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Arctico Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Arctico is a meditative, exploration and base-building game where you play a lone scientist on a quest to continue your mentor's legacy and grow food in the arctic. You explore the vast frigid wilds of the island of Arctico with your sledge dogs, create your research base and uncover the secrets left behind by other scientists. It's a 7 year labour of love by the developer, that now offers a unique way to both discover the arctic and what it means for the hopes of humanity.

After the world has run out of room for farming, a scientist heads out to the arctic island of Arctico in the hopes of cultivating food there. After this scientist, your mentor, passes away, you try and continue her work and complete her research. Through letters and objects you find, you gain an insight into her life, and uncover her many unfinished inventions and ideas.

You explore the vast, icy landscape on your sledge, with the help of your dogs, and can also travel by boat, plane and foot. In many ways like Subnautica, you can collect resources that you use to build tools and facilities, which you can move them and decorate them as you please. You can fish, go hunting for clues, uncover new crops which you can sell, or simply sit back and relax in the vast tundra unspoiled by human activity.

It's a unique game that balances exploration with narrative and discovery to create a novel and low-pressure game.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/02/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Claudio Tulio (@Claudio_Tulio)

Players: 1 (2 online)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 8 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. You can play with another player over LAN, who can use their own sleigh to help you with exploration and building.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US where it is ESRB EVERYONE

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Arctico Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
Like Subnautica, this game lets you make your own way, without guiding you through any basics or fundamentals, instead letting you discover these things by yourself. This means that there aren't any tutorials.

Some of the text throughout the game is quite small and difficult to read. It is, however, generally high contrast.

Your tools give you visual directional cues by indicating the distance (which you can use to determine direction) to certain objectives and locations you need to go to, and many interactable objects also display a clearly visible bright orange indicator above them during gameplay.

As it is played in a frozen wasteland, much of the game is a very similar colour and it can subsequently be difficult to distinguish between objects.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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