A Story About My Uncle is a brand new Adventure game developed by Indie studios Gone North Games and published by Coffee Stain Studios. A Story About My Uncle centers around a father telling his daughter a bedtime story of an adventure he took as a young boy to a distant land to try and find his uncle Fred. At its core, A Story About My Uncle is a game about exploration where the player will be allowed to explore a new and unfamiliar world while searching for the father’s uncle. The story is fairly short, however, it will forever stay within the hearts of those who experience it for many years to come.
On the father’s quest to find his uncle, he encounters frog people, magic crystals, wild creatures, and it all occurs within a rich and detailed land which truly is a site to behold. The many different environments that you will encounter on your journey are unique and very diverse which makes them one of the game’s strongest aspects. Each area of the game is never quite the same as the previous one which makes every part of the journey new and exciting. The graphics and the scenery are so well done that I would often stop from progressing through the game just to take all the sites in. It truly is remarkable, especially for an Indie game, what Gone North Games was able to accomplish here and they should be commended for it. From the village of the frog people, to floating mountains and windmills, and to a region made completely out of ice and snow, you will experience a remarkable landscape from start to finish. A minor annoyance would be the occasional texture popping that occurs that can take away from what is otherwise a beautiful landscape, however, this is nothing to extreme that takes away from the overall experience.
In terms of gameplay, A Story About My Uncle is a first person platformer that is all about traversing through these mysterious lands. During the game, you will be given four main abilities. You will be able to Jump and sprint to reach different platforms, a grapple hook that will allow you to swig across floating rocks and other objects, and the fourth ability I will leave as a surprise since it is a neat ability that I do not want to spoil for you here. You will use all of these abilities to progress through the game to find uncle Fred. The gameplay may sound pretty simplistic, however, it is a non-stop thrill ride to get to the end of the game as the difficulty will increase as you continue through the story. Towards the end of the game, the game’s difficulty is nothing to joke about and you will need to use every skill, and think out every move well in advance, or you will continue to fall to your death. Many times I found myself yelling at the screen as I just missed a grapple point or just barley did not make it onto the next piece of land. It is these moments that can make A Story About My Uncle, very frustrating at times, and may be off putting to casual players. However, at the same time, when the game becomes extremely difficult, it makes you feel a sense of accomplishment when you are able to complete a particular platforming sequence that you have been struggling with for quite some time. The gameplay will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat as you progress through each stage of the game to find your lost uncle.
The story within A Story About My Uncle, is simplistic and suitable for all ages. It is a game about exploration and the determination of one man to find an uncle that he holds dear. The game takes place within the narrative of a bedtime story being told by a father to his daughter, about a time when he was a young boy searching for his uncle in a far away and unfamiliar place. That is really all I can say about the story in the game without spoiling anything, however, I can promise you that it is an unforgettable and heart warming tale that will stay with you forever. All of the voice acting was performed well, especially by the father/narrator of the story, played by Walter Ferrero. Walter Ferrero did an amazing job of creating a bedtime story atmosphere just by the sound of his voice. Whenever the father/narrator would talk, he would speak in a slow, steady voice that does a great job of simulating a calm bedtime story atmosphere that I thought worked really well for this game.
The main appeal of A Story About My Uncle is traveling through the gorgeous environments and slowly learning about what has happened to uncle Fred. The main story will take an average gamer around 4-7 hours to complete, so the main game itself is fairly short. However, Gone North Games has provided some replay value to the game in three main ways. The first two can be found within the extras menu of the game. The first is called Level Select. This section allows you to replay each section of the game at any time after you have completed that particular area during the main story campaign. If you ever have an urge to replay a particular part of the game without having to restart the whole game, this will allow you to do so. The second way, which again is also found in the extras menu, is called Time Trial and unlocks after the game has been completed. This mode allows you to replay any section of the game and gives you a time goal to complete that part of the game in. The time trial mode adds a new challenge to the game and gives you time goals that can only be completed by determining the quickest and most efficient routes to reach the end. Finally, if you are an achievement hunter, you will be pleased to know that there are 15 steam achievements to collect in the game. In order to unlock these achievements you will have to complete challenges such as: only use the grapple hook X amount of times, complete an area without falling to your death, find all the collectibles and more. So even though the main story campaign is short, some replay elements are offered for you to sink your teeth into.
I was not sure what to expect when I started to play A Story About My Uncle, but now, all I can is that it completely exceeded my expectations. It is a game with a magnificent and heartfelt story that has many interesting characters to interact with. It contains a beautiful and unique world that is truly a site to behold along with amazing graphics to marvel over. Finally, the gameplay is simplistic, yet challenging enough to have a great sense of satisfaction when you have completed the game and are able to watch the emotional ending to such a powerful journey (hint: Stick around after the credits). A Story About My Uncle, is a gaming gem that every gamer should experience and I am excited to see what Gone North Games will come up with next after creating such an exceptional adventure. A Story About My Uncle gets a 9.5 out of 10 and is awarded the prestige of being an RGN Gold Game.
Official Launch Trailer
Overall Score: 9.5 / 10
RGN Rating: Gold Game
Developer: Gone North Games
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Available On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this product was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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