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Windbound

Developer: 5 Lives Studios

Publisher: Koch Media

Adventure
Survival
Action
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  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2020
  • Number of Players: 1
  • On Sale Through: Apr 24, 2024 [$1.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $1.99
  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
Reviews:
  • Starting out with an admission I’ll say that, in general, I’m not typically an automatic fan of survival games. Too often their crafting systems, to me, feel clumsy or contrived to waste your time searching for particular resources and it can bog the experience down. Where I find Windbound to be a pleasant surprise is that for whatever reason this world, and what you need to do to survive, feels relatively intuitive and even natural. You’ll struggle with scarcity in places but for the most part the challenge is in crafting your primitive weapons and materials and understanding that in order to progress you’ll need to be ambitious and use some smarts to take down native animals in order to then be able to craft better materials and so on. This makes for tense moments, to be sure, and it’s precisely those very moments when you’re facing down a hulking beast or braving a new island with potential challenges that you feel like you’re truly in a fight to survive. The mix of exploration, discovery, and fighting to survive can require some patience, experimentation, and perseverance but in general I found the payoffs along the way to be well worth it. The result I find to be somewhere between the classic Legend of Zelda Wind Waker and a survival game, and while the balance may not be for everyone I think it is a solid effort worth checking out.


    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.5]
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