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Video GameThe Wild At Heart Review
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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Wild At Heart is an adventure puzzle game where you play two children fleeing hardship. Unlike other adventures, play here extends beyond conversations, exploring and fetch quests. You interact with the world by collecting a swarm of small magical creatures, like the game Pikmin, for you to command. As long as you have enough of them, they can break stuff, collect loot, fight enemies and even build new paths.

You play as 12-year-old loner Wake, who spends most of his days alone, holed up in his room busying himself tinkering with self-made inventions and getting lost in video games to escape the complications of his troubled home life. He runs away with his best friend Kirby and they unwittingly stumble into another world, full of magical creatures.

The game is set in a hand-drawn sequestered world rich with centuries and full of lore. Woods, caves, coastline and ancient shrines, all full of puzzles to be solved and secrets waiting to be uncovered.

As you progress you discover more places to go and gather rare resources that enable you to build new structures, items, and earn upgrades. But it's the gang of Spriteling creatures that really help. Their unique abilities combine with your trusty vacuum to take on all manner of enemies.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/05/2021

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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Moonlight Kids (@MoonlightKids_)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence, Fear.

In the US, ESRB state: Players use a vacuum and forest sprites to solve puzzles, interact with the environment, and battle fantasy creatures (e.g., mushroom guardians, insects, slime monsters). Players' sprites swarm enemies and punch them until defeated. Battles are accompanied by impact sounds, cries of pain, and screen-shaking effects. A handful of sequences reference bathroom humor: a creature vomiting off screen, with retching sounds; a mushroom identified as “poop fruit”; a character referred as "fart face." The word “a*s” appears in the game.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be inquisitive to explore the world and find secret ways to advance. There's some collecting and resource management of the creatures that help you. This also leans into puzzle solving by applying the right helpers to the appropriate tasks that fit their abilities.

CostsCosts

The Wild At Heart usually costs £19.49 to £20.99.
 

The Wild At Heart

XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.49
Switch Store Switch £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our The Wild At Heart Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
You can set the game to pause when you are doing non-gameplay menus and interactions. This helps reduce the pressure of the game. You can also hide the time-of-day icon to reduce potential information overload.

You can switch the control for vacuuming in the game from the mouse to the Shift key, which can be useful for players using trackpads or mouse inputs without double click.

You can turn off the way the text in the game jiggles and shakes to provide tone of speech. You can change the size of the elements used to attract the player's attention, which can be useful for low-vision players.

Text in the game is generally clear but some of the item descriptions have a lot of dense text that is smaller and can be hard to read.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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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