It’s not often that a non-violent title can become so successful, especially since it’s not an experimental one either. This game begins with a father telling a story to his daughter and this tale of other races, magnetic rocks and jetpacks moves faster than you can keep up with at times, even when you’re in the drivers seat.
The same developers and designers behind the critically acclaimed (mused over and generally laughed at), Goat Simulator, must have decided to take a day off from their insanity complex to help Gone North Games publish something beautifully sensational instead. A Story About My Uncle is a title which effortlessly combines simple yet complex mechanics with an enticing narrative that really pulls the player in.
A key focus in this game movement, or rather how the player moves around the world by way of a grappling glove that allows you to soar from target to target. You move around the platforms by centering the glove over the target, then firing a beam at it, which pulls you in and allows you do whatever you would like from there.
Aside from this lovely, surprisingly difficult platforming, this title really comes through when you start to unravel the mystery behind your uncle. Things only get gradually more interesting as the player is given cryptic hints or small clues that allow you to piece together what is going on in this world.
Everything comes together in this game, from the art style to the narrative and you can’t help but feel attached to it as you play. It’s lovable, enjoyable, and at times exhilarating, all in one and is a title you should make time to play.
Genres: Adventure, Platformer
Release date: 05/28/2014
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Developer: Gone North Games