This game is rated PEGI 16
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.
Play consists of walking across the map and searching out story points and cities. As you learn and share stories throughout your journey, they begin to take on a life of their own as you make choices that shift the story in different directions, discover new information, or hear the same story retold by others with new details, twists, and embellishments. The stories you collect are sorted by fate into tarot-card based categories by topic once your choices have been made (for example: Love, Family, Travel, Freedom, etc) but the tone and characteristics of it can evolve or change completely, What may have started off as a happy tale about Travel can end up as a bizarre mystery, or perhaps gain an ending that is quite sad, but would still be a story about Travel.
You use this growing collection of stories as a way to build relationships with the main characters through a conversation mini-game around a campfire when you encounter one of the 16 main characters. During these conversations they tell you the kind of stories they want to hear and you try to match their requests with stories you’ve learned, but you have to be careful because you can only tell one story from each tarot card per night! If you manage to meet their desires, by the end of the night your friendship will increase one step. You need to find and have several successful nights of storytelling with a character to earn their trust and learn who they truly are.
Each of the 16 main characters in the game was written by a different notable writer, bringing a unique and diverse voicing and depth to their stories. The soundtrack also consists of 30 folk, jazz, country, blues, and bluegrass tracks, featuring some notable musicians. These contributions, alongside a fully-voiced cast, add an atmospheric richness and heart to the game that helps capture the feel of the American landscape in the 1930’s.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. For older children, who are able to cope with the strong language, this can be a fascinating way to discover story telling. They need patience and perseverance and to engage their imagination as they make choices for how the tales develop in the game.
The text in the story boxes is very small and can not be adjusted. Only some of these boxes are narrated.
Most of the main characters are voice acted. Notable people like Sting the wolf, and many of the stories you encounter wandering around are narrated. But some of them do not have voice acting, especially when a story is being retold/changing or is really short
It is possible to die in the game, and the consequence of doing so is that you will resume your journey in a random location.
You can move faster across the map by whistling while you walk. This requires both holding down a button continuously and reaction-time, however it has a marginal effect on your speed and is not required.
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