You choose how to play, and the world of Environ adapts around you.
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Рецензии

“Every thought of "I'll just give it five more minutes" turned into, "Wait, where did that last hour go?"”
Kotaku

Об этой игре

A 2D sidescroller without a linear path. An action game with tactical combat and citybuilding. An adventure game that lets you free-roam a vast, procedurally-generated world. A Valley Without Wind defies genre stereotypes. Unlike other procedurally-generated games, you also get a logical progression in difficulty, plus helpful tips and checklists to guide your travels (should you need them).
Choose for yourself how to prepare to face the vastly stronger Overlord. Complete a variety of missions to earn new spells, and/or roam the wilds to uncover secret missions and stashes of magical crafting loot. Customize your characters with unique combinations of enchants and spells that change how you move, jump, and fight. Or rescue people and bring them back to your settlement so that they can then be sent on dispatch missions; you don't have to carry the burden of your fledgling civilization alone!
You choose how to play, and the world adapts around you.

Key features:

  • Travel alone or with friends across an ever-expanding world of dangerous creatures, powerful magic, high technology, and mysteries.
  • You have choice. The world of Environ is a procedurally generated sandbox, and lets you go anywhere you see -- including right into the overlord's keep at any time. (Good luck with that.)
  • Environ is endless. When you save one continent from an overlord, a larger and more complex continent appears.
  • The game adapts to how you play: as you demonstrate your proficiency, monsters and missions upgrade accordingly. Killed 100 bats? Okay, time for... bats on fire!
  • Crazy amounts of character customization. Combine a multitude of spells, enchants, and equipment to create specialized character builds.
  • Play as a long line of brave adventurers. It's not a question of IF your character is going to die, but WHEN. Any character that dies is permanently lost, but you keep all your inventory, enchants, and general progress in the game.
  • Become a community leader. Rescue NPCs for your settlement, construct buildings for them, and improve their skill and mood -- then send them on dispatch missions to help you in return!
  • Be a clever problem-solver. Challenges have more than one solution, each with its own pros and cons. You get to figure things out rather than just jumping through a set of hoops.
  • Difficulty levels give exactly the challenge you want, from casual to hardcore on platforming, combat, and citybuilding independently.
  • All owners of Valley 1 also get the much-improved sequel absolutely free! Valley 2 is out now, and features a different style of more-focused, non-sandbox play. Both games are quite distinct from one another, but you don’t have to choose between them -- both are yours for the price of one!

Системные требования

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Mac OS X
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    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU (more is recommended for multiplayer servers)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 800x600 or greater desktop screen resolution (1024x768 recommended) Graphics card must support 1024x1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do).
    • OS: Mac OSX Intel CPU and "Leopard" 10.5 or later.
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU (more is recommended for multiplayer servers)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 800x600 or greater desktop screen resolution (1024x768 recommended) Graphics card must support 1024x1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do).
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later, although other unsupported distros may very well work
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU (more is recommended for multiplayer servers)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 800x600 or greater desktop screen resolution (1024x768 recommended) Graphics card must support 1024x1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do).
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выдра
( 31.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 15 мая
Lot of things to understand and lot of freedom for player to do and go as you want. Game has old school vibe in it so I really enjoyed it. I liked worlds and doing quests, so I recommend.
Sadie
( 2.3 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 5 мая
Product received for free
Received part 1 and 2 for free. Yet to play them, however i'd love to leave a pos review for the gesture of having these given to me for free :) Keep up the good work.
『 LCL 』
( 0.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 13 апреля
WHAT DO YOU DO?!

WHAT DO YOU DO?!

WHAT?

DO?

YOU?

DO?!!?!?!?!?!
Chrono
( 9.3 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 3 апреля
I had a great time playing this for the time I did. Put it down and come back to it, fun again.
Artaxeus
( 11.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 30 марта
You may say "holy crap, this game is so interesting, I really like it...", and play for hundreds of hours, or just say "what the hell am I playing", and just quit & uninstall.

Some facts about the game.

- Very weird.
- Unique.
- Complicated.
- Strange.
- Bizarre.
- Funky.
- Weird as hell.
- Unique art style.
- Cool 2D graphics.
- Good strange atmosphere.
- Very well optimized for old and/or weak PCs & laptops.

If you are tired of games and looking to play something different, a platformer, rpg, strategy, adventure, rogue-like, and a very long strange game then you can't go wrong with A Valley Without Wind.

Other thing is that the game runs butter smooth on very weak PCs, i played this game on a laptop with a very weak intel HD graphics, works like a charm without a hit, so that is a big plus , thanks to Arcen Games for optimizing their games, it is really getting rare to see devs are properly optimizing their games for low-end users.
Khorne
( 11.7 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 28 марта
The art style is frankly hideous, but it's got some interesting ideas. Needs work.
UncleYar
( 54.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 11 марта
An experiment in procedural generation gone wrong. There are many systems in the game if you care to explore them, personally, I can't get past the fact that the generated platforming levels feel empty and generic, in addition to being plain ugly with an artstyle that's inconsistent to say the least.

