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Else {Code,Compile); //Stop This Alice: Else Heart.Break()

Lovely retro looks

Oh sure, this new trailer for else Heart.Break() gives a lovely look at the computer-programming, romance-finding adventure-y RPG-ish game from Blueberry Garden creator Erik Svedäng and friends, but the real question is: what's up with that syntax change? Last time we cooed and ahhed over its PlayStation 1-era look, the name was stylised as else { Heart.break() } and gosh, doesn't the Internet enjoy scrutinising other people's code? Are you happy now, backseat programmers?

More to the point, doesn't this game look delightful?

Set in that most wonderful of gamethings, a simulated world where other people go about their daily lives, else Heart.Break()'s officially described as "a game about friendship, love and technology in a place where bits have replaced atoms." You've just moved to a new city for your first job, see, so you're trying to settle in, make friends, find love, and so, They say, "stop the terrible deeds of the people ruling the city." Gosh, what an adventure!

And sure, you can chat to folks and write and compile actual computer code to change things in the world, but you can also settle down with a cup of coffee to watch the world go by. I do enjoy a good simulated world, and this certainly is a looker with lots of complex little bits to admire. The retro look isn't just pretty, it also means art is a small enough effort (ha!) that a small team can make something so elaborate. Have a gander:

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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