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Away: The Survival Series Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Away: The Survival Series is an open world narrative game about wildlife. It's a bit like playing inside a nature documentary. You explore, glide between the treetops, fight predators and find food on an island that has survived after a cataclysmic event. All the while your progress is narrated with a Planet Earth or Blue Planet style voice over that highlights its message of environmentalism and conservation.

Set in the near future, after a dreadful environmental disaster wiped out humans, and made most of earth uninhabitable. You play a small Sugar Glider on a mission to find your family. Along the way, you need to find food and water to survive, fight predators who'd otherwise eat you, glide across gaps, between burning trees and through dangerously small gaps.

Gameplay revolves around exploring the island, both in the air and on the ground as you forage for sustenance. You must fend off predators and other animals with a combination of well-timed dodges and rapid attacks. There's a mode you can unlock by completing the story that allows you to freely explore the island and transform any animal you please.

It's a novel concept, playing more like a documentary than a video game. With a clever story, powerful messages and an unusual set of game mechanics it offers a unique experience.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Breaking Walls Co (@BreakingWallsCo)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. Violence in the game is non-realistic in nature. Predators can sting, bite, throw or swipe at the player's character, while the player's character can fight back against predators, or attack prey to eat, by biting or swiping at them with its claws. There is no blood or injury detail and attacks simply cause creatures to fall backwards. There are some mildly scary sequences, such as a forest fire and the player's character having to sneak around sleeping creatures without waking them.

Rated PG by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

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 players have the patience for the careful and slow progress. They must master the flying aspect of the game that requires some patience.

CostsCosts

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Away: The Survival Series Accessibility Report documents 12 accessibility features:
During gameplay, especially in combat and flight sections, you are required to rapidly press buttons, and press buttons at specific times. You need to be able to quickly react to on-screen changes and events.

Some of the text, particularly tutorial text, can be very small, and also not contrast very well with the background, making it difficult to read.

There are glowing blue mushrooms that guide you through the main story, and by following them you can reach every required destination. They are large, frequent, and easy to spot.

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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