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Posts tagged “David Wehle”

Feature: Dead baby foxes

The First Tree review

There is a fine line a lot of introspective indie games are walking, between a careful exploration of memories and events, and solipsism. For me, The First Tree leaps over that line with a clumsily implemented, wildly incongruous double-jump. Sanctimonious from the opening moments, this is a mediocre third-person exploration game made nauseating by the most self-obsessed narration I've ever encountered. It makes Dear Esther…

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There’s a foxy tale of sadness in The First Tree

I hold a rare distinction among RPS writers in that I never call a game “lovely” in the headline and I nev-- oh no, I did! I once said that The First Tree [official site], a colourful game about a fox going on a sad journey to find her family, looked “lovely”. I’m so sorry, reader. I’ve destroyed my brand. But take solace in your…

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Childhood, Memory & Hope: Home Is Where One Starts

I'm quite fond of short, experiential games that set out to tell a simple story. I think of them like short stories: something that does not take long to experience but which can subsequently stay with you for some time. Alas, many such games fall under the umbrella of 'walking simulator', a rather pejorative name for a genre, but until we have a widely accepted…

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