Eternally Us is a fairly simplistic looking retro-styled point and click adventure game. You start out feeding pigeons in the park with a friend… and then it gets deep.
Normally, I wouldn’t do this, but go download and play the game. Not only is it free, but it takes not quite 20 minutes at most in my experience. Besides, to have any sort of review would either entail spoilers, or having everyone on the same page as me.
Got it done?
Well, I have no real need to describe the plot, it is short and simple and explained all at the end. The five stages of grief, turned into a game. You saw the end coming at the start, even with the name, and it still was a bit sad. Honestly, that’s impressive if you can make an ending we expected a bit sad.
The art is more retro-style than anything, but I can’t be sure if it was an aesthetic choice or done to save time on development. I’m not a fan of pixel art as a style choice (we’ve moved on way past that point now) but I can fully understand it as far as limitations in design goes. And in any case, it works in this game. It doesn’t distract from the story like a style choice usually does, and because of the normally rather interesting things happening, you don’t really notice the graphical quality, since you’re wrapped up in the story.
The voice acting is good, and the game does a pretty good job of turning grief at a loss into an interactive experience. It wasn’t fun by any means, but for about 20 minutes of your time spent to play it, it was pretty good.
Stars: 4/5 good
Pros: well done, quick game that deals with some powerful emotions quite well
Cons: ‘could do more’ is about the only little nitpick along with ‘something seems missing that would give it five stars’
Summary: I wholeheartedly recommend the game. After all, it’s an interesting experience and worth the 20 minutes it takes. Next time you are on the computer and not sure what to do, play it.