This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 4 months ago.
You play a young Swiss girl, Sarah, starting in the late 1990s, working through the 2000's to the present day. By reading her letters, and later messages and texts, to her Russian pen pal Katya, you gain an understanding of her way of life; her passions, her woes, and more. You change the words written to change the flow of sentences, altering Sarah's life in often drastic ways, for better or for worse, making each story unique.
You run and jump along the lines and words of the letters. To progress you need to move and change words. While some of these changes are small, some are more drastic, making big impacts later on in Sarah's life.
Scattered throughout the letters are drawings and doodles, which you can throw words at to change. Throwing the word "nerd" at a drawing of a lighthouse turns it into Sauron's tower, Barad-dûr, from The Lord of the Rings.
While some changes are simply fun nods to pop culture, others are crucial to your progression through the story. For instance, you can make a doodle of a rat sit down to let you pass and get to the end of the letter. Or you need to find a way to regain strength and must find words hidden within other words, in this instance "rest" within "interest".
It's a wholly unique game, that blends traditional platforming mechanics with new and unusual ways to complete levels, and offers a heartfelt and enticing story you can change as you play.
When trying to find hidden words, you need to hold down a button to reveal them. While you can technically find them without this, it is still a fairly essential game mechanic.
Because everything in the game is dependent on your actions, you can take as long as you need and there are no time pressures or penalties. Additionally, if you misuse an important word, it will reappear so you can use it again.
While most text is large and clear some of the range of fonts used are less clear. Also, some of the text is greyed out which makes it hard to distinguish from the background.
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