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Best Narrative Games by Cococucumber Co

Narrative video games focus on telling a story about characters, worlds and themes. Learning from the power of books and films, these games string together interactions not for excitement or competition but for storytelling beats. The best examples intertwine gameplay and storytelling, rather than interspersing short films ("Cut Scenes") between levels.

Games can use Adventure, Action and Role-Playing to communicate elements of story to players. Less obviously, games can also communicate narrative through how they Simulate the world, what needs solving in Puzzles or even the Strategies players need to employ.

The narrative of video games is not usually told (link in books) or shown (like in films) but overheard. Half caught sentences from passing characters. The architecture of the buildings. The way that levers and buttons interact. How other characters (and the world itself sometimes) reacts to your presence. What is broken in the space the game creates, and how/if it can be fixed.
 

Echo Generation

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/10/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Echo Generation is an adventure set during the summer of 1993. You and your friends set out to investigate the source of a mysterious crash. Complete quests, battle monsters and level up your party to save your hometown from danger in a heroic tale of...

Planet of the Eyes

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of the Eyes is an atmospheric running and jumping game where you play a robot stranded on a mysterious planet. You progress by well timed jumps and puzzle solving to traverse a fantastical planet with a dark secret.

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