A Story About My Uncle is a first person platforming adventure game about a boy who searches for his lost uncle, and ends up in a world he couldn’t imagine existed. The movement is a crucial part of the games core gameplay – focusing on swinging through the world with a grappling hook that gives the player a wonderful sense of speed and...
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Release Date: May 28, 2014

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“It’s some of the most tight and responsive first-person platforming I’ve ever played.”
78 / 100 – PC Gamer

“Propelling yourself from the first-person perspective is consistently breathtaking”
7.75 / 10 – Game Informer

“Everybody needs to play this game!”
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About This Game

A Story About My Uncle is a first person platforming adventure game about a boy who searches for his lost uncle, and ends up in a world he couldn’t imagine existed. Take help of your uncle’s mysterious inventions that let you jump incredibly high and far through beautiful scenery, uncover clues to your uncle’s whereabouts, and meet fantastical creatures that will help you on your journey.

The movement in A Story About My Uncle is a crucial part of its core gameplay – focusing on swinging through the world with a grappling hook that gives the player a wonderful sense of speed and freedom. Soar through a game world with a unique art style and a mysterious story that unravels before you.

Key features

  • Grappling hook: An empowering mechanic that gives you a sensation of speed, flow and vertigo like you’ve never experienced before.
  • Explore the world: Visit a wonderful and exciting world - from paradisal caves, to lost civilizations and harsh, mystical landscapes.
  • Emphasis on story: While searching for your uncle you will meet creatures with stories and fates of their own. Take your time to explore the world to dig deeper into the narrative.
  • Non-violent: A Story About My Uncle is a First Person game, but it is driven by non-violent gameplay and a heavy emphasis on story and atmosphere.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible, 1024MB VRAM+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
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Darmok
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Fun gameplay, cute.
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AndyGuy
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I know the game is a few years old so I know im late to the show but, I heavily recommend this game. Especially if you love games with beautiful design and simple physics, However the main feature of this game to me is its simplicity, Jump, Swing,Boost and Glide your way around a well designed world while following a well written story. Its a really relaxing game also so put on some nice music and you have a great way to pass time.

So in conclusion, This is a great game and i wwould heavily recommend this game for anyone who likes nice games.
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Shjya
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Enjoyable game I remember fondly. I appreciated the story and the sentiment, as well as the ending that left just enough ambiguity to leave some to interpretation if you decide it so. The game had levels that were rather challenging, and I failed a few times at the later ones myself. Definately worth the money for the adventure this story took me on.
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DespicableDamo
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This story depicts a young boys adventure about his uncle being retold to his daughter. The character goes off in a quest to find his uncle in a mystical land, aided with a energetic grappling device and rocket boots,

My uncle lived in my dads shed and played Age of Mythology and watched Star Trek at 1pm

10/10 for relatability
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re.enchanted
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I really enjoyed this game. It has a distinct world and art style, and a simple yet moving story that balances the lighthearted innocence of a child's imaginative explorations with deeper, more serious themes at deeper inspection. The end result is a grand adventure with a bit of of sci-fi elements and just a hint of surrealism.

The gameplay is 3D platforming with a heavy emphasis on using a grappling-hook like glove. To me, it evokes parallels to game mechanics like the old classic Bionic Commando, Spider Man games, and more recently, Windlands. But this game fully owns that grappling mechanic and does some very fun things with it. It is deeply satisfying to go flying through the air with enormous leaps, locking on with your energy beam, then flinging yourself up into the sky. It is an action adventure game without any violence or combat. It is a game about acrobatic spacial puzzles that ask you in a hundred ways, "How on earth are you going to get over there?"

The first 90% of the game is not very punishing. Checkpoints are frequent. However, in the last level, the difficulty does spike considerably as you will often be flying blind with little chance to plan your jumps and grapples. But it is doable with dedicated effort. I beat the game in about 8 hours, which felt about right to me.

This is one of the more memorable games I've played in a while, and I highly recommend it. It is charming, imaginitive, fun, and surpassed my expectations in just about every way.
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--=[NWA]=-- Corg-Ling
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I like this game :P
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Christian Side Hug
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
About 2.5-3 hours long, but well worth it, especially if you get it on sale. The game mechanics are fun and the story is just precious! 10/10 would play again.
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ภ๏๏๔єlz
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
I want that ♥♥♥♥ing suit
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Strayo
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
The most incredible game I've ever played.
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Milen
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
short but great and beautiful game!
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_WinTer
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Beautiful, atmospheric gameplay.
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s1mity
( 38.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
igner here idk buy msby xddd
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yonee
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Cool af
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Chaotic Chameleon
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Fun game to play.
Good story, but a bit on the short side.
8/10
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codetechninja
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is a wonderful and Great game. It has a nice story and fun game play. its not that long and not that difficult but some part are a bit challanging so you need pation with some of the area. Overall 10/10
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Day Man
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
One of the shortest games i've loved
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LegendaryBacon
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
A fantastical adventure awaits you in A Story about My Uncle in which you experience an incredible world and a griping story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baMffdcYKuY
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Reeze
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I was pleasantly surprised with this game, in all honesty. It kept it short and sweet, had a nice little plot to follow, looked pretty nice, and had some good challenging sequences. I rather enjoyed the game, even though I was expecting it to be pretty poor. So besides some clunky animation, and a few awkward pieces of dialouge, the game is quite good.
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Hatty Mikune
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
i hate video games
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Where do I begin with a game that is so adventurious yet repetitive. First off let's start with what most people come to see for the first time with this game, the graphics.

