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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Birth (2023) is a Frankenstein-style adventure where you construct a companion for your loneliness. The twist is that you do this in a grotesque exploration to find spare bones and organs to bring your creation to life. Play involves solving puzzles and winning minigames by using the game's real physics to find innovative solutions. It stands out not only for the unusual theme but how well its character and world create a dream-like treatise on the thin end of life.

You are alone, says the game's description. You bring relief to your loneliness by building a creature, a partner, a wet warm heart, and a collection of bones. But unlike the usual gothic horror setting for a story like this, Birth takes you to everyday hand-drawn museums, coffee shops, alleys, flower shops, libraries, markets and bakeries. There you find the bones and organs to create your companion.

As you progress there's another puzzle of how to put these pieces together and bring each part to life. You click to reveal more of what you've found, find items and combine these to start hearts pumping and kidneys filtering. Until finally, you have your companion made whole.

The result is a game that takes you somewhere unusual. Not only to consider the rudimentary elements that make up living breathing beings but to what it really means to be lonely, wandering the streets seemingly noticeable by the people you pass. It's potent and delicate, unsettling and gross but also innocent and childlike.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Birth 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 12 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation game with Adventure, Brain Game and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear.

The game's visuals are intentionally grotesque but always depicted in a hand-drawn style. They feature characters with skulls for heads and dismembered body parts. On one occasion you peel plasters from a hand to then pull tiny fish from the flesh. Similarly, you click to open a wound on an arm and then pull out a coin. You work with bones, lungs, hearts and other organs. For example, placing worms on a pair of lungs to make them breathe.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The puzzles often require lateral thinking. You need to be meticulous when searching each area. Understanding the challenge of loneliness is also important to engage with the theme of the game.

CostsCosts

Birth usually costs £8.29.
 

Birth

Steam Store PC £8.29
Steam Store Mac £8.29
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/02/2023

Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Simulation (Adventure, Brain Game and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Handful Of Bugs (@HandfulOfBugs)


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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