Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ / Soldats Inconnus : Mémoires de la Grande Guerre™
Valiant Hearts : The Great War is the story of 4 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. Dive into a 2D animated comic book adventure, mixing exploration, action and puzzles. Lost in the middle of the trenches, play as each of the 4 strangers, relive the War and help a young German soldier find his love.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2014

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November 5

Valiant Hearts Trading Cards Are Here!

Valiant Hearts: The Great War now has Trading Cards!

Play Valiant Hearts / Soldats Inconnus for Trading Card drops and to craft Walt the dog badges!

Here's the line-up:

Trading Cards
  • Unknown Soldiers: A story of regular lives upended by the First World War.
  • Emile: A French farmer turned reluctant soldier, searching for his German son-in-law.
  • Freddie: An American volunteer out for revenge on the Western Front.
  • Anna: A trained doctor who crisscrosses the Western Front helping those in need.
  • Karl: A German conscript who wants nothing more than to return to his family in France.
  • Walt: The faithful canine companion of these Valiant Hearts.

  • Walt in Wood
  • Walt in Iron
  • Walt in Bronze
  • Silver Walt
  • Gold Walt
  • From the flames, Walt!

Plus Valiant Hearts-themed emoticons and profile backgrounds!

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About This Game






This is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart.
All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion.
In Valiant Hearts, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.

Key Features

An animated comic book adventure

From the green forests of the French countryside, to dank trenches and snowy fields, go back through history in this emotional adventure game delivered with a unique tone and art style.

A mix of exploration, action and puzzles

Move into action and help your heroes survive the Great War by solving puzzles or sneaking through enemy lines… live a touching and comical adventure.

Follow the stories of these Valiant Hearts...

Lost in the middle of the trenches, play each of these characters and help a young German soldier find his love!

… And their faithful canine companion

With the help of your trusty companion’s canine sense of smell, send him through barbed-wire obstacles and shell holes to solve puzzles or avoid enemies… Rely on him: this dog will be your best friend!

Relive the Great War

This fictitious story takes you back to famous WW1 locations, like Reims or Montfaucon, revisiting historical battles on the Western Front, such as the Battle of the Marne or the Battle of the Somme!

Powered by UbiArt Framework

Valiant Hearts makes the most of the UbiArt Framework and its motto “Bringing Art to Life”. This powerful engine provides the ability to transfer creative concepts and bring them to life in video games.

A team of senior artists at Ubisoft Montpellier

Small is beautiful: a small but highly talented team, including the Audio and Art Directors of games such as Beyond Good & Evil and Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and key level designers on Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 630 @ 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 3000 + @ 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD2900 XT (512MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional Microsoft XBOX360 controller or compatible
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ @ 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 9600GT or higher, AMD Radeon HD3850 or higher (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional Microsoft XBOX360 controller or compatible
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290 of 310 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Valiant Hearts: The Great Wars tells you the story of 4 different characters where destiny brought them together. As soon you start the game the first thing you will notice is the simple yet very creative art-style from the world during dark times. With brights colors and a very warm design, soon you find that while the cartoon style may try to tone down some aspects of the true events of war, the pages of the Diaries as well the photographies from these past events may hit you. I dare to say that, depending on your sensitivity one or two can actually make you feel uncomfortable, but war never was a pleasing sight to start.

The soundtrack is quite simple but it’s strong enough to make a nice companion here and there or even on those tiny bits when you find a solution to a puzzle or when are about to discover something related to the main plot. You can expect one or two plot twists but it’s nothing serious, yet, the story managed to keep me hooked until the very end. I simply couldn’t stop until I found out what happened to them, and I’m glad for being able to experience this game from start to finish without feeling any sort of boredom. There was however, some emotions which brings the next point.

