Let’s get this out of the way at the beginning 4PM is not a game, and as such it won’t be getting a score, this is more of a recommendation than a review.
So if it’s not a game then what is it? Well it’s a short interactive narrative led experience, that should be experienced by as many people as possible. I’m going to keep this recommendation as minimal as I can. 4PM only took me thirty minutes to complete. But almost everyone of those thirty minutes are well thought out and necessary to the tale that the developer is trying to tell.
The story touches on guilt, love, alcohol abuse and suicide. These are grown up themes that the developer – Bojan Brbora has treated with care and honesty. The short interactive scenes take you from 10AM to 4PM in a single day in the life of Caroline Wells. I don’t want to touch any further on the story as it does need to be experienced rather than read.
This is all the work of one guy, and whilst the high production values he has strived for haven’t quite been met, the overall visual style is still beautiful if a little ragged in places, but it doesn’t detract from the experience. The small selection of songs that feature in the soundtrack are pitch perfect and really round out the overall style of the piece.
4PM started out as a project at the National Film and Television School, which the developer went on to develop further and it does show. The story here is the star and everything else has been carefully chosen and layered to bring this tale to life. With the plan of more stories and dramas to come if this one is successful, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Brbora brings to us next.
I was gripped for the whole thirty minutes of my first experience, and I can’t wait to go back. If you are open minded and partial to something a little bit different, the avant-garde 4PM should not be missed. It’s only £3.00 on Steam and it has been one of the most refreshing things I’ve experienced in a long time.
4PM is available now and can be found here http://store.steampowered.com/app/281840/
Developer: Bojan Brbora
Publisher: 4PM GAME