Purpose 1951

Purpose 1951

Purpose 1951 is a short and linear walking simulator narrated by a medical practitioner who reminisces about the hardships of being a surgeon during the post-World War II period.

Set in the United States in the 1950s, when medical equipment was scarce and the possibilities of performing thorough medical check-ups were very limited, the surgeon faces a life crisis after a failed surgery on a patient with strong political ties. When a certain chain of events beyond his control leads to the death of his patient, he is wrongfully accused and condemned to resign from his job, resulting in his beloved wife leaving him. While the narrative has a strong dark realism aspect as the doctor reflects on how his entire life fell apart, the overall direction is a positive one, with him finding the strength to move on in the end despite his misfortune.

When it comes to creating beautiful environments for his walking simulators, Tonguç Bodur never disappoints. Purpose 1951 even managed to exceed my expectations, quickly becoming my favorite game from this developer in regards to the scenery traversed. The colorful autumnal forest and the dance of violet, blue and pink colors of the sunset sky completely mesmerized me throughout the entire game and strongly reminded me of the gorgeous sights from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Each frame is a work of art of outstanding beauty, a stunning painting in itself.

Sadly, this experience only lasted for an hour and at the end of it, I was left wanting more. Purpose 1951 is perfect to play during a relaxing, contemplative night and the few achievements that the game offers are very easy to obtain. They are awarded for finding eight collectibles, commonly placed outside the main road (yet still close to it) inviting the player to explore this beautiful environment beyond the leading pathway.

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