The game may offer a big contrast depending on who is playing and how someone plays a game. If you play for a mere completionist purpose or because you simply like to play videogames, you will find a 6-8 hours long depending on how much time you take to discover the solutions to the puzzles or if you are interested in collecting every hidden object. However, this game offers much, much more depth. It’s clear that the creators did their homework and worked hard to deliver great content for those interested in the culture of war. The “Facts” are filled with a variety of knowledge from all sorts of equipment, weapons, special events, conditions from the soldiers such diseases and locations where this war took place. Since a little bit of knowledge is always welcome I found this to be a satisfying surprise to see in a 2D game. Then there is the immersion. I felt for it and I’m glad I did. By letting myself "fall" into the game I could enjoy the Story as it might be intended by the creators. A warm hearth will love the constant ups and downs that the player will experience. This game did not made me laugh, but it did made me smile quite sometimes and while It didn’t made me cry, it made me a bit emocional because they created a story showing the horrors of war, where when you are faced with a bit of hope, it quickly dies and you are in deep trouble yet again.

It’s not a fair story, there are no heroes, there is no right or wrong, only wrong because this game showed how pointless and destructive is the war. The letters who are based from real ones, written by the people back then showed how the quick turn of events made regular people into soldiers and how bonds like family and brotherhood can play a decisive role during such times.

I honestly hope anyone can play this game with a open heart and look at it as a mean, cruel time-machine who let you experience a tale of the horrors that happened during war and how love can patch a wound, offer hope or give the only strength to sustain such adversities when all seems lost and pointless.
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1,045 of 1,257 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Get a bucket for those tears.
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151 of 166 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Valiant Hearts is an adventure of four brave hearts, surviving in a world torn apart by war. It tells you a tale of friendship and human relation. More importantly, it tells us about the futility of war.

Emile, Karl and Marie, a peace-loving family gets devoured of its happiness when a couple of soldiers show up with an order of forced enlistment of Karl into the military. Emile, saddened by the fact that his son is forcefully working in the military, leaving Marie alone, enlists himself into the military. There he meets Freddie, who'd soon become his friend whom he can trust with his life.

Walt, the dog. The one character of the game whom all people much adore. He's helpful and loyal. Hours into the game, Walt becomes so emotionally attached to you that you never feel like taking your eyes off of him for even one second, he..he just becomes a part of you.

Anna, loving and caring, with a passion to help people, seeing her father has been taken by the Germans to make a warfare machine, sets out on a path to rescue him.

Valiant Hearts does an excellent job in :-
-Story telling/Narration.
-Characterization of Anna and Emile.
-Depicting a deeply moving and inspiring wartime story.
-Giving you fun-to-solve puzzles.
-Delivering a simple gameplay.
-Having visually artistic scenarios and environments.
-Playing enchanting soundtracks.
-Putting stress on helping people in wartime rather than killing them.
-Teaching Call of Duty how a dog can be of more use.
-Forcing you to use Uplay.

On the other hand, it does not do such an excellent job in :-
-Characterization of Freddie.
-Preventing some puzzles from getting in the way of story-telling.

End of your journey, you lie heart-broken, soul crushed, tears dropping down your eyes, you don't even realize what happened, why it happened. You ask yourself, is this the cost of a War?

Valiant Hearts teaches us that a dog as a companion is more than enough to touch people's hearts, it teaches us that friendship is really what matters in life, it teaches us that there is charm in helping people rather than killing them.
While puzzles and gameplay not being its best parts, Valiant Hearts excels in its story telling and will break your heart in the best possible way!

My Rating - "As good as it gets"
Traditional Rating - 9 on 10.
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102 of 117 people (87%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Proud to say, I cried at the end
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72 of 76 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Get the tissues ready, this game is a true tearjerker. Probably one of the biggest suprises of 2014 for myself, I had only first heard of and seen this game during the trailer that was shown during E3. Even during that time I had no idea how the game would play, but the interesting visual artstyle caught my eye. I played the game over a course of 4 days (1 chapter a day) and it played out well as each Chapter was broken into 6-7 sections each that would have you switching over the course of 4 characters, telling how their stories interweave with each other in a war ravaged time.

The game itself plays like many adventures games before it where you are tasked to use the enviroment and items around you in order to solve puzzles and progress in the game. I just felt something special about how they mixed the gameplay perfectly with the art sometimes during what you would think are cutscenes, are scenes you are actually playing yourself. Another surprise for me was how well they had woven the boss battles into the game, with each chapter having at least 1. In between the chapters where you are solving puzzles, you also have fun minigames that also fit perfect with the story being told, whether it's you being a medic and having to time presses to keep someones heart going so they don't die, or driving away from a whole bunch of bombs in a car minigame that actually goes along to the rhythm of the music. Just pure amazement all around for a game that I thought would be more just a story with a few interactive moments. There are even items to collect for those that wish to truly investigate each part of the world (I ended up with 82/100 collectibles) and each collectible has it's own history and write up in the menu section.

