Wylde Flowers Reviews
At its core, Wylde Flowers is much more of a narrative-driven social simulation game than a game about farming and other such activities. The surface-level nature of some of the game's elements could be a problem were it not for the fact that Wylde Flowers absolutely excels at the story it's trying to tell utilizing a brilliant cast of characters. With Wylde Flowers, players get an eclectic game where they can brew potions and cast spells while somehow also enjoying a fairly grounded, small-town life alongside unique characters. While it may not be the most complex title on some fronts, Wylde Flowers succeeds at telling a bewitchingly beautiful story.
Wylde Flowers is what you get when you take a farming/life sim, such as Stardew Valley, and focus more heavily on the narrative and characters. A constant shift of events and huge amounts of voiced lines brings this world to life, even if that focus does mean the simulation aspects of the gameplay are reduced. With a lovingly detailed world and equally lovely examples of diversity, you could do a lot worse than spend your week playing Wylde Flowers.
It was perhaps around the time I found myself feeding mulberry leaves to my silkworms so they could produce the silk I need to run through my loom in order to make the fabric required to produce the parachutes the island's meteorologist had requested for her research balloons… somewhere in that long chain of intertwined chores, anyway… that I realised Wylde Flowers was indeed a very good chore game. And by this point my wife was very much in agreement.
The sense of colour isn't just in looks, meaning Wylde Flowers is an island highly worth visiting and another Aussie indie classic.
The developer uses the term “cottagecore” a lot to describe Wylde Flowers, but I feel that reduces it to just being a trend. Wylde Flowers is so much more than that: it’s heartfelt, inclusive, clever, and witchy. It’s the kind of game that makes you feel at home, and the kind of game you want to come home to. It’s a must-play game that I’d recommend to anyone, and that’s darned impressive considering it’s Studio Drydock’s first game (but not surprising if you go to its website and read about the resumes of people behind it).
Wylde Flowers is a title that takes us through the story of Tara Wylde. Combining a farm with witchy mechanics such as creating potions, we will have to unravel the mysteries that will occur in Puerto Calmo while we interact with their neighbors.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
With so much to do in the game, you could spend all day fishing or maybe planting crops to harvest. Maybe you would like to collect every magic spell, or learn more about all the people in Fairhaven. Whatever you want to do in Wylde Flowers, the game has a lot of it for you to do, and I love it; it is so much fun!
Wylde Flowers is a good representative of farming sims that manages to offer a charming and inviting world. The effort to make the island and its people feel like something real is particularly noteworthy. It's a highly recommended game, especially for fans of the genre.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
I spent nearly 50 hours with the Apple Arcade version of Wylde Flowers. I guess the same will happen again with the Nintendo Switch version. Wylde Flowers is one of my wholesome games 2022. You get the lovely town of Fairhaven in a solid Switch port.
Review in German | Read full review
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the cute, cartoony graphics and simplicity of the gameplay. Nothing overly complicated, no convoluted storyline or frustrating controls. While the game isn’t perfect, it was still a fun way to kill some time and enjoy what I love about the genre while avoiding what I don’t like about it.
Wylde Flowers' comforting ambience will surely be a hit amongst its target audience. It sticks to the Farming Sim/RPG formula in tried and true gameplay structure and focuses on the relationships amongst the citizens of Fairhaven and fully voiced characters to set it apart from similar games.
Wylde Flowers is a nice game in some aspects. After spending a good bit of time with the game for this review, it does succeed as a simulation, farming, and crafting fun. However, you might want something deeper to really get involved in and feel like you are part of the family.