Parents' Guide to

What Remains of Edith Finch

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Emotional family drama deals in tragedy, eccentricity.

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age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

Amazing Game

It is a great game with great stories and graphics. It is a walking simulator with the premise that the main character-Edith Finch-is exploring the house that her family lived in. She is the only one left alive though, so she explores the story of the death of each member in the family. I think that the biggest problem with this game is the eeriness, but it is not violent, and not inappropriate. 4/5.
age 13+

Intense Emotion, Beautiful Story

I was very lucky to have found this game on Gamepass for Xbox 1. What Remains Of Edith Finch delivers a magical story driven narrative that submerges the player in a world of powerful narratives and game play. As a player you get to jump into the story that makes absolutely no sense to begin with. As the player explores the player is thrown into the lives and stories of a supposedly cursed family to learn each family members story and their fate. Each interactive story is different and never lacking in deep, intense emotion. As a player I always had this feeling of angst, of feeling unsure and uncomfortable at times. Other times the game felt nostalgic and bittersweet but always feeling some type of way that kept me on edge and wanting more. The game was/is not very long and I wished it would have been a lot longer. At the end of the game I found myself sad that it was over and I love to play the opening of this game right before bed, it is simply beautiful. Truly a awesome, magical tale that I wish more people would get to experience. Please give this game a shot!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Sometimes a great story is all you need for the foundation of a great game. What Remains of Edith Finch delivers an eccentric family drama to rival that of some of the best such shows on television. And it all begins with Edith. She springs quickly to life through not only her delicately emotive voice but also the words she scrawls in her notebook, which are superimposed upon the environment as she speaks. She's a solid and sympathetic anchor for her family's tragic tale. Starring alongside her is the house she explores. As the Finch family grew over the course of a century, new additions were constructed on its roof, one atop the other, giving it a bizarre, tower-like appearance. And as family members died, their bedrooms were sealed, creating a fascinating time capsule of who they were at the moments of their deaths. Each of these rooms is loaded with baubles and artifacts that help us understand who they were, along with revealing letters that act as portals to cleverly constructed flashback sequences that let us experience the world from their unique -- and frequently imaginative -- points of view.

Things only begin to trip up a little in the final few moments of the story, when a lot happens all at once -- some of it without satisfactory explanation. A few characters' story threads are left dangling, and one is snipped off prematurely. The conclusion doesn't negate any of the gratifying exploration or exposition that led up to it, but it might leave some players longing for just a little more in the way of resolution. Either way, What Remains of Edith Finch isn't to be missed by anyone interested in narrative-driven first-person exploration games.

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