The Reality-on-the-Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and settings to create a world that seems more alive than others. A character you meet in one game as an NPC may very well go on a quest him/herself in another chapter, and vice versa. These games are very short, and offer perhaps an hour or less of gameplay. But it's the continuity of the series, and the fact that new games should get released at a faster pace, that makes this series unique. Since the games are designed by different designers, they differ a bit in style from chapter to chapter. However, as they share the same backgrounds, characters and overall atmosphere, you'll feel at home in all RON games once you've played one. |
RON4: I Spy is in my opinion by far the best game in the series. The plot advances smoothly, the graphics have been improved over it's predecessors, and the game even features a form of multiple endings – thus adding some replayability to it. The game tells the story of a female tabloid reporter, named Mika Huy, who has heard rumors of Bill Cosby being killed in the town of Reality and wishes to investigate them for herself. The game is won after you've successfully taken a picture of Bill's corpse, but there are three non-vital subquests to be completed as well. Each one involves you taking a picture of something irregular, to sell for large sums of money to the tabloids.
Music, apart from a very short Reality-on-the-Norm theme song, is all unoriginal MIDI stuff. Overall, the unique series gets a "Recommended!"
Reviewed by: Scid