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Monster-tracking detective sim Aberration Analyst is modest but engrossing

From desk till dawn

A grainy green image of an old PC and some monster tracking in Aberration Analyst.
Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Schmidt Workshop

Schmidt Workshops caught my notice recently with the excellent Islands of the Caliph, a fairly simple game that I half expected to wear out in an hour. It was instead charming and engrossing, with a novel setting and encouraging atmosphere that carried it well beyond that finish line.

Aberration Analyst is about as far removed from it as possible. Instead of bashing monsters while becoming a better Muslim, you sit at a desk putting together clues to track unseen monsters. But they share a creative spirit, and a well-judged balance between revealing information and letting you figure out the rest.

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