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

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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

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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
38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
A Story About My Uncle*

*Author's note: His Uncle is obviously Satan-incarnate.


+Wonderful Visuals
+Interesting mechanics

-Frustrating sections with sparse checkpoints
-Achievements designed by sadists
-Very short if you're not interested in the challenging achievements (5 hours)
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
It's possible this was the most difficult game I've ever completed. 18.1 hours and more deaths than I care to contemplate. I never claim to be super-skilled at 3D-platformers, but this really stretched my abilities. Thank God the devs toned down a notoriously difficult section; I'm not sure I would have made it. But I persevered because I loved the game: it had charm, a good story, superb graphics, and usually fun gameplay when I wasn't on the verge of a rage-quit. ;-) There's really nothing like flying through the air like spiderman with a jetpack. You really have to try it.

Some folks probably won't find it overly challenging and kudos to you-- but don't be surprised if it takes some real work and repetition-- I'm not sure why this game is put in the "Casual" genre. Some of the difficulty can be alleviated at times by finding an optimal/alternate solution. So if you find yourself stuck, look for an alternative approach instead of assuming the game is broken, unfair, or just poorly designed. It's not-- it's probably you.

If you're looking for cheap achievements-- look elsewhere. They are all actual *achievements* in the true sense of the word-- and I earned none of them...and that's okay with me. I'll let the whizzes take on those challenges.

Other than the occasional clipping issue, I only encountered one bug (which actually made one section of the game slightly easier as it turns out). So all-in-all an excellent effort from Gone North Games-- let's support them and hope they make more!
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19 of 22 people (86%) 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.


-HiPFiRED


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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
A Story About My Uncle is a first-person platforming adventure created by Gone North Games and representing Coffee Stain Studios' first foray into publishing.The game follows the story of a boy searching for his lost uncle, finding himself in a wondrous place he never thought existed, a faraway planet where his uncle stumbled upon something incredible.The game is presented as a bedtime story that a father is recounting to his young daughter, detailing his adventures on the strange planet while tracking down his inventor uncle, with the assistance of various technological implements that he devised.As you venture deeper into the world, with the help of gadgets that allow you to jump incredibly high and soar through the environment, you will discover what kept your uncle from returning home. Movement is a big part of the game, as it mainly focuses on the exploration of vast and beautiful environments, swinging through the air with a wonderful feeling of freedom by making use of an energy beam that pulls you toward certain objects, like a grappling hook.You can only utilize the grappling hook a limited number of times while in the air though, so you have to use the energy charges carefully, in order to make sure that you're going to land in the right spot. Once you land though, your charges are refilled, probably by the mysterious force of the crystals found all around.The main attraction of A Story About My Uncle is the free-form movement afforded by the grappling hook and the rocket boots, and the tense moments between jumps, wondering whether or not you'll be close enough to your next tethering point.Although it's a first-person game, it completely forgoes the shooter component that is usually associated with such titles, offering a completely non-violent experience, that is driven entirely by narration and exploration.The environments are pretty varied, going from an underground cavern to out in the open sky, beneath a frozen mountain, through the floating jungle islands looming over a massive river and then back in a different kind of underground cavern.The movement is pretty varied as well, and you'll find yourself not simply cruising forward, but also falling to abyssal depths, climbing to dizzying heights and slowly making your way along the walls of immense underground caves, seeing your destination clearly and struggling to find an adequate route, gliding along the walls and jumping from ledge to ledge.That being said, the game has a strong puzzle vibe to it, almost all of the time imposing a strict route for you to decipher in order to progress, and not letting you experiment with the environment enough.But the main thing you'll be doing while playing A Story About My Uncle is falling to your death. Although the game is very linear, it's not always very clear about the direction you're supposed to go in, and so you'll end up doing a lot of experimenting to see whether you can reach a certain point or not, which equates death most of the time.This coupled with the fact that the story begins by being genuinely interesting, raising a bunch of questions, but then falling flat on its face, is another aspect that marks down the entire experience.Frankly, I found the lack of a great story the most disappointing thing about the game.The grappling hook gimmick is fun enough, and the game looks great, but that's not enough to carry the whole thing.The game ends very abruptly, and so does the story, raising many questions but answering none and making no sense, making you feel like the kid you were telling it to fell asleep and you no longer had to explore it in its entirety.It feels very unsatisfying when a story presents you with an interesting premise that it then can't figure out what to do with, so it just ends everything right then and there.Especially since going around the environments is usually quite fun and would have been even more fun if it were just a means to an end, and not the entire journey itself.The game also has some really nice graphics, blending light and shadow, glowing effects and colorful vistas, both underground and up in the sky, making for a great visual journey.You'll find yourself simply checking out the interesting view a lot of the time, especially in the more populated areas, but overall, the world just feels very disconnected from what it should be.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 9 people (100%) 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
pretty alright game that manages to make first person platforming work (for the most part) thanks to generally forgiving level design with a lack of precision platforming. there's a few aggravating sections in which this is not necessary true but for the most part it's a very enjoyable platformer with fun grappling hook mechanics that doesn't overstay its welcome
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
This game is amazing. Beautiful story line, gorgeous atmosphere, and detail was surely put into it. This game is worth having and I recommend it to anyone. I hope to see more works like this from the developers in the future.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Great game, it has better potential for its mechanics and design. Hope for a sequel.
A must have for who like Parkour with jumping and flying through a beautiful world.