This brings me to the story of the game. It's really hard to say much without spoiling anything in the game. It's about 4 different lives all from different countries affected by the war, and their tale of hardship and friendship. The story will have it's high happy notes, but also very low times once the game is reaching it's conclusion. The ending of all things is what got me the most. Those who have finished it know what I mean, but just the fact that the finale is playable just adds that much more emotion to it. Also <3 Doggie

The game is done all the better by a amazing soundtrack, and the shining gem of Ubisoft, the UbiART engine. What you see in the screenshots on this steam store page are all actual playable portions in the game. The animation is just done so perfectly, and a game where the art can be so bright, vibrant and colorful is also to display huge emotions of despair and sorrow within the actual images itself. In fact most of the story of Valiant Hearts is told through it's art, and the short narration sequences at the beginning of each level. The characters themselves do say words in their native languages, but it's usually simple commands or just them being relieved, but they leave the storytelling up to the brilliance of the UbiART engine.

Honestly this is my favorite game to have been released so far in 2014, and was a huge surpirse to me as I don't have much experience with Adventure games in the first place and didn't expect to fall in love with this game as much as I did.
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63 of 73 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A really great experience,A masterpiece.Something that you never forget ...

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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Throw those shooter away for a while, Play it, it's Awesome , Nice Art, Nice story , Nice Music , any thing you see in the game is just perfect

Humanity is Here
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I reccommend buying this game for its beautiful story and amazing soundtrack. The puzzles are quite intelligent and really interesting to solve. I would recommend getting a box of tissues and an empty bucket alongside with the game.
You'll cry... It's okay to cry.

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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Well, this is quite an amazing adventure/ puzzle game based on the First World War.

You will be captivated by this one!

Just get it! It is just brilliant!

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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
10/10 would cry again.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I bought this game expecting it to be a quick play with a focus on an artistic art style that only an art snob would like. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The game will last you about 5-6 hours, which is well worth the normal $15 that this game goes for. If you see this on sale for any less, buy it instantly.
The game is simple to learn, with challenges that will stretch your brain, but once you figure them out you'll think "My god, I'm an idiot".
The story of this game is the main thing that will keep you playing this game. You easily get attatched to the charecters. They will make you laugh, cry, worry, smile, and laugh out loud. There are plenty of plot twists to keep things interesting, but not so many that the story is hard to follow.
The game displays plenty of historical facts about the time period, and place, that you are playing in the game. While you are motly never directly tied to the events except for a few level designs, it was refreshing to get some background information about the world, and the war, while you go through it.

TL;DR version
+great story
+great characters and development
+simple, yet challenging missions
+realitvely cheap for what you're getting out of it
+The BEST intergration with music that I have ever seen in a video game

-first time I've cried over a video game since Mass Effect 3's revamped endings
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Shortly put it's very easy to recommend Valiant Hearts. The basic gameplay reminds me of The Cave in the sense that it shares a lot with the logic behind traditional adventure games while mixing in 2D movement, puzzles and even some action. Gameplay isn't why I would recommend this title. It's simply passable meaning it's not the best in the genre but it won't annoy you. Puzzles in this game aren't really hard at all. Some action scenes and even a few classical music levels where you dodge bombs and other obstacles appearing in rhythm with the composition (they reminded me a bit of the music levels in Rayman Legends) act as good pallet cleaners.

Where this game really shines is everything else but gameplay. Main draw is obviously the presentation. It's as beautiful as you could expect if you have followed Ubisoft's UbiArt Framework games (Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends and Child of Light). You may look at the screenshots wondering if it really looks as good in motion and indeed that is case. Actually that comic book artstyle in motion really makes this game what it is. It's just hard to find anything bad to say about the presentation of this title. Some very minor problems present themselves when the game combines 2D art with 3D environment but it is not nearly enough to draw you out of the experience. Music fits perfectly the overall mood of the game and the OST is up there with the other great soundtracks.

