We Were Here is a puzzle co-op game with puzzling metaphors, along with the story of a cursed castle.
But today I want to introduce to you an equally excellent face from the Netherlands called We Were Here.
You can rest assured because the quality of the game has been recognized when part 4 called We Were Here Forever released in May has received countless positive reviews on Steam. So how is We Were Here a game that is so successful? Guys, let’s find out with me, let’s get started.
Lost in the white snow castle
Released on February 3, 2017, the first part of We Were Here quickly received more than 20,000 positive reviews on Steam and won the Best Indie Game Award at the Indigo showcase held in the Netherlands. Those successes paved the way for a fascinating series of four other games: We Were Here released in 2017, We Were Here Too 2018, We Were Here Together in 2019.
After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the fourth part We Were Here Forever was also released in May 2022. Although each part is a different story, their content is closely linked with each other, so we will start from the first two games, We Were Here and We Were Here Too for easy understanding.
At the beginning of We Were Here, you and the others are on an expedition on an uninhabited snowy mountain, but due to a large blizzard, your group has lost track of each other, after firing flares that give off a signal. Signaling to the others, you and the rest of your companions find a castle among the snowy mountains and decide to take refuge there.
Both are attacked by a mysterious person as soon as you step inside the castle, when you wake up you find yourself somewhere inside the castle, and your companion is nowhere to be seen. So you begin your journey inside the mysterious castle to find your lost companion.
Your companion is now being held in the castle’s library, the two can communicate through the radio you picked up. The two will have to exchange information to be able to open all the doors inside the castle and meet each other.
Your journey will not be smooth because both of you will have to overcome difficult challenges that are carefully designed inside the castle, if you cannot overcome the challenge, you may die in many different ways. like drowning or freezing in the snow. After going through all the above difficulties, you will go down to a cellar leading out of the castle, your companion will also be there, and the two will escape the mysterious castle together.
Because it is the opening game, it can be seen that We Were Here only pays attention to the player’s experience. So in the process of experiencing, you will hardly find a line, or even a line of documents explaining who this castle belongs to, why it is located in the middle of the snowy mountains, who is this castle? who knocked you and your teammates out as soon as you entered the castle. There is very little data to explain the game’s plot, except for the books and extremely fragmentary information.
It was not until the second part of We Were Here Too that the above questions were gradually revealed more clearly. In We Were Here Too, you play as a member of the snow mountain expedition team, get lost in a storm and accidentally arrive at the strange castle in part 1. At this time, there are 3 inside the castle. door, 2 out of 3 are open. On the floor was a long trail of snow that stretched from the big door to the door in the middle.
You and your companion decide to split into action, each person will enter a different door and communicate through the walkie-talkie like in part 1. In the process of escaping this bizarre place, both will have to Face the pitfalls arranged inside the castle. After deciphering all the above challenges, you will meet your comrades again and together escape the whole strange castle.
The real story of the castle
After synthesizing all the data and discrete information found in the game and referring to foreign brothers, we will have a relatively complete plot as follows. This castle has existed since the 16th century, at that time the area belonged to the country of Amber Adelaide, under the rule of King Bartholomeus.
Based on the decorative motifs that appear on the flags and in-game books, it can be seen that the story revolves around 4 people, King Bartholomeus with the symbolic image of a wolf. Queen Leonora appears through a peacock flag, her courtier Jester is a raccoon, and finally Brutus is a warden with a wild boar flag.
In addition to the four flags above, we also see four flags with images of other animals such as deer, eagle, weasel and badger appearing in the game. They will represent other characters who have performed rituals with the king, and what that ceremony is, I will tell later. Based on the play in We Were Here and the books, we know that after King Bartholomeus married Queen Leonora, the two had 5 children together.
In which 3 daughters are Emilia, Katja and Charlotte respectively, and 2 princes are Jan and Phillip. There is a theory they have another son named Valdemar but that is not correct. In the diary of Queen Leonora that I found, the words “After the death of fiance Valdemar and my beloved child, Emilia gradually became…”, which means that Valdemar is in fact her fiancé. Princess Emilia, not the child of the king and queen.