The Graphics

This game is nothing short of beautiful, for it to have been made over two years ago (as of the time this review is being made). The game has aged very well, some triple-a titles can't even look this wonderful, from the gorgeous lighting and shadows to the smooth physics and motion that you receive while grappling, but I'll talk more about the way the game works shortly. This is singlehandedly one of the prettiest indie games I've played and well worth the $5 that my friend spent on it in order to give it to me as a gift (Thank you Ryan c:). Even the landscapes and models are well detailed, from pieces of paper and bottles that you'll find laying around, to the beautiful skybox that inhabits the world, this is a masterpiece of an adventure. The only downfall is the character models, the (lizard?) people that you encounter seem to look a lil cartoonish and have strange ways of walking, it seems like the developers kinda skimped on them entirely, but not on the scenery, which I guess I can forgive since they made such a pretty game.

Gameplay

Now this is one of the best parts of the game, in my opinion. The parkour elements and skills that you need in order to dodge and seemelssly jump from platform to platform, from ice spikes to landing pads, it's wonderful, really! The way that you run and grapple onto platforms isn't clunky or too difficult, the right amount of timing and luck will get you through the levels in no time at all. Overall the gameplay itself has a unique feel, if I could change anything I'd make the height of your character just a tad taller, you seem to be a lil too close to the ground when you're freerunning through caves.

Story

Okay this is the bread and butter for this game and there will be spoilers ahead so if you haven't beaten it yourself, stop here.

This game starts off so spooky and strange, the atmosphere is dark and omniscent and hell I'd even say it looked like a horror game if it had some depth of field, but it doesn't. You play as a man, telling his daughter a story of his Uncle and the adventure that he undertook in order to find him, and then return back home. During the story of this game you come along a girl by the name of Maddie, she rides on your back for a majority of the time that you'll actually be playing, and she helps you along the way by giving you hints and decoding the texts on the wall in order to reveal where you are and where you're going. The parkour elements that I discussed earlier really do set the stage for the adventurious feeling that this game gives off, you actually get immersed within this short story. As for the ending of the game, well the way that you find your uncle and then leave him within meer seconds of seeing him kinda disappointed me because you only said a few words to him, and then left. He didn't even thank you for finding him, he just left you on your marry way and he stayed behind in the chasm to live out his adventure. After the credits there is an epilogue and you find yourself walking through your uncle's abandoned home, explaining how the adventure you undertook meant a lot to you and your daughter and you are proud you could undertake such a journey in order to find your uncle and bring your soul serenity and peace from the worry of wondering what might have happened to your uncle if you never went after him. I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up when you let go of the note/picture of you and your daughter and it flies up into the night sky, as you say thank you to your uncle for making all of this happen.

Summary

This story is wonderful, although short and sweet. If a game can make me cry, laugh, smile, and feel angry within a playthrough, I'll give it a solid review. And this game, well it did all of those including the first one, which is rare. Overall I'd say this game is a solid 10/10 and you should pick it up if you have the chance, you can find it on sale here and there or cheaper on some third part sites, but it's well worth it. It took me a lil over 2 hours to complete the story, and it's a story I'd play again if given the chance.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Okay so if you enjoy physics based games then this is for you, i saw this game in a leafy video and it looked pretty nice, bought it and played it and its a really fun game with a very nice atmosphere
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
First of all, Leafy is queefy brought me here. I love this game. If you wanna chill, put on some music, and have a good time this is the game for you. I find it more satisfying than surf because of its story, movement, etc. Overall amazing game. Will reccomend this game to all my friends. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
short but great and beautiful game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
A Story About My Uncle is a wonderful 3D platformer by indie developer Gone North Games whose main attractions are the mechanics and the visuals.
The main mechanic in this game is based on your electric grapple gun powered by an HEV-like super suit. You have to launch yourself across deep chasms by hooking on to floating rocks and platforms and, my god, is it fun. While the aesthetic and story give off a casual feel, the gameplay itself feels fast and exciting and it never gets old.
While playing the game, it is impossible to note the beauty and astounding level of detail brought into each map. It is absolutely breathtaking. There is a variety of different worlds that you have to explore to find your uncle, ranging from bright ice mountains to dark caves lit only by bioluminescent plants, and they all look amazing. The screenshots provided on this game's Store page are actual screenshots that can merely hint at the beauty to come. Look at the community screenshots to see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

As I said before, the story itself is pretty casual. I actually found myself only half paying attention to it, as I was too busy enjoying myself and my surroundings.