Ubisoft has managed to create a very powerful story with Valiant Hearts. First of all it is about World War 1 that is very a very underrepresented scenario in video games. That is just the surface though. The really special part of this game is how it treats this period of time. Some of the themes the game is all about are something you just aren't expecting to see in video games. It's hard to go too much into detail without spoiling it all but one of these subjects is war's effect in civilians. This is just one of the many examples I could provide. Ubisoft Montpellier managed to put a lot of substance under the beautiful coat of paint.

The cast of characters in this game is quite diverse. As a main characters there is a war dog, belgian veterinarian now acting as a war nurse, American man fighting as a volunteer in the war, older french and younger german (who is a son-in-law of the french man) drafted to fight in the war on different sides. All of the characters are very believable with different things motivating them. You grow quite fond of the cast while going through the story. The story is mainly told through narration and diaries. The character interaction consists mainly of symbols which actually works very well.

I have to give extra mention to the amount of WW1 trivia they managed to get into the game. It's all optional but if that kind of thing interests you then I think you will be like me and read everything available to you. You shouldn't underestimate the value these bring to the game. They bring the game alive. Attaching small facts about the war-time life during WW1 to the collectables makes collecting them feel worthwhile.

The game featured a few small but still unfortunate bugs. It's just not acceptable to have game-breaking bugs in the game as short and limited as this. Especially considering the powerhouse publisher behind it. On two occasions I was forced to restart the chapter. The checkpoint system is rather baffling. There are too many places where checkpoints are situated so that after a quick death you are forced to go through some monotonous tasks before getting to the point where you died again. In a game where the challenge is more about figuring out what to do rather than the execution the checkpoints should be far closer to each other.

This game features Ubisoft's in-house DRM solution called Uplay. It brings no value to the table whatsoever. Uplay is a funny thing because usually it's in the background and you don't mind it at all but that's just when it works. When it doesn't work it quite literally can stop you from playing the game. Some of the common issues people (me included) have had with Uplay in the past include disappearing save files and various problems when Ubisoft's puny servers are down (common with a new game release or Steam sale). There is just no reason to use Uplay while neglecting the far superior Steamworks. At best it's just another program you have to run in background.

The Good

The Bad
Few minor bugs
Checkpoint placement

The Ugly

Valiants Hearts is a beautiful story I can recommend to everyone. I feel it's especially crucial for people that think the history and WW1 as a scenario for video game is interesting. It is as essential for people that like to play video games where the main draw is a really good story.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Pros: ♥♥♥♥ing Amazing

Cons: ♥♥♥♥ing Uplay

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40 of 52 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A very strong candidate to game of the year!
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ is absolutely amazing!

The story is based on the first world war told by an awesome voice acting storyteller. You gonna play alot of different characters in the game but all of them are well connected with the main story. Basically the story is about Karl finding a way back to his family after he got separated and deported to serve the german army. To me the game tells and teach much more than that Valiant Hearts made me realize once more how important family and true friends are. It also shows how unnecessary war is you are just a fighting slave fighting for other people interests, killing people who never wanted any war, people like yourself, people you would probably consider as friendly or even your friend. Beside from that the game is a little history lesson you can find a lot of facts happend during the first world war. The gameplay is quit simple for a puzzle adventure game at the same time well conceived. It force you to think without being unfair or unnecessary hard. For myself I can say the gameplay was entertaining from beginning to end. Who ever was responsible for the design of the game made a great job the levels are lovely created. One more point I wanna mention is the wonderful music fits perfectly to the atmosphare. You gonna be golden with Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ if you looking for a game with a good story and fun gameplay.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
There are games which suck, games which you like, and games that remain in your memory forever. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is definitely part of the third kind.

An intriguing story which keeps you in suspense from the start till the very end. During the game you play with 4 characters: Emile, Karl, Freddie and Anna. Your mission - to guide them towards peace in a world torn apart by an awful war. Unlike most games about war - there is almost no violence inflicted by the characters except the necesary one to survive. It focuses on deliverance, redemption, human emotions, friendship, love and sacrifice rather than on destruction. The whole game is a chain of smart puzzles which must be solved in order to allow the characters to continue in this living tragedy, and after each sad part of the game there will always be a flash of hope to motivate the purpose of each character.

