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Founded in June 2020, Bordeaux-based studio The Moon Pirates is releasing its first game, Don't Forget Me, which has been years in the making. Don't Forget Me was born out of the desire to create a video game from scratch, without knowledge or study -- but one that conveys strong emotions. Robin started creating it out of passion in his spa...

Don't Forget Me

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 06, 2021

Founded in June 2020, Bordeaux-based studio The Moon Pirates is releasing its first game, Don't Forget Me, which has been years in the making. Don't Forget Me was born out of the desire to create a video game from scratch, without knowledge or study -- but one that conveys strong emotions. Robin started creating it out of passion in his spare time and was soon joined by Melanie, Benjamin, and Guillaume. At first a simple test prototype, the fascinating universe presented the possibilities, and the challenges it offers seduced them.

Here we are in the shoes of Fran, a young woman with amnesia who finds herself in a clandestine memory copying laboratory. She soon finds herself embroiled in a government plot that has little to do with her amnesia, even though the entire plot revolves around memory. The developers don't hide it during the tutorial, all this is just a pretext to teach you the universe and the game mechanics.

We are here in the presence of a nice little adventure game (Visual Novel tendency) in pretty pixel art, interspersed with the gameplay of investigation in the memory of the patients of the clinic. The first phases require you to find keywords to type on the keyboard to navigate through the memories to find a memory anchor, but later on, you'll have to add more "point & click" graphical phases (as far as we can say that about a game played only with the keyboard).

There is not much to complain about, except that these investigation phases are few and far between. This is certainly better than spending hours and hours of gameplay, but we would have liked to see more. 

The only negative criticism is that the scenario deals with big themes, often heavy, but never really gets to the end of its subject. On the other hand, the game offers many avenues to explore, and the twitch integration that allows for audience voting on dialogue choices ensures a little replayability, even after a viewing of your favorite streamer.
Don't Forget Me seems to be a prototype or the first chapter of a series. But above all a very promising first draft, nicely executed, with a great soundtrack. So don't hesitate to give it a chance, so that its developer can finance a second game that will live up to its ambitions! 

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