Stop, smell the flowers, and make friends with bear people.
Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
Release date: Out now
TL;DR: Like you’ve blended Oblivion and Animal Crossing.
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Everything is just too damn hectic these days. So many games
It’s not entirely accurate to call
This game is an absolute treat for the senses – and it’s a shame I can’t smell the glades of flowers that surround
That being said, whilst the game is lovely to explore, it’s not without its tribulations. You’re very much left to figure things out on your own – and indeed, while the whole point of the game is to explore and discover, you do end up wandering aimlessly and guessing what you need to do at times. This goes for some of the mechanics as well. I didn’t know there was a run button until I stumbled upon someone mentioning it on the Steam forums, and you can’t go outside without a coat on (or drinking something purchased from the inn), but money is in short supply, and you don’t get this coat until the next big city. Also, while it encourages you to wander around at your own pace, the restrictions on traversable terrain and useless jump button make it hard to explore without getting stuck on something, so you eventually give up and go the long, official way round on the path. However, these are pretty minor things, and considering the developers are very active on Steam and have published a full walkthrough, pinned to the Steam forum, I can’t say I have too many gripes with it.
There are, though, a lot of issues with frame rate. I was playing on an i7 laptop, with the graphics setting on the lowest one possible (still looking gorgeous, mind you!), and a lot of the time, it was taking forever to get anywhere and a lot of lag. While this isn’t a total dealbreaker, it’s definite drawback, but even at a slow pace, I’d happily recommend Eastshade. It envokes a rare sense of peace I haven’t found in games for a long time, and actually reminds me of my beloved Beyond Good and Evil. While the pace can feel a little meandering and slow at times, if you’re willing to sink the time into it, it’ll surely pay off. Definitely go and give it a try.
- Calm and serenity, encapsulated in one game
- Beautifully detailed lore and fleshed out world
- Gorgeous soundtrack
- Lots of issues with framerate
Eastshade is as of yet unrated by PEGI and ESRB. I would say it’s fine for children 12 and up, since there’s a plotline that can end in suicide and mentions of physical child abuse.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a copy of the game provided by PR for the purpose of this review.