Emily is Away is a heartfelt tale of friendship, love and relationships in which you chat you your friend Emily through a retro instant messenger chat client.
Played over the course of five years, Emily is Away features a well crafted emotional story with branching pathways affected by your responses during conversations. You play the whole game through an instant messenger client, choosing responses, then tapping keyboard keys to type them out. It’s a unique premise, and everything feels very authentic for the era – it even has nice little touches like choosing your screen name, selecting from a variety of 90’s pop culture avatar icons, and the ability to customise your text color.
Playing the game through the 90’s instant messenger client not only adds a warm sense of nostalgia, it makes everything feel more real and personal. The writing throughout is also superb, with choices, responses and actions all feeling very grounded in reality – you’re not making right or wrong decisions, it just feels like you’re having a conversation with a friend. But if you want more than that, things may get tricky…
Controls: 1/2/3 – Choose Responses. The Rest Of the Keyboard – Type!
Available On: Windows, Mac & Linux