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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Oli Hawkins and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Wytchwood is an adventure in a land of gothic fables and fairytales. You are an old witch of the woods and must explore the countryside, collect magical ingredients and brew enchantments. That much is relatively common, here though, your role is to pass judgement upon a capricious cast of characters and creatures.

Play involves gathering, collecting, growing and crafting ingredients for your potions: toxic toadstools, eye of newt and bottled fear. You then research and concoct spells to enact on the populace.

You explore the allegorical world of tall tales, colourful personas and fantastical narratives. As you progress you are pushed to make judgments about your fellow inhabitants. Who deserves forgiveness and who punishment. After all, how will they ever learn if you don’t teach them the moral of the story?

The forest in which you live is always changing with new characters to meet and stories to discover. The result is an unusual game that challenges assumptions of who deserves justice, particularly in the familiar tales that crop up with unexpected endings.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/12/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Alientrap Games (@AlientrapGames)

 

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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 12 for Advice for use of bad language ('bloody'). The game also features moments in which the player's character is attacked by small creatures. The player's character blinks when hit, while the small creatures explode into materials when defeated. The violence is mild and unrealistic and doesn't involve visible harm.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Fantasy Violence, Crude Humor.

Skill Rating

10+ 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. Younger children will enjoy the fairytale aspect here, but pre-teens are better place to understand the justice and subversive aspect of the game.

CostsCosts

Wytchwood usually costs £13.99 to £16.74.
 

Wytchwood

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £13.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £14.99
App Store Mac £15.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Wytchwood Accessibility Report documents 43 accessibility features:
The game autosaves frequently and you can quit at anytime and resume right where you left off.

When you lose all your hearts, you are transported back to the witch's hut and some of your inventory is dropped where you were standing. You able to return to that spot to retrieve your dropped items. The placement of portals usually makes the distance you need to travel fairly short, especially if you open the portals to new areas as soon as you are able.

The journal tracks all of the quests you are currently able to work on, and the sub-sections of each of these questlines, and provides very clear guidance on each step.

Your currently tracked quest appears on the screen, but there are no arrows or visual indicators of where to go next. There is a detailed map of your current area that shows quest markers, and you are able to zoom.

The text size varies throughout the game and is fairly high contrast. The most important text, the names of the ingredients, spells, and reagents is in large text, as well as the major dialogue boxes with important npcs.

Camera Sway can be turned off to reduce motion sickness

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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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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