The combat is also looks and plays horribly, consisting of shooting and receiving in the face fluffy blobs of vaguely defined shapes and colors. Enemies attacking you may also look like fluffy blobs.

So in conclusion, only buy if you like exploring ugly huge empty mazes while shooting blobs at blob-firing blobs.

It's a pity since Arcen Games always try to make pretty unique games and have obviously put tons of effort into this one. I guess it's proof that great ambition and talent still sometimes produces garbage.
zarraha
( 2.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 15 февраля
Absolutely Fantastic. The gameplay is fun, there is infinite content and progress to make, and it never really feels grindy. You can set the difficulty as hard or easy as you want so it feels right. Every game should be more like A Valley Without Wind, Arcen should make more games like this (A Valley Without Wind 2 doesn't count, it's kind of good, but they took away most of the best features of this)

funfunfunfunfun
Shawnecy
( 1.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 13 февраля
It's a platformer with RPG and survival elements. Perhaps a bit like Terrarria (not too familiar with that one, so take the comparison with a grain of salt). The graphics are fairly dated and I had to mute the music almost instantly. The platforming controls are good, but nothing amazing.

The game pretty much beats you over the head with walls of text of various sizes to explain the different mechanics within the game (gathering resources, crafting spells, slotting abilities, elements, "conciousness shards", etc.). While most platformers suffer from severe cases of over minimalism, this one seems to be on the opposite end. This game may have been far better accepted if it had only been released a decade or more earlier.

5/10, skippable.
One Man and his Droid
( 0.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 10 февраля
... I don't quite get it - a quirky little indie puzzler / platformer? pleasant enough - but in 30 mins I couldn't really tell whether it was all that good or bad... controls worked well with gamepad, steam controller, etc. but it just seemed a bit 'meh' really... unsure of target audience on this one... :/
rif81
( 22.0 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 7 февраля
Действие игры происходит в постапокалиптическом мире. Где ваша задача найти выживших и построить новую цивилизацию. Да, графика в игре спрайтовая. Да звуковой ряд не очень и быстро надоедает. Да, интерфейс далеко не интуитивный и привыкнуть поначалу сложно. Да, у игры нет русского языка и нет на нее руссификаторов, и от того разобраться что нужно делать проблематично.

Но! У игры есть и много плюсов. Тут есть открытый мир для исследований, уровни достаточно разнообразны и их бесконечно много. Тут есть крафтинг предметов и заклинаний, постройки и элементы стратегии, РПГ составляющая и прокачка персонажа и подопечных, интересный геймплей. На мой взгляд отличный платформер! Отыграл уже 11 часов и поиграю с удовольствием еще)

А те кто пишут что игра полное Г.., просто не разобрались что тут к чему и не смогли пройти обучающий уровень.

Ах да, чуть не забыл, плюсов игре добавляют еще коллекционные карточки и возможность совместного прохождения.
Jarl Hamm
( 2.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 29 января
I came into this game really, really wanting to like it. I adore games that mix sidescroller style games, survival, and RPG elements together. They're refreshing, offer a challenge, and are generally very addicting.

The very first thing that caught my attention upon entering the game was the art style. I am literally the last person on the planet to allow my opinion of a game to be built on how the game looks, but holy cow - the art is genuinely bad. It feels rushed and lazy, and gave me a bad first impression. I shrugged this off, however, as the gameplay could have more than made up for it.

There are some things I genuinely found to be pleasing about A Valley. I loved the way they handled dungeons, for example. The dynamic way they added in secret rooms really made me want to explore the world to the fullest extent. I also really, really liked the idea of respawning with a new character every time I died. It made me feel more attached to my characters, and made my actions feel like they had a lot more weight.

The spell system was also worthwhile. I really dig the idea of different spells being used for different aspects of the world instead of only combat. Using a spell for harvesting, instead of just pressing E? Oh hell yeah!

Yet, there's just an overwhelming amount of stuff I didn't enjoy. I am all for games that don't hold your hand, believe me. I've beaten Dark Souls, and Might and Magic from 1988 is my ♥♥♥♥. Yet, those games are all intuitive. This game, however, is a little too complicated to simply pick up through intuition. You need a guide - which, I guess, isn't really that bad of a thing - and although there is somewhat of a tutorial, it's just not enough. Because the learning curve is so high, early gameplay is akin through wading through mud - slow and arduous, and leaves you feeling like you haven’t gotten anywhere.

I do own the second game, and I do look forward to giving the series another try through its predecessor.
Heer_I_Am
( 24.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 26 января
Yes, the game is a very ackward child of several different genres. Yet, even though all of these elements don't blend together into a focused gameplay experience, I would say AVWW is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a game best played when you don't want massive amounts of stimulation or tough decisions to make. It's slow. Peaceful. Bizarre. Simple. Deep. Calming. Additting. Demanding. and totally hands off at the same time.

Serveral points:

Graphics:
For many people this ruins the game for them. While I do acknowledge the stiff animations and strange blend of styles I find thay they add to the game more than it distracts from it. This uniquely strange artstyle helps instill the player with the game's mood- mystery and wonder. The setting of the game takes place in a fractured reality where all times and places converge (think Land of the Lost 2009) the juxtaposed visuals help with this suspension of disbelief.

