The First Tree: Console Edition Image
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 95
    The First Tree is an exceptional story of loss and regret. The achievement by the game's one developer, David Whele, cannot be understated. The combination of all the elements of this experience creates one of the most memorable games this year. If you enjoy narrative adventure games then The First Tree is more than worth the two-to-three hours it takes to beat it.
  2. Nov 30, 2018
    85
    The First Tree tells an incredibly personal and melancholy story about the loss of a loved through the eyes of a fox within a dream world. Wandering through beautiful, abstract worlds, you learn the narrator’s story as the fox searches for her missing kits. It has a surprising number of platformer elements, given the nature of the game, but doesn’t distract from the beautiful story within this short exploration game.
  3. Dec 8, 2018
    80
    Everything aside from the story is simplistic, but it doesn’t matter if the puzzles are non-existent or that the graphics are basic, because The First Tree packs an emotional narrative and is a game that every indie fan should play as a result.
  4. Dec 17, 2018
    65
    The First Tree hits and misses; hits in terms of story and soundtrack, misses as far as the clumsy controls, useless puzzles and messy technical aspects are concerned.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jul 26, 2019
    10
    If you are looking for a story driven exploration game, this is the game. I was captivated almost immediately by the scenery. It was beautifulIf you are looking for a story driven exploration game, this is the game. I was captivated almost immediately by the scenery. It was beautiful and fun to look at. The way the coloration is used to express the mood, how the music would change or go silent depending on what was going on in the story that was being told. All the little Easter eggs of the mans story spread throughout the areas. This game was a fun ride, very mellow and had some small puzzles to solve, but otherwise it was all about the story. I would highly recommend this game if you are looking for something that is calm, story driven and will keep you going for a good while. I played the whole story from start to end in one sitting. Very good game, i will play again to see what i may have missed. Expand
  2. Feb 10, 2019
    8
    You can play this game in a 2 hours span. The story is pretty good and feels personal. It's easy to relate to. I like the graphics. TheYou can play this game in a 2 hours span. The story is pretty good and feels personal. It's easy to relate to. I like the graphics. The vegetation isn't always accurate but there is a reason for that. There isn't much to do apart moving the story. The jumping mechanic isn't very elegant or fluid and there is basically 2 small puzzles. I like the music and the atmosphere in the game. Considering it's a game made by 1-2 persons, it's a nice piece of work. I give it a 78%. And thanks for the nice story. Expand
  3. May 17, 2019
    6
    Escape from reality, or not.

    Going through the two stories while listening to the beautiful soundtrack of The First Tree proved to be a
    Escape from reality, or not.

    Going through the two stories while listening to the beautiful soundtrack of The First Tree proved to be a calm ride.
    The narrator's story did not entirely manage to grab me but listening to his personal story was at times relatable but more importantly emotional.
    Our fluffy mother fox and her adventure in the pretty game world is what gave a soul to this game though.
    There is no one story without the other.

    It could have been polished even further though.
    While the landscape is pretty, you often see more clunky areas that could have been worked on to make the game world look even more impressive. Draw Distance and foliage density could have been increased greatly.
    To add, the pace of the game could have been enchanted a bit.

    The last thing is the price. I liked this game but I can't see myself buying this game for 9.99€.
    Recommended on sale for those who are looking for a good short story.
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  4. Jun 16, 2019
    1
    This was the biggest waste of $10 in my life. Save your money, don't try this out of curiosity, just trust me.