After playing Oxenfree I asked for recommendations of similar games that were available on XBox Game Pass. The game that kept being mentioned was ‘What remains of Edith Finch’ which I’d previously downloaded but never got round to playing
In the game you start from the point of view of Edith as she returns to her family home. As you walk around the home you can interact with objects and Edith provides a commentary. For each member of Edith’s family you interact with a written object that transforms your point of view to there’s so that you can discover what happens to them. There are occasional environmental puzzles to solve as part of these stories.
The game itself has an eerie feel. Walking around a poorly lit abandoned house, I sometimes felt like I was actually there. There are loads of small details that add to the feel, such as peep holes into rooms.
At points I found the game genuinely terrifying – I considered stopping it in the comic book part (Barbara’s story) as I thought I knew what was going to happen and didn’t want it to. As it is a memory you are participating in you can’t change the outcome, a bit like watching a film.
I persevered to end though and I’m glad I did. It’s not a long game, takes around 3 hours to finish, but has so many twists and turns it feel longer. It’s not a happy game but it feels worthwhile. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story with a bit of suspense.