My one complant with the graphics is that some of the backgrounds in indoor areas don't mesh well with the indoor patforms, causing confusion.

Music: Arcen Games always has good music and this game is no exception.

Gameplay:

Platforming- Excellent controls and physics make jumping around a joy and an ease.

Combat- It's repeatitive yet satisfing. There are many different missions which help shake things up a bit.

Exploration- Strangely mystical... The proceedurally generated worlds seem souless yet full of mystery, terror, and quiet beauty at the same time. It reminds me of playing Dwarf Fortress survival mode.

Progression- In my eyes, this game is less of a Metriodvania as it is a Dungeon Crawl. It's as if Diablo or Fate had a child with a proceedurally generated Metriod. It is satisfing to level up and improve one's inventory in this game.


Final Words
I disagree with the assertion that AVWW is an experiment gone wrong. It's an unpolished gem, sure. Yet its beauty comes with its strange lumps and bumps. It's polished, but not for an museum or a lab.

I'll be coming back to AVWW from time to time to feed my imagination, but also to feed my desire to float above a pack of velociraptors in ancient Egypt on a carpet of air bubbles whilst bombarding them with boulders and summoned rhinoceroses.
ownosourus
( 37.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 26 января
A Valley Without Wind has always been a tantalizing prospect with noble ideas, held back by a troubled visual presentation. Having gone through multiple artistic shifts, the final product still looks hastily cobbled together, a clashing collage of color rather than a cohesive piece of art.

Truly this is a game that follows the fabled "gameplay over graphics" school of thought, given that the interactive element of A Valley Without Wind is as thoughtful and polished as the aesthetics are confused and jarring. There's a huge amount of detail and activity going on under the garish hood, and there's a lot to applaud.

A Valley Without Wind is light on story, throwing players into the aftermath of a mysterious cataclysm that has caused time to fracture and the world to become overrun with monsters. The clashing time period is something of an attempt to justify the strange art style, where ox-shaped wooden tanks and straw huts coexist with icy mountains, robot skeletons, and gleaming futuristic towers. From the player character to the monsters and buildings, nothing looks like it quite belongs, and while the narrative may have its reasons, the result is nonetheless awkward and alienating.

Perhaps even more alienating are the constant tutorial messages and menus that assail the player as soon as the game begins. From the outset, you'll be given magic spells, wooden planks to build upon the environments, and more concepts thrown together than you could reasonably remember. A Valley Without Wind tries to do an incredible amount at once, and while it looks impregnable at first, the game's ambitious concepts have been stitched together with a surprising fluidity.

Combining two-dimensional platforming with roguelike elements, crafting systems, city building and roleplaying, A Valley Without Wind is a game about acquiring power, exploring a vast, randomly generated continent, and completing missions in order to rebuild civilization. Savvy players will see quite clearly how the likes of Castlevania, Metroid, NetHack and even Minecraft have informed the game, and yet the resulting cocktail of inspiration is nowhere near as messy as it should be. There's a lot to take in at first, inflicting a first impression that betrays how simply everything works together.

From a world map, players can visit a large number of sectors separated by a grid pattern. Once entered, each sector is presented as a sidescrolling platform level consisting of surface areas, subterranean dungeons, and buildings. The surface is a simple collection of outdoor environments, littered with beasts and the aforementioned buildings which can be entered to look for loot or secret missions. Dungeons are found beneath the surface, accessed through potholes or special entrances, and they contain yet more secret missions, as well as various ores and gems to be used for crafting.

Rather than gain power through leveling up, characters raise stats by finding upgrade stones and strengthen their abilities by crafting them. Using special orbs gained through missions alongside raw materials collected in the environment, a number of spells can be created with up to five tiers of strength. Mapped to mouse keys and numerical buttons, players have a ridiculously huge arsenal at their disposal, from elemental projectiles to area-of-effect blasts and more defensive skills.

Completing five official missions will raise the continent's tier, strengthening monsters in the world while allowing for the creation of greater spells. Secret missions don't increase the tier, allowing the player to gain rewards without driving up the challenge. These missions are fairly straightforward, but tend to put a unique spin on the platforming fundamentals. Such objectives involve completing a stage without taking any damage, or clearing a tower full of powerful boss creatures.

There's a ton of missions to beat, all sorts of secrets to uncover, and a central hub town that can be improved by rescuing survivors and establishing buildings. With randomly generated levels and characters that can permanently die before leaving vengeful ghosts behind, A Valley Without Wind promises a lot of gameplay and a consistent dynamism that keeps things fresh.

Over the many, many, hours of gameplay on offer, everything essentially boils down to the same thing. You enter a level, you point and click at a humble selection of indistinguishable enemies, you pick up the loot, and repeat. With only snatches of story provided as rewards for hidden puzzle rooms, there's nothing compelling to drive the player forward outside of getting more stuff, and once the stuff has been gotten, all that's left to get even more of it by repeating the same weary tasks you did to get the last batch of increasingly obsolete stuff.

