Explore the mysterious Beacon Pines today on Xbox, Switch, Game Pass and PC

The hype is through the roof enough following our final interview with Matt, Ilse and Brent from Hiding Spot – the developers of the new Beacon Pines. If you’ve ever sat there watching Stranger Things and thought it would be even better with animals instead of our brave protagonists, well sit down…

Out now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Game pass, Switch, and PC, Beacon Pines is an animal-swapping homage to all things spooky and weird, from the classic Twin Peaks to the aforementioned box office behemoth of Netflix. You assume control of our main character Luka, who just happens to adopt a magical storybook, and then it all hits the fan pretty well. As you explore the titular town of Beacon Pines, you and Luka will slowly uncover the mysteries behind this town.

While the developers are keen to emphasize that this isn’t outright horror, the mix between “cute and scary” is one that intrigued us, which sets an incredibly unique tone. A tone, in fact, that you can have some influence over when making choices to shape where the story leads. However, it’s not just your ordinary narrative adventure, as Hiding Spot has introduced a cool new mechanic where you choose specific words from a list of “charms” found in the world, and place them into a sentence, drastically. change its meaning.

In fact, such is the magic of these charms, you can even jump between different story paths, allowing you to see how other decisions would have played out – a real must in the world of narrative gaming.

This mechanic can see Beacon Pines go from completely dark and action-packed, to much more relaxing, emphasizing the replayability offered. While it might initially look and feel like a tale to tell the kids while you put them to bed, the adult themes and the forest animals spouting less than friendly language suggest otherwise.

Oh, and yeah, we gave it the big 5/5 in review – Honestly, you’ll want to play Beacon Pines right now.

Beacon Pines promises to be a truly new experience as it releases today on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. For all things Xbox, you can make a purchase on the Xbox Store for £16.74, and get carried away by the story! It’s also on Nintendo Switch and PC.

Description of the game:

Beacon Pines is a cute and spooky adventure set in a mystery book. You play as both the reader of the book and its main character, Luka. Something strange is happening in the old warehouse, and Luka and his friends seem to be the only ones to notice. Go out late, make new friends, discover hidden truths and collect words that will change the course of fate!

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