Indie game Elk tells real stories that are too weird to be true

Elk is a narrative game based on a series of real stories by real people. These stories are weird, surreal, and bizarre, but developer Triple Topping swears they are all based on first-hand accounts.

How weird can it really be? Well, one of the stories tells of Lauge, brother of Elk’s director Astrid, who almost smuggled diamonds in India and made friends with Anders who died at least three times.

You play as Frigg, a young carpenter trading their busy life in the city for an apprenticeship in a small town. At first, Frigg is worried her new life might be boring, but she soon finds out the game’s endearing cast of characters is anything but. The stories they tell reflect the drama of everyday life, and how humor, love and death often go hand in hand.

The biographical adventures you’ll go through are peppered with all sorts of mini-games, some of which we can see in Elk’s reveal trailer. They are deeply connected to the story and add a little variety to the gameplay.

The game’s joyful, dark and hilarious nature is translated into a beautiful hand-drawn art style. But don’t let the cutesy visuals fool you – Elk has some dark moments as well – the small town you live in doesn’t even have the interest for heaven’s sake. The horror.

Elk will be coming to Steam in 2020. Check out the game’s official site for more info, or wait for our coverage from Gamescom 2019, where we plan to get some hands-on time with the game.

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