Welcome to Elk Review

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Posted: 11 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Welcome to Elk is an adventure game set on a fictional island. It tells true stories and tall tales, about the people who live there.

You play as Frigg, a young carpenter who moves to a small town for an apprenticeship. She starts discovering tragic stories about the place. As the rating suggests these aren't fairy tales for children. The stories reflect real life drama and face the fact that love and death go hand in hand. "Life may seem hard sometimes, but it is always followed by laughter."

"Sometimes someone tells you a story," say the game makers, "a story so good, crazy or weird that it’s hard to believe it actually happened." As you play you meet and talk to different characters. You journey with them through odd drinking rituals and unique ways of coping with what life throws at them. Along the way you partake in playful mini games linked to each story: pouring a beer as a barkeeper, decorating balloons to help a good friend remember what their parents look like, karaoke down memory lane or transporting a frozen body.

Perhaps the most unusual part of the game is that you don't only play through the stories but meet the storytellers who inspired them. You watch a video clip of someone describing how the story related to them.

It's a strange combination of child-like visuals, complex and messy characters and often dark and disturbing occurrences. But the result is a unique way not only to honour and value stories but to consider how the stories of our lives affect us, and how sharing and remembering them can be an important part of living.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @TripleTopping

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 4 and a half 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

Rated PEGI 16 for Use of Alcohol/Tobacco.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Suggested Themes, Alcohol Reference and Strong Language.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The video portions of the game have voice audio and subtitles.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson



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