This Sunday afternoon, Sid, a young writer, is completely out of inspiration. If he was very successful when his first novel came out, it seems almost an insurmountable task to write a second. An email from his editor is supposed to put some pressure on: he has to send a recap of his new story by tonight. As a token of fate, the writer is invited to dinner at his mother’s house. One final visit to the house he grew up in before it was sold the next day.
So begins the new narrative game Forgotten Fields, which has just been released on the PC. This title, signed by independent studio Frostwood Interactive, is published by Dino Digital. He tells us about that day full of emotions when the young man, in turn, will discuss with his old friends and find the places that shook his childhood. The story therefore often turns to the past, which we relive through well-placed flashbacks.
Simplified gameplay at the service of history
Forgotten fields often flow in nostalgia and melancholy. The characters evoke their fond memories and marvel at the relativity of time. The theme of the creative process is also discussed and our hero, who was very inspired when he wrote for fun, struggles a lot more since he turned his passion into a profession. We can also see a critique of the entire literary and cultural industry in hollow when Sid seems to regret having to write for a target audience and not for his personal happiness.
Never difficult, the game primarily focuses on the story that is remarkably written and told. A few dialogues and mini-quests distract the player, but nothing is really insurmountable. These little action phases are only there to alternate with the contemplative scenes that form the basis of this fiction.
Another reason to celebrate: the extraordinary soundtrack from micAmic. There is additional thickness at certain key times. The game is also visually successful and we can say that its creator, Armaan Sandhu, knew how to create its style.
Forgotten Fields is of course not free from a few shortcomings. We sometimes regret a moody camera that is not always adapted to certain phases of the action. The gameplay is also not free from some bugs, especially when playing the controller. However, none of them prevent the adventure from progressing, as is sometimes the case with some Triple A games.
Finally, it should be noted that Frostwood Interactive is not on the first try and has already signed Rainswept, a remarkably successful point-and-click study borrowed somewhat from the Twin Peaks series.
Find forgotten fields on Steam and GOG.com for € 9.17. A free demo is available to get an idea before you buy.