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Bury Me, My Love Review

Bury Me, My Love Review

Bury me, my Love Review

I would not call Bury me, my Love a game. It is an interactive experience that forgoes the “fun factor” and uses the platform to tell an important story in a very different way

Category: Review
Written by: Cindy Kyser on January 28, 2018
Genre: Instant Messaging Adventure
Developed by: The Pixel Hunt, Figs
Published by: Playdius
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Platform: iOS, Android

Begin with a Good-Bye

In the war-torn city of Homs, Syria, bombs have continued to fall and civilian casualties mount. Having recently lost her sister, a woman named Nour sets out on a journey towards Europe and a better life. Her husband, Majd, cannot accompany her due to his own family obligations in the region. Thus, he stays behind.

Bury me, my Love is the tale of Nour’s escape, as told through her text message conversations with Majd over the course of her travels. Using Majd’s cell phone, you monitor and respond to the messages received from Nour. You control his responses with text choices, emojis, and an occasional photo. You also can track Nour’s progress on the phone’s map/location feature. In some cases, you may receive an incoming call/voicemail from Nour.


Bury me, my Love can be played in two modes. Selecting “Real Time” means that Nour’s messages come in as she sends them and you are notified. This is a more realistic simulation of the conversation that occurs over many days. For the less patient gamer, the “Fast” mode allows you to click through their conversation without respect to time.

A Journey into the Unknown

Over the course of her travels, Nour solicits input from Majd on many decisions and courses of action. The advice he gives and the tone of his replies drive her choices and, ultimately, the outcome of her journey. As a result, Bury me, my Love can be replayed multiple times trying different strategies to guide Nour to safety. Without going into spoiler territory, I must acknowledge that Nour did not fare well under my tutelage.

I would not call Bury Me, My Love a game. It is an interactive experience that forgoes the “fun factor” and uses the platform to tell an important story in a very different way. It puts the player at the heart of the plight of those displaced by war. While refugees and immigration are often highly charged emotional topics, I would encourage players to park their opinions and beliefs at the proverbial door when starting this adventure. Only those with a hardened heart will not be changed by the experience.

For those who live far from Syria, refugees are often faceless people that we read about in the news. We are not emotionally connected and can’t begin to fathom their situation. A simulation like Bury me, my Love gives us a brief glimpse into the lives of two (albeit fictional) people caught up in this humanitarian crisis. By participating in their story, we are given an opportunity to step out of our own comfort zone and begin to build true compassion and caring.

Grade: A
+ Important story that needs to be told
For those with open hearts and minds, it will change perceptions and build empathy
Unique format puts the player into the heart of Nour and Majd’s situation
Not really a game and not especially entertaining


Cindy Kyser

Cindy Kyser

Cindy’s love affair with gaming began when she opened a mailbox in front of a white house and took the first step in a long series of adventures. ‘Back in the day,’ Cindy was a regular contributor to JA and an active member of the online gaming community. She has attended several E3s and has had the pleasure of spending time in person with both Ray and Randy. Her all- time favorite adventures include the Tex Murphy series, the Gabriel Knight series, and The Longest Journey. She also enjoys RPGs and her list of ‘best ever’ includes Fallout, Asheron’s Call, and Planescape Torment. Â Frustrated with the cost of rising PC system requirements, Cindy decided to switch to console and tablet gaming. Although you can teach some old dogs new tricks, she discovered that console controller dexterity is a skill set that she is lacking. Her results with tablet gaming were not much better. With the exception of a few gems such as The Room and Forever Lost, there is a limit to how much one can play Candy Crush and Hidden Object Adventures. Having proved that pure escapism is worth the investment, she has a new gaming laptop and is back to her search for the perfect adventure. Â After spending most of her life in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Cindy escaped the stress of urban life and moved to rural Arkansas. To show that she has become a true Arkansan, she has taken up deer hunting, wears pink camo, and put a chicken coop in her backyard. On a stressful day, she can be heard yelling ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ when all else fails.

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