What an amazing game! It has multiple endings done in a way that none of the endings or the achievements are missable, what a breath of fresh air! It has a wonderful story, artwork, and music. Completion takes around 6 hours.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 6h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 1/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: Yes, you can use this guide to mop up the achievements you missed
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
Beacon Pines is such a sweet and amazing story-telling adventure game. You play as Luca, that lives in a small village where weird things seem to happen. I don’t want to spoil much more as the game has such an interesting way to let you explore the story.
What makes Beacon Pines so interesting is that there are points in the story where you got asked to decide what to do, and you can choose between “charms” (aka words you found during your game) and see what happens. When you reach an ending of just whenever you want you can go back to that point and make a different choice. During your playthrough, you’ll find more and more words to use and go back in time to find out what happens when you change things.
The game has such amazing artwork and it has so many small details. It also has great music and an awesome story. I can’t promise you will keep it dry during this game as you probably will get heavily invested in the story. I had some tears at some points, but at one point I bawled my eyes out, which was totally worth it.
Before starting to play this I had my doubts, the artwork looked awesome but would this be my type of game, it looks a bit like a point and click game, and it has multiple endings (which can be a hell for achievement hunters). But it was so totally worth it to try the game out, it was just amazing. The only thing I can think of as a negative thing is that you might want to finish this in 1 or 2 sittings to remember the story and the plot points at which you can make different choices… I did hop back to a plot point at one point and couldn’t remember where in the story it was or what lead up to that point, took me a few minutes to realize “oh I’m here in the story”.
None of the achievements are missable, because you can go back to a specific point in the story and just unlock it. I would highly recommend just playing the game and enjoying everything it has to offer. After you finished it, you can check the achievements and what you’re missing to mop it up. The guide linked above does an amazing job of telling you to which story point to hop back to get it.
This review for Beacon Pines was written on 28 September 2022, based on the current Xbox version of the game which has 10 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.