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You play as 12-year-old loner Wake, who spends most of his days alone, holed up in his room busying himself tinkering with self-made inventions and getting lost in video games to escape the complications of his troubled home life. He runs away with his best friend Kirby and they unwittingly stumble into another world, full of magical creatures.
The game is set in a hand-drawn sequestered world rich with centuries and full of lore. Woods, caves, coastline and ancient shrines, all full of puzzles to be solved and secrets waiting to be uncovered.
As you progress you discover more places to go and gather rare resources that enable you to build new structures, items, and earn upgrades. But it's the gang of Spriteling creatures that really help. Their unique abilities combine with your trusty vacuum to take on all manner of enemies.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Wild At Heart 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
In the US, ESRB state: Players use a vacuum and forest sprites to solve puzzles, interact with the environment, and battle fantasy creatures (e.g., mushroom guardians, insects, slime monsters). Players' sprites swarm enemies and punch them until defeated. Battles are accompanied by impact sounds, cries of pain, and screen-shaking effects. A handful of sequences reference bathroom humor: a creature vomiting off screen, with retching sounds; a mushroom identified as “poop fruit”; a character referred as "fart face." The word “a*s” appears in the game.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be inquisitive to explore the world and find secret ways to advance. There's some collecting and resource management of the creatures that help you. This also leans into puzzle solving by applying the right helpers to the appropriate tasks that fit their abilities.
Release Date: 20/05/2021
Price: 50% off
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Genres: Adventure (Collecting, Narrative and Puzzle)
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made