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A Story About My Uncle Review

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A Story About My Uncle is a new way to play platformers. From the people that published Sanctum and Sanctum 2 we have a game that is easy on the eyes, challenging to play, and has a lighthearted adventure to tell. This game has something new to offer but it is far from perfect. A Story About My Uncle has a charm that makes you love it even more.

A Story About My Uncle is about a boy who searches for his lost uncle, and ends up in a world he couldn’t imagine existed. Take hold of your uncle’s mysterious inventions that let you jump incredibly high and far through beautiful scenery, uncover clues to your uncle’s whereabouts, and meet fantastical creatures that will help you on your journey.

One of the selling points for ASAMU is the storytelling. It is narrated by a man who is telling his daughter a bedtime story. That man is the boy you play as searching for his uncle. As he travels through a mysterious world, you hear the interaction between the man and his daughter. It is quite heartwarming, especially when she asks questions and the answer plays out in the game. It has a lovely way of telling you a story without overdoing it on typical flashback tropes.

The voice acting is incredibly average, but I feel as though that is the charm behind it. Having great voice actors adds a new level of immersion to a game, but goofy voices can only go so far. All the characters in A Story About My Uncle all sound like people I have met before, which made me like playing the game more simply because I loved to listen to the people talk.

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As a first person platformer you automatically think of Mirror’s Edge. Well this game has no parkour in it, but it does have awesome level design and grapple mechanics. The suit your character wears has some functions that make traversing the dangerous landscape easier. You have a super jump, a sprint jump, jet boots, and the main way of traveling, an energy based grappling hook. You must combine all of these ways of jumping and moving to gain momentum and swing your way across floating rocks or even airships.

The controls are well mapped for the keyboard/mouse scheme, but as you play, it seems to get more difficult to gauge how far certain objects are to grapple to them. I fell into the abyss one too many times because I thought I was close to something to zip to when I wasn’t because my reticule was slightly off. The jumping was a bit unresponsive as well. It isn’t game breaking, but it happened enough for me to notice. With it’s glitches aside, A Story About My Uncle still has a well executed and original way to jump around in a new world. The game also has a lovely art design to it, some areas are bright and vivid while places like caves that house monsters are dark and difficult to see. It has that “indie game” art style and for this game, it’s inviting and great to look at.

A Story About My Uncle unfortunately lacks replay value and once you complete the game. The game is still evenly paced with a stiff learning curve so the game is challenging and engaging. This is certainly something you should pick up. I give it 4/5 Stars. That’s our A Story about My Uncle review! You can pick the game up on Steam now.

About Zach Martinez

Freelancer here at Armed Gamer, North American Video Game Correspondent for Following the Nerd, and a regular on Examiner.com, Zach has made somewhat of a name for himself at the age of 23. He has been writing professionally for just over 5 years now. He doesn't care about resolution or frames per second, he cares about what matters most, the games. You can reach reach him directly at zach.martinez09395@yahoo.com.

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