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  • Summary: A first-person exploration game based on the actual memories of a 92-year-old grandmother, told to players in her own voice. Take pictures of what remains of her abandoned childhood home to uncover the dark, traumatic events that she had to fight through as a teenage girl.
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  1. Jan 22, 2020
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    While less a game than a very short, barely-interactive audio biography, Brukel does manage to bring the civilian horrors of World War II to life in a very unique, personal way.
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  1. Dec 7, 2020
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    Brukel (PC: Steam) — 6/10

    Brukel is an unremarkable walking simulator that tells the story of a simple Belgian girl Bie Verlinden, whose
    Brukel (PC: Steam) — 6/10

    Brukel is an unremarkable walking simulator that tells the story of a simple Belgian girl Bie Verlinden, whose routine was disrupted by the events of World War II. This is a great gift from the developer for his 92-year-old grandmother (and at the same time a way to earn extra money on a nice old lady), but it's a fairly mediocre game.

    Probably, as a brief (slow walkthrough takes less than 45 minutes) excursus into the past for the younger generation of Europeans — this project is quite appropriate. But to market it as serious drama, and even more so as psychological horror, isn't exactly right.

    We all know dozens, or even hundreds, of similar stories about the WWII. We all remember works that are more tragic, memorable or scarier. Brukel could have been a good documentary, telling us about the pre-war life of the Belgian farmers and the tragedy of WWII, but the execution was clumsy. The narrative is crumpled, information is presented in the form of short audio recordings, and the attempt to step on the horror/mystic side was a failure. The ghosts of Bruckel won't frighten you or make you think — they are completely unnecessary in this story. And contrary to the description of the game, this project has nothing in common with Silent Hill.
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