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The Wild At Heart Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 10 weeks 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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @MoonlightKids_

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

The Wild At Heart usually costs £20.99.
 

The Wild At Heart

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence, Fear.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our The Wild At Heart Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:

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