Essays on Empathy

Deconstructeam, Devolver Digital

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
76
Top Critic Average
70%
Critics Recommend
Based on 10 critic reviews
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Essays on Empathy

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Based on 10 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 10 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCMay 18, 2021

Developer: Deconstructeam

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Genres: RPG, Adventure

Essays on Empathy is a curated compilation of Deconstructeam's best efforts in seeking new narrative experiences in games. Inhabit the lives of a diverse cast of characters from all walks of life in bite-sized, innovative, interactive stories; from a hitman working at a flower shop, to a schoolgirl who is convinced her skeleton isn't hers. Explore 10 unique, offbeat tales including "De Tres al Cuarto," a brand new short experience exclusive to the compilation about a couple of two-bit comedians trying to make it big. Ten Short Games About Life: Step into the shoes of a richly imagined cast of characters over 5 hours of vivid and varied gameplay. Premium Collector's Bonus Content: Soak up Deconstructeam's acclaimed artistry through sketches, design insights and a new mini documentary created specially for this collection. Sounds Of Sympathy: Features more than 2 hours of original music by Paula Ruiz, aka fingerspit.

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Essays on Empathy is a collection of games meant to get players thinking and most of them do this exceptionally well, while others are a bit flat.

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Overall, Essays on Empathy is an intriguing collection. It’s a shame that a few finishing touches weren’t applied to give the overall package the polish it deserves, but there’s no denying that the concepts created by Deconstructeam are seriously impressive. You likely won’t find a collection of games as eclectic as this anywhere else.

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This is precisely the kind of small, warm story that is fundamentally impossible in our bombastic, capitalist conception of the games industry. If all we celebrate are the big games, the ones that leave us feeling like we got our money’s worth, the ones which have us posting screenshots on Twitter and the ones which blow up on Twitch – if this is the zeitgeist of our medium’s discourse, then what place could there be for the ordinary, the mediocre, the quintessentially human? I don’t know if Essays on Empathy will find an audience. If anything, it incorporates numerous design decisions which seem to impede its ability to find an audience. But it is a game which I, personally, am thankful for, and will be for a long time to come.

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Essays on Empathy feels like a collection of elevator pitches, of small technical showcases of what Deconstructeam will develop from now on. Some of the games in the collection are too vague and occasionally way too pretentious to be fully enjoyed, but other titles in here, while short, ooze potential.

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