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...
User reviews: Very Positive (2,878 reviews) - 92% of the 2,878 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 28, 2014

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"Undeservedly overlooked, intriguing and well crafted. Very short and not that hard but a great time. Grab it on sale."


“It’s some of the most tight and responsive first-person platforming I’ve ever played.”
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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

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
First off, a general point. This is a first person adventure platformer with an amazing storyline that fits along perfectly with the environment and overall atmosphere. The amazing parkour present will give you a rush that never ceases to excite. Not to mention the astonishing scenery- it's on par with Bioshock Infinite. The hidden puzzles are awesome, and it is always a thrill to find them.

Gathering gadgets and tools to get around a lot easier and have a blast doing it! Meet new creatures in a new world and discover the amazing secrets they hold, and find out the truth about your uncle.

Pros & Cons
++ Pros
+ Great Graphics
+ Easy to control
+ Controller support
+ Puzzles are fair
+ Amazing ideas for character models
+ Outstanding story line

-- Cons
- Character's have sketchy movements ( sometimes )
- Relatively short for the price (2 hour example)
- Too dark in certain places
- Cost of game ( $12.99 )
- No Co-op

Summary -Spoiler Warning-


You play as a person looking for "The Uncle" that has been gone for a long time. While you search for him, you discover that he has been studying things- things impossible in this world. Not only that, but you later find that he has a way into this mystical world. The Uncle has been studying this world for a long time, as is shown through the large collection of notebooks with extensive drawings on the creatures of this world, along with strange markings in the pages. Through his discoveries, you are able to take the passage into this world to try and track him down. While you search, you find clues and leftover inventions that he could not carry with him on his journey. These inventions are normally just fun new ways of getting from A to B. After a while, you discover a village filled with some kind of frog people, who praise The Uncle, and are very kind to you. They assist you in your quest to the best of their amphibious abilities. You traverse many obstacles and solve numerous puzzles to try and figure out where The Uncle might be, but you soon learn that nobody- not even the frog people- know where he is. After continuing your grueling search, you finally find him, and receive an explanation about why he left your world for this one, and why the frog people praise him- He was not simply a traveler that they deemed praiseworthy, he was in fact their creator, and even the creator of the entire world. After this explanation, you try to get The Uncle to come home with you- however, he decides to stay with his creations, instead of returning to his home. On this somber note, you leave him to his life, and return back to your home to tell of what transpired.

Personal opinion

I. Love. This. Game. I have already beaten it once in under 2 and a half hours, but I plan to go back and play it again, both for secrets I missed, and foreshadowing I might not have noticed my first time around. This game gripped me like a vice with its captivating visuals and wonderful story- I really want to see more games with this much creativity. This game has a lot of charm to it, a good bit of peace, and a *shocking* lack of any rage for a first person platformer- it's very fair and lenient compared to others of its genre. It's an overall tranquil experience, but it is not without suspense for what will happen next. If you are a person who enjoys richly atmospheric games over intense action, this is the perfect fit for you. My main gripe with this game is the price: $12.99 USD for a very short game is a bit steep. While the gameplay is fun and the story is rich, the experience was similar to eating a delicious slice of pie (or cake, but as we all know, the cake is farcical)- it is great while it lasts, but at the end, you feel like there was a lot more than what you were given, and you ache to have just a bit more. I hope my opinion has helped you decide whether or not to purchase this game. Final recommendation: If you are a story and parkour fan, pick it up whenever, but for others, wait until it goes on sale. When it goes on sale you have no excuse not to buy it. No excuse. None. I hope I helped you all on your decision about getting this game. I 100% recommend this game!

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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Short Review
This is definitively one of my highlights in my SteamLibrary. The design and gameplay is awesome. All the controls are very smooth. You can jump, high-jump and far-jump between platforms and you can use the grappling hook to reach each platform very easy.

Highly recommended for all indie and platforming fans. Even if you don't usually play platformer you should give it a try.

Design and Sound
These developer like details. Its is awesome what you can discover in your journey through this world. I didn't expect that much from such a (relatively cheap) indie game. I made so many screenshots and will most likely use some of them in my desktop background cicle. The designer made sure to create a wonderful dream land.




Gameplay and Controls
Well this a platformer, so you will mostly jump and grapple between platforms. Using static and moving objects to reach your target. Although I enjoy most games with a gamepad I had never tried it with this game. But in the options the gamepad was availabe for use. You can change key mappings, but I choose not to, because the default mapping was just fine.
It was a little hard at the beginning to use the right mousebutton as power jump, but I got used to that after couple of minutes.
Besides the story (which I finished in about 2.5 hours) there are time challenges, collector and minimum-grapple-use challenges. To be honest, they are not easy.

There are not many story based achievements. In fact you don't have to do any of them during the story. There is the typical "Collect everything" and "Explore everything". But the other are just skill based. For example do every part without failing or with at maximum of grapple uses. These achievements are really challenging, so you will have to exercise each level a lot.

I will rate this with a solid 10/10. The story and graphics are so good. And the challenges extend the gameplay by many hours.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Now, I know what you're thinking: "But Layton, I don't want to do the first person platforming!" But you know what? A little first person platforming is good for you every now and then. First person platforming builds character and puts hair on your chest. So do it. Do the first person platforming. But maybe on a sale, because there isn't very much first person platforming to do in this game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
A Story About My Uncle is by far the most atmospheric, gorgeous, and immersive puzzle game. A Story About My Uncle is a first person platformer, a genre which until this game, I insisted could never measure up to its far superior third person cousin. Surprisingly though, the tight handling and impeccable accuracy in this game was enough to rival and even surpass that of most third person games with ease.

While the gameplay is amazing and is enough to support the game on its own, the amount of gameplay the game consists of isn't so great. The story is rather brief after my experience playing it. Moreover, the models' graphics seemed pretty low end, however the environment was astoundingly beautiful. Consequently, the game did work extremely well with what it had. While the graphics might have been below AAA quality the environments were amazingly done and the creatures were unique and imaginative. I can only imagine what the developers could have done with a bigger budget. The soundtrack really helps complete the atmosphere too. I’ll admit that there was one point that genuinely had me ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ myself. Now if that doesn’t speak wonders for a game's atmosphere than I don’t know what does.

A Story About My Uncle is an amazing and completely unique experience. There is only one big problem with the game and that is the length. While the gameplay and world is perfect I just don’t know if I could justify buying a three hour long game for the price it is at the moment. The game was easily good enough to have been much longer without wearing out it’s welcome and I was genuinely disappointed that it ended so quickly. If you can stomach the price then I would completely recommend it and if it’s ever on sale then seriously, waste no time! Get it played!

So, to sum it all up thus far...


--Amazing story
--Alluring environments
--Great animations
--Challenging puzzles
--Intreguing characters
--Can take some splendid screenshots


--Poorly made models, especially the character models
~~~~Does not correspond with environment
--A rather brief story
--Almost too simple
--Relationships don't seem to last

All in all, I'd rate it 7.5-8/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This is a first person platformer where you navigate levels with a grappling hook-type of device and rocket boots. There are a few parts that I found pretty tricky, but I found the game challenging enough without being too difficult to complete after enough deaths/tries. The environments in several of the areas are really cool and nicely done.

I liked it. The later stages of the game, after you have all your abilities available are fun; recommended if you like first person platformers.
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