Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.
Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
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.
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
Genres: Adventure (Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle)
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Developer: Moonlight Kids (@MoonlightKids_)
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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.
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.
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.
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