Forgotton Anne is an indie game that makes you want to watch a Hayao Miyazaki film. The art work of this game gives you all the feels of a Studio Ghibli production. The environment and locations feel magical. The game has a way of bringing you in and making the characters of Forgotton Anne seem real.
What makes Forgotton Anne so great is not just the artwork. The story of the game is also what does and also makes it feel like a Miyazaki film. The game takes place in a realm parallel to ours, where lost objects — everything from missing socks to discarded lamps — come to life, hoping to one day be remembered again and return to our world. They’re all assigned jobs when they arrive, so you’ll stumble across guns who serve as cops and train engineers who are actually plush, purple chairs. Each of these objects, known as forgotlings, is imbued with a magical energy that turns them from household object into a living, feeling creature. As Anne, seemingly the only human in the world, you have the power to suck that magical force away. She’s a police officer, judge, and executioner all in one, attempting to keep the realm in order by punishing deviants. The forgotlings call her “Madame Enforcer.”
Forgotton Anne is the first release from Danish studio ThroughLine Games, which was founded by creative director Alfred Nguyen in 2014. Nguyen had studied at the National Film School of Denmark with a dream of becoming a film director, but eventually moved into games. “Like anybody who grows older, you start to question if what you’re doing every day is meaningful,” he says. “I was searching for that throughline in my own life, which became the name of the studio.”
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