The First Tree

David Wehle

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
73%
Critics Recommend
Based on 11 critic reviews
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The First Tree

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

73%

Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCSep 14, 2017
PlayStation 4Nov 30, 2018
Nintendo SwitchNov 30, 2018
Xbox OneNov 30, 2018

Developer: David Wehle

Genre: Adventure

From the creator of Home is Where One Starts… comes The First Tree, a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son's life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree. KEY FEATURES: For fans of Journey, Firewatch, and Shelter. Not a "fox simulator," but an emotional, intimate story by a one-man team with an ending you won't soon forget. Featuring a gorgeous soundtrack by acclaimed artists like Message to Bears, Lowercase Noises, and Josh Kramer. A short game (about an hour and a half) focused on story with some light puzzle solving and platforming.

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The First Tree - Launch Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

The First Tree - Launch Trailer | PS4

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I’d love to have played a game that tried to explore that rocky landscape, with some nuance, some introspection, and most of all, with some humility. This is not that game.

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The First Tree tells an incredibly personal and melancholy story about the loss of a loved through the eyes of a fox within a dream world. Wandering through beautiful, abstract worlds, you learn the narrator's story as the fox searches for her missing kits. It has a surprising number of platformer elements, given the nature of the game, but doesn't distract from the beautiful story within this short exploration game.

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Everything aside from the story is simplistic, but it doesn't matter if the puzzles are non-existent or that the graphics are basic, because The First Tree packs an emotional narrative and is a game that every indie fan should play as a result.

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The First Tree is an exceptional story of loss and regret. The achievement by the game's one developer, David Whele, cannot be understated. The combination of all the elements of this experience creates one of the most memorable games this year. If you enjoy narrative adventure games then The First Tree is more than worth the two-to-three hours it takes to beat it.

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