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Eastward Review
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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Eastward is a adventure game about a miner who meets a young girl in a secret facility. Together you explore the decaying cities and discover the truth about her origins and what’s behind the creatures who are destroying everything. The narrative is built as you talk to characters from the towns and villages that you explore, they may help you by giving information or items.

It’s a single player game but you have the choice of either controlling John, the miner, or the little girl, Sam, as some hidden paths can be found with each characters. John has weapons such as: flamethrower, cog-shooter, frying pan and any others you find along the way. Sam has magical powers with spells such as a kinetic blast, stunning enemies. You can collect ingredients to cook meals that give different health benefits and powers, meaning planning fo future battles is necessary.

It blends the story and sense of place that games like Stardew Valley create with the puzzles, exploration and world physics (and cooking) of games like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Pixpil Games (@PixpilGames)

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CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Sexual Innuendo, Mild Swearing. This game includes use of bad language, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*', '*!@?*', ass' and '*!@?*'. The game also includes mild violence between human and fantasy characters, such as humans hitting blob-like slug creatures, or blowing them up with explosives, which causes them to melt into red puddles which flicker and disappear. During a turn-based mini-game, slashes and flashes appear over the images of selected enemies, although no actual violence, blood or injuries are shown. There are references to alcohol and alcohol use, although there is no sight of alcohol being consumed. There is sight of characters smoking but this is not a prominent aspect of the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Turning Subtitles on in the settings menu causes the dialog text from the text boxes to be displayed across the bottom of the screen in white in an italicized font, but it isn't in front of a solid color background so is not always as clear as the text boxes and is roughly the same size. This feature is probably most useful for displaying text in another language.

Although there is no control map available, many of the controls have on screen cues provided at appropriate times. This does not include the most frequently used commands, such as attack.

The game map is clear and easy to understand and provides a large indicator for the next destination you need to go, but it is fairly small and there is no option to zoom in.

The Treasure Detector uses a visual indicator, sound, and vibration to alert you of treasure nearby, however the visual indicator alone is fairly small and positioned far in the upper right corner, so you will want to pay close attention to it or check it frequently if you have both sound and vibration off.
 
Our Eastward Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:

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