This game is rated PEGI 3
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.
In a world where all the stars have fallen from the sky onto an expansive marsh, you traverse the ancient land and try to figure out a way to put them back. As you do, you use your net to find new species of animals, from frogs to insects, and add their details to your logbook notes. Along the way, you discover that these animals hold the key to putting the stars back, and are in fact star constellations themselves.
Your Notebook provides clues about the sort of habitat you can find these creatures in. As you find them and interact with a host of other creature-characters you restore them to the night sky and gradually bring light back to the darkness of night. The game features a procedurally generated landscape, meaning you have an infinite amount of marsh to explore and skim stones, read poems, pick flowers, or even just sit on a log and contemplate the beauty of the natural world.
With a tranquil story that mirrors the stark natural beauty of the surroundings, it offers a chance to progress at your own pace through the game while giving you time to think and unwind, all in a novel way and setting.
Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2022
Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Accessibility: 31 features
Components: Day and Night, Open World and Weather
You can play this game in the following styles:
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:
Some of the prose and poetry has a dark edge. There is one piece of text that talks about drowning.
4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players need to be able to use the controls to move around the world and spot insects. There's not time pressure so even beginners can find a way to progress. There is a little reading, but the text is quite large.
Young players can enjoy:
- Collecting wood to get a Harp.
- Clearing rubbing to get Pan Pipes.
- Plucking petals to make music.
- Building a snowman.
- Finding the perfect skimming stone.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:
- 12-year-old: Documenting Habitats
The join-the-dots aspect of the game is the most fiddly, an example of which needs to be completed before you start. There is some helpful audio to indicate success or failure with this dot-joining.
Also the initial prompt for the RT button isn't high contrast.
Text in the game is large, although at times it is made small for emphasis. Othertimes it shakes again to communicate emphasis. In the Notebook some of the text is smaller. Also, when you view the Notebook at night the contrast is much lower. You can turn general text wobble off.
There is lightening in the game that creates a flash of the screen. When you approach an interactive elements a Eye image is displayed. Secondary interactive elements are highlight with a sparkle and related directional sound. Insects make directional sounds that help you find them. This sound is mirrored by a pulse visal that can be seen if they are on camera - but doesn't offer visual direction if off screen. You can turn off Screen Shake. There is an option to boost the game brightness, but this also reduces contrast.
Diversity and Inclusion
Gender and Sexuality:
Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.
- Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.
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