Umurangi Generation Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Umurangi Generation is an adventure you play by exploring a city and taking photographs. Unlike other games where the photography is secondary, this is the main way you progress. As you do, you discover a story about ecology, friendship and the importance of enjoying the moment.

You play in a world on the edge of destruction as fires set by earlier generations threaten the planet. You explore this world on a mission to take particular photos and do this with a growing set of camera lenses. Once you have a photo you decide how to develop it with exposure, colour grading and other settings.

The challenge is locating and framing the right subjects to complete your checklist of photos within the time you have for the level. What's nice is that even throw away shots can look great and earn you points.

The story weaves through these photo-journalistic missions and how the world you photograph changes over time. This starts abstractly but becomes increasingly real as the things you've been reading in newspapers start impacting your surroundings. It's clever, environmental storytelling that uses no words.

Umurangi Generation presents your life in the world as inevitably coming to an end. However, rather than the harsh explosive destruction of usual video game apocalypse there is a tranquil acceptance here that life has cycles and the importance of enjoying the time we have.

This is out on PC and coming to Switch soon.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Veselekov

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Game not yet rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7+ and ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. 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... read more about system accessibility settings.


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