The Forest Cathedral Review (PlayStation 5)

For this The Forest Cathedral Review, we play a first-person environmental thriller set on a remote island. Playing as scientist Rachel Carson, players will figure out why the island won’t let her leave. The game tells the reimagined story of the attempted silence of Rachel Carson leading up to her discoveries of the harmful pesticide known as DDT.

The Forest Cathedral Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • The gameplay is ranged as you play a platformer in a computer system and the next you are walking around in first person doing things like fumigating.
  • The game missions are split into weeks and you get a to-do list in your notebook.
  • At the end of the week, you have pixel art animation conversations with your friends, lovers, and boss.
  • You play as a new biologist on Silence Island and you are tasked with looking after and cataloguing the inhabitants.
  • The island is a bright and colorful place full of secrets and fun to poke around.
  • The platforming is good with tight controls and devious level design, the aesthetic gives it a virtua Boy vibe.
  • The story is well-paced with a mix of dialogue and events mixed with the general jobs and platforming.
  • It’s a game that sounds and looks weird but it does enough to keep you hooked and coming back for more.
  • The game has a load of charm and just the right amount of intrigue.
  • A game that’s a bit out there.

The Forest Cathedral Review Cons:

  • Weird-looking characters.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Unskippable opening slow cutscene.
  • The volume of character voices and music is all out of whack.
  • Unusual camera angles and cuts.

Related Post: VISCO Collection Review (PlayStation 5)

The Forest Cathedral:

Official website.

Developer: Brian Wilson

Publisher: Whitethorn Games

Store Links –


  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


The Forest Cathedral is a game that offers a unique and immersive experience. It boasts impressive graphics and the coveted platinum trophy, making it a visually appealing and rewarding game.

The gameplay is diverse, ranging from platformer sequences set within a computer system to first-person exploration tasks such as fumigation. The game’s missions are organized into weeks, with a handy to-do list provided in your notebook. This structure adds a sense of progression and achievement to the gameplay.

As new biologists on Silence Island, players are tasked with caring for and cataloging the island’s inhabitants. The island itself is a vibrant and colorful place, brimming with secrets and offering plenty of areas to explore. The game features quirky characters that add to its charm.

However, the game does have a few drawbacks. The controls cannot be rebound, and the opening cutscene is unskippable and slow-paced. Additionally, the volume balance between character voices and music could use some adjustment. The camera angles and cuts are unusual, which might take some getting used to.

Despite these minor issues, the platforming aspect of the game is well-executed, with tight controls and clever level design. The aesthetic gives it a Virtua Boy vibe. The story is well-paced, blending dialogue and events with the general jobs and platforming.

The Forest Cathedral is a game that might seem strange at first glance, but its charm and intrigue will keep you hooked. It’s a bit out there, but it’s a game that will keep you coming back for more. Overall it’s just mental enough to keep you going and wanting to see more. Do not miss out on this whacky ass game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!