Sometimes, it’s nice to take things down a gear, and absorb a story of love and resistance, of mystery and intrigue. Many of the best games out there excel by taking things slowly, such as What Remains of Edith Finch. Similarly, A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950 on Xbox aims to captivate you through emotional storytelling, and a gripping mystery.
Welcome to Curon
Utilising a mix of realistic environments and blocky characters, A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950 has already enjoyed positive reviews on Steam and Nintendo Switch. It now comes to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
We follow a painter who is visiting the village of Curon Venosta – a village rebuilt over the original Curon, which was devastated by a flood in 1950, brought on by fascist dictators, against the will of the village people. What we are therefore treated to is a tale as old as time, as we explore how the community of Curon have managed to rebuild their community, and their attitudes towards big industry and government.
A Sunken Bell Tower
The main centrepiece of Curon Venosta is the bell tower, submerged in Lake Reschen. On arriving at the lake, our protagonist is dragged into the murky depths by an unknown woman, and transported back to the 1950s.
From here, engaging in conversations with the people of the village via dialogue trees will be key to progressing the story, and getting to the bottom of the mystery.
Key Features of A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950 on Xbox
- Explore the old village of Curon, reproduced with the voxel technique starting from the scale model preserved in the Alta Val Venosta Museum
- An original story that combines historical facts and elements of fiction
- Meet the inhabitants of Curon and relive the events that led to the flooding of the old village
- Multiple choice dialogues let you decide how to behave with the villagers
- Face challenges and play mini games while you progress with the story
- Unlock and collect information sheets about the history of Curon and the traditions of the South Tyrol
- Featuring actual oil paintings and charcoal drawings
Engage with History Today
If you are in the mood for some historical learning, and want to be brought along for a journey through time, then look no further than A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950. You can now grab a copy for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch or PC – check it out on the Xbox Store for £5.79.
Our review is coming soon.
“A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950” is a story about love and resistance, an adventure game about historical memory. The bell tower that comes out of the lake is the last memento of the old village of Curon, flooded by the waters of Lake Reschen in 1950 due to the construction of a dam, despite the protest of the citizens. The plans for the dam started during the Fascist era, opposing the interests of a big industrial group to the wellbeing of the villagers, who were forced to leave their homes and pastures.
The main character of the game is a painter visiting today’s Curon Venosta, the new village built after the flooding. The painter is dragged into the lake by a mysterious woman and wakes up in the past, in the old village of Curon as it was before the flooding. Around him, the villagers witnessed the tragic event at the time.
“A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950” is not a documentary, but a tale where history and fiction overlap.