Welcome to Elk

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2020

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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9 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2020

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

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85 / 100
Sep 23, 2020

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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8.2 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2020

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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4 / 5.0
Nov 30, 2020

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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7 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2020

Welcome to Elk delivers exactly what it proposes: to tell some shocking real stories within a fictional universe that unites them. For some, it can become a tedious experience, broken by short and fun minigames. Still, the game shows to be developed with great care, in colorful and friendly illustrated arts. So, grab a drink and hear a little of what each inhabitant has to say.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2020

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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Recommended
Sep 21, 2020

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

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