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It's a game very much about the sailing, which is simulated in an accurate and approachable way. You see the direction of the wind and the trim of your sails and use these two elements to move through the water. As you progress you add weapons to your boat to deal with pirates and start to collect materials to upgrade. You meet and befriend the local fishfolk to expand your boat crews and chart a course across an expansive watery world.
There are countless islands to discover, each full of its own flora, fauna and population. Out at sea you can discover fish of all kinds. There are deeper mysteries too, that take things in more of a fantasy direction with huge sea monsters and buried treasure. But running through this is a sense of the tranquility of sailing as you pass curious dolphins, ride the swelling sea, trim the sails and admire the beauty of the sun sinking into an icy horizon.
The result is a game that has clearly had care and attention lavished on it from a small team who loves gaming as much as sailing. It's complex enough to create a believable feel of sailing without overloading you with too much to handle. The swelling sea adds to the sense of a vast expansive game, as you sail through stormy swells.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Sail Forth 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to grasp the sailing aspect where you need to angle your sail appropriately to make the best use of the wind. You also need patience and planning to be able to get your boat where it needs to be, particularly in battle where you can easily become an easy target.
Release Date: 21/12/2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Accessibility: 34 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather