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We make choices every day, including the one you made to click on this article. If you boil them down, they can often be simplified to just a few words. Work? Yes, No. Sleep? Now, later. This reductive approach to our lives, and the choices we make, is the space that Ord plays in. 

Ord is out now on Xbox One and PS4 (US and Europe). It comes out on the 5th November in Japan on PS4 and Switch, and is out on the Switch in all other territories on the 6th of November. 

As an idea for a video game, it’s a fascinating one: a stripped back text adventure that’s intended to be played swiftly, making choices on the fly and seeing where it takes you. The official trailer gives a neat example of walking over or under a bridge. Go under and you get eaten by a troll, while over keeps you travelling.

We’re eager to see how far Ratalaika Games and Mujo Games go with this. Do three word choices get boring? What happens if you die or have to return to the start? Is this a score attack game? 

This seems like a thought experiment more than anything else, but it’s a budget title – only £4.99 for all platforms – so it might well be an experiment that’s worth taking part in.

Don’t just listen to us: Ord’s path is strewn with accolades. It was a finalist in the TIGA Games Industry Awards in 2019, and was a FutureZone Award Winner, also in 2019. That bodes well for all of the questions we had, and we’re pretty excited to try this one out. We’ll let you know how it goes in our full review.


  • Generate unique stories with every play
  • Minimalist art, text and sound
  • Localization in German, French, Russian, Japanese and Spanish languages

Buy? Yes. No. 

Ord is out now on Xbox One and will cost you £4.99 – discounted for two weeks post-launch to £3.99. It’s also out now on PS4, while it’s launching on the 5th November in Japan on PS4 and Switch. Finally, Ord is launching on the Switch in all other territories on the 6th of November. 

Game Description:

Ord is a unique take on text adventure games with a minimalist use of words, visuals and sound. Play unique stories with 3 words only! Ord will make you laugh and cry through its original approach to narrative and game design. You have to experience Ord to see for yourself! Ord has captured numerous critical awards and industry honors due to its innovative approach to storytelling. The game was an official selection for AdventureX Narrative Games Convention in 2019, a finalist in the TIGA Games Industry Awards, as well as the FutureZone Award Winner for 2019. Play Ord and see what everyone is raving about!

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