Sam Barlow Telling Lies

Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Sam Barlow Her Story and Telling Lies

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

August 22, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

This week Jensen got us up on video game designer Sam Barlow and his two video games, Her Story, and the upcoming Telling Lies. Barlow’s previous video game experience was in the Silent Hill Horror franchise but he wanted to leave the big-budget gaming world and focus on indie games that were heavily focused on the narrative. When Her Story was released in June of 2015 it was a massive surprise hit. Jensen had a lot of fun playing that video game with a friend and now on Friday, Barlow is upping the ante with his highly anticipated follow up Telling Lies.

Her Story was unlike any video game before and was inspired by and contained elements from “true crime” podcasts, escape rooms, and Law & Order. It’s currently available on Windows, Mac OSX and Android mobile devices. The game is completely interactive and it’s played from a first-person perspective while you sort through 271 video clips in a computer database at a police station. You search these video clips through keywords and you have to put the clues together to solve the crime of a missing man. It’s up to the player to watch and piece things together, so you essentially play detective. It took Jensen and his friend about 2 and a half hours and they used notebooks to take notes, saved clues, and gathered other information to help him finish the game.

Tomorrow is the release date of his second video game, Telling Lies, and it’s published by Annapurna Interactive. The reviews were released yesterday and they are calling it, “a masterpiece,” and “a full-motion video triumph.” Telling Lies starts with a woman running into a room and plugging in a hard drive that came from the NSA. Again, you’ll have to search through a computer desktop using live-action videos from 4 different subjects with keywords leading the way. But now you’ll have a limited amount of time with each single playthrough of a clip, which will make the game much harder. Telling Lies is said to contain 96 different lies and only one of them is the one you are looking for - but it’s such a big lie, that it ruined the 4 main characters’ lives. Barlow got real actors including Alexandra Shipp (Storm in X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather in Westworld) to star in the game. Telling lies is said to be about 5 and a half times more work than Her Story, which excited Jensen.

It is available starting tomorrow on Steam for PC or Mac. Hopefully, it will eventually find its way to PlayStation or Xbox down the line. Jensen is already excited for this weekend and can’t wait to play Telling Lies. Jensen cannot recommend these two video games enough. Enjoy wasting time.