As the holiday season has been and gone, it seems somewhat apt that we are going to be taking a look at the much more child friendly game – Woven, developed by Alterego Games and published by Sticky lock. It’s available on PS4, Steam, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Woven is a game based in a all knitted world of wool, cotton and anything soft. You play as stuffy, a good intentions but clumsy stuffed animal. As stuffy you stumble around the world alone finding new discoveries and wonder. That is until you come across Glitch, a metal firefly who has lost his memory.
In woven you set out as Stuffy to explore the world of Woven discovering new characters and odd mechanical structures around the world all while the magical story of Woven is told to you via rhyming narration. It kind of reminded me of Little Big Planet narration and story telling. As you come across Glitch, your new mechanical friend, you discover the numerous machines and their purpose in the game.
But you are still left with a number of questions to answer; was stuffy left here? What are all the machines in the woven world and is glitch a part of the bigger picture?
Woven is a game of many genre elements, it doesn’t particularly have a set one. Maybe adventure? Family? One thing is sure that it has elements of adventure, puzzle, point and click, action and platform. Playing the game you soon realise just how chill and relaxed it is. Starting off with only 5 buttons in use it is ridiculously easy to pick up and jump straight in.
It hits well with all audiences as the tasks and puzzles range from simple and get more advanced. In which it has you finding new and hidden content to change your character whether that is looks or the animal you are. These all contribute to the tasks and challenges at hand.
It has to be said this is definitely appealing to kids and parents alike as a step back from violence and hardness of traditional modern games for a more relaxed, calm and very retro platform feeling a bit like Gex and Spyro.
My time with Woven was a colourful and lighthearted delight. In a time surrounded by violence and shooting heavy games, Woven stands out as that quirky platformer suitable for children and adults while giving you a relaxed gameplay experience alongside a story complex enough to keep you going right through to the end.
If you need a break from madness or are in need of a new child friendly game for your little ones then Woven is one you need to keep an eye on.
Woven on PS4
My time with Woven was a colourful and lighthearted delight. In a time surrounded by violence and shooting heavy games.
- Colourful and Lighthearted
- Child/Family Friendly
- Easy to pick up and play
- May seem too simple to some
- Rhyming narration slightly annoying
- Could have more depth later game
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