What happens when private conversations are no longer all that secret and intimate? Telling Lies, that’s what, a game revolving around an illegally acquired NSA database. A database which, among other things, contains footage of four seemingly innocent people. Unfortunately, all is not as it seems, a horrendous event linking our little group… Cue dramatic music.
Much like Her Story, also from Sam Barlow, Telling Lies is all about the tiniest details, paying attention and deciphering clues; it’s basically one absolutely massive puzzle. Exploration of the aforementioned database is done by way of search terms, and you’ll want to pay close attention to each clip within. Because these are your main means for the acquisition of information – and in turn, clues. I hope. That said, not only does the above screenshot also show a partially covered text document, but also a PDF file, a memo, and… well, who knows what else can be uncovered with a little digging?
Telling Lies sits you in front of an anonymous laptop loaded with a stolen NSA database full of footage. The footage covers two years in the intimate lives of four people whose stories are linked by a shocking incident
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to find out, because even with only a handful of details available, I am already more than a little curious as to what’s going on. Even more so as the experience is described on the Steam page as a non-linear game “where you decide the truth”. Very peculiar. Sounds like multiple endings are definitely on the menu, but what else? Exactly who are these four people, played by Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé and Angela Sarafyan, and just how are they connected to that vaguely detailed event? So many questions!