Everything in A Valley Without Wind seems to be playing for time. From the unintuitive menus, sluggish and messy inventory system, and increasing reliance on backtracking and repetition, there's a distinct feeling that things were designed specifically to waste hours upon hours in a shallow bid for longevity. Boasting so many concepts that work together so well, it is a shame that the best A Valley Without Wind can do with all its ideas is to repeat itself to the point where players will likely get bored long before they make any real progress.

Tragically, the shameless time wasting betrays what is, at the heart, a very nice little game. Mechanically, A Valley Without Wind is clever and enjoyable, boasting combat that not only requires fast reflexes but a mind for strategy. With the ability to erect blockades and quickly construct platforms, players are encouraged to choose positions wisely when fighting opponents.

The biggest problem is that every positive aspect of the game carries with it an element of self-defeat. There's a huge world to explore, but the random generation leads to fairly unexciting and predictable level designs. There's a ton of spells to find, but you'll soon find the one or two that work for you and spam them incessantly. There's a ton of objectives to meet, but meeting them means performing a handful of increasingly tedious tasks. A Valley Without Wind strains at the seams with big ideas and great intentions, it's just tragic that the delivery is ironically restricted and feels as small as the world is big.

After all is said and done, though, one thing needs to be said in Without Wind's favor -- it is solid where it counts, and it's fun while it lasts. The "lasting" is a case of your own personal patience, but until you reach that breaking point -- which will likely be long before the developer expected -- you ought to find plenty to applaud.

For those with an eye for something unique, A Valley Without Wind definitely deserves a portion of the time it demands. The fact that its contrasting tropes and bleeding genres work together so well is well worth checking out, and while the visual presentation is odd, there is at least a keen sense of humor and some gorgeous music to keep things ticking along. There's much to recommend, but only to a specific clientele, and only for so long.
Mistabullit
( 2.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 22 января
Interesting exploration game. You really need to be in the mood to play it though.
JustinQ7
( 1.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 12 января
a game that i wanted to get into but couldnt :/
Wrelow
( 3.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 8 января
Awesome concept but not addictive.
Touch My Earlobes
( 0.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 4 января
Ummmmm....can I have my money back please x'D
crmagic
( 56.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 28 декабря 2015
A Valley Without Wind has a bit of a troubled past. The developers had a vision that they admit didn't quite pan out with this game, and so they made a sequel which was better recieved, and they now sell both in one package!

Count me in the minority that prefers the original, though. The art is a little dated, but the game is a super-precise randomly-generated platformer that contains many secrets to uncover. The "story" in the second game may be more polished, and some may prefer the turn-based strategy game added on, but I preferred the pickup and go style of this one.
zulmetefza
( 17.7 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 26 декабря 2015
Overcomplexity.

This is the one word summary of the reason this game is bad. Do you need a longer summary?

Ambition. Miscalculation. Over shooting.

What is the problem here? There are many. Maybe you checked out the screenshots and already feel bad about the game. I am not such a guy. I spent 20 hours to understand what is going on, since as all of Arcen's games, (maybe with the exception of Bionic Dues), you really can feel the love developers spent for the game here. Go to wiki of the game, spend some minutes to see that those guys, really love what they are doing. Even though they have many games now, they still do this with an amateurish enthusiasm.

While this is a good thing since they really make unique games, when it comes to knowing their capabilities as a 2 man show company (except visuals), they horribly suck. "Overcomplexity" is a well put summary for all of their games (except Skyward Collapse and Shattered Haven).

-> AI War: A combination between 4x games, supreme commander, wave based tower defense with some implemented arching story.
-> Tidalis: A casual AND not casual puzzle game with two almost completely different submodes, billions of different block types. This is the only case where overcomplexity did not hurt.
-> last federation: A space Europa universalis but a shootem up at the same time. Wait there is more! This shootem up part is also turn based.
-> Bionic Dues: A roguelike, but not a roguelike. Something nearing 50 missions pasted after one another, not finding the time for balancing stuff properly.
-> Stars Beyond Reach (upcoming game): A full fletched 4x, AND a semi full fletched city building game.
-> Starward Rogue (upcoming game): A sci-fi Binding of Isaac merged with sidescroller space shootemup.

Do you see a pattern here? I see one. They are really ambitious about making unique games. This is not a bad thing. BUT. But there are only 2 people working on this. So there is a trade off in their games. Because of overcomplexity together with limited labor force, in all of their games tutorials are walls of texts, since no one is willing to spend some time for making one. Another point is they really spend almost no sources to represent their game world, be it animations or sounds or UI. What else, all of their games are a mass of intricate mechanics thrown one after another without spending time perfecting individual mechanics.

A Valley Without Wind mostly suffers from the last one. It tries to be a metroidvania, a city builder, a randomly generated sandbox game, a spellcrafting game, a party based RPG, a roguelike. It succeeds in some, it horribly fails in others. For example during my first continent which took me something like 15 hours to complete, NONE of my party members are good enough to not die in simplest of the missions. Although there are many spells, they are not well thought, just picking two long range damage spells with different elementals as a warranty to some resistant boss types is enough. Even though there are many many mission types, they do not feel different that much, since you can just use running and jumping together clumsily to reach the end boss, spam your best spell and done. They try to randomly generate buildngs and stuff with materials hidden, but since they are not differentiated enough you dont need every spell, and most of the ingredients you will already find doing some quests, so it really serves no purpose, other than making the world look bigger.

