand up for the downtrodden, or would pleasing the elite be the safer and smarter choice?
  • Uncover all of the secrets aboard the merchant clipper Herald, as you explore its many nooks and crannies.
  • The Herald is a microcosm of 19th century society. The crew and passengers all have their own dark secrets and often use sly coercion to convince Devan to help them. But who can you trust?
  • Herald's diverse cast of characters is brought to life by beautifully animated portraits, and the performances of thirteen talented voice actors.
  • Herald is set during an alternate 1857 in which the West has been united as a single global superpower: the Protectorate. Governed not by kings but by an elected 'Lord Protector’, the Protectorians believe they are morally superior. But are they?
  • A gripping tale about finding your place in a world divided by race, class and culture.

CONTENT WARNING: Emotional and physical violence, suggestive themes and infrequent use of strong language. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
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Wispfire
Publisher
Wispfire
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://heraldgame.com/

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
  • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video Card with 1GB VRAM / Intel Graphics 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
Recommended:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
  • Processor: Intel i5 @2,8 GHz or the equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Direct X 9 compliant video card with 1GB of VRAM / Intel Graphics HD 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel i5 @2,8 GHz or the equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video Card with 1GB VRAM / Intel Graphics 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
Recommended:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: Intel i7 4700MQ @3,4 GHz or the equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
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Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Herald is a really beautifully designed Game with a good Story and lots Of interesting Characters. The whole thing is wrapped in a historically inspired story, which brings you closer to the Conditions at this Time. It is really to be hoped that the Developers will still get The Chance to complete Boock III and IV, as Book I and II were unfortunately not as successful as would have been desirable (which is absolutely unjustified).
Translated by
Microsoft from Italian
Product received for free The first two episodes of Herald: An Interactive Period Drama lead us within the events that will take place within the HLV Herald in a historical context as important as the NINETEENTH century where the Protectorate was the The strongest empires and nations from the commercial, economic and political point of view of that time. The level of fruition is more than discreet, but lacking in mordant and great twists. The whole thing is dictated by the fact that the choices we make will have little impact on the story and the finale will be one. However the quality of the stages of dialogue is more than good together with a simple but well realized audio compartment. The Dutch developers of Wispfire did not want to risk enlarging the variety of repercussions, based on the choices of dialogue made, not moving away from the main strand. Maybe with the next episodes will be different. We Recommend this title to those who want to play without expecting great things and want to spend little. http://www.gamesark.it/mostra_rece.asp?c=25420170012295839
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Product received for free "Devan Rensburg is anything but a born Sailor. He is rather slender, quite intelligent and he does not like to be commanded around. Despite this, he hires on the HLV Herald on a fateful Day in 1857. ... Herald plays more like a classic Point & Click Adventure, but the Focus is clearly on the conversations with the Crew and Passengers on Board. Instead of breaking your Head and combining Items in clever Puzzles, you primarily execute the banal Commands of your Superiors. And while you serve tea to the Captain and his Guests or help out in the Galley, you will have a Conversation with the different Characters. In this Way, however, you not only get to know the others better, but also gradually shape Devin'S Personality with your Answers. The Choice is not always easy, because the Developers have put a lot Of effort into populating The Ship with multi-layered figures, whose Motives can not always be labored with good or evil. ... Herald is an adventure as exciting as it is brave, cleverly addressing Issues we as a society have struggled with To this day. My only Criticism is that waiting for Book III & IV (appears as DLC) is likely to become a real Agony after this startling Cliffhanger. " If you like to know more, you can find the complete Test on my Blog: http://polygonien.de/2017/02/do-as-the-white-man-does-herald-an-interactive-period-drama-book-i-ii-im-test/
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