Not only is Friday a day to celebrate the oncoming weekend, get a takeaway and go out for a couple of bevvies with your friends and family, for us here at GameSpew it’s time for #FreeGameFriday. That’s right Spewers; it’s the best day of the week.
This week for Free Game Friday we're taking a look at Evangeline, a first person narrative game from Raconteur Games. Evangeline, as said by the developers before you begin the game is about love, loss, and death. There isn't a real story to it until the very end. I'm not going to go into details about the story because the entirety of Evangeline took me only ten minutes to complete and I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who may be interested in playing. What I will say is that the lead up to the story is quite interesting, and the execution of the story as well.
When it comes to gameplay, Evangeline is rather simple and laid back. At the very beginning, before starting youc an choose your colour preference. For example, you can say "I am not colorblind" or "I have a hard time seeing green." It's a nice touch that we don't often see – especially in free-to-play titles. Once into the game you start each day, of which there are five, in your garage and you have to venture forth into a monochromatic world where there is no colour at all. That is, until you find a little splash of colour. Once the colour is found the whole world is flooded with colour again and you move on to the next day where everything is black and white again.
On its surface, Evangeline may seem like a simple game, but underneath lies a very deep meaning. Evangeline was created after the grandfather of Raconteur Games' CEO passed away. It was designed with the purpose of giving players a chance to reconnect with their loved ones before its too late. The experience is short, relaxing and thought provoking. In the end, you even have the option to donate to the company if you found the game enlightening.
That's it for this week's Free Game Friday. I really enjoyed my short experience with Evangeline and it gave me an opportunity to take a minute out of my day to call a loved one and let them know how important they are to me. If you decide to give Evangeline let us know in the comments below what you think or on Twitter using #FreeGameFriday, we love hearing from you! And if you have a moment after reading this article to tell someone in your life that you love them, I promise it will make their day. Have wonderful weekend everyone and see you next week!