+ Good mechanics, jumping, grappling hook and flying.
+ Solid gameplay, animation and great graphics.
+ Good level design.
+ Nice unlockables, Goat mode.
+ Very good atmosphere, you feel like you are part of the world.


- It get frustrating sometimes, but its part of the challenge point.
- Its very short, only 6 beautiful levels.

here are some suggestions for the game:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/278360/discussions/0/619573787333625038/

there is a Reset Button, F7 rebind it to R ,so you can restart faster if you fail.
I will update this review later with more details.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
A Story About My Uncle is a 3D platformer where you take on the role of a child who is sent to a mysterious world full of floating rock as he attempts to find what has happened to his Uncle. The gameplay entirely consists of platforming, with various powers available to the player as you progress (floating, swinging multiple times between different points, power jumps).

It's relatively short, taking about 2-3 hours to complete. It does have the benefit of having achievements for completing different segments without dying/under a certain time/under certain constraints, which allows for a little replayability, but those are obviously not for everyone. Graphically, the world is excellent but the character models can feel a little rough. Voice acting is mostly hit or miss, but typically above average for this sort of budget game. The gameplay itself is excellent - very responsive, and the level design is relatively straightforward for how wide open the areas tend to be - I only found myself feeling lost one time and that's ASTONISHING given how large some of the areas are.

All in all, I'd say this game is well worth playing if you enjoy 3D platformers - you may just want to wait for a sale depending on what price you're interested in playing for a game which can be completed in a rather short time.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Nice game!!
You should totally buy it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game is a masterpiece, it's the combination of a cute story and great gameplay. If you can pick this up like in the current sale you absolutely have to, this game is just too beautiful to NOT play
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
jumped into a bottomless pit with a child on my back

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
reminds me of my uncle bob, who was married to a fishwife who made apple pancakes with cinnamon every sunday afternoon
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game is very awesome! Now I am NOT going to sit here and say "its the best game ever! No one argue with me!"! The game has its ups and downs, SURE! It can turn into 'Jumping simulator 2015', but overall it isn't that bad of a game. I would recommend you buy this if you like Portal Series and/or The 'Alice' Series. Hope this review will help you decide to buy this game or not... Choice is yours!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Awesome 10/10

Description

This game is awesome! completely different impressive jump and run.

Good Stuff
  • Beautiful levels
  • So nice story
  • Big big Jumps
  • Timerun
  • Magical

Bad Stuff
  • It isn't really bad but too short

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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Though the game is incredibly fun, I wouldn't recommend buying the game unless it is on sale.

The graphics are great and world looks amazing, but the animations can be dodgy at times and the game is very short.

If you enjoy puzzle games or anything of the sort, I would definately recommend buying the game when it is on sale. But for 12,99 it really isn't worth it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This game is surprisingly good, it plays like a cross between "Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons" crossed with "Portal". The game weaves a touching but simple story through the gameplay. The gameplay focsus on the use of a grappling hook mechanism, which is well implemented, and gives the gameplay all the of the potential complexity that the orange/blue portals have in the game Portal. There is a pretty hefty difficulty spike at the end of the game, but rest assured, if you are observant and a little patient, all of the physics puzzles are more than solvable. I finished the game in about 10 hours.

Interesting trivia: made by the same team that made "Goat Simulator"... go figure!

Highly recommended!
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