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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Pine (2019) is an adventure game where you play a primitive young man searching for new land for his tribe. You discover five tribes of anthropomorphic creatures that need to be understood and overcome to enable your tribe to have somewhere to live.

As you progress you learn about the different animal tribes and work with the bartering economy to trade with the different animal tribe vendors and discover new items, armour and weapons.

The novelty is that how the five tribes relate to each other evolves over time. You can influence this to your advantage. Granting a development plan to one tribe will allow them to advance and potentially deal with another tribe for you. Or you can spread rumours of dangerous weather to get tribes to cooperate.

The game is relatively simple to play and works well with younger players, although there may be some help needed in the jumping and climbing aspects. Although the inter-related communities of tribes are kept within the bounds of the story rather than being a fully open simulation, the idea of using influence (and sometimes friendship) rather than aggression to get what you want is a nice twist.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pine 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Simulation game with Action, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to follow the history and inter-tribal politics to progress well. You need to be able to work with the bartering system to get what you need. Older players will enjoy seeding ideas in tribes to influence their development and abilities (although this is limited in breadth). There is also quite a bit of careful platforming.

CostsCosts

Pine usually costs £16.99 to £19.49.
 

Pine

PlayStation Store PS4 £16.99
Steam Store PC £19.49
Switch Store Switch £19.49
Steam Store Mac £19.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/11/2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Simulation (Action, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Twirlbound (@Twirlbound)


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