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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ExpertPlasma
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
A solid platformer with mildly unqiue mechanics and a competent storyline that falls a bit flat at the end. For me, it wasn't a bad game, but at the same time, I don't feel like I've played an amazing game. The storyline was good up until the end, but said ending felt rushed and spoilt it a little. The gameplay was good for most of the game, but there were also multiple frustrating parts. I also managed to get through the entire game without earning a single achivement, and it's debatable if that's a good thing or a bad thing considering I'd didn't go looking for anything or do anything special.

I'd give it a 7/10 - You should get it if you're a fan of platforming games, but if you're not, that you should wait for a sale or think twice about purchasing A Story About My Uncle.

As such, this is a rather tentative and conditional recommendation.
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Nicuchalan
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Amazing storyline. Definitely worth playing.
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William Henry
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Really wanted to like the game, but the platforming and grappling hook is just way too frustrating. It doesn't seem to follow it's own internal logic for when you can grapple to something and when you can't. After trying a platforming section with spinning windmills about 50 times, I still had no idea why I could grapple to the windmill about one out of every five tries. I wasn't doing anything different on each attempt, yet it would only grapple to the windmill 20% of the time. I was definitely close enough to grapple and the windmills even had the icon that indicates something you can grapple to, yet, it still only worked 20% of the time.

When you have to grapple multiple objects in a row to get to the next platform, about half of my attempts would fail because the grapple would pull me too close to the object I am attached to and throw me off course or stop my momemtum entirely. I get that the grapple will pull you all the way to whatever you're connected to, but they really should have implememented a system so it would know when you are trying to swing from an object and when you are trying to land on an object.

There really should be a Super Meat Boy or Trials instant restart as well. The platforming is frustrating enough, but having to wait upwards of ten seconds for the game to reload every time you fail is just way too long. I lose interest and it would make me want to quit playing even more than I already did.

I really liked the art style and the story seemed at least somewhat interesting, but the frustrating, endless platforming is just too much for me to keep playing or recommend to anyone.
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Sunlis
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I was pleasantly surprised by this game. I got it from a Humble Bundle a while ago, and simply hadn't gotten around to playing it until now. The price that I paid was definitely worth it, but I think that even the full price here on Steam is reasonable.

The game was a delight. The NPC animations left a little to be desired, but the environments, narration, voices, and gameplay were great. There was just enough difficulty throughout to keep you challenged and learning new ways to traverse an environment. And despite being only a few hours long, this game has enough story to really tug on your heartstrings.

Part of me wishes that this game was longer, but sometimes it's really nice to be able to play a game that your can start and finish in one setting.
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Rinse & Repeat
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game has Portal level story telling, but you're not mute.
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The form of God
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
story is good, gameplay is amazing. as crisp as a bag of crisps. 8/10
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alpha
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A review for lazy people:

This game pleasantly surprised me. I bought it during summer sale because it was so cheap and looked interesting but it ended up being one of my best buys this summer.

It doesn't focus only on the story itself but it is still very interesting to hear all the dialog during the game. A Story About My Uncle is essentially a first person platforming adventure with a high sense of immersion. There is something special about going through an adventure with no violence, no guns, no screams, no negativity. This game was so FUN, exciting and relaxing at the sametime. It is challenging enough, it is long enough and it is rewarding enough.

I really liked this game and I recommend it to EVERYONE. If you particularly like this genre, then I feel like this is a must play.

The only con is the price when not on sale (24 July 2016, 12,99€). Not saying that it isn't a fair price, but it is more than what I would pay for this kind of game. On sale, it cost me 2,59€!

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cinderblockgames
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I want to start by saying that I certainly didn't hate this game. It was really for an afternoon's session. The visuals are really impressive for an indie game like this, the soundtrack is simple but works well, and there's tons of fun easter eggs hidden throughout the play. The travel and exploration mechanic is great too, but at the end of the day it just feels like a "proof of concept" game.

The mechanics work, but I found myself falling more than progressing over the course of the 3-4 hour game. Some of the running and jumping controls work, some of them don't, and not being able to cusomize it for a keyboard feels like a bit of an oversight. The ability to grapple onto pretty much any surface was really impressive, and would have been a really good selling point for me if I wasn't getting stuck in-between rocks and being forced to fall back to the save point over and over. Plus the game is VERY liner, which is disappointed given the posiblilites to explore that you start to see after the first hour.

There is a bit of story to the game, which being called "A Story About My Uncle" (a rather poor title if I may say so) but I was expecting a bit more depth to it. You get a bit of narration as you go, but if anything it seems very dry and unenthusiasitc. Story wise it just doesn't rope me in. There are tons of NPCs, but they don't do anything besides just sit or stand in one place. For that reason the world seems pretty empty. For a game with such strong visuals it's really ashame there wasn't more thought placed into the characters.

Again this is far from a bad game, but it just feels too short and too plain of a world to be worth it. Just when I was really starting to get into the game it ended, and I felt like a wasted my money (even if it was on sale).

