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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Wavetale (2021) is a surfing and jumping adventure in a world of sunken cities, dangerous water and oppressive fog. You play as Sigrid, a young girl who works to restore the decaying archipelago and befriends a mysterious shadow that lets her walk on water. It's a game packed full of interesting ideas that are intriguing to encounter and fun to play with. Substantial characters give you a reason to explore and traversing the world on the waves or climbing buildings is smooth and enjoyable.

It's an unusual world populated with interesting characters fed-up fishermen, secretive hermits and more than a couple of pirates. But the real excitement is jumping, gliding and surfing your way around this imaginative space to take on enemies, help the locals and restore balance to creation.

As you progress you push out beyond the borders of the safe city and find yourself taking on enemies to free the world from the fog. You traverse calm waters and surging waves, swing from housetops with your net, and defeat enemies to save the citizens of the islands.

The result is a surprisingly moreish experience that draws you into a world of collecting and exploration. It's a bit like Zelda (even looks like Wind Waker) but things are simpler here and the narrative is more grounded in smaller stories of people coming to terms with having lost a world (and people) they loved.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Wavetale 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Action, Collecting, Narrative and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete. To collect and see everything can take up to 13 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like and fantasy characters, as well as pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Players travel through a water-based world and occasionally engage in battles with fantasy enemies. When enemies are hit, stars appear above their heads. They disappear in a cloud when defeated. There is also a boss battle with a large sea serpent. The player's character reacts to violence in a similar manner. Some cutscenes revolve around distressed characters and an ominous tidal wave. These scenes may be disturbing to younger players.

The game includes themes of the loss of parents, the existence of spirits after death and the pain of living with the loss of someone you love.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to navigate the 3D world, jumping and pressing multiple buttons at once You can make this easier by turning on some assists and infinite lives. The very young may struggle at some of the timed jumps and hovering you have to string together but can still enjoy exploring.

CostsCosts

Wavetale usually costs £24.99.
 

Wavetale

Steam Store PC £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/11/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Action, Collecting, Narrative and Platform)

Accessibility: 27 features

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

Developer: Thunderful Games (@ThunderfulGames)


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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