Tell Me Why Review

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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


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.

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.


Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One.

Genres: Adventure and Narrative.

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent



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Players: This is a single player game.


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.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

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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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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