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  • Summary: Bury me, my Love tells the story of Syrian refugee Nour and her husband Majd, as Nour undertakes a perilous journey to safety in Europe. Bury me, my Love is a Text Messaging Adventure game about Nour, a Syrian migrant trying to find her way to Europe. Her husband Majd, who remains behind inBury me, my Love tells the story of Syrian refugee Nour and her husband Majd, as Nour undertakes a perilous journey to safety in Europe. Bury me, my Love is a Text Messaging Adventure game about Nour, a Syrian migrant trying to find her way to Europe. Her husband Majd, who remains behind in Syria, communicates with Nour through a messaging app, advising her as best he can so that she reaches her destination safely. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 100
    Bury Me, My Love is a remarkable exercise in building empathy. It’s a simple game, but so much more razor focused and successful at creating authenticity than most games that have budgets of a hundred million. Most importantly, however, is that no game is telling a story of greater importance to the world at the moment than Bury Me, My Love. The games industry and those who play games keep arguing that there's the potential for video games to have the emotional power and potential to be the next great art form. Here’s your proof.
  2. Jan 9, 2019
    83
    Rather than focusing on the political or militant side of war like many games do, Bury Me, My Love's humanistic approach is refreshing. This window into war never feels heavy handed or disingenuous; it's grounded in its storytelling, and kept me glued to the screen until Nour's journey concluded.
  3. Jan 8, 2019
    80
    That the story it tells is so engaging and believable, with wonderfully well-rounded characters, only elevates its exploration of the realities of war, and it manages to successfully elicit a genuine human connection.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    Bury me, my Love offers an imaginative window into today’s shadow world.
  5. Jan 10, 2019
    70
    A very human story that is narrated in an effective and contemporary way, although the controls of the game have not been well adapted to Nintendo Switch.
  6. Jan 10, 2019
    60
    Bury Me, My Love is an ambitious game with a great premise. I just wish it didn't feel so disingenuous so much of the time.
  7. Dec 30, 2019
    40
    Bury Me, My Love lacks the necessary amount of player interaction that it needs for its message of compassion for the plight of Syrian refugees. The story wasn’t engaging enough to retain the attention once the game reached the halfway mark.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Feb 21, 2019
    9
    Bury Me My Love presents really nice art and a good, touching story. It's not a long game but definitely a long enough to fell in love withBury Me My Love presents really nice art and a good, touching story. It's not a long game but definitely a long enough to fell in love with characters and enjoy the time spent on this title. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2019
    9
    Probably not what most would call a "game". Think "visual novel" and you're in the right neighborhood. If you enjoy an earnestly told story,Probably not what most would call a "game". Think "visual novel" and you're in the right neighborhood. If you enjoy an earnestly told story, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're not into visual novels or are sensitive to the subject matter, you'd best avoid this one. Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2020
    7
    Bury Me, My Love is a text-based game about the journey of a Syrian refugee into Europe. Nour attempts to immigrate to France with guidanceBury Me, My Love is a text-based game about the journey of a Syrian refugee into Europe. Nour attempts to immigrate to France with guidance from her husband Majd to escape the tragedies of the Syrian civil war. This isn’t a single tale though as many paths can be taken leading to 27 different endings depending on how you choose to advise Nour as Majd. The game is played through a simple text messaging interface where you respond to Nour’s progress to France via limited emoji and text options. Gameplay-wise this title does not have much going for it with limited choices and many of the paths converging into the same story beats, but the emotional impact of Nour’s story makes this an easy recommendation.
    When Bury Me, My Love went on sale for $1 the premise quickly interested me as I am first-generation born in the United States. Although I don’t know the full story, I do know that my mother had a tough journey from Colombia to the United States where multiple things could have gone wrong, potentially fatally. As my mother had to immigrate alone, so does Nour in the story of Bury Me, My Love. Majd postpones leaving Syria to care for his parents that would not be able to make the trip leaving Nour to do it alone. This single decision, made before the start of the game, foreshadows many of the difficult decisions that are made by refugees attempting to leave a war-ridden country. Within the first couple of minutes issues begin to arise where you, as Majd, advise Nour to pay more than the agreed price to a shady taxi driver, or change plans completely with her going to a different city. My brain instantly began to think of everything that could go wrong with both options. If Nour spends this much more now will she run out of money before making it to France? Will going to this other city delay her even longer from leaving the region, or put her in a more dangerous place? Reluctantly, I chose to have Nour pay the cab driver more and stick with the plan. Anxiously, I would help Nour make many more decisions as she would not always listen to my advice leading to a horrible first ending. Despite not getting a good ending on my first playthrough, the ending of each run is the true gem of this game. Each ending has a unique audio clip from Nour that is spectacularly voice acted and really punches you with the emotional weight of the anxiety, fear, joy, and second-guessing that occurs throughout that specific journey. I’ll likely never see Nour again. My father may have never seen my mother again.
    I can highly recommend Bury Me, My Love, just not on the Nintendo Switch. Throughout my two playthroughs I kept thinking to myself that it would be so much more impactful if I could have a delay in text responses from Nour to further build the anxiety that would be felt while waiting for her to reply. In many cases an issue would arise and within 30 seconds we were talking about a different topic as the conversation moved along so fast on the Switch. After looking into this game some more I came to find out that the mobile version of this title provides just this with text messages coming in in real time. Can you imagine having a loved one message you right before she is going to cross a border and then radio silence for three days? I never want to experience this in real life, I do with this game. For me, there were also many performance issues with multiple crashes at the start of the story during both playthroughs. With the text messages coming in so fast, I would receive one towards the end of that day and it would instantly jump to the next day before I could read the message. Yes, you can go back and read the prior messages, but I also had difficulty opening the prior tabs at times. My biggest complaint though about Bury Me, My Love is how little dialogue choices you have. About 70% of the texts you will send Nour are a choice of three emojis. I am sure that my choice of emoji affected the outcome of Nour’s journey, but I have no way of knowing in what way. It seems extremely lazy on the writer’s part and is the equivalent of that friend that responds “K” to everything. If there are to be any future installments I would like there to be more dialogue choices with only the occasional emojis, and I would hope for more audio clips throughout the story, not just the end.
    For $1 I have no regrets buying Bury Me, My Love. Normally it retails for $5 which isn’t a terrible price for how many different playthroughs you can get, but if you are going to buy it at full price just opt for the mobile version. Between my two playthroughs I spent around three hours with this game so definitely worth that $1 cost of entry. When Bury Me My Love goes on sale again do yourself a favor and get this game that is quite relevant to current issues occurring in Europe. My final score for this game on Nintendo Switch is 65/100.
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  4. Apr 22, 2020
    3
    Unlikable characters, no ability to create multiple saves or recall decisions so if you don't make it you have to restart the entire game. IUnlikable characters, no ability to create multiple saves or recall decisions so if you don't make it you have to restart the entire game. I wanted to like it but the narrative wasn't nearly strong enough for how limited everything else was. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2020
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bury my my love is a narrative game with little gameplay. You are a Syrian man who is in contact with his wife that is trying to find refugee in Europe escaping Syria. The story is told through text messages.

