“What Remains Of Edith Finch” – Quick Review

These days I find myself playing many games recommended by someone very important in my life. She just knows so many great games that she knows I would like. And What Remains of Edith Finch is one of those games. As expected, I loved it.

This game is story-driven and played in first-person. You will be going through the story of the Finch family, which was plagued by serious tragedies all throughout several generations. You are practically the last Finch and you go back home to explore and recall (also write a story for your unborn child).

The official game description is:

“What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.”

And the reviews? Overwhelming positive even if the game was launched in 2017.

The Home

Everything revolves around the home. It is a very weird home. From the moment you see it you know something weird is happening.

The home is practically a labyrinth. You go from room to room and learn about every single Finch family member. You get to learn about a curse that plagues the family and how everyone died. Overall, we are talking about a visually stunning experience.

The Gameplay

What Remains of Edith Finch takes around 2 hours to finish. It is not long. But, it is emotionally challenging. The game is easy, with the only difficulty being that you need to find ways into locked rooms. Sometimes these are obvious but in other cases, you will need to think about it for a while. I had to spend a lot of time to figure out a musical box puzzle.

You explore the huge house as Edith Finch, who is also the narrator.

There are not many puzzles you have to solve and you basically get from one story to the next. But there are some interactions even with the stories at times. My preferred one was the story of how one of the Finch members ended up mentally living in another world. And you are basically doing his work, which is cut fish with your mouse. At the same time, with the left hand you control a character that goes through the story in the character’s head. As you go through the story, the part controlled by the left hand simply grows and covers the whole screen. It was quite a unique way to tell a story in a game.

You basically do not know where the next story will tell you. And what type of gameplay you will be hit with. But everything is very simple.

Conclusions

I do not need to tell you much about this game. It is simply a very good story-driven game. It does touch on several sensitive topics, but they are handled in a very tasteful way. It is hard to actually get triggered. Even so, you should be careful.

What Remains of Edith Finch is basically very good. You need to give it a try.

If you do not, I also have the gameplay of the entire game recorded as I played it on stream. You can see it here: