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Tell Me Why Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Tell Me Why is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.

Played by exploring locations, interacting with objects and talking to residents, the twins revisit their Alaska home and relive supernatural projections helping build a narrative to what happened. Your choices influence the story, such as when they see different projections of the past, you can choose which one you believe to be true.

As well as guiding what characters say and do, you can influence their sexuality through multiple choices through the game. Protagonist Tyler is Transgender, something of a first for a big budget video game. It offers a new way to understand this experience of gender identity. The developer and Xbox Game Studios conducted on-the-ground research and partnered closely with cultural, mental health and gender advocates to craft a thoughtful, true-to-life experience.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Tell Me Why usually costs £14.99.
 

Tell Me Why: Chapters 1-3

Xbox One £14.99

Tell Me Why

 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The first chapter is included in the price, subsequent chapters are an additional cost.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 with Bad Language

ESRB MATURE 17+ with Drug reference, Mild Blood, Strong Language and Violence. One dramatic sequence depicts a character stabbed in the back; blood is seen on another character's hands. The dialogue contains a reference to drugs (e.g., “Didn't Tessa bust Dan for smoking weed behind the store once?”). The words “f**k” and "sh*t" are heard in the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven’t recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Tell Me Why Accessibilty Review details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features

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