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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Along the Edge 5 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Themes, Mild Coarse Language.
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.
Release Date: 12/10/2016, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC and Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
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