My verdict: Play this game. It's a wonderful, beautiful little world that will have you... hooked.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Yes, I played and beat this game. Yes, I had some fun doing it. I didn't get into the hardcore community of it though, with speedrunning and completing levels in a certain amount of grapples and finding all the secrets and stuff. At many moments I wished I could just move on to the next level.
If you just sit down and beat it, it's a very short game. If you like virtual parkour, however, you can play this for many hours.
I recommend it as a fun, quick game, but not much else.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I received this game as a gift, but I don't think that should detract from my opinion of it.
First off, I wanted to like this game, I really did. The premise of the game appealed to me. It seemed like it should be fun.
Wrong.
The graphics look great (well, in most areas, in the cave areas it's dark as f*** so it's like playing Doom 3 with the monitor off). The other characters however, looked weird and half-baked. Not that you get to interact with them in any way. You just pass by them without even registering their attention. I felt as if I was a ghost travelling through their villages. All you get in the way of interaction are a few cutscenes at a few places throughout the game.
This could be a blessing though, because the voice acting sounds as if they grabbed people off the street and were only allowed one take while trying to read cue cards from across the room. Okay, I get the developers are from Sweden, so English might not be their first language, but seriously, try harder next time).
And who tagged this game as story-rich? It's trite and the ending sucks.
The ambient music is soothing, which is good because you'll need something to calm you down given how many times you'll die. Oh, that's right. You will die. A lot. And then some more. I can't tell you how many times I fell to my death.
It doesn't help that the terrain everywhere tries its best to defeat your every attempt at advancement. Even when jumping straight up to try to get at a higher platform I have been sent flying off sideways because I hit the lip at the edge above, deflecting me to my death. Jumps I made successfully one time I miss completely because I under or overshoot, even though I did exactly the same thing as before, but I have to keep redoing over and over because the checkpoints are painfully far apart in most places.
Oh yes, checkpoints. The artificial difficulty enhancer tool that devs throw in to slow you down in order to cover up for the fact their game is so short. Not being able to save the game anywhere on a PC is inexcusable and lazy. Sorry devs, if I wanted checkpoints I'd play it on a console.
And I don't mind short games either, if the quality is good.
I've read other reviews saying they only took 3 or 4 hours to finish the game. Well holy ****, they must be better players than I am! Steam says I played for a total of 7 hours, and I only did the one playthrough (that's about all I could take). Honestly it felt like twice that. If this game was any longer I doubt I'd have the patience to finish it.
All in all, I gave this game a negative review because the frustration involved in getting through the game was just too much. Others who gave positive reivews have compared this game to Portal, but I will counter with the argument that Portal was incredibly well-balanced, both in game mechanics and difficulty. Movement in Portal always 'felt' the same. I never got deflected to my death by seemingly wonky physics or missed a jump because the destination platform was only 2 square feet. Oh, and there was a quick-save key in Portal too.
At the end of the day, all this frustration just makes this game not FUN. And that's really what makes a game good or bad, isn't it?
Final verdict: Only for twitch hardcore platformers. I guess i do not count as one.
On the plus side, never have I seen flailing hands and fatal death plunge speed lines rendered so beautifully.
5/10 Would not flail again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
really good game if I would rate it I think 7 / 10 because the game is about 2 hours long and I think that's a bit short for a 13 € game. the atmosfear is relly good and nice artstyle you really get into the story and the grapling is really fun. there is no jumpscares I got a bit scared but it is nothing to worry about.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I was pleasantly surprised with this game, in all honesty. It kept it short and sweet, had a nice little plot to follow, looked pretty nice, and had some good challenging sequences. I rather enjoyed the game, even though I was expecting it to be pretty poor. So besides some clunky animation, and a few awkward pieces of dialouge, the game is quite good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
One of the shortest games i've loved
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
TLDR: Worth a play. Wait for a sale.

This is a pretty game and interesting. I'm not done with it yet, but I've played enough to get the hang of it and give a fair review before I finish, I think. The game mechanic (just one, really.) is fun and clever, but a bit clumsy. You run/jump/grapple to swing and shoot through platform levels. The problem is that the game can be a bit picky about what you grapple and what you don't.

