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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October 20

Patch Notes for Build 3717

Ice Cave Changes!

In this patch we have addressed something that a lot of you have been asking for – changes to the stalactite corridor in the Ice caves.

The stalactite corridor now has two lit platforms to stopover on, giving you easier ways to refill your grapple amount and a total of 3 rocket boots charges while navigating through the section. This should make it a little bit easier to get through, without taking away the challenge from those who wants it.

Localizations

Since we want to bring out languages with a faster pace, we have opted to bring out a few languages in a Beta stage every patch. The quality of the implementation may vary a lot (such as characters missing or subtitles acting strange), but we hope that this can help us plan and prioritize better for the upcoming patches.

This patch it is time for Spanish and Portuguese to get added in their Beta stage. If you want to help out, head over to our Crowdin page!

The translations over at Crowdin have also been updated, and now have strings for Credits and the Workshop monitor. Translations for these will be added in an upcoming patch.

Some small touch ups

We’ve also added a feature some of you have been requesting regarding screenshots and the hand getting in the way of them. You can now create a keybind for hiding/showing everything that might be in the way of your fantastic screenshots.

To bind this to a key, open ASAMUInput.ini (located in C:\Users\<name>\Documents\My Games\A Story About My Uncle\ASAMU\Config), and follow the example below. Also, to maximize the quality of your screenshots, you can use the “TiledShot” command, which can capture screenshots at ridiculous resolutions.

Bindings=(Name="Escape",Command="CloseEditorViewport | onrelease ShowMenu")
Bindings=(Name="F3",Command="ToggleScreenShotMode")
Bindings=(Name="F4",Command="TiledShot 4")
Bindings=(Name="F7",Command="GBA_QuickLoad")

Name is the key you want to bind, F3 and F4 in the example above, now you can just press those keys and take really awesome screenshots.

Final notes

And as always, If you have any suggestions for fixes or issues that you are experiencing, don't hesitate to contact us on feedback@gonenorthgames.com.

Happy Grappling!
- [GNG] Philip


PATCH NOTES FOR BUILD 3717

Ice Cave
  • The stalactite corridor now has two lit platforms to stopover on, giving you a grapple refill and also a total of 3 rocket boots charges while navigating through the section.

Localization
  • Added Portuguese as BETA
  • Added Spanish as BETA
  • Fixed some spelling, grammatical errors in the translations.
  • Added more reminders that the game needs a restart after you change the language
  • Updated translations in Time Trial
  • Fixed Confirm/Cancel buttons not being translated
  • Temporary fixes for some bugs in language drop-down menu.

Misc
  • Added the ToggleScreenShotMode command.

Super secret
  • We’ve also updated something super secret, can you spot it?

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October 10

Patch Notes for Build 3705

Look at that, we're back with another patch! This time we have some good news for our non-english speaking adventurers, as we are now rolling out the game in other languages!

== ASAMU is now available in other languages! ==

It’s been in the works for some time but the road has been rocky to say the least. However, we now have the first four translations up and ready to go. These are: French, German, Italian and Polish. Note that this is only for menus and subtitles, not the voiceovers.

If your native tongue is not among these, don’t despair. We have more translations in store for you and we will be updating the game with these in the coming months. Maybe one day ASAMU will feature every language known to man. I’ll probably regret saying that, but we can try! :)

If you want to help with translations you can do so over at: https://crowdin.com/project/a-story-about-my-uncle

== I found an error in the translation! ==

Oh, that's unfortunate but it’s very nice of you to tell us! You can contact Philip (localization guy, writing these patch notes) by any or all of these options:
1. Send a mail to: feedback@gonenorthgames.com
2. Send Philip (Laemon) a message on https://crowdin.com/project/a-story-about-my-uncle
3. Send Philip a message on steam to really bring the point home http://steamcommunity.com/id/laemon/

== What happened to the ice cave fix?! ==

Don't worry it is still being implemented, but right before this patch we realized some other things we needed to change, so we have pushed it back to the next patch in a couple of weeks.

== Future plans ==

We will try to bring you patches more often, without the long periods of radio silence. If you have any suggestions for fixes or issues that you are experiencing, don't hesitate to contact us on feedback@gonenorthgames.com.

Have fun!

== PATCH NOTES FOR BUILD 3705 ==

Localization
- The game is now available in the following languages:
- Italian
- French
- German
- Polish

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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!”
Jeff Cannata, Newest Latest Best

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
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This one is for the 1st-person platformer masochists. You know who you are, you don't deserve clear level design.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
4 out of 5

A Story About My Uncle is a first-person sci-fi fantasy platformer that focuses on simple yet enjoyable mechanics: run, jump, grappling hook, and rocket boots. The player is placed in the shoes of a father telling his daughter the adventure he had as a young boy in search of his uncle, an adventurer who had gone missing. The young boy came upon a intriguing mechanical suit that fit him and a launch pad that propelled him into a world full of wonder, intrigue, and a lot of floating rocks.

