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.
Winner of the best meaningful play - 14TH IMGA
Game Beyond Entertainment - BAFTA
Best Emotional mobile & handheld game - Emotional Games Awards
Best Work - Japan Prize 2018
This experience may affect the sensitivity of younger people.
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Ratings and Reviews
A slow burn, but ultimately well worth it.
I’ve played similar games that simulate a chat interface and work in real time, but this game impressed me. The choices you make actually matter and appear to change the path Nour takes as she attempts to travel into Europe. The game generally checks in a few times a day and never felt annoying. You can switch it to real time if you’re more interested in flying through, but the story is better told in small chunks. It’s hard not to sympathize with Nour and the plight of many like her. I felt like I understood the situation of many refugees a little better after playing this game.
Worth revisiting with a new format
I really wanted to love this game for its smart dialogue, multimedia use, and relevancy to real-world scenarios that expand cultural knowledge.
While all those things were amazing, polished, and well-executed, the fact is that the text-interface rendered the game lifeless and tedious. In-game choices could be as vapid as choosing which emoji to send, and the consequences for your choices were almost random. I cared less and less when the main character checked-in via text, and when I reached one ending, I didn’t think the game had enough replay value to try again.
For the price it’s worth it merely for the great scripting, but the game did not hold my interest.
Educational and suspenseful
This game helped me understand and sympathize with Syrian refugees in a way that a regular essay couldn't have conveyed. Since I played over the course of two weeks, I got attached to Nour and I was sad when the game ended. I have no personal experience with refugees, but Nour's choices seem realistic and she has to make lots of risky decisions. I love the fact that there are multiple endings... but I'm not sure if I have the emotional strength to play again! Great job.
- 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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