The Quiet Horror of ‘Fatum Betula’ Harkens Back to a Classic Era of Games

It's been a long time since I've dropped into a game and felt immediate anxiety over not having any idea what I could or should do. But that's exactly what Fatum Betula, a creepy new adventure game for Switch, aims for. (It released on PC last year.) At the start, you're given a vague goal of watering an ancient plant. How? Not sure. With what? No clue. Where to start looking? Good luck, but hey, at least I found this knife and can start stabbing things and see what happens? Cue: oh, shit. The accidental discovery of an action that suddenly recontextualizes the entire game.

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