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Smalland (2023): Survive the Wilds is a survival adventure where you are a tiny character in an overgrown wilderness. You work with other players to make your way in the living breathing world full of hazards and opportunities. It stands out for the openness of how you can progress along with reframing the human heroes at the bottom of the food chain.

Smalland plays with scale, letting you experience the wildlife of your backyard from a new and intriguing angle. This brings opportunities as well as dangers. Even a gust of wind or a rain shower can prove perilous when you're this small - not to mention hailstones. Trees are colossal but can still be climbed. Watch out for rodents, birds and large insects - but some of them may become your friends and let you ride on their back.

The outsized world is also dynamically changing, not only with the weather, seasons, day and night but also in response to what you do. It's as beautiful as it is intimidating and dangerous. Unusually, the world is also full of societies with their own factions, religions and traditions. You and up to 9 friends are thrust into this world and must work with it, and the people you meet, if you are to survive.

You work to find water, food and shelter to survive. In the game, you jump, glide, and swing around to reach new areas and avoid danger. Use crafting, building, hunting and combat to survive at the bottom of the food chain. It also features cooperative gameplay, where you can connect with other players and help one another against the environment. Your character can be personalised and your skills specialised.

The result is a game about the challenges the world presents. Not only the out-sized insect threats but even getting around the world feels like an achievement. It's a beautiful way to experience the wilderness from a completely new perspective.

Our examiner, Goran Wallgren, first checked Smalland 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play game with Collecting, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game. You can play by yourself but you are encouraged to play online with others in a shared world against computer-controlled enemies. Details about online play are subject to change, as the game is not yet released.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. Since this is an open-world survival game, the duration may vary greatly. Many players are likely to put 100s of hours into the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and images that younger players may find disturbing. This game features non-realistic violence between miniature human-like characters and large insects. Physical reactions are minimal and mainly restricted to pained sound effects with some blood shown but no injuries depicted. Damage is dealt by numbers and characters disappear shortly after defeat, unless leaving behind harvestable items. The game also contains scenes showing a dead body, with a lance protruding from it, which some players may find disturbing. There are no visible injuries or blood.

Secondary issues/information
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The developer states that "there are spooky creatures that you attack and kill. The violence is along the lines of a nature video but usually not directed towards other players."

Skill Level

9+ 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. The collecting and home-creating aspects require both planning and patience. There can also be collaboration with players of different abilities. Players also need to deal with the challenges of being a small character in a big world.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Smalland usually costs £29.99.
 

Smalland: Survive the Wilds

Steam Store PC £29.99

Smalland

PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/03/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (10 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play (Collecting, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 28 features

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

Developer: Merge Games Ltd (@MergeGamesLtd)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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