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  • Summary: It's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people onIt's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives. Each person has a different account of the night's event and you must use the tools at your disposal to get the results you need for your investigation.

    Will you take the most direct route at the risk of getting caught, or plan your approach carefully whilst precious time ticks by? Events happen in real-time and you must make decisions based on the evidence. You are the reporter. You decide the narrative.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    85
    The Occupation is a great experience that will have you breaking a sweat as you attempt to use every last second you have to discover the truth about the Turing Incident.
  2. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    From the last effort of White paper games emerges a highly political, exquisitely interactive, courageous work in being perhaps late with technical standards, but fresh and original in the formula play.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    The Occupation presents a hidden gem of the investigative puzzle genre, with it’s approach to gameplay and storytelling. Despite its annoying bugs and huge technical problems, with certain fixes on that part, it presents itself as near-masterpiece of an experience.
  4. Mar 10, 2019
    68
    With eight more months of development, The Occupation could have been the indie breakout hit suggested by glimpses of its brilliant bones throughout the experience.Technical issues and a punishing save mechanic take the joy of experimentation and exploration away from a game that could have been so much more.
  5. Mar 22, 2019
    65
    White Paper Games had the courage to try new things in an era where everything looks like it’s repeating itself and everyone one another. Some development choices and many bugs though keep Occupation from being a great game.
  6. 60
    The Occupation is one of the most elaborately designed games I’ve played in years, delivering heaps of atmosphere and enthralling puzzle-solving and exploration. The ambition here is palpable. Unfortunately, there are just too many moving parts at work, and they seemingly got the better of the small but clearly passionate team at White Paper Games. In time, I’d like to believe, The Occupation will be amazing. But I can’t, in good faith, recommend it in its current state.
  7. Mar 4, 2019
    50
    The Occupation tries to present itself as a political thriller emphasizing stealth. Sadly, it has neither the thrills nor the mechanics to manage either.

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  1. Mar 14, 2019
    8
    An abitious game that is receiving more negativity that it deserves. It defies modern conventions with its "pressed for time" style ofAn abitious game that is receiving more negativity that it deserves. It defies modern conventions with its "pressed for time" style of gameplay where you do not have the luxury of gently plodding your way through the game. This is not a bug, It is a feature. This gives the game so much more replayability than other adventure type narrative games that become mostly useless once all the secrets have been revealed.

    Though it could have used a bit more polish before being released to smooth out minor nags and bugs.

    Otherwise a genuinely compelling story arc that you would genuinely want to revisit every so often like a good book. Instead of "collect all the things" type of gameplay that gamers have come to expect.

    High points for its ambition. Slightly above average on execution. Losing points on minor issues that overall do not harm the sum of its parts. Definitely one of 2019s best game stories.
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  2. Mar 25, 2019
    7
    The game may have a few bugs and glitches, which sometimes underminde an otherwise very intriguing gameplay. The story is complex and you needThe game may have a few bugs and glitches, which sometimes underminde an otherwise very intriguing gameplay. The story is complex and you need to be interested in politics and conspiracies to enjoy it thoroughly, the fixed time-thing is tense and the atmosphere very strong. I'm having quite some fun playing this and recommend it to anyone who likes games/movies/shows about investigating as well as stealth games and immersive sims! Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    7
    This game is not easy to recommend to everyone because it's not very accessible to a lot of people, and there are some issues (bugs andThis game is not easy to recommend to everyone because it's not very accessible to a lot of people, and there are some issues (bugs and disjointed story), but I really like a lot of the things they did, and I can certainly appreciate what they were going for. I think it’s a pretty good game that’s worth checking out if your at all interested, even just for that fantastic first level. Maybe not for the price of $30 but it will probably be on sale soon, as it doesn’t seem to have sold too well. Which is unfortunate, because I think it’s really unique, and I think more people would enjoy it, despite it’s issues. Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2019
    5
    This game is fine, it seems hard to find the "porte-document" and sometimes it's difficult to interact with objects