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  • Summary: Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life Is Strange. In this intimate thriller, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood. Set inTell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life Is Strange. In this intimate thriller, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood. Set in beautiful small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices. Expand

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Aug 27, 2020
    100
    I’ve no hesitation in saying that Tell Me Why is Dontnod Entertainment’s best game yet. Its narrative may be somewhat small in scope, but the subject matter it deals with packs a punch much greater than any tall tale of time manipulation ever could. Its characters are some of the most well-realised I’ve come across in a game yet, and their story is one that’s not going to leave me any time soon. Dontnod deals with difficult subject matter bravely and commendably, but that’s not why Tell Me Why is so special. It’s the combination of everything altogether – its characters, actors, visuals, story – that makes this an experience I’m not soon going to forget.
  2. Sep 9, 2020
    90
    Tell Me Why is a memorable experience that's done well. The adventure portions are a good reminder to adventure game fans that the classic experience of logical puzzle-solving is alive and well, but the narrative becomes the driving force for completing the title. From the natural reactions to the characters to the assurances that the subjects of culture and transgenderism aren't just there for show, everything is elevated to the level of some of the best television dramas. For those who want something that's still considered new in the gaming landscape, Tell Me Why is a title that's well worth checking out.
  3. Sep 2, 2020
    88
    It’s abundantly obviously that Tell Me Why was made as a labor of love, and my time with Tyler and Alyson, while short, was very memorable. More importantly, it made me learn something new, ask questions and broadened my knowledge to other people’s plights that I’ve never had to personally experience. Not many other games have had the same lasting impact that Tell Me Why has.
  4. Aug 27, 2020
    80
    A lot of families hide pasts that, well, those living in the present day would rather not talk about. The Ronan twins' past is one touched by darkness, by actions and individuals who they have, understandably, pushed to one side. Going through this journey of rediscovery with them is a sometimes shocking but often joyous experience, and if you're someone who loves a tender yet twisted narrative adventure, Tell Me Why absolutely deserves your attention.
  5. Aug 27, 2020
    78
    Tell Me Why doesn’t exactly answer the question it poses in its title, and maybe that’s the point. Even so, I came away with mixed feelings by the end. I really enjoyed getting to know Tyler and Alyson, and I felt the suspense and intrigue of figuring out this larger mystery, but it also disappointed me. This was only further illustrated in the ending choice, which is just absolutely awful in terms of how it’s presented and how the characters rationalize it in the scenes that follow. It doesn’t end on a strong note, and what’s in between is full of highs and lows. The highs make it worth playing, but just expect to be shaking your head when those low points hit.
  6. Sep 14, 2020
    71
    Tell Me Why keeps you invested and interested story-wise for the full nine hours, but is lacking in the gameplay department. It's clear that this genre in its current state is standing on its last legs.
  7. Aug 27, 2020
    50
    Tell Me Why doesn't allow players to skip most of the dialogue in the game, meaning those going back through for collectibles or to see how different choices impact the story will experience a lot of deja vu. This inability to skip dialogue significantly brings down Tell Me Why's replay value, unfortunately.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 113
  2. Negative: 37 out of 113
  1. Sep 19, 2020
    10
    Another great DontNod game. Ignore all the "not a game cuz I ain't got no boom boom pew pew" fortnite fanboy reviews.

    Great concept,
    Another great DontNod game. Ignore all the "not a game cuz I ain't got no boom boom pew pew" fortnite fanboy reviews.

    Great concept, amazing world building, insane work of concept artists as always. Music is awesome, great story, and I loved the fresh supernatural twist as in previous games. Very cool children book inspired puzzles and little stories full of beautiful metaphors. An awesome search for truth in the blur of childhood memories, it's great, fresh, I loved the game and I LOVE DontNod. Keep making games like this, we need them.

    This game is relatable in many ways. A ton of people can't stand the trans element of this story. For god sake, just get past that. Yes it's a story about sexual identity, but it also has more depth than that, it's about dysfunctional families, it's about brothers and sisters, it's about moving away and going back home, it's about remembering your childhood, it's about overcoming your past, closure, forgiving, searching for truth, moving on. It's so sad people get caught up hating on a single dimension of a story when there is so much more. I loved it so much.

    DontNod, I beg you, DO NOT cater your next game to the negative reviewers. Keep doing you.

    If you like point and click adventure games, or like the previous life is strange games, this game is not going to disappoint you.
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  2. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    Superbe histoire tres bon film interactif juste dommage qu'il n'y est pas de VF
  3. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    No spoilers. THIS GAME IS MAKING XBOX AND MICROSOFT THE NEW GEN CHAMPIONS. The fluidity and open mindedness of the developers and MicrosoftNo spoilers. THIS GAME IS MAKING XBOX AND MICROSOFT THE NEW GEN CHAMPIONS. The fluidity and open mindedness of the developers and Microsoft Game Studios really shines throughout the story of this game. I have enjoyed and completed each section of Chapter 1 and CANNOT wait to get my hands on the rest. Thank you Microsoft and DONTNOD for giving me such an exhilarating and thought provoking campaign. Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2020
    8
    Dontnod me dejo marcado con el primer Life is strange y sin duda alguna siento como si Tell me why fuera un paso maduro para sus historias,Dontnod me dejo marcado con el primer Life is strange y sin duda alguna siento como si Tell me why fuera un paso maduro para sus historias, aun así, no deja de sentirse tedioso en algunos momentos del juego, sentirás que quieres adelantar mucho, pero aun con ese defecto, si llegas al final te encontraras con una gran historia y muy interesante plot que quizá te guste mucho o se te haga las cosa mas x del mundo, aplaudo este tipo de acercamientos por parte de desarrolladoras como Dontnod. Tell me why es una gran historia, pero no deja de sentirse que le falta algo mas para que pueda superar a Life is strange, pero hey!! esta en gamepass!! Dale una oportunidad. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2021
    6
    EN:
    Average game, average dialogues, average characters. I was expecting a lot more from Dontnod, especially after the great games from the
    EN:
    Average game, average dialogues, average characters. I was expecting a lot more from Dontnod, especially after the great games from the Life is Strange series. The world is beautiful, but unfortunately the story has no depth and extremely short.

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    Prosečna igra, prosečni dijalozi, prosečni likovi. Očekivao sam mnogo više od Dontnod-a, pogotovo nakon sjajnih igara iz Life is Strange serijala. Svet je lep, ali nažalost priča nema dubinu i traje izuzetno kratko.
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  6. Sep 10, 2020
    2
    Mundane actions to perform in game, Tran main character is not likable, is a very self involved individual.
  7. Jan 9, 2021
    0
    Worst snoozefest ever! Just imagine being stuck with a bratty, judgemental SJW who turns everything into drawn-out, unskippable virtueWorst snoozefest ever! Just imagine being stuck with a bratty, judgemental SJW who turns everything into drawn-out, unskippable virtue signaling lectures. Expand

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