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 (2,264 reviews)
Release Date: May 28, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

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

Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I just finished A Story About My Uncle ... crap name, great game. You have to do some major Spiderman style swinging moves in the last levels, it got really tough there. I almost said " F#%k it! I don't want to find my Uncle anyway. He's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ for leaving his family and he always gave me really crappy Christmas gifts" but I persisted and after finally making it through an extremely difficult series of ice caves sure enough I found Uncle Fred. I guess he was eating ice, I dunno how else he had survived so long down there.

It's a very unique game, it's kinda like Portal mixed with Spiderman. It's definitely fun, when you get the hang of swinging around with your crystal powered grapple glove some of the moves you'll make getting to the next platform are exhilarating and you get great satisfaction (and relief) in making it to the next checkpoint.

The achievements are kinda tough on the game. Even though I finished the game, and it was very challenging to do so, I only ended up with 1 of 15 achievements. I guess I could replay the levels for cheevos, trying to complete levels with less grapple moves and without falling, but as a wise woman once said ... "Ain't nobody got time fo dat"

I'd give it an 8.5/10
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Introduction

A Story About My Uncle is a first person platformer. The game slowly works the various mechanics into the game and I found this very refreshing. The game was never insanely easy or difficult, the devs got this perfect. Even if you mess up there is most likely a check point very close by. The story is interesting, but sadly it is insanely short. I was able to finish it in under 3-4 hours, and the ending is very abrupt. Along with that, the models for the frog people are very odd looking and awkward. Other than those complaints the game is very enjoyable.

Pros

  • Great Gameplay
  • Forgiving Difficulty
  • Interesting story
  • Difficulty scales throughout the story
  • Steam trading cards
  • Great environments



Cons

  • Very short
  • Bad character models
  • Not worth the price
  • No Co-op


Conclusion

A Story About My Uncle is an enjoyable experience, until you reach the end and realize how short it is. The gameplay is very fun and the story is rather interesting. There are issues with this game, but it would be 100% worth it to pick this hidden gem up on sale.


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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
SHORT VERSION

A Story About My Uncle is a fantastic First Person puzzle game. It has excellent story, the
graphics are beautiful, and the gameplay is challenging, but fun. The ending is a cold hard slap
back into reality, and every part is fantastic. Long story short:
"Oh, there's a huge gap! energy grappling hook go!"
Fwoosh

LONG VERSION

Graphics: 9
Gameplay: 9
Story/Lore: 10
Controls (Keyboard) 10
Controls (Controller): 8
Total: 9.4

Graphics
The graphics on this game are downright amazing. This has to be one of the most beautiful games
I've ever played. From the caves. to the stars of the floating rocks, to that weird worm thing.
What was that thing? Anways, graphics are a 10. I had to remove a point because of a key
factor this game needs: Oculus Rift support. This game would be absolutely amazing with it.
They are running on Unreal, so they should be able to do it.

Gameplay
The gameplay of this game is amazing as well, giving the perfect blend of difficulty and fun, while
also allowing a bit of roaming. There are hidden collectables that unlock unlockables, like
changing your beam color, to turning into a goat (yes, really), and story collectables, which add
extra narration. Removed a point for shortness, maxing out my run at around 5 hours, and the
replayability isn't that great. So, 1 point off there.


Story/Lore
The story of this game is fantastic. It is narrated by the protaganist, telling the story as a
bedtime story to his daughter. The story is amazing, and the ending is absolutely fantastic. The
hidden story collectables really add on to the story, making it a lot better. What this game lacks
in game time, makes up for in story.


Controls (Keyboard}
I find this game best played with a keyboard, which is a rare thing for me. You need to react
fast, and sometimes you can press your mouse faster than compressing the trigger, so I have to say
keyboard is better, neither set of controls are bad, just personal prefference.


Controls (Controller)
Played With Wireless Xbox 360 Controller
Like I said before, faster to click than to compress, so I really don't have much to say here. Both
controls are great, neither one is bad, and both can be used. There is a bit of a delay with
wireless 360 controllers, so I removed 2 points.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This game feels like a child of Portal and Fable. It's beautiful.

Nice poignant story, stunning scenery, pretty convincing physics and tight controls.

A solid first-person platformer, it gets everything right. Recommended if you like non-violent first-person games.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Intro & Summary
This is one of those little hidden gems that nobody talks about because it's not incredibly new or unique, it's just very well done and good fun. From the team behind Goat Simulator, it was one of their earlier titles and it flew under the radar for most. It's a relaxed, sweet story world to explore which doesn't do anything special, and that's fine.

Highlights
A Story About My Uncle is a first person platformer that isn't anything special, it's not unique, it doesn't have a new incredible story, it doesn't go above the norm on any of it's design choices. But it's great fun, the story is interesting, the characters and atmosphere all work and it's just a good honest game.

* A compelling enough world and story with enough lore to go back and look harder on a second playthrough.
* Absolutely gorgeous artefacts and atmosphere.

Mistakes
Surprisingly, there are very few faults with this title. It lacks the polished feel the triple A's command, but that adds to it's charm.

* Some annoying level design problems from time to time.
* Collectibles are pretty bland and boring.
* Plot/story is great, but runs thin at times.
* Far too easy overall.
* Short play time, even for it's low price.

Recommendations
It clocks in at just 4-5 hours play time and doesn't have much re playability, so getting your moneys worth matters with this one. At £9.99 or $12.99 at the time of review it's not going to break anyones bank, but like most games on Steam, it's probably worth picking up on sale, perhaps at -50% or less. I haven't seen it in any Bundle deals so don't wait for it to appear on HumbleBundle et al.

* Gathering the collectibles will lead to unlocking Goat Mode, a reference to one of Coffee Studios' other titles, Goat Simulator.
* This game uses the Unreal Engine and includes console access to modify/play with your world including flying, and taking better screenshots.
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