Gathering Sky (2015) Review

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Mobile Games, PC Games, Reviews
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Rating: 7 Stars
EU Release Date: Aug 13, 2015 (multi-platform)
Total play time: 00:40:00

Cover Art

 

“Gathering Sky is a playful and emotive experience about a flock of birds. You start with a single bird high above the ground. Guide the bird through the sky with your touch or a mouse, exploring the world and finding other birds to join you. Your flock grows as you travel across the beautiful skies of a far-off land and create an expressive story without words.”

Gathering sky isn’t so much a game as an interactive screensaver. There is no scoring system, no defined objectives and no competitive aspect. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The aim is to guide the bird through a loose maze of obstacles, collecting other birds along the way.

It’s actually a very relaxing game. Unlike a lot of the games I’ve played, there’s nothing in this that seems unachievable, but it still has all the ups and downs of any game with characters or dialogue. The designers’ use of the beautifully painted backgrounds, lighting effects and, of course, the stunning soundtrack create an atmosphere of wonder, joy and occasionally tension.

Scenery

One of the beautiful settings you can fly over.

One of the greatest things about this game is that it’s short. I was done with it in forty minutes – meaning it’s a great way to relax without wasting your entire day, which is just as well, given that it’s quite addictive. It’s also highly replayable – because there is no objective, you can play however you like and do whatever you want without it becoming old or stale.

The music really makes this game – there’s a track on soundcloud if you want a taste. And the soundtrack itself is very reasonably priced, which is always a bonus in my eyes. The game is not badly priced either – just a few quid on Steam and the Play Store and well worth every penny.

Even the most casual gamer will get along well with this game – it’s easy to play both with a mouse and on a touch-screen device. Timing doesn’t matter. There are no tricky puzzles. You can’t lose. It’s just a simple and enjoyable way to let off some steam. And yet there is something strangely compelling about it. You become a part of the flock and despite the lack of any real danger in the game, you don’t want anything bad to happen to them. Part of it speaks to the brilliance of the artwork and musical score – it makes you feel things you weren’t expecting to feel from such a simple game.

Check down the back of you couch for loose change. Spend it on this game. You won’t regret it!

See also: Gathering Sky Trailer

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