Of those 5 children, the youngest princess Charlotte died at a young age due to illness, not long after, second Prince Philip also died of the disease “Fire Devil”. Based on the description in the game, I think the “Fire Devil” disease is actually measles because the characteristic symptom is a red rash. The deaths of her two youngest children had caused Queen Leonora so much grief that it created a great distance between her and King Bartholomeus.
Although desperate with the current situation, the king could not do anything else and disaster still did not spare him. At this point, if you notice, in part 2 called We Were Here Too, you will realize that the two characters you control will represent the two characters, the king and the queen, based on the small symbols on the wings. The door is at the beginning of the game.
In the battle screen, as the king, you will have to defeat a group of knights and finally attack a castle-like castle to defeat the two characters guarding the tower. . When the level is over, you will hear the king’s voice mentioning the names of his two sons and exclaiming what I have done.
In the book Amber Adelaide, we will see the names Jan and Valdemar at the end, with the words “What have I done”. There is a theory that this book belongs to King Bartholomeus, but I think it is more likely that it is from Brutus. Specifically, because the bottom corner of the book has a boar symbol representing Brutus, this book must have belonged to the warden Brutus.
We can conclude that after the death of the second son Phillip, the eldest son Jan and the fiancé Valdemar of Princess Emilia also died in turn in a fierce battle initiated by King Bartholomeus. Besides, the deaths of those two people were most likely related to the warden Brutus. Grieving over the death of her fiancé, Princess Emilia gradually became distant from her parents and often went to the forest to hunt.
The other princess is Katja, without the protection of her brothers and sisters, so easily deceived and began to seek comfort from the evil man. The family was torn apart due to various problems, it is no wonder that Queen Leonora became depressed and betrayed King Bartholomeus when she began to seek solace from another love.
Based on a love letter signed by Queen Leonora to a man named B, in the letter the queen said that “this love is wrong”. Although B may stand for Bartholomeus, if the recipient of the letter is the king, then why did the queen add this sentence? The only reasonable explanation in this case is that the B does not stand for Bartholomeus but Brutus.
We’ll find a second love letter later from Brutus to Leonora, so the queen is actually having an affair with the jailer Brutus behind the king’s back. At this point, let us recall the book with the last two names, Jan and Valdemar, attributed to Brutus. Some players theorize that the queen had an affair with Brutus before becoming pregnant and that Jan is actually Brutus’ son, so the words “What have I done” describe Brutus’ remorse for accidentally killing his son. me.
But wait, if that’s the case, then I don’t think Brutus has anything to do with Jan and Valdemar’s deaths because he has no reason to. The only explanation I can think of is that Valdemar is actually the son of Brutus, he originally wanted to kill Jan so that he would no longer have an heir to the throne and put his son in power, but did not expect to kill him. his own son.
Not long after, the king discovered that the queen had given him a pair of very long horns and began to go crazy killing everyone in the castle. Proof of this is that in the first We Were Here, we will see a small play with the content of a king who has gone mad and killed everyone. But wait, if so, where does the ritual I mentioned above appear in the story?
Based on the books, we know that after discovering the queen’s adultery, the king decided to play wild and do all sorts of things to get a new heir, such as sleeping with as many girls as possible. . But this doesn’t seem to be making much progress because the king seems to have some kind of curse that causes his later sons to die one after another.
Falling into despair, the king began to blame the whole time and build the arena of life and death to amuse himself. That’s when the king met his courtier Jester. In parts 1 and 2, Jester is not mentioned much in the game, but you can see him in a few places in the castle. Since the information of these two parts is not clear, it is possible that Jester or a third party instigated the king to perform a ritual to become immortal, but Jester certainly had a part in this.
In the game, we will learn that Jester is actually being influenced by some evil force, so don’t jump to conclusions about whether he is the one who instigated the king. But for now, we can tentatively conclude that after the ritual is over, the people in the castle are dead, and the king, Jester, and perhaps other figures involved in the ritual such as Brutus and Priests have also become immortal and they are still hiding in the castle.
In addition, there is a mysterious girl, we will temporarily call the Waiting Girl, who has fallen in love with Prince Jan and has a very close relationship with Queen Leonora. But like Jester, that girl is not mentioned much in these two parts. To this day we still don’t know why the main character was brought to this place, why Jan and Valdemar died, who are the other mysterious characters like the priest… So if you’re curious then, hopefully You guys can support this video and we’ll see you in the story of the sequels of We Were Here! Bye!
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