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Welcome to Elk

Triple Topping, Triple Topping
Sep 17, 2020 - PC

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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Elk

A fascinating experiment in narrative techniques, even if there's some tonal whiplash along the way.

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Welcome to Elk is an interesting biographical game about how stories help shape communities. It features some interesting mini-games and a good cast of characters, but the stories feel a little too personal and at times you feel like an intruder.

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Frigg's experience feels genuine and grounded even during moments of whimsy. At the end of the day, the game's message is that sometimes a good story is just that: a good story. It really doesn't need to be anything more.

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Becca S.
9 / 10.0

It may be short, but Welcome to Elk is an adventure like no other, and one that everyone should experience.

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Welcome to Elk is an important game in that it makes the unimportant worthy of remembering, giving them the same gravitas any celebrity automatically receives. We tell the bad stories because we’re left holding baggage of an unknown weight, but we need to tell the good stories as well — to shine a light against the otherwise dark moments that seemingly act as traumatic bookmarks in life. I’m still left pondering the meaning behind Welcome to Elk, afraid of coming back to what it’s already told me: these are just stories, and now it’s my turn. If you have three or so hours and are prepared for the disturbing imagery and tales within, I highly, highly recommend GOTY material Welcome to Elk.

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Welcome to Elk is like nothing else I’ve played. It’s a weird and wonderful game full of heart and carries an emotional deck like none-other.

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On the cold little island of Elk we have people, and people always have stories. Listening to them and perhaps telling them ourselves in turn, is what has made so many continue to live for thousands of years. We will then know real stories, without morals or attachments, human stories, within a very particular narrative game and with a deep work within it.

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Welcome to Elk benefits from a well-written narrative that intermingles dark and melancholic stories with comedy to create a world of its own. Even though it could have more content gameplay-wise, it still communicates very well with the players and makes them reflect.

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