The Wild at Heart

Moonlight Kids, Humble Games

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
79
Top Critic Average
67%
Critics Recommend
Based on 15 critic reviews
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The Wild at Heart

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

67%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SMay 20, 2021
Xbox OneMay 20, 2021
PCMay 19, 2021

Developer: Moonlight Kids

Publisher: Humble Games

Genres: Adventure, Strategy

A mysterious hidden realm. Two precocious kids fleeing hardship. Magical creatures and an oddball order of guardians who have lost their way. A stygian evil imprisoned. Welcome to the Deep Woods. Amass your Horde Collect and deploy a swarm of quirky Spritelings; small magical creatures for you to command. Break stuff, collect loot, fight enemies, build new paths, and more! Explore A unique and sequestered world rich with centuries full of lore. Woods, caves, coastline, ancient shrines... The Deep Woods is full of puzzles to be solved and secrets waiting to be uncovered. Collect & Craft Gather rare resources like magical crystals, scrap, electrical components and more to build new structures, items, and upgrades! Battle Take on precarious wildlife and supernatural foes with the unique abilities of your Spriteling swarm and your trusty vacuum, the Gustbuster! Nightfall "The dark is bad!" - A common saying among the denizens of the Deep Woods, and for good reason. Malevolent beings lurk in the shadows here and you may just find yourself wanting to stay near a campfire light until sunrise.

The Wild at Heart Critic Reviews

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TheSixthAxis

Steve C
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Wild at Heart is so well put together with a remarkable level of polish and a real sense of its own identity. The skilful blending together of different mechanics borrowed from high profile titles enables the game to be intuitive but also maintain a distinctive feel, so while not the longest game, it is chock full of character and deserves to find its way into your heart. Plus, the Spritelings are just so effin' cute.

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The WIld at Heart is a beautiful game, with some smart puzzles and an engaging story. There are a few mechanics that frustrate, but on the whole this is a really good game.

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In the end, I appreciated that The Wild at Heart leans into being an actual game rather than simply a thinly disguised exploration of childhood trauma. Together with inviting art direction that suggests an animated storybook and a story that supports layers of meaning, The Wild at Heart was a pleasant discovery. The game’s combat and puzzles aren’t entirely consistent or satisfying, and moment to moment the experience can feel a little aimless, but fans of accessible puzzle and action games with heart and some emotional depth should check it out.

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While these limitations have the potential for forcing nail-biting compromises, the irritating micromanagement clashes with other elements that otherwise suggest a breezier game experience, like the rudimentary combat and the way the environment practically overflows with currency and crafting material. So much of The Wild at Heart elegantly sidesteps the usual pitfalls of a resource grind that it’s disheartening whenever it devolves into busywork.

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