The Stillness of The Wind Reviews
The Stillness of the Wind is a lovely, sad spin on farming games
An elderly empty-nester whistles as she maintains her smallholding with calm and dignity in this slow-paced, meditative game
As you watch Talma's existence fade, you grasp the importance that every moment can have on a mortal plane.
Only fiddly controls and minor pacing issues mar a melancholic and affecting story, simply and refreshingly told.
This isn't a fun game, but it is an experience with a message.
The Stillness of the Wind offers up a captivating story combined with serene gameplay. If you're looking for an emotionally engaging gaming experience, this game should definitely be added to your list.
The Stillness of the Wind tells a moving tale of an elderly woman living alone on a small, isolated farm.
Old lady Talma's melancholic tale of utter loneliness and inevitable end does provide some tasty breadcrumbs every now and then, but as a whole, this farm sim/narrative-driven title overstays its welcome, doesn't manage to be enjoyable, and ends up being a chore that just happens to include some pretty, and mildly coloured vistas, as well as a nice calm-and-then-ominous aura.
I hope by now it is clear that The Stillness of the Wind is not a traditionally “fun” game – it doesn’t have the compulsion or reward of something like Stardew Valley. That being said, I would still recommend giving it a chance
This game will stay with me for a long time, even if it’s only three hours in play time. It’s a game about old age, about loneliness and losing the people around you. It’s also a game about stubbornly carrying on and about old friendships. Don’t play it if you are looking for a farming sim. Don’t play it if you are looking for a time management game. Play it if you want to experience something special, but do consider which device you will play it on.
It is a real experience. About roots, family and specially loneliness. About the value of what doesn’t grow and is sentenced to disappear. About loss and farewells.
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The Stillness of the Wind is not the easiest game to recommend, really being more of a curiosity piece than anything else, but if you are prepared to look beyond its limitations, there is a melancholic story here to be discovered.
A shorter, tighter experience may have been able to use the tedium and slow tone it delivers for a more consistent experience and resonance with the player, but The Stillness of the Wind was too long a chore for me to enjoy enduring.