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Video GameBefore Your Eyes Review
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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated today.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game about an 11-year-old boy revisiting their life before crossing over to the other side. You play by exploring scenes that represent snapshots of their life. Unusually you make choices and interact by blinking your eyes (seen by your webcam or smartphone camera) rather than pressing a button. It uses this disarming interaction to intimately involve you in an emotional journey about the impossible expectations we place on ourselves and the regrets we carry with us.

Before Your Eyes begins on a desolate sea with a fox-like captain taking you to be judged. You're then instructed to 'remember' your life before you reached this place. When remembering, you blink to progress a memory by interacting with the objects you see, but soon a Metronome appears and your next blink will end the scene.

As you progress this use of blinking becomes second nature. The game leans into this and uses it in ever more intimate ways. If you blink by accident when the Metronome has appears dialogue is cut short and there's no way back. It creates a tangible tension of your inability to control time. Then there are moments where blinking makes a choice about how the story is told (although it's not branching). Or there are moments when you must keep your eyes open or close them to progress.

The result is a fascinating game that explores the unforgiving pace of life. The uncertainty of how much time you blink forward combines with your inability to hear everything you want to before moving on powerfully creates a sense of powerfullness and inevitability. This combines with the themes of illness, family expectations, performance anxiety and our legacy after death to tell a story that gets under your skin in ways a book or film is unable to do.

keeps you on your toes and makes for an unpredictable and emotive game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Goodbye World (@Goodbye__World_)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate violence.

It's a game that deals with grief and death. There is a brief scene with pools of blood (cartoon style) but in relation to cats rather than human characters. There's a scene where wine is discussed and glasses are raised in a toast. The game includes the word 'hell'. There's the theme of cancer and of long term illness.

On the Apple App Store it's rated 12 + Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References.

Skill Rating

8+ 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. It's a slower narrative game that requires some maturity to understand the weight of the story. The interactions revolve around blinking your eyes in the real world so you need to be able to control that to some extent. Younger players are sometimes attracted to the unusual interaction here.

CostsCosts

Before Your Eyes usually costs £7.99.
 

Before Your Eyes

Steam Store PC £7.99
Android Store Android Free

Netflix

App Store iOS Free

Netflix

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Before Your Eyes Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
The only time limit is how long you can stop yourself blinking. The game saves via checkpoints for each chapter. You can opt to use mouse clicks rather than a web-camera.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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