An old farmer lives with his wife – However, he hasn’t quite been himself lately. His mind wanders off, he forgets his daily routine and he often brings up things from the past.
Forgotten, Not Lost is a kinetic Visual novel by Afterthought Studios (A More Beautiful World), and it’s available on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux via Steam for $1.99. It includes Steam trading card, but no achievements to collect.
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In this visual novel, the reader takes the role of an old farmer who is suffering from dementia, and is slowly losing more and more of the memories of his wife and child. Due to the shortness of the novel, it’s really hard to go much more into the details in order not to spoil it all, but it’s easy to say that this is one emotionally loaded novel. Depending on one’s reading speed, it will take a little over or under one hour to go through Forgotten, Not Lost. There is no replay value at all.
Occasionally it’s easy to lose track of the characters due to the similarity in all of their names, making for some confusing scenarios. One could go and assume that the confusion with the names of the characters happens on purpose, but it can easily sway the reader from the verge of tears to confusion, really eating out the immersion that was being built. But since the author of the Story has based it in their own, actual experiences, this could very well be something that just escapes me since I have not had to deal with any sort of memory loss in life – this is to say, the story might resonate more with those who have actual experience with the matter.
The art of the game is quite simplistic, but it fits the sorrowful theme very nicely – same can also be said for the music, which complements the whole package neatly. And while I do feel that there could’ve been some more sound effects in some scenes to bring even more life to the experience, it’s not a major downfall.
Forgotten, Not Lost is definitely a decent visual novel, and while it is very short and even quite confusing at times, overall it manages to make itself worthwhile. The price of $1.99 is already not too bad, but later down the road when discounts start to hit it, it can easily be recommended for a short bedtime story.