Theoretically, you can grapple anywhere, but the game seems to prioritize the technically "correct" way through by letting you grab from further away. I can be well within range of a windmill arm and attempt a grapple and nothing happens, but be twice as far out and shoot for the one (out of four) windmill arms that has the mark on it, signifying I'm supposed to grab that one, and it will connect no problem. Other times, the grapple will refuse to connect if I have been clever and shot past where the game expects me to grapple first, seeming to only connect if I've already hit the previous contact point first. A bit annoying and makes for more deaths than necessary and can be a bit immersion-breaking.

It's also not always clear what you're supposed to do and where you're supposed to go. I'm not saying it needs a map or arrows or breadcrumbs or HUD, but some tweaking would help to make sure I'm going the right general direction in a level, particularly after a death. Sometimes I respawn facing a totally different direction. Maybe that means I was going the wrong way. Maybe the game just spawned me the wrong way. Who knows. I suck.

Still, it's worth a play and if you can get it under 5 bucks, I'd say go for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The mood, the graphics and the fluidity are magical. An awesome plateform game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
cried myself to sleep only for few weeks after completing the game

10/10 would cry because of uncle again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Awesome Platforming game! 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Honestly, the only issue I saw with this game was that it was too short for the amount of fun I was having. The story was simple and yet beautifully told, the environment was visually engaging and wonderful to witness and explore , the gameplay was addicting as well as challenging and the characters really hit home for me. Overall, an incredibly fun (and unfortunately short) gem to play on Steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
A Story About My Uncle is definitely a game worth the money; very interesting concept, storyline is easy to follow, and it makes for enjoyable gameplay. The story is fairly short, but the game can be replayed and restarted from any point in the story, giving this game extra hours of enjoyment. Good stuff, 10/10 - IGN.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
In short: If you want a nice looking platformer with very cool movement mechanics and a sweet little story, then the only thing you have to decide, is, whether whatever you have to pay for this game is worth the about 4 hours of gameplay.

Got this for around 4 euros. I would say for that price, it is okay.
Don't know if I would regret buying this for more, since it only is around 4 hours and I would say that I really spend my time on this game (or messed up parts multiple times ^^).
Graphic is not over the top of course, but still beautiful for such a 'small' game, with an incredible view of field and some epic environments, altough nothing isn't really gonna blow your mind. The graphic really lives from its beautiful lightning, and it has some great details that often make you want to jump on some more of those floating islands and see what nice little building they made there. Unfortunately, there are also many island that just look the same. Character design is nice as well, but besides the two main characters, they mostly jsut sit somewhere and do noting and react to nothing.
Performance was excellent the entire time, never dropped below of 60 fps for me.
The mechanics are very easy to learn and make this game a lot of fun. You will soon feel like a boss flying through the air and with time goes by, there even will be more useful and unique additional ones.
In the levels, it is not always excactly clear where you have to go, but you mostly find out easely. This could be intentionally, since you can use different movement methods for most of the level parts which will slightly vary your ways. However, even when you have quit some freedom on what of the devices you want to use, there is basically always only one path, since you mostly just jump on different rocks or islands. Nonetheless, the level design is great and this way you never wonder for too long where you have to go.
The story is nice and simple, but again, nothing that will flash you away. The game knows how to set up a very friendly atmospehre in the villages and even has quiet a few parts where some horror feeling comes up. But the villagers are quiet static as I have said before, and also in the spookier parts, you never really get soaked into these emotions. I what I want to say is that the story and atmosphere is nice and with some cool details, but overall, it just does not have much depth.
E.g. you spend the whole game searching for your uncle and don't know what the hell happened to him. But that alreay is all the drama in this game and spoiler alert, at the end he never wasn't in any real trouble. Not that this is such a big deal, but this game could have so much more great tension with just a little bit more dramatic story. There was one single part in the whole game, where you had to get past some scary worm monster thing wihtout it seeing you. But when you made it, that basically is all the game had to offer for a conflict or 'boss fight' as well.

In conclusion:
Nice graphics, sweet story and good level desgin. But all in all, the atmosphere/ the story could have been so much better and the game is quiet short. After all, the great movement mechanics are what make this game really fun for some hours.
P.S.: Costum maps could significantly lengthen the hours of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Nice new twist on a platformer, beautiful story, too short. I lacks the "You died" from Dark Souls though.

As most people seem to agree this game has all of the above. You are telling your daughter a bedtime story. This story is about an adventure you had in your teens.

The whole game is about reaching the next platform somehow, you get rocket boots, grappling hooks and super jump for that. All followed a simple given path, no surprises here.

I encountered nobugs or glitches or anything and I only managed to get one achievement, since everything is a challange there.

Completion time about 3 hours after many many deaths.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Fun game to play.
Good story, but a bit on the short side.
8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Beautiful, atmospheric gameplay.
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