The good:

The environemt is really well-made and offer enough variety to let you forget that you are in caves 80% of the time. There were standard caves, dark menacing caves with glowing plants, ice caves, caves of floating villages, and caves of artifacts from another time. All caves were enormous, big enough to contain a whole city and then some.

The art style leans toward cartoonish but fits quite well with the fantasy setting that requires a bit of suspension of disbelief (floating rocks, duh).

The sound and music were well-done and serve the mood of the game nicely.

The dialogue, though few, was quite decent and the voice-acting was excellent.

And the mechanics are very polished and together the setting, the art style, the music, the sound, and the gameplay made up a very immersive experience. It is hard not to feel the pounding of your heart as you run, jump, grapple and slinghshot yourself through various terrain with incredible speed. The rush is there, but gravity never did forget you. I remember countless times where I miss the right timing to connect my grapple then look up as all rocks around me shoot up, the wind swoosh by. and everything fade to black.

The bad:

While the mechanics were quite good. There were definitely a few places in the game where I felt there could be more cues as to what can be connected with the grapple. In one instance I was supposed to connect to the stalacites on the cave ceiling to swing myself across, but no sound or environmental cues were provided. And I felt frustrated as I tried to super-jump myself across but inevitably fell to my miserable death every time. At another time, there were these glowing crystals where the player is supposed to use in mid-air to charge the grappling hook and further the swinging distance, but for a quite a few of them no matter how close I get no charging was possilbe. And so I had to plan my route not using them. Note that these frusrating intances are far and few in between, and the developer are still releasing patches, so I remain hopeful that they will be fixed in due time.

final words:

If you are looking for a neat game you can enjoy in an afternoon, and the idea of being Tarzan swinging in fantastical caves intrigues you, then consider "A Story About My Uncle." It is an atomoshperic, narrative-driven experience that takes you away to a different world one swing at a time.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Fun little platform puzzler. Some nice graphics. Frustrating at times. Soaring through the air is great fun once you get the hang on it. Especially the outdoor level has a great feeling about it.

In relation to the rest it's getting kinda hard at the end. Do you remember the people complaining about the difficulty of Psychonauts' Meat Circus? Like that.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great Game!
Amazing Story!
Got it for 60% off!

10/10 Would play as Spidermans son again!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
-* 7/10 *-

It's an interesting game, with innmersive mechanics and playability. A First Person Platformer, with a great effect for speed and vertigo, and it keeps you hooked. The story is a bit short but very engaging. For an extra challenge you can try to get the achievements wich will keep you playing for some time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A really nice little game, that doesn't overstay it's welcome. Essentially a first person platformer with a grappling hook, a jetpack, and a simple story. Worth a look.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I FRICKING LOVE THIS GAME !!!!!! °D°

+Story 30/10
+Gameplay 11/10
+Nice story details can be found and i just love it °D°

-The only thing which is contra is that some passages (2-3) are very very hard :/


Total 1000000000000000000000000/10 °D°
Hope it comes an A story about my uncle 2 °D°
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The concept behind this game is utter BRILLIANCE!!! Not only is the concept cool, but it also shows off what this developer, who also created Goat Simulator, can do.

The story is very touching, although cut a bit short in my opinion. The very idea of swinging from platform to platform in a first person setting is amazing, and it was executed very well. With different attachments that you get, such as how many times you can swing from objects before having to land and thrusters to boost how far you can fly through the sky.

The only thing I have against this game is the achievements. Although when I played this (when it came out), it did have timed challenge maps, the original game did not have achievements, adding it a while after I had beaten the game. And though I had already played through the game, I feel the achievements detracted from the storyline and the game itself.

But overall, this is a good game to buy, and for those who have played Goat Simulator, this game actually has a point. (I enjoy Goat Simulator, but it has no plot line and little purpose besides being a goat, which is understandable why that is the only point since it is a goat sim.). Eitherway, I would recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Beautiful Scenary, beautiful soundtrack, great story. Overall it's a great game that can combine relaxed gaming session with a puzzle.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
its a good experience. All be it a short one. But i am not sure i would say its a good game. The world is pretty but the people models look mediocre to say the least. Some of the challenge comes from the inconsistency in the physics but its a fun kind of challenge most of the time. The way you move about feels good and the overall Storybook feel to it has a ton of charm. Rich and vibrant colors and good sound design leaves you with a good feeling all the way trough as well. Or well that is untill you get stuck at a part.
You also have the ability to try speedrun versions of the stages and there are collectibles to find in each part of the game, that unlocks things for you to play around with. Which gives it a little bit of replayability.
All in all i would say its worth the money, i got it on a sale myself and i almost felt bad about it after i finished it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
"Something, something about an adventure."

