Friday, March 1, 2024

Nevergrove is a queer game about a small town and one big mystery

The world is a mysterious place, and that’s never been more clearer to the protagonist of this game when they arrive in the small, woodland town of Nevergrove. Nevergrove is a queer, old town in more ways than one, and it’s surrounded entirely by a deep forest, making its inhabitants rather reclusive.

The reason you’re in this town is that your aunt has left you with a job: watch over her house. It seems simple enough, and you’re excited to spend some time exploring the town and getting to know the people there and perhaps even fall in love…

However, it does get a little complicated when you stumble upon an old journal. The catch? It was written by a young girl that went missing just two weeks before you moved into your aunt’s house. Talk about spoopy!

There’s a lot that we like here, especially the mysterious vibe that Nevergrove has going on – it fits perfectly alongside its cast of queer characters for one, and it gives us some very faint (but hard to miss) Life is Strange energy. Moving to a new town, the mystery of the missing girl, a point and click adventure, and the possibility of finding love along the way? It’s hard not to see the resemblance.

Unlike Life is Strange, however, there will be multiple people you get to have a chance with during your time in Nevergrove. You’ve got siblings Mike and Violet Chen, the former being a video-game loving freelancer, and the latter being a goth poet; Henriette Honeydew, a quiet librarian with a steely gaze; Seamus Emmerson, a mysterious grad student who seems to take joy out of being cryptic; Elias Fox, an actor who just loves to flirt; and last but not least, Niyah Sallinger, a cute, cheerful waitress.

Currently, the game is still in development and can only be played on, but it’s still one intriguing game from developer, Fulmen and if you’re looking for something to play that’ll scratch that mystery-adventure itch then we heartily recommend giving the game a go!

You can play Nevergrove here.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.