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The Rewinder Impressions

The arrival of The Rewinder on Xbox Game Pass is a welcome surprise. This adventure puzzle game takes inspiration from Chinese mythology, offering a compelling narrative and innovative gameplay mechanics. Stepping into the shoes of Yun, the last known Rewinder, you possess the extraordinary ability to enter and manipulate the memories of others. This unique power becomes the foundation for a challenging and thought-provoking puzzle experience.


The narrative unfolds like a captivating mystery. As Yun, you delve into the fragmented memories of various characters. Each memory fragment acts like a puzzle piece, revealing secrets, motivations, and the emotional core of the characters. Here’s where The Rewinder truly shines. The puzzles go beyond the typical “find the object” or “solve the logic problem” format. Instead, they require you to analyze the memories, identify inconsistencies, and make choices that can alter the course of the past. This can be anything from piecing together a conversation where emotions are hidden to recognizing symbolic imagery that holds the key to a character’s true desires.

The Chinese mythological themes add an extra layer of depth to the experience. References to deities, folklore, and cultural beliefs are woven into the narrative and visuals. This provides a refreshing departure from the usual fantasy tropes found in many games, and for those interested in Chinese mythology, it offers a glimpse into a fascinating world.

However, The Rewinder isn’t without its imperfections. While the visuals are decent, they don’t quite reach the cutting-edge level of some other titles on Game Pass. The voice acting can be a bit inconsistent at times, with some characters delivering their lines with more conviction than others. The story itself, while intriguing, might feel a little short for players seeking a grand epic.


Despite these shortcomings, The Rewinder offers a unique and engaging experience, especially considering its availability on Xbox Game Pass. The rewind mechanic is a refreshing twist on puzzle-solving, encouraging players to think critically and consider the consequences of altering the past. The Chinese mythological setting provides a welcome change of scenery, and the narrative, although concise, manages to be both captivating and thought-provoking.

Ultimately, The Rewinder is a solid addition to your Game Pass library, particularly if you’re looking for a unique and thought-provoking puzzle experience with a cultural twist. It’s not a sprawling epic, but it offers a compelling story, innovative puzzles, and a memorable journey into the world of Chinese mythology. So, if you’re looking for something different and engaging to play on Game Pass, The Rewinder is definitely worth a try.


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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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