Warning: Contains suicide, death and embalming. Please don’t read any further if you are sensitive to these subjects.
A mortician’s job is definitely not easy! To be one you would have to have a strong will, don’t mind working with dead people, dealing with the living and the grieving. These are some hard shoes to fill and the game “A Mortician’s Tale” brings light to the gruesome job.
Being a mortician involves embalming, cremation and holding funeral services. You do all of this in ” A Mortician’s Tale”.
You play as Charlie (Charlotte) starting her first day at the funeral home Rose and Daughter’s as a mortician. Regularly check your emails to get new jobs you need to fill and interact with your friends and co-workers. ( To get more of the story regularly check the unused tab on your computer to see what Charlie has been looking at.)
Thankfully, the game is more focused on the story of the game rather than the graphics. This low-poly design gives a cartoon vibe helping you ease into the dark themes you will witness in the game. The game can be very upfront in regards to using tools to embalm, talking with grieving family members and even knowing how some of the people have died.
Some dark themes you will come across is a suicide, embalming techniques, dead people and companies trying to profit on the dead. All of this can be highly disturbing to a lot of people but for some (including myself) it can bring on a certain kind of peace, knowing you are preparing people for their final goodbye and sending them off in a humane way.
A Mortician’s Tale is a disturbing game meant to highlight the western funeral industry. To see just how impersonal it can get can be heart-wrenching for some (especially later in the game). However, the ending was a cute heartfelt one, seeing how Charlie has grown into the industry and offering an alternative to the cold send-off most funeral services provide.
A Mortician’s Tale was not meant to gross people out. This game is featuring harsh truths that a lot of people face. I truly believe this game was meant to enlighten us, about the job and help us deal with the feelings we have about death. The life of a mortician is a hard one indeed.
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