Wandersong Review

As we saved the world in video games: and powerful corporations destroyed from the inside, and armed with a sword to kill monsters. But the main character Wandersong solves all problems through song. This 10-hour adventure, created almost single-handedly by a сanadian named Greg Lobanov (Greg Lobanov), liked and remembered due to his originality. It addresses an unusual topic uses custom mechanics and all so cool with each other goes, that after passing I want to recommend the game to everyone.

 

Rise and Shine

In the role of the eccentric bard, player is trying to prevent the end of the world. For that he needs to meet with a few, shall we say, deities and learn a special song. Otherwise, all the inhabitants of the planet will die and new life will begin, which nobody now living is not desirable. What kind of song is able to prevent a catastrophe, almost no one believes, but the bard (whose name you come up with yourself, choosing from several letters) insists on his own — since he can sing, it is necessary to use this ability, even if the chance of rescue is negligible.

Singing is a movement of the right stick if to touch him, the screen will display a wheel with different colored tones. At first, Wandersong seems simple platformer in which the protagonist drives away ghosts from a small settlement — it is on them that the player was “trained” in the first Chapter. To defeat the Ghost, you need to repeat the melody consisting of three notes. That is three times to move the stick in different directions, singing a song, this mechanic is used here.

But then it turns out that the game is much bigger and divided into several major episodes, and the story about saving the world constantly delights with unexpected twists and funny situations. While the basic idea remains the same until the final — even ridiculous dancing bard, whose face is always beaming smile, and not look like a real Hero, with the help of other people he will be able to succeed — they all need only to unite for a common goal.

When visiting new locations bard can’t learn the song — he needs to communicate with others, listen to them and help, and in return they will thank you. And this explains a lot of touching episodes: you will meet notorious accordionist, never speaking on stage with their mother on the street in a town bard will meet a crying, useless guy, even a dog to cuddle is not possible.

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A stick is not always possible to get to the right key, but the game is not punishing.

Sooner or later all these people will need to access the fragment of a song. At some point you’ll assemble a team of the most dissatisfied with life and go with them to the factory, polluting the air to end it. In another episode will help the collective of musicians to compose the song. And do you want to write — for several seconds to move the stick in different directions, creating a melody, which then will be able to change and listen to a live performance?

An unforgettable adventure

And that’s not the only moments when singing will be useful to the bard. Often he’ll have to jump on platforms and solve easy puzzles, and surprises Wandersong presents so much that never ceases to amaze even for a minute. Even to spoil and to spoil the impression you do not want to name only the banalest examples like growing in different directions of the stems and the ability to change the direction of the wind with music. However, no new skills, not the hero acquires all happens using the same wheels.

But outside of the moments with the puzzles, the developers have tried to make each new episode in the life of the bard was different from the previous one. So in one Chapter you are traveling in the open sea on the ship singing pirate songs with his newfound team, and the others find themselves in the town of witches, wherein one corner is a shop with brooms, and the other is a library with mountains of books about magic. There are even new mechanics, but it is better to see them yourself — some of them do not expect.

Largely Wandersong it turned out so wonderful due to the fact how much attention was paid to each character. They are all very different and sometimes hilarious. The main star, of course, was the bard of silly, naive, full of wonder at every little thing, but such funny, kind and always optimistic. The company he is Miriam — considered and very grouchy witch, who never irritates his grumbling, but, on the contrary, evokes sympathy as the bard and the player. For minor characters, of which there are hundreds, written tons of dialogue — you can ignore them, but among these people often meet interesting personalities. Alas, without a minimal knowledge of English many of the jokes are unlikely to be clear.

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If the bard uncomfortable, he ceases to smile.

The music also failed, and it is possible to say not only about melodies but about the texts. Sometimes the bard sings without words, and in such cases, it must be time to move the stick in the right direction, the game gives a few hints, so to be mistaken difficult. And in some cases, when the hero must pass to another character information or is he just sitting around the campfire with other people, you just choose the intonation, but without a time limit. Every word the bard sings in a different key, and the music always fit the line, so the dissonance never arises.

Blame Wandersong only in the absence of any complexity. Always correct to tilt the stick is not needed — even for a couple of mistakes will not be punished. In extreme cases the player will have to start singing again, but it takes literally a few seconds. The same with puzzles and jumping from platform to platform — the save points are placed at every step, and even if the bard falls into the abyss, he is immediately reborn right next to her. In other words, to Celeste the game in terms of hardcore is infinitely far away, it’s not about that.

Some may quibble over the visual style: looking at the screenshots, the game resembles a highly simplified two-dimensional version of Tearaway — here, too, all seemed cut from colored cardboard. But when you see this funny world on screen that no pixel art, no advanced 3D here step. On the face of the bard and his faces to look without laughter and emotion is impossible, as well as many other characters. In addition, for each of the hundreds of characters were drawn in a unique animation that can be seen, singing beside them any. It is a pity that Switch models are sometimes surrounded by “ladders” and other artifacts, especially if they are on a dark background, on the computer, no such problems.

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And Ghostbusters is not needed.

 

***

In the autumn many players passionate about the blockbusters that have been waiting for several years, and for small indie games has neither the time nor the money. But spend a couple of evenings Wandersongworth is a unique and relaxing adventure, which most probably have never heard of and would not know without prompting. Beautiful, kind, and an awfully cute story about friendship, reciprocity, the pursuit of the impossible and what does the word “hero.”

Pros: memorable story, charismatic main characters and fun secondary characters, varied gameplay with unique locations and puzzles in different chapters; wonderful music.

Cons: complete lack of “challenges”; small problems with graphics, the Switch.

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