As a breath of fresh air from the typical pressed-on-time, split second interactions players have with games, FAR:Lone Sails allows its players to sit back and enjoy the ride. Developed by the Swiss company Okomotive, it is an exploration adventure game with its focus on a vehicle going from left to right of the screen. Let’s find out if it is worth the play!
Story: A red-hooded small figure is all alone in a vast, endless barren land. The only ability at hand is to move from left to right and pick up on clues as to who you are and what you are doing. The figure soon gets to their vehicle that will aid in the journey to the unknown destination. This suspense keeps the player curious throughout the game as something is expected to happen around every corner.
Play Style: The game is a side-scroller and the purpose is to ensure the journey on the vehicle continues at all costs. This majorly involves maintaining and managing the vehicle as it traverses, which can become repetitive sometimes. But as you proceed there are refueling points and hurdles. Obstacles come in the form of puzzles that become more and more difficult as the game progresses. These puzzles are to be solved in order for the figure to reach the end-goal.
Audience: If you are looking for a game that is quite out-of-the-ordinary, FAR:Lone Sails will be a pleasant experience. Even though the slow pace may be off-putting for some, the game keeps you intrigued throughout with its contrast of light and dark, happiness and sadness, despair and hope. Thus, the game is a pleasant yet interesting adventure to take.
Platforms: FAR: Lone Sails is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and OS X.
Verdict: With its breath-taking visuals, relaxing tone and an excellent soundtrack that wraps it all up into a soothing escape for three hours or so, FAR: Lone Sails is a game we definitely recommend you to play for its uniqueness and ability to captivate. A big thumbs up to Okomotive’s effort!