Eternally Us by Infinite Grace Games (2010)
The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and Amber is with her best friend Fio; everything is right with the world. Suddenly, a sinister figures appears turning the once happy landscape into a nightmarish backdrop. Fio has disappeared and Amber is determined to get her back, no matter what it takes. As Amber pushes through every stage, she is forced to realize the truth about Fio and herself.
The script is wonderfully written, despite some of the dialogue, especially with the gargoyles, being overly cryptic. Based upon the complex feelings surrounding loss, Eternally Us paints a creative image of what it’s like to go through that kind of turmoil. Characters are brought to life through superb voice-acting that enhance the storytelling experience. There are a few small puzzle elements in each stage that require only time to solve allowing the player to focus in the dialogue at hand.
Intangible concepts such as depression and anger are brought to physical manifestation within each stage. Symbolic dialogue and a somber atmospheres provide an emotional roller coaster that ends on a very bittersweet note.
The artistic style is similar to cartoon characters with thin bodies and alien pupil-less eyes. Considering the outlandish settings, Amber’s and Fio’s appearance may serve to perpetuate that art style. The stranger’s appearance is obviously inhuman with dark blue shriveled skin and red-glowing eyes. His zombified appearance combined with his hissing voice makes for an unsettling character who seems to only want to berate Amber at every step.
Only taking 20-30 minutes to complete, Eternally Us is a must play for anyone craving a short story that will tug at your heartstrings.
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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Music – 6/10
Visuals – 8/10
Flow – 6.5/10
Story – 9/10
Final Score – 7.4/10