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  • Summary: Imagine a place where everything that is lost and forgotten goes; old toys, letters, single socks. The Forgotten Lands is a magical world inhabited by Forgotlings; creatures composed of mislaid objects longing to be remembered again. Forgotton Anne is a seamless cinematic adventure game withImagine a place where everything that is lost and forgotten goes; old toys, letters, single socks. The Forgotten Lands is a magical world inhabited by Forgotlings; creatures composed of mislaid objects longing to be remembered again. Forgotton Anne is a seamless cinematic adventure game with light puzzle platforming elements. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to quash a rebellion that might prevent her master, Bonku, and herself from returning to the human world... [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 14, 2018
    90
    A game that needs to be played in an old school manner and -ironically- is all the better for it. The story is the main focal point and luckily the game does not disappoint in this department. In fact, we feel everybody should experience it - it really is that special. From an audiovisual standpoint there is nothing worth noting in particular but don't be deceived: Forgotten Anne is an original and beautiful title that deserves every minute of your time.
  2. May 11, 2018
    85
    A fusion of East and West that will leave you breathless precisely for the agility and simplicity with which they intertwine different forms of art.
  3. May 11, 2018
    80
    The way it develops a detailed world, full of unique and interesting characters, while keeping the central story compelling and surprising, is remarkable, especially in such a short period of time.
  4. Aug 12, 2018
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. May 15, 2018
    75
    It's aimed at people who's looking for a video game experience rather than a traditional video game, and that's precisely its main strength. Supported by a great presentation, it's a story worth discovering.
  6. Jun 26, 2018
    75
    Puzzles provide an opportunity for creativity and critical thinking, but not all puzzles were needed or even made sense, which left feelings of confusion more than anything else. Despite its flaws, Forgotton Anne has such fantastic qualities that may charm you to overlook these inconveniences.
  7. May 11, 2018
    65
    Forgotton Anne tries so hard to look and feel great. The first part is easily accomplished, the second one not so much as the game strives to be an emotional, imaginative adventure, but fails to communicate with the player all the way through.

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  1. May 17, 2018
    10
    Don't know what's wrong with these users giving this game bad scores without telling why

    this game is fantastic debut game from
    Don't know what's wrong with these users giving this game bad scores without telling why

    this game is fantastic debut game from througlinegames , grafic style is amazing , great puzzles, story , and have replay value because of the actions you can take
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  2. Jul 29, 2018
    10
    The animation and the visual are amazing! The ending is so beautiful too The game play is pretty simple and nice I felt like watching a niceThe animation and the visual are amazing! The ending is so beautiful too The game play is pretty simple and nice I felt like watching a nice anime movie :D Expand
  3. May 15, 2018
    9
    Have you ever wondered what happens to the things that you lose? Eventually you stop looking for them and forget about them entirely. In mostHave you ever wondered what happens to the things that you lose? Eventually you stop looking for them and forget about them entirely. In most cases, those things are never to be seen again, as if they’ve been transported to another world. Imagine if that world involved the forgotten objects becoming sentient, similar to those in Beauty and the Beast. If you can manage that, then you’ve got a start on what to expect from this.

    In Forgotton Anne you play as Anne, the Enforcer and one of the two humans that are in this world, and you serve under Master Bonku. His goal is to build what is known as the Ether Bridge, a way back to the real world. He serves as your father figure, having raised you for as long as you can remember. Of course, things aren’t always so simple, as not everyone is on board with the plan to go back to the Ether. As with any movement or ideology, there is always a resistance of sorts that rise up against it, even if their reasoning doesn’t make sense.

    The game begins with the rebels attacking the Tower’s (home of Anne and Bonku) power source and damages the way in, with a scarf finding his way into Anne’s room. It’s here that Anne is tasked with the choice of taking away the life of the scarf, or letting him go. This is the first decision you are tasked with making in the game, and you’ll find many more throughout your time exploring this world. Whether these are deciding to kill the inhabitants or simply deciding a particular dialogue option, each decision you make carries consequences, and what you choose to do will change the way you are viewed.

    Playing through this for the first few minutes, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Whispering Willows, with its handcrafted aesthetic and changing of the game’s view to solve puzzles. But it becomes apparent early on that this is something altogether different, with a sweeping story and a charming cast that feels very much alive thanks to the wonderful voice work and stellar soundtrack that made me think I was watching an animated film at times. The camera work and transitions are some of the best you’ll see in 2D games, and all of the animations in addition to the world itself make this a visual spectacle you need to witness.

    While the story is fairly predictable with two potential outcomes at the end of the story, it doesn’t take away from the execution of the narrative. The characters are wonderfully imaginative, and both sides of the fight have a sense of humanity and purpose once you’re far enough along. After completing the game you are able to go back to different parts of the story and make different choices, clean up collectibles, and see a different side of the game. It also offers the ability to collect the many skill based trophies the game has to offer.

    The genre of this at first glance is a 2D puzzle based adventure, but platforming and skill soon become a factor as well. None of these elevate to levels of frustration, and the game is easily beatable within a few hours, but it’s a very welcome change from what I had expected. Many of the puzzles involve using your Arca, a device that stores energy and the very thing that makes the forgotlings fear you as it allows you to distill them, or take away their very life and use it for puzzle solving. These often times involve transferring the energy to different outputs, and ask you to use switches to change their pathways. You also have a set of wings that require you to have a full store of energy to use, which essentially doubles your normal jump height and distance.

    The game is very inclusive for players, as you keep a diary of the events that happen, keeping tabs on the story and giving hints into what you’re doing next. Anne will also have an inner monologue if you have trouble, such as reminding you of something you were given previously when attempting to figure out a password. It’s not said immediately, but after attempting to solve the puzzle and failing to do so, she makes mention of it. Admittedly, I don’t like having hints like this given so early on as I like to work through things myself, but it’s hardly an issue. There was also one instance where I walked into a building and I continued seeing the outside of it instead of the inside. Walking out and back in fixed this, so this is far from a game breaking bug.

    It’s hard not to judge things at a glance, so when a game looks drop dead gorgeous, chances are it’ll get more plays than something that looks like an Atari 2600 game. But in today’s world, there are plenty of good looking games that are absolutely atrocious. Luckily, Forgotton Anne is not only gorgeous on the surface, but tells a beautiful (albeit familiar) narrative with an eclectic cast and concise gameplay. Do not pass this up if you have the chance to play it; it’s an experience you won’t forget.
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  4. May 24, 2018
    8
    Forgotton Anne is a charming anime adventure that won me over with its original story, lovely characters and beautiful art style.

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    Forgotton Anne is a charming anime adventure that won me over with its original story, lovely characters and beautiful art style.

    The game does not feature any combat, and aside from some light puzzle platforming elements now and then, it focuses heavily on telling a story. To advance through this story you run, jump and climb your way from one set piece to the next and talk to the characters that inhabit the "ether". Occasionally you will have to flip some switches and find the solution to smaller puzzles, but nothing too hard.

    To me, the main appeal of Forgotton Anne was the art style - the beautiful locations and scenery, the characters that reminded me of the movies I watched as a kid, the subtle changes in color and lighting while advancing through a scene, as well as the bigger ones, when entering a new set piece for example.

    The story was rich and deeper than I had expected, and the accompanying music set the mood perfectly. The only small issue I had, was that the sound mix between voices and music felt unbalanced a few times, and the options menu only had a slider for master volume. Definitely nothing game breaking though.

    This game may not employ the most intricate gameplay mechanics, but Forgotton Anne has some nostalgia inducing qualities that are hard to describe and best to be experienced by anyone looking for a more relaxing and story-driven game.
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