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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Review

Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when she sees an animal in danger, she realises the island needs her help.

The developer describes it as "a personal story inspired by the team's own fond memories of childhood summers in the Mediterranean. A game about how together, we can make a difference.” You work to restore the beaches and wildlife back to its serene beauty. Meeting characters and taking pictures help you on your way. By doing this you catalogue the flora and fauna.

It's like children's show Balamory meets Pokemon Snap.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Us Two (@UsTwo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure usually costs £16.74.
 

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Although not yet rated Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is likely to be PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE. It is rated ages 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Rating

5-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although very young players may struggle to find all the wildlife, with help from a sibling, parent or guardian they can enjoy exploring and meeting the people in the villiage. Really young players often find a controller rather than touch screen is easier (although again some help is needed).

AccessibilityAccessibility

It's a game designed to be suitable for new and beginner players, although there is some skill and deft timing required to get the photos of the birds and animals. When additional buttons are required to play the game they are displayed on the screen for you. You can get assistance and tips on what to do next by talking to the people on the island. The game alerts you to interactive events with visual, vibration and audio indications.

The text is displayed black on white background. The subtitles are quite a good size, but you can't make them larger. When played on smartphone with a Backbone (or similar) controller, or on the PlayStation, Xbox or Switch the display moves from portrait to landscape without significantly scaling the interface so the text is smaller. The mission objects and descriptions of animals are quite large on smartphone in portrait mode but again on consoles' landscape display, it is quite small.

The missions are clearly listed and you can always access a well-annotated map. There is no sonar-style directive audio ping, but you can listen to the sound of the animal you need to find and use that sound to home in on its location in the game world.

You can't remap buttons. On smartphone you can use the gyroscope to fine-tune your aiming of the camera.
 
Our Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Accessibility Report documents 31 accessibility features:

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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