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Simpler Times (2024) is a narrative game about a young woman reminiscing about her childhood as she moves away from home. While you listen to four soulful songs for each period of life, you explore the room and witness her changing interests and desires through the different items, notes, and decorations. It stands out for the low-pressure, meditative reflection on the memories and events that shape you.

You play Taina, a young woman moving out of her childhood home. She's had the same bedroom all her life, and before leaving, she takes some time to reflect on the memories made there. You relive four key moments from the previous ten years, witnessing the changes in her interests and recalling forgotten events that shaped her.

Play involves moving around the bedroom in each of the four time periods. You interact with the objects you find to discover more about that time. You can reread her old notes and diaries, paint pictures, and take pictures on her Polaroid camera. Or just lay back and listen to her old music. There are no time pressures or set objectives, instead letting you focus on reflection and unwinding.

The result is a game that, while simple, offers a meditation on childhood and an escape from the business of day-to-day life to reflect on the memories and experiences that make you you. This is all wrapped up in the four songs that accompany the game to create an intimate and intriguing glimpse into the nature of memory and childhood.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Simpler Times a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative game with Creative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are no time limits, nor the need for quick reactions or timings. You do need some maturity to engage with the story, but there's nothing that forces you to do this.

CostsCosts

Simpler Times usually costs £8.50.
 

Simpler Times

Steam Store PC £8.50
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/06/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative (Creative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 37 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Stoneskip Studio (@StoneskipStudio)


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