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Along the Edge (2016) is a visual novel set in the European countryside, where your choices impact not only how the story unfolds but how your character appears and understands the world. You move through the story by making conversational choices that may have unintended consequences. It stands out for the depth of writing and how well this ties to the branching experience of the game.

You play Daphné who is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. She inherits an old family house and sets off to start a new life that is shaped by her choices. But everything is not always as it seems as the game blends an adult and (at times) occult universe all presented in a beautiful hand-painted style. As the game unfurls it tells a deep branching narrative about love, everyday life and the impact our actions have on both ourselves and those around us.

As you progress you wend your way through the labyrinth of characters and detail. You start to see how your path through the game is being shaped by these interactions. Each choice aligns with four personality traits depicted at the top of the screen. You never totally know how an interaction will go, but over time you get an instinct for how to balance these different traits (or perhaps just double down on one).

The result is a game that offers both meaning and consequence. Playing multiple times lets you try different options and approaches to the story. The sheer amount of writing is impressive and matched by the breadth of decisions, outcomes and character traits you work with.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Along the Edge 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Narrative game with Adventure, Brain Game, Role-Play and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Themes, Mild Coarse Language.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be happy with a lot of reading. There's also a considerable amount to process and understand in terms of conversations and other interactions. Being happy to commit to decisions that may have unexpected consequences is also important.

CostsCosts

Along the Edge usually costs £11.99.
 

Along the Edge

Steam Store PC £11.99
Steam Store Mac £11.99
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2016, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Narrative (Adventure, Brain Game, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Nova Box (@NovaBox)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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