I used to be conscious of the reward surrounding What Stays of Edith Finch, however not being a specific fan of strolling simulator-esque video games, I used to be nonetheless considerably reluctant to essentially dig into the sport. Happily, the sport delivers on all fronts, offering an intimate look into the lives of the Finch household that leaves the participant questioning – Is there actually a curse that follows this household, or is it merely a sequence of unlucky occasions?
You start the story controlling Edith, who returns to the Finch family to unravel the tales behind the deaths of her relations, all of the whereas speculating on the true nature of the curse that appears to comply with them. From the surface, you possibly can inform that the Finch home is unusual in itself, having had branching rooms hooked up by means of the years in numerous types, which provides it a particular Winchester Home vibe. This led me to surprise if the home itself did not have some kind of energy over the Finch household; might it’s digging into the minds of the household, making them broaden it?
The sport blends exercise and environment in a implausible means, having the participant remedy easy puzzles to progress by means of the varied rooms and secret tunnels of the home, all of the whereas offering commentary from Edith on previous reminiscences or ideas about her household. Earlier than starting a flashback part of the relations, I might discover their rooms and attempt to get as a lot backstory commentary as I might to find out about that individual Finch.
The completely different journals, notepads, and different paraphernalia that start the flashback sequences of the Finch member of the family are the place the sport actually shines. The tales fluctuate in artwork and environment, generally having the identical fashion because the preliminary sport as Edith, different instances being cell shaded, and different instances taking up a very completely different fashion in a very completely different wanting world. This makes it so the participant isn’t actually bored whereas taking part in, every being it is personal distinctive expertise.
One other satisfying a part of the sport is questioning the whole lot you see and listen to throughout these sequences; on the surface, they definitely appear fantastical and the results of some deep and darkish curse assailing the household, however in the event you take a more in-depth look, most of them could be defined as merely an unlucky act or accident. Making an attempt to attach the dots between the relations and seeing the way it all interconnects reveals a distinct story altogether of the household.
What Stays of Edith Finch supplies a chief instance of what an interactive story must be; the participant isn’t left with lengthy durations of silence or boredom, nor are they compelled to resolve any overly complicated puzzle to progress. The tales are what matter, and the sport delivers in spades.