Forgotten, Not Lost - A Kinetic Novel
|1 апреля 2016 г.
|Mac, Linux, Windows
- Processor: 1Ghz
- Graphics: 1920x1080
- Storage: 167 MB available space
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- Forgotten, Not Lost has two of the most important qualities needed to make a visual novel great. The most important part of any visual novel is a strong and thought provoking story that draws out emotions in the reader. This visual novel has a solid story that conveys an important message and puts you in the shoes of the main character. Another important feature that should be present in any visual novel is art that compliments the story and emotions. The art in this visual novel is simple but helps to set the mood as it was intended. I highly recommend this to visual novel fans who enjoy emotional stories and simple yet beautiful art.SUBALTERN GAMING
- Forgotten, Not Lost is a great accomplishment for effectively instilling varying emotions into the writing and overall package of the game and successfully conveying this to the player. While the topic of dementia is sad in itself, it is handled well here and not overly pandering. The author of the story, Darren Kwok, based it off actual experiences caring for someone with dementia. Afterthought Studios’ in concert with the motto of Touching Hearts Through Words, created this short kinetic novel. It is a mature title backed by a mature–in professionalism at least–company. It’s short and inexpensive, and a great example of an indie title matching big-budget talent.Fuwanovel
- It does what few VNs manage to do, by tackling a serious health, and psychological issue, in a very real, and relatable way.Hayurika
- ... the story does leave the player with a deep feeling for the farmer and his illness, hopefully helping raise more awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s in the long run.VNVortex
- The art of the game is quite simplistic, but it fits the sorrowful theme very nicely – same can also be said for the music, which complements the whole package neatly.Meru's Reviews
- The music (which I liked a lot), character sprites, and backgrounds are quite simple and subdued, but fittingly so, given the themes and setting, and they work together with the words to evoke a bittersweet atmosphere that veers between joyful and gloomy along with the protagonist’s changing moods.
comes from the creators ofA More Beautiful World
and is a kinetic novel that tackles the theme of dementia and is a visual novel that hopes to bring tears into our readers' eyes, especially those who have gone through similar situations when dementia or Alzheimer's has claimed the memory of a loved one.
Set in a medieval world, take the role of a farmer, who has dementia and is slowly forgetting details of his life to the heartache of his elderly wife... Or is it that simple?
The author of the story, Darren Kwok, based it off actual experiences caring for someone with dementia - Afterthought Studios' in concert with our motto ofTouching Hearts Through Words
, created this short kinetic novel.For media inquiries, please email [email protected]
Reviews about the game
Well worth $1.99, a bit maudlin, but for anyone who doesn't understand what a person with dementia goes through, this would be an excellent intro. This is totally not my genre, but I picked it up for the topic. Not my art-style. Not my choice of general sentiment. But it's so profoundly praiseworthy for the natural characterization of the main character. Hands down the best first person portrayal of dementia I've seen in any media. A lot of people seem to think that there isn't a person inside the shell of the person with dementia any more because the interfaces are broken. And for all that this is a treacle-y love story, it really gives you a notion that there is a person inside the broken memory. I took care of my own mother for years after my dad died, in my home. I'm a rather ancient gamer grrl as such things go -- pushing 60, and in our ethnic culture, it's the youngest daughter's job, and a loving duty. Mom had times where she'd have issues of thinking Dad would come by, particularly before they got her on l-dopa for Lewy Body dementia -- she would set table and cook dinner for the two of them, and then be terribly upset he wouldn't show up and be worried something had happened to him. This story puts something like that into a magical realism/fantasy setting. Generally, we infantilize and disrespect our elders in general American culture (if there is one), but even more our elders with dementia. We dehumanize them. They require our compassion doubled and more. Any one of us could be there in some number of years, and that should drive us to care more, not drive us away. There is something very amazing about old marrieds who are best friends, quite literally forever. I have a few friends and family that I will never give up on even if I don't see them ever again in this life, whether or not they are still with us. And those relationships really are the last things that stay with us. And perhaps at some point, when I'm too tight wound and can't let go, this will be the thing I'll come to, to take a wrench to the faucet. Fair warning. 8/10 would feel completely silly crying again instead of killing things, with cheesy 2d anime art, and think it was time well spent.
