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Video GameWilderless Review
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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Wilderless is a traversal and exploration game where you are left to discover a fantasy world at your own pace without the usual hindrances. You run, jumping and glide your way around the landscape that unfolds beautifully before you. It stands out not only for how good it looks, but its offering of a Zelda- or Skyrim-like world to explore with no enemies or quests, just endless miles of natural untamed wilderness.

It's a game that leans more on offering a playground or meditation space than what we usually expect from interactive entertainment. With simple controls you are left to enjoy a world of quiet moments and stunning views, with golden sunsets behind sky-high mountains, flower filled rolling green hills, and frost covered tundra and frozen lakes.

At first it feels like you are waiting for something to happen, but you soon settle in to the more sedentary pace and enjoy the experience at your own speed. For children, this often becomes a story book or playground world as they invent their own stories and adventures. For adults, it can offer a meditative experience of the wild. You can climb into a rowing boat and explore a lake. Take charge of a galleon. Transform into all manner of animals. Go swimming underwater. Fly as an eagle. Skate on a frozen lake.

The result is a game like no other. The world is generated as you play and offers more than 100,000 square km of wilderness. It's the freedom to roam, along with the sheer size of the place, that makes this somewhere you want to come back to again and again.

If you want more game and narrative in your exploration, there are also adventures:
  • Nimian Legends: Vandgels - An adventure of faith and mystery awaits in the frozen halls of Vandgels.
  • Nimian Legends: Brightridge - Open World exploration through the eyes of two young heros.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/04/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Traversal

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Proto Pop (@ProtoPop)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. There is no start and end to the game. Most players like to dip in for a time before moving on. But you can play for as long as you want. To see everything would takes 100's of hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young children can enjoy the game provided they are able to handle the touch screen controls. Adding a bluetooth (or holster) controller for the device can make this easier for the very young. Having an active imagination works well with the game, that offers something of a blank canvass for all sorts of (perhaps bedtime?) stories.

CostsCosts

Wilderless usually costs £2.39 to £2.49.
 

Wilderless

App Store iOS £2.49
Android Store Android £2.39
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Wilderless Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
There isn't a difficulty option because it's not possible to die or lose progress.

Although you can't see all the controls at once, they are highlighted next to actions. The menu text is quite small but is accompanied with icons. There is an overview map and a compass to aid exploration. Motion blur is off by default and can be enabled.

If you enter the meditation mode the game is played in slow motion. You can also slow gameplay down directly in the options menu.

You can't currently remap buttons but you can position the touch control areas on the screen.

The only hold is to run, where you need to hold the dash button.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something. The game lets you pick and combine body elements as you wish and doesn't label these as for men or women.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender and Sexuality Choices: The gender and sexuality choices you can make for your character orientation and presentation in the game.

  • Choose Any Gender: You can choose any gender (including trans and non-binary) or don’t have to make this distinction.
  • Unrestricted Gender Presentation: You can wear clothing and present your character’s gender in any way regardless of their gender.

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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