Friday, 30 October 2015

Boon HIll... it's a whole lotta graves, man.

Boon Hill is a new game by Matthew Ritter.  Well... I guess it's more of an interactive experience than a game, as there is little to do apart from read gravestones, and there is no way to "win" the game.  In all honesty, I've had a look and don't know quite what to make of it - admittedly I only spent a short time wandering round looking at different graves, which were often sad and sometimes depressing - just like the real thing in a way, but obviously with far less impact.  Some of the epitaphs here contain a bit of humour, but this is nothing at all like your Monkey Island 2 visit to the graveyard - most of the gravestones are somber affairs, as are the simple graphics and the music though perhaps "reflective" would be a better description of the music,  Reading several in close proximity can reveal something of the lives of whole families.

I suspect this is a love it or loathe it title, and you'll probably know already which camp you fall into.  The idea of Boon Hill is to tell the story of a town entirely in the epitaphs of those who have lived and died in it.  It's an unusual game / experience, and I'll admit not really my cup of tea.  However since it was successfully Kickstarted there must be a fair number of people who wanted to see this game become reality, so there's obviously a market for the "graveyard sim" out there!

Boon Hill is available on Humble and Steam.

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