Welcome Back, December is an unsettling and highly introspective experimental game that explores the psyche of a man reluctant to let go of his past.
Welcome Back, December frames its narrative around a train ride, using it as a metaphor for the changing of seasons and the unstoppable advancement of time. As you move along the train cart and interact with its passengers, you will be transported back into the foggy memories of your past. Your past experiences, both the happy and the sad ones, manifest themselves as strange, sometimes violent personages. While the writing is kept intentionally vague, it is clear that you are desperately unhappy with the direction your life is going. During its short runtime, Welcome Back, December provides a few opportunities for you to make choices that affect the outcome of the game and fortunately for completionists, replaying and experiencing all the possible story branches is not taxing.
Welcome Back, December has a crisp, clean pixel art style that provides an interesting contrast to the game’s relatively dark subject matter. The game also does well with its soundscape, including a melancholic soundtrack and several carefully timed electrostatic bursts that are sure to set you on edge.
As we enter the second week of 2016 and begin once again to fall into our daily rhythms, Welcome Back, December delivers a stern warning to those longing to live in the past. You can never go back. The only way is forward.
Controls: Arrow Keys – Move, Z – Interact
Available On: Modern Browsers (Optimized For Chrome)