Genre: Adventure/Walking Sim
Length: 3ish hours
What Remains of Edith Finch features the titular protagonist as she returns to her oddly shaped family home to learn more about the strange curse surrounding her family. As you explore the Finch house, you’ll fill out Edith’s family tree, learning more about the untimely deaths of its members.
With that said, the memory segments are the most fun and creative aspects of the game. Rather than keeping the gameplay exactly the same, each person’s story offers a unique take on storytelling. In one story you experience the tale through a comic book. In another, you take photos to help tell the narrative. Even the segments that have relatively “normal” gameplay to them add a unique spin to help put you in the shoes of that particular family member.
I was overall pretty satisfied with the story. It left some mysteries that allowed me to use my imagination, and it concluded in a way I was happy with. It was bittersweet and engaging but, as I mentioned, the gameplay is really where it shined. It certainly left a lasting impression with its creativity and memorable characters, and it stands out among the genre.
If you enjoy the walking sim genre and want to see it try something new, definitely give this one a try. If you want bittersweet family about lives lived, its also worth checking out.