Bury me my Love tells the story of Syrian refugee Nour and her husband Majd, as Nour
undertakes a perilous journey to safety in Europe.
Bury me, my Love is a Text Messaging Adventure game about Nour, a Syrian migrant trying to find her way to Europe. Her husband Majd, who remains behind in Syria, communicates with Nour through a messaging app, advising her as best he can so that she reaches her destination safely.
“Bury me, my love” is a Syrian goodbye phrase that roughly means, “Take care, don’t even think about dying before I do.” This phrase takes on a deeper meaning as Majd says it to his wife, Nour, as she undertakes her perilous journey to reach Europe.
A co-production from ARTE, the European cultural network, with The Pixel Hunt and Figs.
***A game in an instant messaging app
As Majd, you can communicate with Nour and follow her journey, just as if you were chatting with her via WhatsApp. You will text each other and exchange emojis, pics and selfies, relevant links…
*** Multiple narrative routes to discover
By reading instant messages and choosing response options, players help Nour overcome the hardships she will encounter.
Your choices in Bury me, my Love truly impact on the story, with Nour able to visit 50 different locations and reach 19 potential different endings with widely divergent outcomes.
*** Based on real-life events
Bury me, my Love is a “reality-inspired game”, a documented fiction that draws inspiration directly from real-world events. The original idea stems from an article written by Le Monde journalist, Lucie Soullier, telling the story of Dana, a young Syrian woman who fled her country and is now living in Germany.
This experience may affect the sensitivity of younger people.
- New UI
- Reporting of messages separated by more than 5 minutes by additional spacing
- Rebalancing of the scoring in the script for more variety in the endgame of players
- Enrichment of the script (new choices, new passages)
- Fixed several script errors
- Fixed a bug that requires the end-of-game audio message to run multiple times
- Fixed "Nour is busy" status display bug
- Fixed a bug of an achievment
- Fixed a bug of the map when you reach the end in Sweden
- Fixed a bug that caused some messages to dissapear when coming back from a pause
- Fixed a bug that showed "Nour is Busy" when changing languages
- Correction of some progression gaps in between languages
- Fixed a bug disabling a notification to appear at a certain moment of the story
- Enhenced credits page layout
- increase in delay between fade-ins and fade-outs of the music
Ratings and Reviews
Great idea but incredibly slow
I appreciate the idea, but for a game with multiple endings and not a lot of interaction, it would be nice if we could skip or fast forward dialogue already seen, or go back to a previous moment. I just spent 40 minutes trying to get to where I was, on the fastest settings possible (because while the real time mechanic is powerful, who has all that time?) and the game ended after a couple of choices. Please consider adding a way to make it easier to go through these routes, because I can’t imagine going through the same thing over and over again at a snails pace in order to experience all parts of the story. I will probably just leave it for now and hope this will be implemented some day.
Take part in a real-time-ish text conversation between Nour and Majd, as Majd supports his wife Nour by phone as she flees Syria for Europe. You quickly get sucked into an emotional connection. It’s compelling.
There aren’t a lot of decisions to make. But the ones you do make seem to have major impact on the story. My partner and I are seeing totally different stories.
Can you get Nour safely settled in Europe? Don’t know if I can get / not at the end!
Slow burning gem of a game.
Fascinating and upsetting in equal parts - a thoroughly thoughtful, challenging game. If you liked lifeline, waltz with bashir or just want a human perspective on an international crisis, I can’t recommend more.
- Plug In Digital
- 187.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- 2017 © ARTE France - The Pixel Hunt - Figs
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