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Stonefly Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and find new worlds you go on a journey of self-discovery, legacy, and belonging.

Your mission is to get your father's mech back. Your carelessness allowed it to be stolen, and you are desperate to make good on the mistake. Play involves gliding your mech strategically among the beautiful flora and dangerous fauna. You negotiate hungry bugs, meet memorable characters and avoid hitting the ground at all costs.

The game is unusual not only for the miniature mechs and even smaller pilots, but the world through which you fly. It's intricately created and offers a layered environment you can explore and use to your advantage. Your missions take you through tree canopies, marshes and prickly briars in the world's undiscovered nature scapes.

Enemies are in the form of bugs. These can be hard to defeat at first, but once you get used to using thermals and updrafts to aid flight you can out manoeuvre them. There are then different ways to deal with them - flip them over and push them to the ground, stun them or use decoys to distract them. These encounters grant you minerals that you can use to craft specialized mech parts to match your play style.

The result is an unusual game. The play has a rhythm that switches from the excitement of exploration during the day, to being back at camp at night talking to people and upgrading systems. As combat role-play games go, this one is beautiful and surprisingly calm.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 
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

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.

Skill Rating

7-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Quite young players can enjoy Stonefly with it's familiar "Floor Is Lava" mechanic. Very young will need some help from parents as they get used to the controls. Older school children will enjoy customising their miniature insect mech to their heart's delight.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Stonefly Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@FlightSchoolHQ) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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