Another weak point is, they left too much options for the player. While they really think this is a good thing, it is not. It IS the developer's job to design a cohesive game with each part's role and weight assigned properly. They just put some difficulty sliders for each aspect of the game and leave you with the designing part. To me, that seems really lazy, not everyone wants to be a modder to play a game. And even that is doing a good job, since for some normal slider is easy, while normal slider for party is nearing impossibility. This ambition of freedom also has consequences in gameplay: There are many things you can do, most of which has not got any purpose. Occam's Razor has not been invented in this alternate timeline.

What else is bad? Story. This is also a common negative side for all of Arcen's games (except Skyward Collapse, since it is pretty straightforward). They are not good writers, and they dont believe in outsourcing. And what is worse, they really dont see when a game needs a story and when it is not. This game does not need a story. What they present is fairly weak, and not believable, and actually hurting the fun. World design also helps the feeling of mish mash, even though I know that they intentionally made the world look like a mish mash, this does not mean that I cant complain about it.

I really dont like giving a thumbs down to this game, since I know they really care about their products. They care too much actually. You can see this in their move of giving away Valley Without 2 to owners of the first game. This is also bad for them financially, since this overreaching has hurt them in the past too. In development of this game, they overdid it, and was about to go bankrupt doing so.

But here is the deal, if a developer got too ambitious and forget that they are an indie company with limited capabilities, I may also forget about that and compare their games to games with higher budgets. Sometimes, less is more, and this is a general remedy for all of Arcen's games.
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Lot of things to understand and lot of freedom for player to do and go as you want. Game has old school vibe in it so I really enjoyed it. I liked worlds and doing quests, so I recommend.
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You may say "holy crap, this game is so interesting, I really like it...", and play for hundreds of hours, or just say "what the hell am I playing", and just quit & uninstall.

Some facts about the game.

- Very weird.
- Unique.
- Complicated.
- Strange.
- Bizarre.
- Funky.
- Weird as hell.
- Unique art style.
- Cool 2D graphics.
- Good strange atmosphere.
- Very well optimized for old and/or weak PCs & laptops.

If you are tired of games and looking to play something different, a platformer, rpg, strategy, adventure, rogue-like, and a very long strange game then you can't go wrong with A Valley Without Wind.

Other thing is that the game runs butter smooth on very weak PCs, i played this game on a laptop with a very weak intel HD graphics, works like a charm without a hit, so that is a big plus , thanks to Arcen Games for optimizing their games, it is really getting rare to see devs are properly optimizing their games for low-end users.
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I had a great time playing this for the time I did. Put it down and come back to it, fun again.
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Опубликовано: 26 декабря 2015
Overcomplexity.

This is the one word summary of the reason this game is bad. Do you need a longer summary?

Ambition. Miscalculation. Over shooting.

What is the problem here? There are many. Maybe you checked out the screenshots and already feel bad about the game. I am not such a guy. I spent 20 hours to understand what is going on, since as all of Arcen's games, (maybe with the exception of Bionic Dues), you really can feel the love developers spent for the game here. Go to wiki of the game, spend some minutes to see that those guys, really love what they are doing. Even though they have many games now, they still do this with an amateurish enthusiasm.

While this is a good thing since they really make unique games, when it comes to knowing their capabilities as a 2 man show company (except visuals), they horribly suck. "Overcomplexity" is a well put summary for all of their games (except Skyward Collapse and Shattered Haven).

-> AI War: A combination between 4x games, supreme commander, wave based tower defense with some implemented arching story.
-> Tidalis: A casual AND not casual puzzle game with two almost completely different submodes, billions of different block types. This is the only case where overcomplexity did not hurt.
-> last federation: A space Europa universalis but a shootem up at the same time. Wait there is more! This shootem up part is also turn based.
-> Bionic Dues: A roguelike, but not a roguelike. Something nearing 50 missions pasted after one another, not finding the time for balancing stuff properly.
-> Stars Beyond Reach (upcoming game): A full fletched 4x, AND a semi full fletched city building game.
-> Starward Rogue (upcoming game): A sci-fi Binding of Isaac merged with sidescroller space shootemup.

Do you see a pattern here? I see one. They are really ambitious about making unique games. This is not a bad thing. BUT. But there are only 2 people working on this. So there is a trade off in their games. Because of overcomplexity together with limited labor force, in all of their games tutorials are walls of texts, since no one is willing to spend some time for making one. Another point is they really spend almost no sources to represent their game world, be it animations or sounds or UI. What else, all of their games are a mass of intricate mechanics thrown one after another without spending time perfecting individual mechanics.

