Every now and then a game comes along to pull at the heart strings. The First Tree is one such game.

Available right now on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch is the gorgeous looking The First Tree, a game created by one man as a creative outlet for his thoughts.

Running as a third person exploration experience, The First Tree pushes us into two parallel stories – one of a fox trying to be reunited with her family, and that of a son attempting to reconnect with his estranged father. Set in Alaska, this will see you taking control of the fox in order to uncover artifacts from the son’s life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree. Expect twists, expect turns, expect some superb storytelling.

Basically put, this all comes across to deliver a couple of stunning looking tales and so if you’re a fan of story-driven games, or just love the art style that the indie developer David Wehle has managed to produce, you really should be giving it a shot.

Our full review is on its way, but in the meantime a short hike to the Xbox Store will allow you access to the poignant and beautiful events of The First Tree. Of course, if you’re preferring to take in this little indie gem on PS4 or Nintendo Switch, then the relevant stores are always looking for your cash. £8.39 may well seem a fair bit for a journey that will take just a couple of hours, but chances are it’ll be a journey you’ll never forget.

Game Description:

The First Tree is a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a young couple dealing with a tragedy in theirs. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps results in the understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the young couple’s life as they too become intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree. Features: • 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, orchestral soundtrack by acclaimed artists like Message to Bears, Lowercase Noises, and Josh Kramer. • A short story-driven game (about 2 hours long) with some light puzzle solving, platforming, and no enemies.

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