While much shorter than most, A Story About My Uncle spends every moment building itself up as an endlessly fun and sometimes challenging adventure filled with childlike wonder and dreamlike beauty.
I originally got this game in 2015 on sale due to the “parkour” tag and have had it sitting in the backlog ever since, and finally spent a weekend I forced myself not to care about school to play through it in one sitting. As I’m a teacher, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to instill wonder in students, and in tandem I’ve been thinking about wonder itself, and what used to give me that sense of “wonder” that certain of my favorite childhood media gave me. I really think the visuals, in the art style and locations, really sell the almost otherworldly invitation that had been coming back to me.
The parkour in the game is much less Mirror’s Edge and more like Uncharted, being able to grapple hook across these humongous levels that is super satisfying and sometimes provides a pretty good challenge when you’re on a timer. There are many instances of the fact “THIS IS A STUDENT GAME” being very clear and loud, but there’s enough passion and wonder to move past them.