[PlayStation 4] Ord. Review
Ord. from Mujo Games and Ratalaika Games is a text adventure game featuring a minimalistic presentation. Learn more about this title in our Ord. review!
Ord is a unique take on text adventure games with a minimalist use of words, visuals and sound. Play unique stories with 3 words only! Ord will make you laugh and cry through its original approach to narrative and game design. You have to experience Ord to see for yourself!
In Ord., you will be presented with a minimalistic presentation, but that doesn’t mean that this game has nothing to offer. At first, you can select which one of the five different stories you want to play. In Quest, you’ll be in a fantasy setting where you will explore dangerous forests and dungeons. In Dimensions, you’ll take on an inter-dimensional trip across space. In World, you are playing as a God and will build a new world. In Foul Things, you’ll live a hectic childhood. The last one is Heist, kin which you’ll be trying to rob treasures.
The gameplay felt similar to a story in which you pick your own adventure, in the sense that you can control how the story unfolds. You are presented with a single word and have two other words, which are your available actions. By selecting one of them, you will get the result of your action, then move to the next word. For instance, in the story Quest, you will be offered the word “Lake,” to which you’ll have the actions “Swim” and “Fish,” which are self-explanatory. Of course, things can go wrong, and your character will often die as a consequence of the outcome of your decisions.
As you can guess, the gameplay is really easy to understand and pick up, and it’s also family-friendly, as I tested by spending most of my time playing with one of my daughters, who was selecting which options we were taking. My favorites stories ones where Quest and Dimensions, but I really didn’t like Heist because the story seems neverending, and I got stuck in a loop where the same choices were offered over and over again.
As for the presentation, I’ve already mentioned how minimalistic this game is, but the text sometimes changes color depending on what is happening, which I thought was a nice touch. I also liked that given that this game is text-based, there were many different languages available so that more gamers around the world can get a chance to enjoy it.
Trophies are awarded for experiencing the many different events and endings you can find thought your time with Ord. After playing for a little while, I noticed that this game might take some time to obtain the Platinum for if you in blind, due to the many different outcomes and how some stories can have different branches.
Should you play this game? It depends on your type of gamer. I personally like unique experiences, and I felt like this game was made for me. I enjoyed most of the stories but did think that you’ll most likely feel like you’ve seen all there is to see in this game in a couple of hours or so, so do keep that in mind!
This Ord. review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.