Games that are heavily driven by stories can take a lot of different forms and also tend to be a mixed bag. In the case of The Song Out of Space there’s a bit more interest than usual as not only does the story involve quite a bit of brutal violence (though mostly just described or seen in heavily-pixelated form), potentially some aliens, and the FBI… there’s also and a healthy dose of 70’s era misogyny on display as well. That said, for every bullet point in the list that could pull some people in it could also turn others away so it’s hard to say whether there’s a universal perspective on whether putting all of this together is effective or not. I do appreciate the weirdness of it all, and the ability to make some pretty entertaining dialogue choices at times, but there are also times where the formula doesn’t work as well and it can slow a bit or lose its way for a spell. If you’re a fan of brutal mysteries with a twist of The X-Files and some old-school sexism it may be a great fit, otherwise you’ll need to play it by ear.
Justin Nation, Score: