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  • Summary: Stories Untold is a compilation tape of four experimental text adventures, including a remaster of the original episode The House Abandon.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 11, 2020
    90
    Stories Untold is about the haunting feelings and stories we haven’t told even ourselves. It’s about unraveling the truth and facing our fears. For players looking for a new episodic thriller, Stories Untold was an amazing way to kick off 2020 on the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Jan 25, 2020
    90
    Stories Untold is a chilling adventure that manages to draw us right into its world through the ingenious use of its UI and perfectly realised lo-fi aesthetic. Through the walls of old technology and complicated machinery, it creates a uniquely strong bond between player and narrative, giving you a real sense of place within its world as it slowly corrupts and twists from the comfortingly familiar to something else entirely. It's one of the best interactive horror stories we've ever played and a perfect fit for enjoying alone in the dark on Switch.
  3. Jan 17, 2020
    80
    The shocking and distinct storytelling in Stories Untold will stay with you long after you finish the rather short experience.
  4. Jan 23, 2020
    80
    Playing an 8-bit style text adventure on the Nintendo Switch is novelty enough but this inspired mix of weird horror and puzzle-solving is more than just a blast of ‘80s nostalgia.
  5. Jan 30, 2020
    80
    Stories Untold is a very interesting and engaging horror title, building a huge story that taps into your imagination before expertly drawing that scope back in. A couple of puzzles don't quite stick the landing, but the game is engaging over its three hours.
  6. Jun 2, 2020
    75
    Control issues aside, I still wouldn’t say that Stories Untold is a bad game. Indeed, if you like emotionally heavy games with interesting, underutilized mechanics, you’ll get that here — you’ll just have to go in understanding that, without a mouse and keyboard, some of those mechanics don’t work the best.
  7. Feb 14, 2020
    70
    Stories Untold celebrates early adventure games with its narrative text format, telling a suspenseful story through limited visuals and thrilling narrative. It’s a compelling journey, and much of the excitement comes from one’s own imagination. It’s not a long game, but the tale kept me hooked. However, Stories Untold is not for everyone. Players not used to the text format may find the gameplay tedious or unintuitive, especially given how the Switch version handles command inputs. Players who enjoy the format may not appreciate the modernized escape game room sequences in later chapters, which stray away from the first episode’s traditional style. If this describes you, these stories are best left untold.

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  1. Aug 12, 2020
    8
    this was a great little game. Finished it over 3 days. Initially gave me Stranger Things vibes. The intro especially. It was a bitthis was a great little game. Finished it over 3 days. Initially gave me Stranger Things vibes. The intro especially. It was a bit awkward to start as it appeared to be super meta (im looking at a computer on a desktop interacting with that computer in small text.... is this the game?) but once you got into the swing of it. that first story takes a chilling turn. There are 4 episodes total. And each one is different , different setting, different context... different characters? Each has a pattern to the gameplay, but most revolve around the old text games from the late 80s that i remember. And they all mix elements of the "real" world. Im not very good at writing reviews and i don't want to spoil anything. But the writing for this game was very cohesive and tight beginning to end. It definitely made me feel things. its usually like 2.50$ . Totally worth it. Expand