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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @gweronimo, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Smalland is a survival adventure where you are a tiny character in an overgrown wilderness. The world is dynamically changing, not only with the weather, seasons, day and night but also in response to what you do. It's as beautiful as it is intimidating and dangerous.

You work to find water, food and shelter to survive. In the game you jump, glide, swing yourself around to reach new areas and avoid danger. Use crafting, building, hunting and combat to survive at the bottom of the food chain. It also features co-operative gameplay, where you can connect with other players and help one another against the environment. Your character can be personalised and skills specialised.

Small Land is one of these games that play with scale, letting you experience something familiar (in this case, your back yard) from a new and intriguing angle. Even a gust of wind or a rain shower can prove perilous when you're this small - not to mention hailstones. Trees are colossal but can still be climbed. Watch out for rodents, birds and large insects - but some of them may become your friends and let you ride on their back.

The game was originally conceived in 2017 but never came to fruition. The idea drew a large following that is now becoming this release from a substantial developer. PC release will come first.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Play Smalland (@PlaySmalland)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. Since this is an open-world survival game, duration may vary greatly. Many players are likely to put 100s of hours into the game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play by yourself but you are encouraged to play online with others in a shared world against computer controlled enemies. Details about online play are subject to change, as the game is not yet released.

 
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 12.
 
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.

Developer is aiming for PEGI 12 and ESRB EVERYONE 10+. "There are spooky creatures that you attack and kill. The violence is along the lines of a nature video but usually not directed towards other players."

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The collecting and home-creating aspect require both planning and patience. There can also be collaboration with players of different abilities. Players also need to deal with the challenges of being a small chatacter in a big.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
 

CostsCosts

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

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Smalland Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
There are no difficulty settings, but you can adjust the aim assist. You can play the game at your own pace, although boss encounters are more hectic.

There is a vision mode to help identify what to interact with in the game which will be useful for greater visibility. You are also warned about stalking enemies with both audio and visual queues.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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