In the long run I think this game would be GREAT with VR, but as is...it's a "proof of concept" and not enough to call a good game.
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Dr. Quantum
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A fun first-person platformer with fun parkour mechanics. Coupled with a quirky yet touching story and gorgeous visuals, 'A Story About my Uncle' makes for a short, but very pleasant and entertaining experience.
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jack_the_beast
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
the game is very good, so buy it without think too much about it.

the only problems are:
1)it's very short
2)sometimes it's easy to get frustrated
3) IMPORTANT: DO NOT PLAY IT USING A CONTROLLER, you'll need extreme precision and speed. a controller does not provide that level of performance
4)the story looked amzing at the beginning, but just when things seemed to get interesting the games end :( a good epilogue fix that a bit
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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
"Hey, let's play a game! I bet that you can't get through this part without using the grapple device!"

After 2 seconds I fell into a pit and died with a child on my back.
I'm the best person ever.

10/10 would play a game with an humanoid female frog again
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
"A Story About My Uncle"
(The combination of puzzle and arcade game where speed and precision is very important.)

Game that allows us to impersonate nephew of scientist, inventor, uncle Fred.

What is this game all about?
Father puts daughter to bed, but she did not agree to sleep until she hear a bedtime story.. Dad goes to the memories of event in the past, when one day he came to Uncle Fred's home. But he did not find Uncle at home. Instead he met there an amazing suit and then accidentally moved to another world.

He turned out that the suit in the new world gives amazing abilities.

The main part of the gameplay makes a great impression - high jumping, flying in the air on a special beam of energy, snapping to objects and after unlocked rocket boots - everything works really effective.

A Story About My Uncle chain us to a monitor with fairytale atmosphere.
Like the entrace to the world of dreams - lovely landscape in pastel colors and all this highlighted by a brilliant soundtrack.

Cons: disapointing ending..


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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Product received for free
I got this game from my friend and I absolutely love it!
It's a bedtime story that a father tells his daughter.
What is the story about? It's kinda obvious from the name :P
Anyways, the music is really calming, just like the gameplay, except from the parts when you get lost or you struggle to jump on something or grapple on a flying rock or search for beeping machines... err...
Oh and maybe it's just me, but the cursor felt a bit slow, I mean the latency is high or something, not sure.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is an extremely interesting and intriguing game.

Positives:
+ Awesome storyline
+ Beautiful graphics and scenery (very nice screenshots)
+ Engaging gameplay
+ Learning curve isn't steep
+ You get well used to the mechanics of the game before they chuck more at you to learn and use
+ Overall, well thought out 'save' zones
+ Engaging characters
+ You can choose the map/level you want to play to get all the collectables
+ Nice music/sound effects
+ Different and contrasting environments
+ Very touching ending which I highly approve of

Negatives:
- There are quite a few bugs (the most annoying ones are the ones that cause you to get stuck)
- Some maps are hard and frustrating
- Voice acting was lacking (not the best)
- Gameplay is short
- No real replayable factor (unless you want to explore the environment which you can't really do much of)
- Somewhat unfinished ending (explained below)


Notes:
I felt like some of the things in this game was meant to be a big part of it but it lacked depth and it seemed more like a passing feature. This game is really about your grapple and parkour - moving around the map to reach your destination. With the voice acting, I felt that the narrator lacked emotion and depth but it wasn't too bad - the rest of the main characters sounded good. I'll reiterate... The graphics/environment/sound effects/music are all so, so, so beautiful. This game has come a long way from 2012, and it has progressed wonderfully, however I'm not sure if it's an oversight but at the end Uncle Fred is seen with the old grapple device. I'm not sure if it's done on purpose to show the evolution of the suit/grapple device but it wouldn't make sense if it is because you go after your Uncle quite quickly and arrive in a span of a day... The character design is quite outdated but the main focus isn't really on the character's appearance.

Okay, so the point of this game is to go after your Uncle, Fred. You do find him eventually but after that you never actually see him again. It annoys me that you never actually see him, talk to him etc. ever again, yet this adds to the game which frustrates me but makes me admire the devs. The ending was touching, extremely touching however feels slightly unfinished (especially with Maddie and the Maddie and Uncle Fred interactions, we never see what happens etc. and I really want to know...).

Whether or not this game is worth the full price really depends on how much you like these types of games.

Score: 8/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I almost resorted to watching a markiplier video in order to get past a stage
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
+Beautiful +Puzzle +Great voice acting +You will not get bored -pretty short story -video settings are pretty limited 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Overall probably one of the best games I've ever played. Voice acting is great, story is great, and theres enough action to keep anyone satisfied.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Nice platformer with awesome graphics, good story and interesting but repetitive gameplay.
+ The story is really cool, at least I liked it alot - the real feel of adventure wich is not so common these days.
+ The look is just great! Very beautiful atmospheric fantastic worlds with flying islands. The concept is not new, but it's very well made here
- Gameplay. Interesting concept of grappling, but it becomes repetitive and boring pretty fast. And it's very frustrating at the end! Prepare to replay some parts for 20+ times, cause sometimes you need perfect accuracy and timing. Or maybe it's just too hard for me. Sometimes it reminds Portal 2, but much, MUCH harder!
- Tha game is very short. I beat it in 5 hours with all my endless fails and replays.

I can say, the story is pretty simple, but it really holds the game together. It's that aspect that holded me till the end and prevented from rage quit.
Take it on sale and you will not be dissappointed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Product received for free
Good chill game to kill time.
Works great with all music and a lot of tricks involved.. There are some games that come and go every year and some that come once in a lifetime.This is one that comes in only a lifetime.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
a great game but to short, there should be workshop so you can make your own maps and play other peoples maps, it would make the lifespan longer than 2 hours if you dont suck
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