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Forgotton Anne

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 with a focus on meaningful storytelling and light puzzle platforming. You are Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to squash a rebellion that might prevent her master, Bonku, and herself from returning to the human world...
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam



GAMEPLAY LENGTH
8-9 hrs


DIFFICULTY
Normal


GRAPHICS
Masterpiece


REPLAYABILITY
For a different ending or for the achivements


BUGS
Minor bugs


WORTH BUYING
Definitely yes

Gorgeous hand-drawn presentation. If you are fan of studio ghibli movies this game is for you, it feels like you're watching one of their films.
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Review from Steam

One of the best games I ever played in my life. Highly recommended. The story is bonkers and the characters lovely. The gameplay is mostly nice, exept maybe on one or two points. But it's still definetly worth it.
I really enjoy how the developers managed it to wrap a current political message in such a smooth and captivating way into a fantasy world. The amazing art is indeed another point which fosters the shivers you get while spending time with this game.
Give it a chance <3

Review from Steam

Forgotton Anne (Yes, mind the actual typo in the games title, bear in mind, this is an artistic choice) was honestly a surprising title for me. I had no idea what I was getting into. I bought the game when it was on sale, read some good, and bad reviews, and felt inclined to dive further.
What I expected? Honestly, nothing. My preconceptions of the game were shattered the moment it began. Either that, or the duration between my purchase, and my actual endeavour to experience it were so far between that I had all traces of knowledge wiped clean, and therefor, could not expect anything?!
Forgotton Anne is a charming, if not lukewarm game, its colour palette is mostly cold, with sparse red switches, pipes, and some lights barely warming the scenes they inhabit. Its music, whilst sweeping, and rich, barely made an imprint in the grand scope of the story, and as for the story... well, it was intriguing, highly intriguing in-fact, but only once you hit the 2nd act, and realised that this game was playing a tune far more whimsical, and magical than initially thought.
Forgotton Anne for me, is a middling experience. I enjoyed its story, visual style, and occasional moody pieces, but found the gameplay to be an absolute chore, boring and frustrating the living daylights out of me, and I found the voice acting of most characters to be rather, mixed. To allude to an excellently written review, outstanding with upvotes, Forgotton Anne tries to convey a quality akin to a Ghibli film, but it falls a bit shy, never quite living up to the grandoise that is a videogame version of a Ghibli film.
Pro's:
- Highly interesting and gripping 2nd and 3rd story acts. Stick through the opening, I promise it gets better.
- Delightful 2D artstyle that wonderfully portrays and sets the mood of a barely subsisting world, trying to break through to the dawn.
- Both good and 'bad', some moving soundtrack pieces that really uplift the scenes they accompany, again, really trying to hit the high tones of classic Japanese anime's.
- Reasonably fleshed out premise and lore, with collectables, a diary, and additional sources to further delve into.
- A game design that actually has you questioning yourself on what to say to everyone you meet.
- Unintrusive and relatively thoughtful puzzle elements that shouldn't be too much of a hitch in your journey.
Cons:
- Utterly infuriating, overly drawn out platforming and platform controls and platform puzzle sections. Seriously, they botched this big time. You will be cursing under your breath at just how badly Anne handles when required to do anything more than walk.
- Forced walk sections that really hamper the flow of the game, oddly placed, and for no apparent reason.
- As good, as bad, some empty and rather 'generic' soundtrack pieces that are barely more than a whimper, and leave you deaf to the ambience.
- Very mixed voice acting from very limited voice actors. The Teddy Bear was cringey, I found the talking gun to be rather comical, but hardly a standout.
- At least one major gamebreaking glitch which had me randomly cut to a frozen screen of a previous section of the game I had been through by simply entering Arca mode (Q key).
- Absolutely piss poor puzzle design in 2nd and 3rd acts respectively, one section has you operating levers with a partner, relying on you to activate on his command, only for him to then later allow you to determine when to pull them. Baffling. The other has you getting the AI to trigger a mechanism to open a door, only for their incessant and ceaseless bouncing to prohibit any kind of considerably opening to walk through with ease. I had to wait a solid 5 minutes before a window of opportunity opened.
- Some frustrating interactions that grind the game to halt for no good reason, mostly dialogue sequences that really could have been done on the move.
- Highly divisive ending(s), which might leave you scratching your head asking, "Why?". Not the payoff you might expect for the story you unravel.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay in the world of Forgotton Anne, but whilst the game certainly has its ups, it also has its downs, and considering one of the main complaints I have is directly to do with the controls, of which you will absolutely share my sentiment, Forgotton Anne sits in a fragile balance upon a flaky, chipped, plank, seesawing over a beautiful body of crystalline water, its instability casting a few ripples in what would be the brilliance of a radiant mirror that is its surface. A good game, unfortunately tarnished by its most prominent aspect.
If you can overlook this fault, you will enjoy yourself regardless.
7/10.

Review from Steam

I can give this game 9 out of 10
it's had a good story but it's not long enough like I thought but it's great after all and there is a lot of emotions experience
game play it's not hard one and any one not pro in platforms games he'll enjoy playing this game
and after all I recommend this game to give it a try :)

Review from Steam

I am a simple man and i enjoy games who has a good story beautiful art style and all.
I like this game and loved it, its a same that i didn't bought this game when it was released.
Now after 3 years i finally played this game and its amazing and i recommended everyone to play this game.

Review from Steam

This game sure is one you will never forget.
It's like taking part in one of those Studio Ghibli animated movies you used to love so much as a kid ( and probably still do ), it's so good and satisfying!
I'm a big fan of hand drawn things, and I think the team did a great job!
The music is EPIC and the story well written, BUT WHAT TRULY STANDS OUT IS THE VOICE ACTING!
Seriously now, some voice actors are insanely good! I LOVED IT!
P.S. If you wanna take your time and explore/see everything on the game,which is something i would totally recommend you to do, take a seat and watch the movie playing on the cinema room - its inside the Theater, when entering the bar, on the upper floor. It's like the 1930's cartoons, it's not somethign super wow, but I think it's decent!

Review from Steam

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