Over The Alps
Over The Alps is one of those rare games that manages to evoke a sense of relaxation, while telling an action-packed, emotional story that impacts in much the same way as a good book. The gameplay is simple and choice-driven in the traditional “choose your own adventure” format, making it a good choice for the game-shy and those who just want a good, light-hearted adventure to get lost in. The narrative is told through various, consequence-driven interactions with a colourful cast of characters and romantic sceneries from inns, hotels and villages to towns and cities across the Alps.
But where Over the Alps shines is in its charming aesthetic. The story unfolds as a series of beautifully rendered turn of the century travel posters and postcards — evoking the most poignantly picturesque scenes from 1930’s Switzerland. It’s a pleasure to simply flick through each one of these scenes as though rummaging through a box of old postcards at a local market, uncovering long forgetting tales and interacting with a diverse cast of well-written characters that feel plucked directly from an old spy novel.
While the story is full of intrigue and mystery, the atmosphere tinged with British wit and elegant travel-inspired writing that’s not often found in video games, the overall game feels low impact and without obligation — not at all dissimilar to a book. Easy to pick up and delve into whenever one’s mind needs the escape. Furthermore, players can inherit traits such as honourable, dramatic and fearless, which helps to mix up character interactions, and the music is thematic, reacting to each scene, making Over the Alps a highly immersive and uncommonly rewarding escape.
Over The Alps is currently available on the Apple Arcade (across all Apple devices), and is releasing to other platforms over the coming months.