A Valley Without Wind mostly suffers from the last one. It tries to be a metroidvania, a city builder, a randomly generated sandbox game, a spellcrafting game, a party based RPG, a roguelike. It succeeds in some, it horribly fails in others. For example during my first continent which took me something like 15 hours to complete, NONE of my party members are good enough to not die in simplest of the missions. Although there are many spells, they are not well thought, just picking two long range damage spells with different elementals as a warranty to some resistant boss types is enough. Even though there are many many mission types, they do not feel different that much, since you can just use running and jumping together clumsily to reach the end boss, spam your best spell and done. They try to randomly generate buildngs and stuff with materials hidden, but since they are not differentiated enough you dont need every spell, and most of the ingredients you will already find doing some quests, so it really serves no purpose, other than making the world look bigger.

Another weak point is, they left too much options for the player. While they really think this is a good thing, it is not. It IS the developer's job to design a cohesive game with each part's role and weight assigned properly. They just put some difficulty sliders for each aspect of the game and leave you with the designing part. To me, that seems really lazy, not everyone wants to be a modder to play a game. And even that is doing a good job, since for some normal slider is easy, while normal slider for party is nearing impossibility. This ambition of freedom also has consequences in gameplay: There are many things you can do, most of which has not got any purpose. Occam's Razor has not been invented in this alternate timeline.

What else is bad? Story. This is also a common negative side for all of Arcen's games (except Skyward Collapse, since it is pretty straightforward). They are not good writers, and they dont believe in outsourcing. And what is worse, they really dont see when a game needs a story and when it is not. This game does not need a story. What they present is fairly weak, and not believable, and actually hurting the fun. World design also helps the feeling of mish mash, even though I know that they intentionally made the world look like a mish mash, this does not mean that I cant complain about it.

I really dont like giving a thumbs down to this game, since I know they really care about their products. They care too much actually. You can see this in their move of giving away Valley Without 2 to owners of the first game. This is also bad for them financially, since this overreaching has hurt them in the past too. In development of this game, they overdid it, and was about to go bankrupt doing so.

But here is the deal, if a developer got too ambitious and forget that they are an indie company with limited capabilities, I may also forget about that and compare their games to games with higher budgets. Sometimes, less is more, and this is a general remedy for all of Arcen's games.
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A Valley Without Wind has always been a tantalizing prospect with noble ideas, held back by a troubled visual presentation. Having gone through multiple artistic shifts, the final product still looks hastily cobbled together, a clashing collage of color rather than a cohesive piece of art.

Truly this is a game that follows the fabled "gameplay over graphics" school of thought, given that the interactive element of A Valley Without Wind is as thoughtful and polished as the aesthetics are confused and jarring. There's a huge amount of detail and activity going on under the garish hood, and there's a lot to applaud.

A Valley Without Wind is light on story, throwing players into the aftermath of a mysterious cataclysm that has caused time to fracture and the world to become overrun with monsters. The clashing time period is something of an attempt to justify the strange art style, where ox-shaped wooden tanks and straw huts coexist with icy mountains, robot skeletons, and gleaming futuristic towers. From the player character to the monsters and buildings, nothing looks like it quite belongs, and while the narrative may have its reasons, the result is nonetheless awkward and alienating.

Perhaps even more alienating are the constant tutorial messages and menus that assail the player as soon as the game begins. From the outset, you'll be given magic spells, wooden planks to build upon the environments, and more concepts thrown together than you could reasonably remember. A Valley Without Wind tries to do an incredible amount at once, and while it looks impregnable at first, the game's ambitious concepts have been stitched together with a surprising fluidity.

Combining two-dimensional platforming with roguelike elements, crafting systems, city building and roleplaying, A Valley Without Wind is a game about acquiring power, exploring a vast, randomly generated continent, and completing missions in order to rebuild civilization. Savvy players will see quite clearly how the likes of Castlevania, Metroid, NetHack and even Minecraft have informed the game, and yet the resulting cocktail of inspiration is nowhere near as messy as it should be. There's a lot to take in at first, inflicting a first impression that betrays how simply everything works together.

From a world map, players can visit a large number of sectors separated by a grid pattern. Once entered, each sector is presented as a sidescrolling platform level consisting of surface areas, subterranean dungeons, and buildings. The surface is a simple collection of outdoor environments, littered with beasts and the aforementioned buildings which can be entered to look for loot or secret missions. Dungeons are found beneath the surface, accessed through potholes or special entrances, and they contain yet more secret missions, as well as various ores and gems to be used for crafting.

Rather than gain power through leveling up, characters raise stats by finding upgrade stones and strengthen their abilities by crafting them. Using special orbs gained through missions alongside raw materials collected in the environment, a number of spells can be created with up to five tiers of strength. Mapped to mouse keys and numerical buttons, players have a ridiculously huge arsenal at their disposal, from elemental projectiles to area-of-effect blasts and more defensive skills.

Completing five official missions will raise the continent's tier, strengthening monsters in the world while allowing for the creation of greater spells. Secret missions don't increase the tier, allowing the player to gain rewards without driving up the challenge. These missions are fairly straightforward, but tend to put a unique spin on the platforming fundamentals. Such objectives involve completing a stage without taking any damage, or clearing a tower full of powerful boss creatures.

