Forgotton Anne is an enchanting adventure platformer

Things seem to have a way of disappearing when you need them most, whether it’s a missing sock or house key. Forgotton Anne takes this idea of lost objects and builds a world completely inhabited by lost things. On the surface, it seems like a cute story featuring cute 2D animated objects, but there’s a deeper meaning present. Developer ThroughLine Games seeks to create an adventure that poses several moral and philosophical questions. While some answers are easier to find, others leave you thinking days after playing the game. What does it mean to be alive?

Artful and Imaginative

Probably the most striking part of Forgotton Anne is its visuals. The hand-drawn storybook feel sets this game apart from other platformers. There are times where it the visuals seem to go off-model, but this only strengthens the art style. It makes you feel like you’re not just watching the game, but being a part of it. This isn’t to say the game is lifelike since it feels more like a Saturday morning cartoon from your childhood.

The World Of Forgotton Anne

Forgotton Anne takes place in a world opposite of our own. Objects that go missing from our world are magically teleported into this world and imbued with “Anima.” Anima seems to be the life force of objects in Forgotton Anne and also seems to power the city. This brings up a lot of questions. Some of which are answered by the end of the game, but they’re still damn good questions. Protagonist Anne is introduced, and she has a device that allows her to manipulate Anima to help the players on their journey.

Forgotton Anne’s Story

The story of Forgotton Anne is the thing that sticks out most about the game. You play as Anne, one of the two humans living in this world of lost objects. The other, a man named Bonku, is basically the ruler of this world. Anne acts as Bonku’s enforcer, helping to police the world and control the population. This, of course, creates a rebel faction which seeks overthrow Bonku. From here on the story asks the player to make choices which alter some of the story’s outcome. The choice comes near the beginning of the game and tasks Anne with choosing what will become of a member of the rebels she meets. Forgotton Anne features a lot of zany and memorable characters which only helps bring the world to life.

2D and Platformy

Forgotton Anne is at its heart a platformer with gold ole fashioned sidescrolling fun. Because of this, the controls are pretty simple with the basic left to right movement and a contextual action key. Other than that the gameplay is fairly simple. It seems to be geared towards being accessible to everyone and because of this, it doesn’t require pixel perfect accuracy for the platforming.

Final Reaction

This game really makes you think about what it means to be alive. It tackles some interesting philosophical questions but doesn’t come off too heavy-handed. With a storybook art style, Forgotton Anne may be one of the quiet hits to come out in 2018.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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