Herald, computer game on colonialism


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15 February 2017

Herald is a story-driven point&click about a voyage on colonial tides.

Players follow Devan, a steward of mixed heritage, working on board the merchant clipper Herald.

Similar to other story-driven games, Herald features a branching narrative with multiple endings influenced by the player’s decisions.

Set in a world divided by class, race and culture, players are faced with a perilous journey of moral dilemma as they uncover the ship’s most sinister secret.

From the game’s site:

Herald is an interactive period drama set during the 19th century. It plays as a mix between an adventure game and a visual novel. You are Devan Rensburg, a steward of mixed heritage working on board of the HLV Herald, a ship sailing [from a European country with a colonial empire] for your land of birth, the Eastern Colonies.

As steward it’s your job to take care of all the passengers, be they rich or poor, important or downtrodden. Set during a time of great inequality and injustice, players are given the choice how to deal with various dilemmas resulting from 19th century colonialism.

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