Game Review: far: Lone Sails
Let’s start with probably the most important fact of this review: This is not the game style I typically enjoy playing. Now that that is out of the way, let me say that the play of this game is pretty amazing. In a desolate world setting, this game really does a great job of making you feel like your character is the only one in the world. The game does a good job of explaining only just enough of the gameplay, which makes part of the puzzle figuring out how to interact with the environment. The aesthetic and audio environment are spot on, and really enhance the whole “desolate world” theme.
The game play start off with minimal instruction, and the first step is making your way to your Okomotive (ship thingly). As I described previously, the first puzzle to conquer is figuring out how the ship functions. Then, you’re on your way! You travel, and have to complete environmental puzzles to keep moving your ship forward. Even moving forward is a little bit of a thought process, as you have to consider wind direction, damage to the ship, and how much fuel you have to move your ship forward on energy. Throughout the game play there are pictures to take note of that describe the world as it was previously, and give small clues as to how things came to be. Over all, the game is a gem to play!
On to my final statement, and unfortunately, my one VERY large complaint: the pricetag. I purchased this game because steam featured it on the front page of the store, and I figured, “Why not? It has great reviews (mostly positive), and I’m looking for a good single player game that doesn’t come with a bunch of frustration.” This game was both of those things. But at the $14.99 price tag, this game was WAY TOO SHORT! I understand development costs vs. supply and demand determine a games intrinsic market value. That doesn’t validate charging $15 for a game that at it’s longest probably won’t take you 3 full hours to beat. This game was fantastic in every other way. But had I known the storyline was going to come to a close after such a short period of time, I would not have made the purchase.
That being said, wait till it’s on sale and buy this game. This game IS worth buying, and IS worth playing. And maybe for you, this game is worth the price listed. Remember my first line in this article, this isn’t generally the kind of game I play at all, so the price is steep to me. Removing that, the game is a definite pick for your wishlist.