Stories Untold-Review

Stories Untold Review By Richard Lynch Stories Untold is a horror themed modern text-adventure/puzzle anthology game. On the surface, it’s a nostalgic throwback to 80’s and early 90’s films...

Stories Untold Review

By Richard Lynch

Stories Untold

Stories Untold is a horror themed modern text-adventure/puzzle anthology game. On the surface, it’s a nostalgic throwback to 80’s and early 90’s films and video games. Think Myst meets John Carpenter’s The Thing. But smart storytelling and a commitment to atmosphere elevate it to something well worth the $10 asking price.

 

The game is split into four unique episodes; the first is a text adventure called The House Abandoned that was originally released as a free standalone project several years ago. Every episode after that plays completely differently offering a unique thematic setting and increasingly challenging puzzles. Every puzzle felt satisfying when to complete without ever feeling cheap.

The House Abandon

Despite being mostly text based, the game takes place within fully 3d environments where the computer that you use is an object that exists in the game world. You won’t be running and jumping through these environments, and there’s no combat to speak of, but you can interact with the objects around you in meaningful ways.

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Storytelling is handled in a deliberately vague way that leaves much room for interpretation. At first, I found this style to be frustrating, but by the time the credits rolled on the last chapter, I had learned to appreciate the way each story was presented.

If I had one major complaint about Stories Untold, it would be that it’s too short. Just when I had started to grasp the rules of this strange world, the experience was over. It’s by no means a deal breaker, but given the nature of the puzzles, there isn’t a whole lot of replay value after the roughly 4 hours it takes to finish.

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Stories Untold is a rare treat for fans of puzzle games. Despite its retro trappings, it’s a thoroughly modern game that is thoughtfully designed and rarely unfair. It’s a fun and unique throwback to a genre of games that we almost never see anymore. I for one will be eagerly awaiting a follow-up from developer No Code games in the future.

The Geeked Gods Score 8/10

Stories Untold

Genre: Adventure, Indie, Horror, Sci-Fi

Developer: No Code

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Release Date: Feb 27, 2017

Website http://storiesuntoldgame.com/

 

 

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Richard Lynch: Richard considers himself to be a pretty well-rounded geek but first and foremost a gamer. With a love of everything from old-school Final Fantasy to Halo he knows his way around a controller. He is also a recent graduate of Purchase College where he majored in Media, Society and the Arts (don’t worry nobody knows what that means) with a minor in screen writing. He is excited to writing content for the Geeked Gods. Rich doesn’t check his twitter often but you can find him there and on Facebook.
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