This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Death, Drug and Suicide.
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.
Play involves exploring the painterly pixel art world of swamplands, oil refineries and suburbia. It's a world created by pixels but brought to life by real world audio and a haunting soundtrack. As you progress you meet characters and start to uncover the mysterious disappearance in a world haunted by the past and threatened by the future.
It's a simple adventure to begin with, but soon grows into an expansive labyrinth of characters, narrative and locations. Things spiral into a multigenerational mystery where the lines between salvation, memory, technology, and nature overlap and blend into each other.
It's a layered story with numerous time-periods, characters and settings. It has a novel way of helping you keep track of things with a built in mind map. It starts small but as you discover more about the world and characters, it grows to offers both reminders of what you know and also things to look further into.
The result is a fascinating adventure that combines a Southern Gothic setting with magical realism. It offers sharply drawn characters with deep roots, rich backstories, and complex motives. As Garrett Martin put it for Paste Magazine, "It’s an unflinching, occasionally surreal glimpse into an only slightly exaggerated version of Louisiana, with its mythical and allegorical flourishes only highlighting the aimless mundanity and real-life degradations of the modern South."
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The developer states that "the game contains instances of violence, suicide, substance use and mature language".
You can use the Mind Map to track facts and connections your find. This graphical web can be explored to provide conversational reminders about the subject and related dialogue.
There are a number of text customization options for readability; 6 font options (including OpenDyslexic), 3 text spacing options, 6 colors, and 3 speeds available.
Difficulty options include an expert mode that removes text highlighting and other hints as well as a separate option to automate combat. Most of the game has fairly clear tutorial when a new mechanic is introduced, however there is no guidance or explanation of how combat works.
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