Gods Will Be Watching by DeconstrucTeam is a very difficult, very bleak point and click adventure which takes place on only one screen. You play Sargent Burden, the leader of a team sent to research the deadly Medusea virus on its homeworld of Sineicos. Unfortunately, you have been attacked by terrorists who have stolen your research and left you stranded on the planet’s barren surface with your radio broken.
It is up to you, then, to manage the (limited) actions of your team to keep them alive and repair the radio in only forty days. It may sound easy, but it certainly isn’t. On my first playthrough, every single member of my team (except the dog) went mad and skipped off into the wastes, so Burden topped himself.
The second time, I murdered the Psychiatrist early on to conserve resources, made the Engineer repair the radio until he went mad and ran away, then used BR4ND-ON to repair the radio while the dog hunted. I kept the Doctor and the Soldier alive as long as I could, but alas, my second attempt was also doomed. Having to choose between the Soldier’s mental wellbeing and the Doctor’s in order to have enough actions to feed my men and repair the radio, the Soldier soon succumbed to madness. At some point we used up all our medicine and I forgot to have the Doctor make more, so when he came down with the virus, all was lost.
I still haven’t managed to repair the radio, but even so the game is a great deal of fun. Part of that fun, I think, is the bleakness of it and the knowledge that comes some time around starting your third attempt: you are probably going to fail. It will take a great deal of skill, planning and luck to beat the game, and knowing that makes the desire to do so, as well as the enjoyment and the frustration, even stronger.
Play it here. It is also available to play in Spanish, Italian, French and Russian.