The GWJ Adventure Game Club - Game 32: Forgotton Anne

Forgotton Anne (2018)

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Developed by ThroughLine Games and published by Square Enix Collective, Forgotton Anne is a cross between platformer and adventure game with a beautiful hand-drawn anime aesthetic style and a delightful orchestral score. The game takes place in the Forgotten Lands, a magical parallel universe where lost objects are given life again, hoping one day that they might be remembered again and returned to the real world. Playing as Anne, an Enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, you set out to extinguish a rebellion that could prevent her master, Bonku, and herself from returning to the human world.

You can find the game's official website here, usual spoiler warning apply. How Long to Beat estimates about 8 hours to completion. Available platforms are macOS, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android.

The main thread is over that way. We'll be playing Forgotton Anne in June 2021, with an extra month should you require it.

I loved this game when I played it... two years ago? I came in knowing absolutely nothing about the story, and it was a delight to see it unfold. Plus, the game is gorgeous and none of the puzzles is super challenging, which is how I like my games. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Installing!

Did not expect 9 gb. I'm going to chalk that up to the amazing visuals (based on the little I've seen so far).

This is a really beautiful game! The art is just superb, the story is good and I agree with Mario that the puzzles work as long as you're not looking for a challenge. The platforming is occasionally frustrating because it feels super floaty and a bit imprecise, but otherwise really enjoyed it.

For those of you who've already played it, you can check out the Cane & Rinse/Sausage Factory episode on the game with their devs! I haven't had a chance to listen it, but it's always quality content, so I'm very confident in recommending it.

Thanks for sharing that podcast, Eleima, it was a nice listen. The dev of the game is very earnest and eloquent in his answers. Also, story wise, the podcast only really spoils a couple of things from the early part of the game, so I'd say it's ok to still listen to it if you are playing it or are about to play it. There was a particular answer about how the playable character moves through the scenarios that may relate to why I felt a bit frustrated by that aspect of the game, so that was very interesting to hear. The podcast also lays our the motivation and themes for the game really well so it may work as a good incentive to play it in the first place.

Started it tonight, so here are my unfiltered first thoughts:

What a weird but interesting world. The premise about forgotton (sic) things being sent here is kind of fascinating. Why are Anne and Bonku here then? What does the premise mean for them? Why is a real world like place being rebuilt and why are there rebels?

Struct is a jerk.

The game is really beautiful, but the animation throws me off. It almost seems like there are occasional intermediate frames missing. I warmed to it after a while, but it was initially jarring.

Controls on the 360 pad are taking a bit of effort to get used to. I keep pressing the wrong buttons. I like the different ways I can interact with the environment and the tools I have gotten so far.

Telltale-like "This choice will have consequences" events. Interesting.

Looking forward to playing more!

If the podcast is not too spoilerish, I'll listen to it beforehand, thanks for the info, Pink Stripes!

And I'm glad you're finding it fascinating, AUs_TBird!! I wonder how the controls will fare on PC.

Folks, I have the best of intentions to play this, but I'm not going to lie, Mass Effect has been my go to escape these days. I WILL play this though. Just not quite sure when.

I listened to the podcast as well, and I thought it was interesting. Like Pink Stripes said, they spoil a couple of early-game things, but they are mostly about the world and who the characters are. In other words, it is no big deal, but if you want to go in not knowing anything, then definitely wait until you've played for a couple of hours before listening.