The Almost Gone is a Unique Puzzle Game That Explores Life and Tragedy Through Dioramas

The Almost Gone is a Unique Puzzle Game That Explores Life and Tragedy Through Dioramas

Life, death, and mise en scene.

This coverage is part of ReedPop's EGX Rezzed Digital event, which is live now. For more coverage, head over to the official site.

Life can rarely be bent and folded into neat containers, but The Almost Gone is attempting just that. When stuck somewhere in the limbo between life and death, this indie puzzle game developed by Happy Volcano has you searching through memories rendered as discrete dioramas to suss out the truth.

The winner of multiple awards already, The Almost Gone is a narrative puzzle game about death. In the vein of games like Ghost Trick, The Almost Gone gives the player an omniscient viewpoint and a task: to dig through the memories of who they are, and try to discover some reason for why they're in this strange limbo.

What drew me in immediately was the visual style. The Almost Gone uses very distinct color schemes; in some scenes, it's a nostalgically warm glow, and in others, blue-hued contrasts.

Dissecting the dioramas means fiddling with appliances, manipulating objects, or sometimes simply rotating for a better view. Like Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, each scene is viewed from an isometric, overhead view-meaning some areas or objects may be obscured at first, and you'll need to move around to discern another clue.

With guarantees of a dark and tragic story ahead, I'm already onboard to see what else can be unveiled. The Almost Gone is set for a 2020 release on desktop PC and mobile. Be sure to check out some of our other coverage of EGX Rezzed Digital's games, like another gorgeous puzzler The Other Side.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

All Nine PlayStation Indies Showcased Today, Coming to PS4 and PS5

From maps and rabbits to violent, carefree worms.

Xbox Will Host Over 60 Demos As Part of Summer Game Fest Event This Month

Get into the summer mood with some show floor demos.

Join USgamer This Weekend As We Stream During BitSummit Gaiden

Tune in to see some demos of upcoming indie games.

Need help?

Stardew Valley Guide - Essential Tips to Help You Become the Ultimate Farmer

Everything you need to know to go from rags to riches in Stardew Valley.

Disco Elysium: How to Find All Four Pieces of the Fairweather T-500 Ceramic Armor

We show you how to find the hanged man's armor hidden across Martinaise.

How Long Is Disco Elysium and How Many Days Are There?

We take you through the length of Disco Elysium and how many days the game covers.

Disco Elysium: How to Find Your Gun, Badge and Bullets

We show you how to find your pistol and police badge ID after losing them.