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Blackwood Crossing is looking better and better

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Narrative adventure is full of life, color and mystery

When I last looked at Blackwood Crossing back in September, I wrote about my admiration for its characters and its world. This is a story game set on a magical train, in which two children grapple with their fraught relationship with one another, and with the adults in their lives.

The first section of the game — you can watch it here — sets the stage for the story, and culminates in a wonderfully tear-jerky conversation between playable character Scarlet and her young brother Finn.

I snagged a new preview build earlier this week, which offers a deeper look at how the game’s puzzles work. It also demonstrates how the story takes a dark turn, as Finn’s frustrations boil over. The 15-minute video above offers a truncated version of the game’s second chapter as well as the beginning of the third chapter.

If you enjoy narrative adventure stories about people and relationships such as Gone Home, Dear Esther and Firewatch, there’s a good chance you’re going to like Blackwood Crossing. It’s shaping up into one of my most anticipated titles of 2017. Developed by U.K. house PaperSeven, it’ll be released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.