There's a ton of missions to beat, all sorts of secrets to uncover, and a central hub town that can be improved by rescuing survivors and establishing buildings. With randomly generated levels and characters that can permanently die before leaving vengeful ghosts behind, A Valley Without Wind promises a lot of gameplay and a consistent dynamism that keeps things fresh.

Over the many, many, hours of gameplay on offer, everything essentially boils down to the same thing. You enter a level, you point and click at a humble selection of indistinguishable enemies, you pick up the loot, and repeat. With only snatches of story provided as rewards for hidden puzzle rooms, there's nothing compelling to drive the player forward outside of getting more stuff, and once the stuff has been gotten, all that's left to get even more of it by repeating the same weary tasks you did to get the last batch of increasingly obsolete stuff.

Everything in A Valley Without Wind seems to be playing for time. From the unintuitive menus, sluggish and messy inventory system, and increasing reliance on backtracking and repetition, there's a distinct feeling that things were designed specifically to waste hours upon hours in a shallow bid for longevity. Boasting so many concepts that work together so well, it is a shame that the best A Valley Without Wind can do with all its ideas is to repeat itself to the point where players will likely get bored long before they make any real progress.

Tragically, the shameless time wasting betrays what is, at the heart, a very nice little game. Mechanically, A Valley Without Wind is clever and enjoyable, boasting combat that not only requires fast reflexes but a mind for strategy. With the ability to erect blockades and quickly construct platforms, players are encouraged to choose positions wisely when fighting opponents.

The biggest problem is that every positive aspect of the game carries with it an element of self-defeat. There's a huge world to explore, but the random generation leads to fairly unexciting and predictable level designs. There's a ton of spells to find, but you'll soon find the one or two that work for you and spam them incessantly. There's a ton of objectives to meet, but meeting them means performing a handful of increasingly tedious tasks. A Valley Without Wind strains at the seams with big ideas and great intentions, it's just tragic that the delivery is ironically restricted and feels as small as the world is big.

After all is said and done, though, one thing needs to be said in Without Wind's favor -- it is solid where it counts, and it's fun while it lasts. The "lasting" is a case of your own personal patience, but until you reach that breaking point -- which will likely be long before the developer expected -- you ought to find plenty to applaud.

For those with an eye for something unique, A Valley Without Wind definitely deserves a portion of the time it demands. The fact that its contrasting tropes and bleeding genres work together so well is well worth checking out, and while the visual presentation is odd, there is at least a keen sense of humor and some gorgeous music to keep things ticking along. There's much to recommend, but only to a specific clientele, and only for so long.
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Absolutely Fantastic. The gameplay is fun, there is infinite content and progress to make, and it never really feels grindy. You can set the difficulty as hard or easy as you want so it feels right. Every game should be more like A Valley Without Wind, Arcen should make more games like this (A Valley Without Wind 2 doesn't count, it's kind of good, but they took away most of the best features of this)

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Interesting exploration game. You really need to be in the mood to play it though.
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Yes, the game is a very ackward child of several different genres. Yet, even though all of these elements don't blend together into a focused gameplay experience, I would say AVWW is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a game best played when you don't want massive amounts of stimulation or tough decisions to make. It's slow. Peaceful. Bizarre. Simple. Deep. Calming. Additting. Demanding. and totally hands off at the same time.

Serveral points:

Graphics:
For many people this ruins the game for them. While I do acknowledge the stiff animations and strange blend of styles I find thay they add to the game more than it distracts from it. This uniquely strange artstyle helps instill the player with the game's mood- mystery and wonder. The setting of the game takes place in a fractured reality where all times and places converge (think Land of the Lost 2009) the juxtaposed visuals help with this suspension of disbelief.

My one complant with the graphics is that some of the backgrounds in indoor areas don't mesh well with the indoor patforms, causing confusion.

Music: Arcen Games always has good music and this game is no exception.

Gameplay:

Platforming- Excellent controls and physics make jumping around a joy and an ease.

Combat- It's repeatitive yet satisfing. There are many different missions which help shake things up a bit.

Exploration- Strangely mystical... The proceedurally generated worlds seem souless yet full of mystery, terror, and quiet beauty at the same time. It reminds me of playing Dwarf Fortress survival mode.

Progression- In my eyes, this game is less of a Metriodvania as it is a Dungeon Crawl. It's as if Diablo or Fate had a child with a proceedurally generated Metriod. It is satisfing to level up and improve one's inventory in this game.


Final Words
I disagree with the assertion that AVWW is an experiment gone wrong. It's an unpolished gem, sure. Yet its beauty comes with its strange lumps and bumps. It's polished, but not for an museum or a lab.

I'll be coming back to AVWW from time to time to feed my imagination, but also to feed my desire to float above a pack of velociraptors in ancient Egypt on a carpet of air bubbles whilst bombarding them with boulders and summoned rhinoceroses.
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A Valley Without Wind has a bit of a troubled past. The developers had a vision that they admit didn't quite pan out with this game, and so they made a sequel which was better recieved, and they now sell both in one package!

