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  • Summary: Welcome to Elk is a biographical adventure set on an island like no other, where every character you encounter has a story to tell. From the weird and wonderful to the dark and desperate, all the tales told on Elk are based on true stories of life on the road less traveled.
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  1. Sep 14, 2020
    100
    There are experiences here that I’m not sure I’ve encountered before - at least not in a video game. If that’s not fodder for full marks, then I don’t know what is. Welcome to Elk on Xbox One is a game that’s going to stick long in the memory. For a story that deals in the power of memory, that feels like a suitable conclusion.
  2. Sep 16, 2020
    90
    Welcome to Elk is biographical adventure that oozes charm. It shines with humility and thoughtfulness, and it covers topics that other game would shy away from. Best of all, though, it does it with a softness and laughter that one wouldn’t expect. The topics dealt with in the game may be difficult for some, but those that shy away from the game will be missing out on an experience like none other. It may be short, but Welcome to Elk is an adventure like no other, and one that everyone should experience.
  3. Jan 4, 2021
    85
    It will only take you a few hours to get through Welcome to Elk, but you’ll be thinking about it for some time after you’ve finished it. If that sounds intriguing to you, then I encourage you to take the time and experience something that’s not quite what you’d expect from a game.
  4. Sep 15, 2020
    80
    Welcome to Elk is a fascinating experiment in game creation that succeeds on multiple levels, and players interested in storytelling, small-town life, or the intricacies of working with meta-elements would do well to check it out.
  5. Sep 25, 2020
    65
    Welcome to Elk is an interesting biographical game about how stories help shape communities. It features some interesting mini-games and a good cast of characters, but the stories feel a little too personal and at times you feel like an intruder.
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  1. Sep 19, 2020
    8
    Welcome To Elk is a fascinating, small-scale narrative with meta elements coming from Denmark developer Triple Topping, Welcome to Elk is aWelcome To Elk is a fascinating, small-scale narrative with meta elements coming from Denmark developer Triple Topping, Welcome to Elk is a bright spot in 2020. This 2D indie introduces main character Frigg as she’s arriving on Elk Island to apprentice in a woodshop for the summer. Once there, she’s soon introduced to the residents and becomes enmeshed in close-knit, small-town life. Welcome to Elk is a big bag of things, though it’s primarily a story about storytelling. It’s about how we take the bag of stories we’ve accumulated in our lifetime and use them as a material, like clay, to shape into things that help us survive. It's almost like a demo built around a second-hand story that was itself second-hand. So many layers of memory and interpretation in there, so much fuzziness and imprecision it's brilliant. The stark parts of the story get even more so and everything else gets vaguer. It's funny and horrible and genuinely dark while Welcome To Elk remains memorable too. This is such an easy game to recommend to all gamers, without spoiling it you will either like it or love it - I'm quite confident in the fact there's something here for nearly everyone to enjoy on their Xbox One. Expand