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Tell Me Why (2020) is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.

Played by exploring locations, interacting with objects and talking to residents, the twins revisit their Alaska home and relive supernatural projections helping build a narrative to what happened. Your choices influence the story, such as when they see different projections of the past, you can choose which one you believe to be true.

As well as guiding what characters say and do, you can influence their sexuality through multiple choices through the game. Protagonist Tyler is Transgender, something of a first for a big budget video game. It offers a new way to understand this experience of gender identity. The developer and Xbox Game Studios conducted on-the-ground research and partnered closely with cultural, mental health and gender advocates to craft a thoughtful, true-to-life experience.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Tell Me Why 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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This is an Adventure and Narrative game. This is a single-player game.


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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 with Bad Language

In the US, ESRB state: One dramatic sequence depicts a character stabbed in the back; blood is seen on another character's hands. The dialogue contains a reference to drugs (e.g., “Didn't Tessa bust Dan for smoking weed behind the store once?”). The words “f**k” and "sh*t" are heard in the game.

Skill Level

14+ 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. You need good observation and comprehension to follow the story. Being willing to make difficult choices is also a big part of the game.


Tell Me Why usually costs £15.49.

Tell Me Why

Steam Store PC £15.49
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The first chapter is included in the price, subsequent chapters are an additional cost. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: DONTNOD Ent (@DONTNOD_Ent)

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