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Storyteller (2023) is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to match what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using building blocks that each have their own qualities.

Play involves identifying how your different characters, locations, times and objects can be combined that match the different stages of the story. For example, characters might be faithful or unfaithful to each other. Characters may want certain objects, be attracted to specific genders or be subject to jealousy. Some individuals are subject to suicide, murder and crimes while others are angelic and resurrect themselves.

The idea is extended by the fact that each story can be solved in different ways. Like Scribblenauts, you can use the qualities of each character and item to achieve the required start and end of a story in different ways.

Each different story has special criteria you can try and meet to solve it in a certain way. This offers a reason to replay stories after you have a simple solution. The game includes a large range of characters and themes, featuring heroes and villains, dragons and vampires, infidelity and remorse, love, lies and madness.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Storyteller 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Sequencing game with Brain Game, Communication and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. Some of the stories have bonus missions that extend the play time considerably.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence towards human-like and fantasy characters. This game features scenes of mild violence. However, the animation style is basic and cartoon-like, with minimal animation in the manner of 2D storybook images. For example, when a character is shot using a gun, their eyes simply turn to crosses and there is a non-realistic reaction. Other scenes imply violence which is not shown, such as a vampire with blood on its lips and a monster with a small bullet hole. However, the simple style of animation means these scenes are not scary and there are no gory details. There is partial nudity, in a non-sexual context, when the story of Adam and Eve is retold, although any full nudity is covered by fig leaves and hair and the animation style is simple.

The game was originally rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence via the IARC system but was updated after the VSC Rating Board checked the game.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The storybook theme is a great puzzle for younger players. Because you can rearrange the frames and the elements within them, the stories can become complex to solve and require both sequential thinking and patience. You also need to be good at interpreting the clue phrase and then recreating that with knowledge of how these stories work in the real world.

CostsCosts

Storyteller usually costs £8.99 to £11.99. 

Storyteller

Steam StoreSALE PC £11.99 £7.91 until 22/04/2024
Switch Store Switch £8.99
Steam StoreSALE Mac £11.99 £7.91 until 22/04/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/03/2023

Price: 34% off

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Sequencing (Brain Game, Communication and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Daniel Ben (@DanielBen)


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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