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Skyward Journey (2018) is a gentle adventure where you guide flocks of birds to wake up island inhabitants and grow your flock. You play by drawing lines with your finger that the flock follows. It's simple and meditative both in its interactions and soundtrack.

Gather lost birds, draw wind currents to guide them, and lead them on their long journey home. It's an elegant idea expressed with minimal distraction. But as you slowly progress and finish each level you are met with messages from other players who share their regrets. As you progress further these are juxtaposed with hopeful thoughts and ideas from proverbs and philosophy.

The result is a touching game that does feel heavy handed or overly worthy. It communicates the essence of Bronnie Ware's book, Top Five Regrets of the Dying, in a form accessible to people who might not read the book themselves.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Skyward Journey 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild swearing.

Skill Level

4+ 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. Very young players can simply enjoy directing the flocks of birds. Any deeper meaning will be over their heads. Older players need to be able to process the honest confessions about regrets.


Skyward Journey

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2018

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1


Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Dan Vogt (@Dan_Vogt)

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