Ready Set Indie Games Presents: LudoNarraCon 2021: Beacon Pines (Demo)

LudoNarraCon 2021: Beacon Pines

 

Developer

Hiding Spot

Publisher

Hiding Spot

Platforms

PC

Where to Wishlist

Steam

Demo Length

About 50 Minutes

 

Disclaimer: This is the Ludo Narra Con 2021 Demo of the game and therefore it is best to realize that the following gameplay footage of Beacon Pines  is either an alpha version, beta version, early access or, demo of the game. Therefore, the footage you see may or may not be featured in the final version of the game, also there may be some noticeable bugs in the game.

Beacon Pines is not only a game that is beautifully crafted with its adorable art style and characters but has a very great story, and an even better game mechanic that I haven’t seen in quite some time. For those of you who don’t know about Beacon Pines, Beacons Pine was a game that was on Kickstarter and I was going to back it, but by the time I got to back it, the Kickstarter had ended. Nonetheless, it was funded in less than 24 hours and so we do get to get a full version of the game, but for now, we are playing the demo.

First, I would like to point out how for a demo, the demo was well polished and because the demo was so polished, I have added this to my wishlist and am waiting for the launch of the full game. Now with that being said let’s get into the review of this demo.

In Beacon Pines, the game starts up with one of our Protagonist’s Luka VanHorn, a 12-year-old deer who is now 12 years old and getting ready to go to middle school. He is visiting his father’s grave who passed away when Luka was six years old - I’ll wait here as you go and grab your tissues because Luka’s Story gets a little sadder.-- Luka is talking to his father and laying flowers on his grave like he and his mother used to always do and in enters Rolo, Luka’s best friend who has no subtlety when it comes to things and says to Luka he knew he would be here, but didn’t know he would be laying flowers on his father’s grave now that Luka’s mother is gone or “missing” as Luka corrects him. Rolo then informs Luka that some strange things are going on at the old warehouse near his home, on the first day of Summer there is no other way to spend it than figuring out what’s going on at the Old Valentine Warehouse.

What makes Beacon Pines so good and unique is the way the game is played. The game is an exploration game with a deep story, but upon exploring the various parts of town you have the chance of opening up charms. What these charms do is allow you to change the story of the game by inserting them where they fit. This doesn’t mean you can just use any charm. When the time arises you are given the options of charms to choose from. Each charm changes the outcome of the story. Fortunately, if you didn’t like a charm you use for the story you can use The Chronicle, a tree-like diagram to go back and change out the charm which also makes it to where you can experience the story in multiple ways.

Overall if you were a fan of the build your adventure path books then you are certainly going to want to add Beacon Pines to your wishlist and also don’t take my word for it, but give the demo a try out as well. Beacon Pines will be available on PC via Steam.