    The content is super interesting and I like the idea. However the writing is awful. The characters are flat and behave in weird ways. The story is unbelievable and plays like a course your own adventure novel. Random stuff happens, there is no idea or plan, yet somehow she makes it through every time. She's the James Bond of refugees.

    I pushed myself to the end of the story only to be treated to an sudden fight and the female protagonist leaving the player. There was no rhyme or reason leading up to this event and the path branching was weird and obtuse. I guess the makers want you to start over again to get the good ending, but it made me hate the game. I am not going through all the mediocre writing just to get to the intended ending.

    I like these kind of games. I did not like this one. Saves at branching paths could have salvaged my frustration but not the poor writing. I can also imagine the Syrian people being upset about this happy go lucky random events leading up to the female protagonist s journey. I would recommend spending your time and money elsewhere.
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  6. Jul 10, 2019
    0
    The game convinced me that the French are dirty, and even in the era of evolution, the Arabs are not like the game, the Muslims are not likeThe game convinced me that the French are dirty, and even in the era of evolution, the Arabs are not like the game, the Muslims are not like the game, the refugees are suffering, not the dirty game, the Syrians are not like the game, the dirty French game. They have no conscience and humanity towards other peoples, arrogant, bad, vain and vain Expand
  7. Jul 27, 2020
    0
    This is the worst game I have ever played. I am from syria and this game is just an insult for me and every syrian. Please don't buy it.

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