The story is amazingly touching, graphics are superb and the voice acting is great. I urge you to try it it and see for yourself how much enjoyment can provide a game which depicts a war focusing on the emotional appeal rather than the war itself.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Great game that should be given as learning material in the schools for the new generations.

More like this please.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Valiant Hearts is a puzzle-platforming game with a rather unique subject matter: World War I. Instead of shooting waves of enemies or commanding massive faceless armies as is the usual in most war games, Valiant Hearts instead decides to focus on the lives of several characters with WWI merely serving as the backdrop that changes their lives forever. The main cast of characters are Emile, a Frenchman getting on in his years who is conscripted into service despite his age; Karl, a German living in France who is married to Emile's daughter Marie; Freddie, an African American Creole who enlisted in the French military to avenge a loved one; Anna, a Belgian field medic who's father designs weapons for the Germans; and Marie, the daughter of Emile and wife of Karl who struggles to maintain her family farm as the war escalates.

This game is first and foremost about its story. Not just the written story per se; in fact there is very little spoken dialogue that isn't from the interlevel narrations and most of the in game diction is handled through speech bubbes with cartoonish graphics inside them along with body gestures. Rather, this game is about story in a much deeper and meaningful way, its about how these characters as well as the minor and even nameless NPCs are shaped and affected by the terrible war around them. It says so much with very little, letting the emotions and feelings of the situation grab ahold of you and fill it in itself. There's no egregious monologues or exposition or self-indulgent angst; just pure humanity in all of its forms, and it touches you in a very personal way because you really feel for what these characters are going through.

Now the game itself, as a game, is nothing too terrilbly spectacular: it is about a 10 or so hour game given or take a few more for finding all of the hidden items (it can't be an Ubisoft game without a hundred odd pickups, could it?) with basic sidescrolling and controls. You move left and right, can climb over ledges and sneak behind cover when permitted, perform context specific actions as well as character specific ones (such as using Emile's shovel to dig through tunnels), all while solving modest item based puzzles where you pull levels and turn wheels and blow up walls or unlock doors. It is honestly nothing groundbreaking or new, and the puzzle solving is broken up with a handful of obstacle course style driving levels (which are my personal favorite) and the occasional quicktime event. Nothing about the gameplay is truly spectacular, but it is adequate enough to serve its purpose and keep you interested in progressing.

However, while the gameplay might be standard fare, everything else does truly stand out. Along with the story, the game has a beautifully composed original soundtrack, as well as a few classical bits too (Brahms's Hungarian Dance no. 5, the French Cancan, Flight of the Bumblebee, and Night on Bald Mountain all play during the various driving segments). The art direction is simplistic and charming, but deceptively dark and grim when it needs to be (and given the subject matter, that is often). Backgrounds are beautifully illustrated and detailed, and character animations are smooth and well made. There are collectibles as said before, over 100 items spread throughout most of the game's 20+ levels which are divided into four chapters. These items are all historically researched and finding them adds an entry to the in-game "Wiki" describing what it is, what it was for, and why it came to be during WWI. There is also more history to be found every level with short articles about what is relevent to the current level: be it a battlefield history, an elaboration on colonial army units, or chemical warfare. The game goes the extra mile to really help you feel what it was like to live during this time and in turn that helps you better associate with the characters in the story.

Ultimately, Valiant Hearts is a simplistic and unassuming puzzle sidescroller that has a LOT of heart and soul in it. Beyond the so-so gameplay is a gripping and upsetting tale of one the 20th century's greatest catastrophes, uncensored and unabashed in a beautiful package that serves to keep the past alive and help us never forget the tragedies that were had. Forgive the underwhelming gameplay and let everything else engross you and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I have. It is a work of art.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
It is a simple and beautiful puzzle game animated and disguised as a war animated skit.
To be honest I've played the game and haven't finished the bit.
The music is fantastic and the art is unreal.
play this game if you want to experience feel.
The Puzzles though was as easy for me as using a toilet
but in this game you'll even befriend a mutt.
Get this great game today and enjoy your christmas day.
Oh and before I forget the game uses Uplay.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Very solid game comes from Ubisoft aka European EA, especially the soundtrack. Anna ❤
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