“Forgotten, Not Lost – A Kinetic Novel” is a dream I pray to have one day, and a can’t imagine a finer one. It’s a dream of a happy family sharing profound and eternal love. So does it even matter how much of it is true, and how much takes place in the forgetful mind of an old, possibly dying man who often forgets his own wife’s face and name, and the death of an only child? This story is a reminder of how true forgetfulness isn’t in the old, but in those young people who have forgotten that true love can never really end. After all, where would it go that we cannot follow, someday? (And the music is exceptionally nice.) There may be no shortage of those saying that FNLAKN (which is by no means a game, but simply a story that moves at the reader’s own pace) is contrived, designed simply to provoke deep emotion. And it might be hard to argue to some extent, since it does do that very well. But it’s more than that. No doubt the meaning and value of this story resides largely in the heart of each reader, and will be interpreted very differently based on age and life experience. But for one ageing male gamer who married for the right reasons, however mistakenly and briefly, this is a story about the hope that even the simplest memories of love can be eternally (and eventually) redeeming. And that goodness and kindness can be those stepping stones we need to cross that last river. But mostly Forgotten, Not Lost – A Kinetic Novel is a reminder that no matter the number of powerful and sustaining memories age and dementia may take from our daily awareness, in whatever remaining part of our minds we continue to dwell those memories also reside, undiminished. If readers wish to feel the heartbreak of dementia, and understand how too many people currently experience each day of their lives, FNLAKN is an excellent experience. As well, if you wish to understand caretaking of your own elderly family members, now or in the future, and this more regrettable possibility of your own future, again, this is a simple, short and inexpensive way to preview those prospects, in a hopeful manner. Or if you’ve simply lost love, and wish for the reassurance of its possible return, this may prove a very pleasant way to spend some time while warming your heart. Thank you. (4m/s) (As with most Steam games, offline game time is not tracked.)
I'm not crying; you're crying! Okay, fine, I am crying. I wasn't prepared, at all, for reading this. The story is from the point of view of an elderly man with severe, chronic memory loss. I was not prepared for this, because my grandmother suffered from dementia, which caused her to behave in a much similar way. She died last year, and wow, memories of her came flooding back while reading this. My great grandmother had severe Alzheimer's disease before she died as well; though I never met her, I heard many stories about her. It's a very sad, scary illness that I wish had more awareness and more funding for research on how to find a cure for it. Thus, I'm glad this VN exists. I probably would've found the story sad regardless, but knowing someone personally with the same kind of mental illness definitely makes it more emotional.
A kinetic novel, as the title says.. that means, a visual novel in which you somehow aren't asked to make decisions in order to get a particular ending or different artworks and game progresses. Of course, games like these require beautiful graphics and most of all a great plot, and this one is by all means good :) Maybe it costs a little too much starting at 2€, but you can find it on sale often like I'm sure I did when I completed it (it has only four achievements, all with the same 20-22% completion ratio and all related to the main story). The music is quite good too, and I appreciated a lot the graphics which really seem taken from the anime I used to watch in the late '90s :) As many said, it can be completed in less than a hour but throughout this year I played it twice and so I have more than two hours on record. Yeah, it's good! :) Even if quite sad.. although I'm not the kind of guy that cries with PC games, I think it will never be the case and I'm envious of other reviewers/players which are way more emotional than me.. but it's touching, for sure! And since this talks about real experiences well, I'm envious in a soft way.. I wish I had the capability to be emphatic in some ways. So my review will be probably useless and pointless. This story tells of an old farmer and his wife, and it's actually based on a real experience of mental health issues on the elder. The basics, so, in a simple country settings, are those of a man who slowly loses his memories and sees them fading. And the whole story is from his point of view, so you'll be the one who suffers and.. you know, can be relatable and simply quite sad, but it's a game, and it's definitely enjoyable. Probably not at its full price, but it's a very good work with a great translation and nice graphics from the start to the end!
A short visual novel, that invites you to a sad story about alzheimer's. One of my grandparents died from it at some point so I can relate how tragic it is. Can recommend if you like visual novels in general and don't mind to bring some tissues for this one.
I was in a weird mood lately and maybe because of that I pretty much cried the whole way through this short VN, but I think it still tells something about its quality. While simple and very much dependent on the notion of afterlife (which I actually don't believe in), this is a very sweet story about passing on and finding peace at the end of your life. The scenario it presents and writing felt very humane and well thought out. There are no real twists in the story - the roles of all the characters and everything that happens in the plot is pretty easy to predict and understand, but it still offers quite a lot of emotional impact, just through how believable it feels (especially if you don't take the supernatural elements at face value). Overall, it's a very good read, if this kind of sentimental stories are something you enjoy. -------------------- PS If you're interested in more quality western VNs, check out [url=https://store.steampowered.com/curator/32980295/]my curator page[/url].