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Know By Heart...

Ice-Pick Lodge
Feb 10, 2022 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One

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Top Critic Average

7 / 10
Screen Rant
2 / 5
Slant Magazine
4 / 5
7.5 / 10
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7 / 10

Problems with management and the same type of puzzles together with not the most interesting plot moves spoil the overall impression.

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Know by Heart features a meticulously crafted story, and its feeling of nostalgia comes from a genuine place, but it doesn't sell its narrative in an entertaining way. Know by Heart involves a character being given a reprieve from their boring job to relive happier times with their friends, but they have only passed their boredom onto the player.

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Details like the cause of the disease and how it spreads are unclear, though it doesn’t appear to be fatal. Much of the game involves simply existing in the midst of this incident, experiencing the story while trying to hold certain relationships together as things grow more grave. The slow progression of the disease lends itself to tear-jerking melodrama, but the characters’ horror is quiet and largely internal. Occasionally, they verbalize their fears, but mostly their memories just gradually and inevitably falls away, like leaves in autumn.

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A sentimental and deceptively simple game that tries to talk to us about fixation on the past and the ability to let go – sometimes against our will.

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