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  • Summary: The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game of exploration and deduction. Travel 2,000 years into the past and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. Combat is an option, but violence will only get you so far. Only by questioning anThe Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game of exploration and deduction. Travel 2,000 years into the past and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. Combat is an option, but violence will only get you so far. Only by questioning an intertwined community of colourful characters, cleverly exploiting the time loop, and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 30, 2021
    95
    I really enjoyed unraveling the mystery that is The Forgotten City. The setting is beautifully displayed graphically but the real cherry on the top is the narrative itself. Talking to all of the characters, and figuring out the order in which to do things ala Groundhog Day is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have this year. Even those fans of the old mod will find a fresh experience here, as the development team has expanded and even changed things from the original. I really can’t recommend this game enough, even with the lackluster facial animations this is an experience that shouldn’t be missed if you value narrative; in particular mysteries.
  2. Jul 27, 2021
    90
    The Forgotten City does a fabulous job exploring interesting moral quandaries through excellently written dialogue and characters.
  3. Jul 30, 2021
    80
    As far as time loop games go, The Forgotten City has the Midas touch. It’s easy to see just how much care has gone into the story of the game so that it not only pulls the player in, but dares them to test the possible realities. The characters all feel real and they drive the player to find the truth before the Golden Rule is broken and the loop must reset. The developers have been careful to create a narrative that, while repetitive in practice, still keeps the player engaged in the wider narrative of the world through exploration and discovery. Combat in the game remains questionable, but the gold bow is its saving grace. If you’re after a game that will keep you guessing as you move closer to the truth, then The Forgotten City is fittingly worthy of your gold.
  4. Aug 18, 2021
    80
    The Forgotten City is a game that many will thoroughly enjoy. It's got a great story at its centre and keeps delivering a standard of distinction in narrative design and dialogue throughout. The time loop dynamics and puzzle solutions are clever and will always make you smile.
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  1. Aug 10, 2021
    The Forgotten City could have been a real gold nugget, but unfortunately, it is only gold-plated. The fault lies in the outdated technique and action phases. But for most of us, the gold plating is enough and fulfils its make-believe role perfectly. All the more so as the title manages to bring about a high-quality scenario, writing and general consistency. For a first try, the new studio Modern Storyteller offers us a convincing investigation where exploration and dialogue are at the gameplay’s core. Honestly, following the plot of the Forgotten City was enjoyable and we are looking forward to their next adventure, hoping that Nick Pearce and his team will make progress on the technical side. Errare humanum est, persevare diabolicum.
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  1. Oct 29, 2021
    10
    Simply amazing. I hear the complaints about "stiff graphics" but understanding where this game comes from as well as the idea of 'art style'Simply amazing. I hear the complaints about "stiff graphics" but understanding where this game comes from as well as the idea of 'art style' will get you past this barrier. This game is an experience that no gamer should go without experiencing. It will influence other games for years to come. Play a pioneer while it's still easily digestible. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2021
    10
    A true gem.
    Clever dialogues, nice puzzles, and super interesting story. A must
  3. Feb 16, 2022
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Amazing storytelling and very good graphics, never felt more emotions at a videogame ending. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2022
    9
    Fantastic writing, characters and mechanics make this a truly exciting and original experience made even more impressive due to the smallFantastic writing, characters and mechanics make this a truly exciting and original experience made even more impressive due to the small development team. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2021
    9
    The Forgotten City
    An experience you wont forget
    The forgotten city is a 6 hour long action adventure mystery game where you playas a
    The Forgotten City
    An experience you wont forget
    The forgotten city is a 6 hour long action adventure mystery game where you playas a character that wakes up in what seems like the distant past, in this land of people afraid of this golden rule, if just one person sins theyre all doomed, these golden statues will cometo live and turn everyone into gold.. but hers the conundrum, to get some info and escape, you gotta do a little sinning.. luckily for you.. youre a time traveler.. you steal the item or kill the person you need to, run to this portal, go back intime, thankfully theres a messanger standing right at the portal for you to tell all the info to, so they can run and take care of things you already took care of, not only that, youre back with the item you stole, sin free, rinse repeat, talk to the charcters in this small yet lived in feeling city,solve their problems, get what you need.. youll even get your own golden bow,which leads to some amazing dungon crawling sequences that I would’ve lovedseeing more of, youre dealing with thesegolden monsers, shooting vines leavesandalgie, to turn them into gold to traverse.. I loved it.. but again sadly this makes up maybe only 2 hours total of this 6 hour game.. the rest is just talking and listening, being persuasive, solving problems, figuring out the big giant people puzzle, how can I get what I need, gi back in time and use it against this person, or help this person.. I loved trying to solve the problem of getting info and also dealing with burdansall at the same time, and I loved that I got to keep everything I collected in between it all..
    The forgetten city is one of the coolest story games ive ever played… it is definitey boring at times.. a lot of times.. I skipped more dialog than I would in a game really pulling me in with its story.. but I was still glad I pushed through to the end, to reveal the big twist..
    If youre a fan of solving mysteries or just love a really good story, snatch this one up..
    I give The Forgotten City
    an 8.5/10
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  6. Oct 29, 2021
    9
    The Forgotten City is by far the best "time loop" game I've ever played. Maybe that's because of its ancient, mysterious tone, or itsThe Forgotten City is by far the best "time loop" game I've ever played. Maybe that's because of its ancient, mysterious tone, or its excellent writing, characters and sidequest structure. Maybe it's the open-endedness of the game world and how you can keep manual saves at any time, and even carry multiple autosaves. It could simply be how it actually allows you to unravel everything you can at a steady pace, giving you plenty of time each run and thus never becomes repetitive nor overstaying its welcome due of that. There are definitely a good number of reasons. Minor complaints like load area transition times or control binding not saving, some outdated visuals and maybe a couple more nitpicks I'm forgetting are not enough for me to whole-heartedly recommend this highly replayable adventure, especially to those like myself who have been desperately trying to find a time loop game they could actually enjoy. Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2021
    8
    I really loved this game. I especially loved the interesting fail state the game has, which is perfectly woven into the narrative and world. II really loved this game. I especially loved the interesting fail state the game has, which is perfectly woven into the narrative and world. I loved the characters, which are varied and all have their own back story to tell. The narrative itself is brilliant, surprising, has multiple endings. I want more games like this; immersive puzzlers, with great world building and characters.

    (I have a few small issues that I'm putting in these brackets because I actually don't want to dissuade anyone from playing this but I also can't ignore what caused me slight disappointment: the first interaction you have has some awful dialogue that isn't going to date the game well and put me off immediately (and yet doesn't reflect quality of the dialogue across the rest of the game), the gameplay is a little clunky when you're asked to do anything outside of walking and talking, and lastly, you have to be overly careful when navigating all dialogue trees if you don't want to miss a pivotal quest or piece of information).
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