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Sail Forth (2022) is a sailing simulation where you take charge of a ship in a vast ocean whose ancient depths have swallowed the key to the mysterious past. You play by working with the wind and sails to explore, take on tasks, fight pirates and slowly develop your craft. It looks like Sea of Thieves and Wind Waker, but actually, this game stands out for balancing realism and fun in a way that results in both open action and tranquillity.

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 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Race, Shooting and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 14 hours to complete. It is a mix of procedural and hand authored content, essentially there are a bunch of “encounters” that the game can spawn, some main story ones and some optional ones, and the game randomly distributes those throughout the generated campaign map. The islands are fully procedural, and spawn hand authored environment art on top of that. So, same story every time, but things will be in different places and you might find different optional stuff.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

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.


Sail Forth usually costs £11.99 to £16.75.

Sail Forth

XBox Store Xbox X|S £16.74
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £11.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
Switch Store Switch £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/12/2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Race, Shooting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 34 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather

Developer: Festive Vector (@FestiveVector)

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