At times, even Electronic Arts do okay. By publishing something more thoughtful than the usual products. This game is a mix of a platformer and visual narrative story, it is made by some Swedish people, and it actually bigger than it looks at first.
We start out simple. You gain control over a weird red yarn-made doll, and you set out to explore photos in the old house, entering the appropriate memories and locations and just going through them. There's no really epic quest here - you just collect memories, making old family photos appear in the album. That's literally it. And along the way you, without all that much explanation, learn the story of a single family. That's about it, really.
What hides behind a simple premise, however, is an extremely well-crafted game. Starting with mechanics. You are made of string, and while you walk, you leave trail if strings behind you. On checkpoints you get more string, however, you might not have enough to directly reach your destination without some thinking first. So you have to be mindful of your own path, which is something you rarely see as game mechanic. In addition, levels offer you nice variety in puzzle types, some of which you solve by skill and quickles, and some by figuring out the physics.
And also, graphic and music. Music is just extremely damn good. Made specifically for each level, it harmonizes with the intended feeling. And it really creates your mood for the game. And graphic... well, as I said, you control the yarn doll in a game with simply story. How good can graphics be? It's extremely good. Shimmer of the water, snow-covered strings, animals in the background and foreground. Game looks pretty amazing, and there were no cut corners in its making.
All in all, it's a short enough game, with story that may or may not make you feel involved, but the work made for this game is absolutely incredible and deserves respect. Very nice platforming and visual experience.
And, of course, you can watch me going at it here.