Review: Windscape (Nintendo Switch)
In Windscape you play as a young girl living on your parents’ farm, set in a lovely world made up of floating islands in the sky. As you discover the world you learn that something has gone terribly wrong – islands are breaking apart and falling from the sky!
- Bright colorful graphics.
- 2.6gb download size.
- Adventure gameplay.
- First person view.
- Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
- Legend of Zelda vibes.
- Big open world.
- Simple combat model. You can block and attack.
- Gather resources by killing enemies, chopping down trees, mining, hammering rocks.
- Play how you want.
- You get story missions and optional side missions.
- Crafting tables to make weapons/armor/magic/brew potions etc.
- Big boss fights.
- Light puzzle elements.
- Wide range of enemies.
- Secrets to find.
- Compass with a marker for missions.
- Can farm/grind materials.
- Discover towns, castles, and dungeons.
- Loot chests to find.
- Simple enough to get into.
- Long initial load.
- No tutorial as such, you get simple signpost hints and tips.
- Characters get stuck in the scenery.
- The story has a lot of immersion breaking choices, first off your parent’s names are used in some parts but not in others.
- No touchscreen support.
- Uses a small cursor for navigation.
- Can’t toggle the jump button.
- Spongey enemies.
- No clear weapon/armor stats.
- Guilty of been very handhold.
- Basic combat.
- Slow pace.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 7/107/10
There comes a point when you just want to play a game like Zelda, maybe have fewer puzzles and dungeons but adds a ton of crafting and grinding. That is exactly what Windscape is. It is an open world type adventure game that allows you a lot of freedom. Get all Minecraft and craft gear and hack down trees. Take on missions and just do what you want to be honest. It’s a slow game though with little explanation on advancement the game stays at a set pace albeit a slow one. Dungeons are in the game but are not as common. I loved exploring the world and doing the crafting as it allowed me a lot of control over the type of character I wanted to be. The game does have some ugly textures in places and I got stuck in the scenery more times than I care to admit but overall I found the game to be fine. I could easily knock a few hours out here and there and get something done. In short, Windscape is a fine adventure game that is slow but satisfying.