Indie games can tell poignant stories about personal life and love experiences, and 2017’s Last Day of June is no different, as it’s about the couple Carl and June who suffer a tragic car accident in which she dies and he ends up in a wheelchair, trying to remember and change the past to rescue her. Inspired by the song Drive Home by British musician Steven Wilson who also did the music for the game, director Massimo Guarini who was responsible for quite divisive games like puzzle-platformer Murasaki Baby or action-adventure Shadows of the Damned, certainly chose a story that pulled at the heartstrings of people.
Being a time travel drama that revolves around the concepts of love and loss, this might not be for a mainstream audience. However, with the involvement of writer/director/animator Jess Cope who worked on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie movie and Metallica’s Here Comes Revenge music video, the production values are extremely high. The colorful background graphics look as if taken out of a watercolor painting, while character models also feel very life-like despite the absence of eyes. One shouldn’t expect the same amount of puzzles found in standard point-and-clickers, but the time travel mechanic and especially the decisions one has to make that change the course of events should make for a very memorable experience.
Last Day of June is now available on GOG with a 40% launch discount that will last until March 23, 2018.
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