Bury Me, My Love
Switch version tested
Let’s be honest, we all love free stuff – especially free games. But the price tag often reflects the quality of the game and it doesn’t take long to realise why you didn’t have to fork out any brass to play it. Bury Me, My Love is one of the few exceptions to the rule.
Bury Me, My Love is a beautifully told story about a Syrian woman named Nour who is trying to escape her wartorn country, and the hardships and prejudices that come with it. Playing as the woman’s significant other, Majd, you must help her make decisions and assist by guiding her along her journey experiencing every high and low through the medium of text messages.
The game was originally released in 2017 on mobile platforms and took place in real-time meaning you had to wait patiently for the next message from Nour before you could continue on with the journey. This was a unique and effective way to play a game that fit the text message centric design of Bury Me, My Love that sadly hasn’t translated as well to the Nintendo Switch. Luckily, if you can look beyond this flaw (and it’s only a small one, let’s be honest) then there is lots to love here.
Bury Me, My Love captures the harsh reality of war, opening you up to a world you may not be ready to experience. The realities of war and the devastating effects it can have on marriages and friendships are all on show here, and when you strip the game to its bare bones there is a real message here that is hard to miss.
For a free game, there are very few complaints here but Bury Me, My Love is by no means flawless. A large percentage of gamers will give up the journey early because there really isn’t a lot for you to do. The generation obsessed with text messages might find the subject matter to heavy to give it a fair crack of the whip, and for anyone else that does the continual passage of time between messages could be frustrating, especially as it can seriously slow the flow of the experience.
If you really want to experience Bury Me, My Love the way it was intended then hunt down the mobile version. If the developers can improve the time-skip feature then Switch players might have a chance to see exactly why the original version won so many awards. Either way, for zero pounds and zero pence, Bury Me, My Love is a game you need to experience, at least once.
Beard Score: 7.5/10
Platform: Steam, Mobile, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 10/01/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Other, Simulation
Developer: The Pixel Hunt
Publisher: Plug in Digital
Download link: eShop