Video Game Review: What Remains of Edith Finch

Details: Originally released in 2017. Played through the game in well under two hours. Official site is http://www.giantsparrow.com/games/finch/

Score: 7/10

The Epiq Games store was giving this game away recently so I decided to give it a play through. What Remains of Edith Finch is game often referred to as a “walking simulator.” You basically walk down a fairly linear path and are told a series of short stories related to the family of Edith Finch. These series of stories are mostly grounded in realism, but touch upon supernatural elements. The biggest draw of this game is just being told a story that unravels the mystery of the Finch family.

The story focuses on Edith Finch, a young woman who has received a key from her recently deceased mother. The key unlocks something in her old family home, so Edith decides to return to the now empty family home and solve all mysteries relating to the key and surrounding her family.

The whole experience is linear. You travel from room to room in the house and are told a story related to each member of the now deceased family. The stories are creative and beautiful.

There is very little gameplay in the game. Each story requires some slightly unique gameplay in order to progress through the story. I don’t want to use the word puzzles, because the obstacles are so minor that they can barely be classified as puzzles or obstacles.

Visually, the game looks great.

In terms of audio, the voice acting is great and the music and timing of music is great as well.

Overall, What Remains of Edith Finch is a relaxing experience that tells a mysterious, satisfying, yet somewhat ambiguous story. Since the game cost me nothing, there is nothing I can really complain about with this game. It achieves exactly what it sets out to achieve.

Score: 7/10

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