Count me in the minority that prefers the original, though. The art is a little dated, but the game is a super-precise randomly-generated platformer that contains many secrets to uncover. The "story" in the second game may be more polished, and some may prefer the turn-based strategy game added on, but I preferred the pickup and go style of this one.
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The number of bad design decisions in this game is amazing. Every time they had a choice, they made the wrong one.
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I came into this game really, really wanting to like it. I adore games that mix sidescroller style games, survival, and RPG elements together. They're refreshing, offer a challenge, and are generally very addicting.

The very first thing that caught my attention upon entering the game was the art style. I am literally the last person on the planet to allow my opinion of a game to be built on how the game looks, but holy cow - the art is genuinely bad. It feels rushed and lazy, and gave me a bad first impression. I shrugged this off, however, as the gameplay could have more than made up for it.

There are some things I genuinely found to be pleasing about A Valley. I loved the way they handled dungeons, for example. The dynamic way they added in secret rooms really made me want to explore the world to the fullest extent. I also really, really liked the idea of respawning with a new character every time I died. It made me feel more attached to my characters, and made my actions feel like they had a lot more weight.

The spell system was also worthwhile. I really dig the idea of different spells being used for different aspects of the world instead of only combat. Using a spell for harvesting, instead of just pressing E? Oh hell yeah!

Yet, there's just an overwhelming amount of stuff I didn't enjoy. I am all for games that don't hold your hand, believe me. I've beaten Dark Souls, and Might and Magic from 1988 is my ♥♥♥♥. Yet, those games are all intuitive. This game, however, is a little too complicated to simply pick up through intuition. You need a guide - which, I guess, isn't really that bad of a thing - and although there is somewhat of a tutorial, it's just not enough. Because the learning curve is so high, early gameplay is akin through wading through mud - slow and arduous, and leaves you feeling like you haven’t gotten anywhere.

I do own the second game, and I do look forward to giving the series another try through its predecessor.
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It's a platformer with RPG and survival elements. Perhaps a bit like Terrarria (not too familiar with that one, so take the comparison with a grain of salt). The graphics are fairly dated and I had to mute the music almost instantly. The platforming controls are good, but nothing amazing.

The game pretty much beats you over the head with walls of text of various sizes to explain the different mechanics within the game (gathering resources, crafting spells, slotting abilities, elements, "conciousness shards", etc.). While most platformers suffer from severe cases of over minimalism, this one seems to be on the opposite end. This game may have been far better accepted if it had only been released a decade or more earlier.

5/10, skippable.
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A Valley Without Wind производит странное впечатление. С одной стороны, откровенно архаичная графика и недостаток варьируемого контента кажутся скорее недоработками, чем издержками авторского замысла. Хотя, даже если это — издержки замысла, все равно получается грустно. С другой стороны, многое сделано и придумано действительно интересно: начиная от вымощенного могильными камнями вступительного приключения и заканчивая нарочитым обесцениванием личности главного героя. Поэтому совсем никак не отметить эту игру позитивом мы не могли, однако стоит понимать, чтo оценка здесь — скорее поощрение удачных заделов, чем рекомендация срочно бежать и покупать. Очень многим эта игра не понравится. Скорее всего, так и задумано.

Достоинства:
`необычная гибридная идея в основе геймплея;
`бесконечный игровой мир;
`интересная концепция роли персонажа в игре;
`свобода действий;
`оригинальная авторская стилистика.

Недостатки:
`недостаток разнообразия в игровом процессе;
`неконкурентоспособная графика.

Оценка - 5/10
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Ужасная игра, которая не стоит ни своих денег ни вашего времени. Когда-то я получил ее в каком то из бандлов и могу сказать, что ее стоит приобретать лишь в таком виде. Покупать ее по скидке или (не вздумайте) за полною цену это чистой воды маразм.

Давайте разложим по пунктам

1- Безвкусный визуальный стиль, на котором разрабы явно сэкономили и который преподносится как артстайл с претензией на оригинальность.

2- Сюжет, который явно брали с потолка и делали для галочки.

3- Полное отсутствие какой-либо мотивации для игрока. Мы просто бежим вперед и преодолеваем препятствия в виде горок и холмиков разной высоты. Ни врагов, ни каких бы то ни было челенджей, вообще ничего.

4- Я хотел было попробовать похвалить игру хотя бы за саундтрек, но и тут не вышло т.к ни один из них не представляет из себя ничего выдающегося и их очень мало.
+ они все очень короткие и каждый из них повторяется по тысячи раз за уровень. Скорее всего вас даже быстрее задолбает музыка, чем сама игра :D


Я ставлю этой игре 1-го пони из 10-ти.
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Отличная игра. Рандомный эксплоринг, бесконечное число локаций, довольно ненапряжный геймплей. Очень жаль, что оказалась недооценена как критиками, так и игроками.
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This game is very deep, over whelming, confusing and complex. That is why it is simply just a fantastic game, there are barely any boundaries to what you can do within the game scope. You do literally progress how ever you want, with your settlement and advancing character(s), you will defiantly loose a few when playing. The game is not linear at all.

The game has a combination of RPG and platformer elements, which opens up to some crazy combinations of abilities, spells and gear enchantments your characters can use. For example, flying through the map at insane speeds while exploding fire every second. