Anecdotal adventure Welcome To Elk is out now

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Welcome To Elk recognises we’re most likely all overdue a visit. Oh, a change of surroundings could be good, nevertheless it’s the individuals who make the place – the unusual, sombre and sometimes surreal tales from people we’d by no means in any other case get to fulfill. Whereas there’s nonetheless a worldwide pandemic happening in the true world, builders Triple Topping are taking us on a visit to their storybook island beginning at the moment.

Generally humorous, generally tragic, generally somewhat mixture of the 2 – you may say a lotta issues concerning the picturebook island of Elk, however you most likely can’t say it’s boring.

As younger carpenter Frigg, you’ll be pottering across the island of Elk, assembly new individuals and serving to them sort out their issues. The island itself is painted as a beautiful colouring ebook, swapping into bespoke minigames each time a stranger has a problem they need assistance with – be it it pouring an ideal pint, assembling Rube Goldberg contraptions, or tossing beer bottles at helpless fish. Common island stuff, obvs.

Factor is, although, whereas Elk and its inhabitants could also be fully fictional, the tales they inform are very a lot actual. Somewhat than being written on the spot, each story in Welcome To Elk has roots in real-world expertise – whether or not actual or relayed by first-hand accounts. A traveller who hopped from Greenland to rural California, with a short detour in nearly smuggling diamonds by India. Their good friend, Anders, a person who’s died 3 times at the very least.

It pulls me proper again right into a melancholy nostalgia for the nights I spent hostelling in Utrecht, listening to travellers from all corners over a shitty €5 bottle of wine, taking intermittent breaks as – one-by-one – they popped down the road to get blazed. Of sitting with a stranger within the midst of a packed Berlin exhibition corridor, listening as somebody tries to piece their life collectively to an absolute stranger.

Man. 2020 actually has been lonely, huh.

For those who do wish to nip off for an island getaway, nevertheless, Welcome To Elk is out now on Steam for £11.39/€12.49/$14.99.

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