Sometimes, when I’m skipping through my RSS feed, mindlessly swiping away articles titled ‘Where is our review of triple AAA game?‘, I’ll see a couple of articles about a new game I’m yet to play. I’ll usually make a note of the game title, and store it away until a later date.
Stories Untold was that game. Only, I kept seeing it appear in my feed, over and over again, until I made the decision to play the damn thing. And you know what? I’m really glad I did.
- Platform: PC
- Price: £6.99
- Genre: Text Adventure, Indie Game, Horror
You watched Stranger Things right? Of course you did. Well, Stories Untold is a little like that, I think. You see I wouldn’t know, I’m the only person who hasn’t watched Stranger Things. Does that make me a bad person? I kinda feel like it does…
The game itself is a modern take on the text adventure of the 80s. You’ll spend a lot of time typing, you’ll spend even more time reading and occasionally you’ll have to spend some time listening. And if that hasn’t put you off of the game already, you should probably stop reading and go buy it immediately.
If Stories Untold does sound intriguing to you, I can’t recommend it highly enough. You see it’s a remarkably creepy game, with its almost photographic depiction of 80’s computers, and an always creepy sound track to boot, the sense of unease is constant and it doesn’t relent until the credits roll on each of its 4 episodes or ‘cases’, as the game refers to them.
It’s a testament to the games quality that me and my partner decided we’d play through it together. It’s the sort of game that allows that level of co-operation; hell, I’d actually recommend going through it with a partner as some of the more complex puzzles can be a little abstract, and having someone to bounce idea’s off is a good means to solve those puzzles.
All in all, I’ve really enjoyed my time with Stories Untold. It’s certainly no walk in the park; frustration was a common problem for me and Danielle, but the ‘cases’ are short enough that you’re never too far away from getting the answer needed to progress the story forward.
I’ve still got to finish the final episode of the game, but baring something truly unexpected, I think Stories Untold may go down as one of the more interesting experiences of the year. Go play it.
**Special shout out to the theme music on those 4 cases. Fantastic.