11-11 Memories Retold follows the tale of Harry and Kurt, a young Canadian photographer and German engineer respectively, they both have their own backstory, and their own emotional hangups, and that’s even before the story of the game itself. The game takes place during World War I, making for a stark contrast between two narrative arcs that paints some really bleak pictures of the world around us.
The narrative is dark, deep and introspective, making for a really intriguing and sometimes disturbing look at the horrors of war. The gameplay is relatively simple, but that’s not where the true depth lies. The storytelling is where the real enjoyment, if one can call it that, is to be had. And over the course of the story, you’ll collect various artifacts and bring some interesting historical details to the forefront.
One interesting design choice concerning 11-11 Memories Retold is that the actual characters languages are maintained in-universe. This means that French and German dialogue is kept in tact, and subtitles accomplish the bridging of the language barrier. It’s a pretty cool attempt at immersion that I wish more games would do.
Check out the trailer for this narrative-driven experience down below. We’ve also included the game description down there too.
11th November 1916, a young photographer leaves Canada to join the western front in Europe. The same day, a German technician is told that his son is missing in action. Both want to preserve their humanity and come back alive to their loved ones.