Homecoming – In Tell Me Why Tyler Ronan returns to his hometown after ten years. In the narrative adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Xbox Game Studios, twins Alyson and Tyler face their past. We have played through Tell Me Why and don’t want to withhold our impressions from you.
Ten years after the death of their mother, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan meet for the first time. While Alyson continued to live in their hometown all that time, Tyler is only now returning. Despite the long separation, there is still a special bond between them that they are now rediscovering. Alyson and Tyler can communicate with each other through a supernatural telepathic bond. They call this phenomenon “The Voice.
Together they visit the house of their childhood in the small town Delos Crossing. There are many memories attached to the house and it is the scene of the fateful events that separated the siblings at that time. Now Tyler and Alyson want to part with the house and sell it.
However, memories are awakened during the inspection of the house. Soon Alyson and Tyler must ask themselves what really happened ten years ago. Tyler in particular is confronted with insights that cast a new light on his relationship with his deceased mother. The search for answers is difficult, not everyone wants to talk about that time and the twins find that memories can be deceptive.
Secrets and conversations
Tell Me Why is a story-based adventure game. The focus is clearly on the characters and the story. Even though conflicts are revealed quite early, the story unfolds slowly in the beginning and gives you time to get to know the characters. Later on the story develops quite fast, so it’s a bit of a pity that Tell Me Why has only three episodes. It’s about the past of the twins, their family and the people close to them. Although the decisive events took place ten years ago, they still have an impact on the present.
You take turns playing Tyler and Alyson and explore the world with them. Interesting objects or the like can be viewed and examined more closely. The twin you are not playing at the moment is usually on his own. While you and Alyson solve a task, Tyler explores and interacts with the environment on his own. For example, he complains that it is too cold, goes to a small heater and warms his hands.
But if the other twin has nothing to do at the moment or just follows you around, then it happens that he stands around clumsily in the way. In some places the siblings can also sit together and talk. So you should check what the other one is doing from time to time, maybe there is a chance for a conversation if you join them.
In the dialogues the relationship between the two is shaped. The same applies to conversations with other characters, they can be more or less helpful to you, depending on how you behave. The twins can also use their connection to each other and the voice. So they can communicate with each other without an outsider noticing.