Soul Searching

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchOct 25, 2019
PCFeb 15, 2017

Developer: Kayabros

Publishers: Nakana.i.o, Kayabros

Genres: Adventure, RPG, Simulation

Sail away from your homeland, visit new islands, discover the stories of their people, and learn about souls. The gameplay is about exploring and surviving, alone or as a crew of up to 4 travelers. You must deal with hunger, thirst, energy loss, merciless beasts, and the weather. You can fish, purchase new boats and tools, and even cast magic spells. There is not one correct play style or path to follow. Go where the wind blows and experiment on your own. Can you actually get lost when the journey is the destination? The "Story Mode" of Soul Searching invites you to reflect on existence and search for meaning with contemplative moments and thought-provoking dialogues. Seven extra “short stories” also introduce you to various art and storytelling experiments. You may find them innovative and inspiring. The "Random Mode" generates a unique map at the beginning of each new game, to explore by yourself or with up to 3 other players. But beware if you choose to cooperate: more people means more mouths to feed, and only good teamwork will lead to your survival. - Meaningful single player “Story Mode” - “Random Mode” for 1 to 4 players with auto-generated maps for more replay value - Blend of contemplative experience with rough survival conditions - Fascinating creatures: dragons, killer whales, dolphins and more - Many islands, some inhabited by people with intriguing stories to tell - Magic skills which can only be acquired by worthy souls - Day-and-night cycle that subtly affects the gameplay - Seven extra “short stories” with an experimental indie vibe - “Soul-Soothing Donation” DLC for music lovers, which sales help the UN Refugees Agency “Soul Searching is about growing up, leaving your homeland, standing on your feet. It deals with themes like isolation and search for direction.” - Talha Kaya “We gather games that share a strong experience to remember, and try to motivate real changes with Donation-DLCs” - Mikaël Bourget

Soul Searching Critic Reviews

Soul Searchers offers a variety of other features to dabble with. You could play the main story alone, like I did, or you could play with up to three other players. This can be both fun and challenging as there will suddenly be more mouths to feed upon the tiny boat. But I could also imagine it being a lot of fun as someone could be a navigator dedicated to keeping an eye on the map and binoculars whilst someone else could be focused on catching fish and keeping food supplies up. This multiplayer mode isn’t just locked to the story, as there is a random mode that creates randomized islands for you to reach. I think this is a fun mode for those just interested in the survival mechanic of the game. Lastly, there is also a feature where you can play through some “artistic” short stories. They’re pretty experimental, and I wasn’t a total fan, but its worth checking out nonetheless.

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Soul Searching has good music that fits the stage well. The simplicity of the game mechanics stands out. It conveys well a feeling of loneliness on a trip, although negativism becomes repetitive in the game. Controlling the paddle of the raft is annoying and does not encourage excessive play.

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