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Gerda: A Flame in Winter

Developer: PortaPlay

Publisher: DONTNOD Entertainment

  • Price: $17.99
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: Jul 9, 2024 [$7.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $7.99
  • ESRB Rating: T [Teen]
  • Discover the challenge of navigating Nazi-occupied Denmark in this historically-inspired indie

    There’s something special about games that provide a window to the perspective and experiences of others, and that effect tends to be amplified when you throw historical events into the mix. Playing as a young woman living in occupied Denmark during World War 2, not only do you get a feel for the challenges of everyday people trying their best to survive in tense circumstances but also that of a woman from that era at times. Even right at the start, participating in a conversation between your husband-to-be and your father, you can sense the trouble that is brewing. You’ll need to choose between being more assertive, likely offending, or more demure, but then also take sides in political discussion. You can try to hold the middle the best you can, but there may be a benefit to choosing to go hard left or right in order to appease one of these important men in your life. For the most part it only gets more challenging from there, and every moment you spend every day needs to be spent wisely, whether scouring for supplies that are often critical in your interactions, or seeking out insights on people you may be better able to work on for help. With so many narrative adventures out there feeling like they lack carried consequences for your decisions it’s refreshing to play something that clearly forces you to make tough and painful decisions, knowing that since there are no ideal outcomes you’ll simply need to do your best. This feels very appropriate within the context of the times the game is set in, so if you’re inclined to get a picture from that era this provides an insightful glimpse.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.6]

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