STAFF REVIEW of Forgotton Anne (Xbox One)


Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
by Kirsten Naughton

Forgotton Anne Box art Have you ever kicked a sock underneath the bed? What about that table you once loved, but now sits in your garage covered in dust? Well, after playing this game, you'll wonder what happens to objects that we forget about. Developed by ThroughLine Games, Forgotton Anne introduces you to the story of an enforcer of the Forgotten Lands named Anne. Anne's main goal in the game is to defeat a rebellion that is preventing her and her master, Bonku, from returning to the human world.

In the opening scene a clock goes missing, a man hits the off button on his alarm, gets out of bed and leaves. Underneath the bed, a blue sock falls screaming for his life as he's dropped into a dreary and dark looking place. He is then picked up and brought to a plant in the area. Inside the plant, a quality assurance lady overlooks all incoming objects coming through the plant. She sees the blue sock and tells a tale that she's seen many of his kind come through the plant before. Thus, everyone is sent on their way.


Next, we go far, far underground, underneath a grate and see Anne sleeping on her bed. The power goes out, it's raining outside and there's a loud bang. Anne wakes up and wonders what's going on. You then have the opportunity to look around at a few things, one of which is a picture of a man and Anne when she was younger. Anne tries to turn on the light but it doesn't work. Anne goes and walks outside to the balcony only to find that things aren't looking good. Different areas in the land look completely blacked out and she sees smoke coming from the Watchtower, wondering if her friend is okay. There is also a fire at Central Station and Anne feels she must get over there as soon as she can. That is all I am going to tell you about the game's plot.

Gameplay can be best described as a point and click puzzle type. Anne's movement is controlled with your joysticks, but if you want her to perform an action, such as transferring anima energy from one place to another, you're going to need to point where you want the anima to go and it will go if it's destined for that place. I found this action to be my favorite as it gives more animation to something so simple.

For the most part, if you want to speak to another character, or answer questions set forth, you must point and click away. The way to best describe Anne without calling her the protector of the forgotton lands is calling her a detective. You're investigating why things are the way they are in the forgotton lands. You're also trying to figure out what the rebels are really after.

Do you like games that keep getting better and better as things progress? If you do you'll love this game! It was extremely engaging right from the beginning. From the questions that pop up, to interacting with the other characters, I found great enjoyment in progressing through the narrative. I've always wanted to save a town from rebels who aren't even of the human species! There's too many great aspects of this game to go over, so I've picked my top three.


My third spot belongs to the story line and plot. It was well written and thought out. The story itself flowed extremely well,so much so that it will keep you engaged in it. Have you ever had a power outage at your house? Remember how it felt? It was cold, dark and lonely. That's literally the first ten minutes of the game. I love this because everything worked so harmoniously together. From the voice acting, to the character interactions and the hand-drawn drawings. Fantastic!

My number two spot belongs to the voice acting. Have you ever played a game where the voice acting was mediocre at best? I definitely have. This game isn't one of those games at all, I promise you. I was not expecting the exceptional level of voice acting as I got in Forgotton Anne, but I was taken by surprise with the quality. I love seeing and listening to the characters communicate and each character has their own quirky voice, adding to their distinct personalities. It's highly entertaining to those of us who want quality in our games.


Hands down though, my favorite aspect to Forgotton Anne is the hand-drawn art, by a landslide. I was blown away by the sheer talent of whoever drew all of this art. I for one am not a Pablo Picasso by any means, as I can only draw a basic fish, a stick man, and maybe if I'm patient enough, a simple house on a hill. I would love to draw as good as the artist who drew all of this anime inspired art, but sadly, that's not the case. Just by playing the game, I can tell how much passion and time took to draw every item, every tower, every rail car and detail. I appreciate that level of dedication coming from these artists.

Overall, Forgotton Anne is a phenomenal addition to any gamers collection. From the character development to the beautiful hand-drawn art all the way through the game, it is evident that love went into this game. You'll see that from the beginning all the way to the end. Go out and buy this! I promise you, this will not be a game that will soon be forgotton.




Overall: 9.5 / 10
Gameplay: 9.5 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10

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