The First Tree reminiscent of a mixture of Firewatch, Journey and Shelter. As vixen we seek our boys and experiencing parallel the personal story of Joseph.
Adventures like Firewatch or Gone Home are wonderful to personal stories interactively convey. Also, The First Tree tried and tells of Joseph, who again examined the connection to his father in years, the story but still combined with a second level: We manage a vixen with a vast land in search of their young. What comes out is a heart-rending parable of the family, reverberates far.
The two-hour game comes from a single developer who has done a very good job here. Even if the game is not technically at the level of Firewatch, it convinced but also by appealing Low-poly appearance and (in English, but with German subtitles) beautifully set to music history, which really takes us emotionally.
An emotional journey
Joseph wacht from a particularly lively Dream of a Vixen and begins irritated to tell his girlfriend it. Meanwhile, we roam as this vixen a snowy landscape, which is later replaced by open meadows or a dreamy forest.
Along the way we find Erinnungsstücke over again, where Joseph kleine anecdotes from his childhood and youth. The focus is on the father, Joseph has once loved and admired, but later somehow lost sight of.
The best comes last
The desperate search of the vixen by her boy mixes with a story that grabs us emotionally, because it is a topic that seems to us all known: It's about family, the pain of that time together is limited and the wonderful feeling to always have someone who catches one.
The gameplay is not worth mentioning: We run around and complete small Jump&Run passages that have been conceived nice, but not always work due to the fiddly control. This can get over, however. The end because there are again a big surprise, The finishing touch is the story not only fitting, but also involves the game's community. We say only this: Gather the best as many of the shining stars a go.
The First Tree comes from David Wehle and is available on Steam since 14 September for around 8 euros.
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