The Wild at Heart
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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.
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.
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.
The Wild at Heart is a stunning escapade that is brought to life with beautiful hand-drawn art, delightful uses for its Spritelings, the interesting characters from start to end, and a place worth revisiting constantly with the Deep Woods. If you are in search of an indie game that is full of charm, life, and an intriguing mystery to keep you occupied, The Wild at Heart is the perfect adventure for you.
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.
The Wild at Heart is a heartfelt exploration game that makes you feel as if you are seeing the world through young eyes. The game follows Wake and Kirby as they cling to their innocence and a need for something greater than their lonely and difficult upbringings, and it is refreshing and bittersweet to follow them throughout this journey. With characters, environments and music that embody a battle between the joys and fears of childhood, The Wild at Heart is a perfect reminder of how our view of the world continues to grow and change.
The Wild at Heart is a fun, whimsical and challenging little action adventure game, largely thanks to its nicely-crafted puzzles, but it could have been a better adventure if it wasn't trying to cram in so much.
Maybe you won't remember anything from the main story of The Wild at Heart, but its cuteness and Pikmin-like, puzzle-sauce gameplay will take you to the end of the game.
Review in Turkish | Read full review
The Wild at Heart is a heartwarming, beautiful game inspired by the gameplay mechanics of the Pikmin series. The game uses a succulent watercolor art design that transcends the overall experience. There are some minor problems in resource management mechanics and control systems. Still, overall, it is a great experience that I can recommend to almost anybody interested in puzzle, adventure, and exploration games.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Just like many puzzle games rely on rich and well-structured narratives to justify the existence of each challenge, The Wild at Heart delivers a creative story full of mysterious moments. The difference here is the freedom that the map gives the player to explore the challenges in the order they think best, allowing each one to advance on the main plot at the pace they prefer. It is a game for those who like to explore the environment with curiosity and attention and who are looking for an interesting and well-articulated story and gameplay, so that the mechanics serve to reinforce the intended experience. In this game where partnership is fundamental, fun comes hand in hand with emotion.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review