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We Happy Few: How Much Happiness Can a Person Take?

We Happy Few: How Much Happiness Can a Person Take?

We Happy Few: How Much Happiness Can a Person Take?

Try to escape a lifetime of cheerful denial


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From developer Compulsion Games (Contrast), We Happy Few is set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in 1960s England in which everyone is perpetually happy via a drug called Joy.

Throughout the city are video screens on which an omnipresent Big Brother type called Uncle Jack appears, telling everyone how important it is to be happy.

But you don’t want to be happy all the time, so you avoid taking the drug. You want to leave the city but you must first collect supplies without calling attention to yourself. This means acting happy when you’re not.

If you blow your cover, the townsfolk will become not-so-happy (but apparently still smiling) and come after you. At these times, it’s in your best interest to ingest some Joy (available in red phone booths!) in order to become less suspect and avert having your head bashed in. You can also choose to fight back or run away.

This is all Compulsion Games has shared thus far about We Happy Few. Development is at an early stage, so I’m sure more info will be released in the coming months.

The Happy Few will be released on PC at a date TBD.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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