Tell Me Why

Rating Summary

Based on 78 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

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8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2020

Tell Me Why pushes the boundaries of video-game storytelling with its mature, open-minded approach to its themes and its pioneering representation. The inclusion of a trans lead character is vital but the story is a lot deeper than what's on the surface.

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69 / 100
Sep 2, 2020

Despite the craft and heart, Tell Me Why feels like a game at odds with itself.

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IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

Tell Me Why is a good story in a charming world but the choices and plot fail to enthrall.

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Eurogamer
Emad Ahmed

Top Critic

Recommended
Aug 27, 2020

Another excellent narrative adventure that combines topical issues and emotional drama.

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Aug 27, 2020

Tell Me Why offers a much-needed reshaping of the choose your own adventure games, moving away from cliffhangers and dramatic, distinct choices towards a more gentle and meaningful experience. The game features bouts of magic realism, but is most magic in its human moments. All the major choices shape your character's experience more than their actions, and while the first, introductory chapter occasionally feels shallow, later chapters are overflowing with depth.

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7 / 10
Aug 27, 2020

Dontnod continues to lead the world in terms of character diversity and representation, and while Tell Me Why's story can sometimes lack drama it's still engagingly interactive.

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7.8 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

Tell Me Why shines brightest when it's focusing on the powerful bond between twins Tyler and Alyson, but the overall story and memory mechanics don't ever reach the same high bar

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7 / 10
Sep 3, 2020

Tell Me Why puts Dontnod's usual bag of tricks to good use in an empathetic but somewhat toothless narrative.

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Aug 28, 2020

Tell Me Why and Dontnod deserve praise for the game’s carefully considered representation of trans protagonist Tyler, but unfortunately, the game struggles on all other fronts.

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83 / 100
Sep 2, 2020

Quotation forthcoming.

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