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Big Brother has arrived – and it’s you! Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences…



Release Date

Oct 20 2016






Osmotic Studios

Orwell is a new governmental security program that has the power to survey the online presence of citizens and access their personal communication and technology devices. But to successfully profile suspects and protect the privacy of citizens, Orwell needs an impartial human researcher—someone operating outside of the Nation who can interpret relevant chunks of data and make decisions when conflicts arise.

Selected from thousands of candidates, you have been chosen as Orwell’s first human researcher. And when a terror attack rocks the Nation’s capital city of Bonton, Orwell is immediately put to the test.

Required to investigate the web pages, blog posts, chat messages, files and private information that Orwell retrieves and serves up, you will help the Nation create personal profiles of suspects and uncover the perpetrators. But are these people really terrorists? What does the information you reveal to Orwell say about them? What if you find out things about them that not even their loved ones know? What is the real price of maintaining the security that the Nation is yearning for?


Orwell released episodically across five weeks, from 20 October, 2016 until 17 November, 2016; one episode each week. Title cards were created to announce each episode.


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Investigate the digital lives of citizens

Search web pages, scour through social media posts, dating site profiles, news articles and blogs to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks.

Determine the relevance of information

Only the information you provide will be seen by the security forces and acted upon. You decide what gets seen and what does not, influencing how the suspects will be perceived.

Invade the private lives of suspects

Listen in on chat communications, read personal emails, hack PCs, pull medical files, make connections. Find the information you need to know.

Secure the freedom of The Nation

Find the terrorists so the citizens of The Nation can sleep safe, knowing Orwell is watching over them.

  • Nominee – “Most Innovative Newcomer” Award – Creative Gaming Awards, 2015
  • Nominee – “Games for Impact” Award – The Game Awards, 2016
  • Nominee – “Best Indie Game” Award – NY Game Awards, 2017
  • Honourable Mention – “Seamus McNally Grand Prize” – Independent Games Festival 2017
  • Finalist – “Excellence in Narrative” Award – Independent Games Festival 2017
  • Nominee – “Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation” Award – SXSW Gaming Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Serious Game” Award – German Gaming Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “A MAZE.” Long Feature Award – A MAZE.Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Education Game” Award – BIG Festival 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Innovation” Award – German Developer Awards 2017
  • Nominee – “Best German Game” Award – German Developer Awards 2017
  • Nominee – “Best Indie Game” Award – German Developer Awards 2017
  • Nominee – “Best Game Design” Award – German Developer Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Storytelling” Award – Making Games Awards 2017
In an age where so much personal information is willingly released by so many, Orwell brilliantly explores the implications of this data being misinterpreted
James O'Connor, GameSpot
A harrowing look into a reality where Big Brother is always watching…
Brittany Vincent, Rock Paper Shotgun
Orwell offers some stark lessons in the way we all present ourselves online
Colin Campbell, Polygon

Osmotic Studios is a trio of German indie game developers committed to making games with narrative and personal resonance that challenge players to reflect on the world around them.


Forming a studio in 2015, Michael Kluge (Programming), Melanie Taylor (Art & Business) and Daniel Marx (Game Design & Production) spent two years making their first full game, Orwell, which explores contemporary themes of security, privacy, and our interpretation of online information.


Released in October 2016 as a five-part weekly episodic series, the critically lauded Orwell has been nominated for numerous ‘serious game’ and narrative design awards and is the winner of the A.MAZE 2017 Best Long Feature Award and Best Serious Game at the 2017 German Computer Games Awards.


Osmotic Studios is currently working on Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, the second season of Orwell with a new narrative that takes place in parallel to the events of the first season.



Osmotic Studios

Michael KlugeProgrammer
Melanie TaylorArt and Business
Daniel MarxGame Designer and Producer

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Chris WrightManaging Director
Travis PlaneDirector
Aaron BertinettiChairman
Stephen HellerProduction Manager
Fiona MurrayFinance Manager
Drew TaylorCommunications Manager
Marla FitzsimmonsMarketing Manager
Justine CollaCommunity Manager

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The screenshots above can be saved directly in 1080p. For a complete press kit, however, please visit the Orwell Presskit() page, here.