The dialouge doesn't lie, this game is an adventure. A beautiful, well made adventure, however short it may be.

I've spent quite some time with the game, doing three full runs and looking in every nook and cranny for any optional story tidbits and seismograph-things, and I have to say I've come out feeling like the game was worth my money.

The gameplay is enjoyable and new, (at least for me) and I love the first person perspective's way of making me feel like I'm at near cruising altitude while swinging over the cloudline, or a dark cave's unknown depths.

The story is quick, but then again the game is as well. I liked the co-protagonist's personality. Adventurous, fearless... or at least we're told.

She even is okay with risking her life to challenge you to try to get through an area without using the grapple device. (And while I'm on the topic she's also quite annoying on telling you that she "knew you couldn't do it" when you fail to complete the challenge without saving her life as you fall to your doom.)

While I won't elaborate on the features of the Unlockables that you get from collecting all twenty-five seismograph-things, I will say this; the last one is AWESOME.

If I had to point out some negatives, the character models can be sort of weird to look at sometimes, and during the parts when you have to watch them talk you can just wander away and not look at them and they don't care in the slightest. I sort of wished I could skip the interaction sections while trying to go for the flawless run and the grapple challenge achievements for the areas.

There's also the MASSIVE difficulty spike in the final level, which I was not expecting, but the hardest challenge there has been patched to let people flow through it easier. (Lifesaver for the low framerates I had been dealing with from time to time.) But that's really all I can remember that I straight-up disliked.

A Story About My Uncle is one of the best platformers I've played, and a good change of pace from the standard formula. The ending left me wanting more, and believe me, going for gold on the time trials?

I'll be with this for QUITE some time.

8.7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Beautifully frustrating 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Lovely little game, it had its frustrating moments but well worth a look into. It's quite relaxing just soaring through the air grappling, jumping and running from one platform to another. It has lovely graphics and felt quite magical
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this game.
The visuals are stunning (I play on max settings so don't know what the graphics are like on low/medium). The world is just beautiful (the foliage in particular) and as far as platform games go, the idea of this game is quite fun.

However, there are two main downfalls of this game:

1) It is extremely short! With only six levels taking approximately 15-20 minutes (if that) to complete the first time round. The majority of people writing reviews have completed the game in just 2 or 3 hours.

2) The game gets VERY repetitive very quickly; the gameplay is almost (if not) identical in each level and there isn't a large enough variety of modes to support more types of gameplay, multiplayer for example.

So if you love games made to look beautiful, by all means try this game out, but don't expect to ever play it again after your first completion of the game (I who have OCD about getting every achievement for every game am even struggling to find the motivation to play this game again for as long as it takes).
But if you want a game you won't get bored of easily, has masses of content and you'll want to play for more than a few days (which is the majority of gamers), I wouldn't recommend this game.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I am torn between recommending this game or not. It's a real mixed bag. Incredible graphics; reasonably fun first-person platforming with some nice mechanics (although rather limited in variety); and ok sound design. The story and the voice-acting are just HILARIOUSLY bad though. If there was an option to disable all dialogue, I would have used it.
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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A Story About My Uncle was a great, short, first-person platformer that was an absolute blast to soar through. Check out my full review on Epic Brew.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
It's such a great experiance. Thank you Coffee Stain.
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5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game is great.

Sure,it was a PAIN going through all those challenging levels,all those falls , all the frustration.
But I've come to realize that it's probably reflecting use on the story of our lives.
Just like in the game,we can have no perfect runs,we have our falls and our sucesses.
And I recommend this game because of the little boy's journey to find his uncle,of the otherworldly places he has traveled ,of him having shared this journey with his friend.
The ending was sad.I really didn't expect something like that to happen.It leaves you wondering.Did that really happen or not,this great journey?
It's hard to say.

This was a great journey, a great story. A Story About My Uncle.
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4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It was fantastic in alpha and it really shines after release. This is an amazing platform puzzler with varying challenges ranging from the tutorial simple though to expertly weaving through multifaceted puzzles. Highly recommended!
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3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A very fun platforming game with a cute plot and *mostly* non frustrating gameplay.
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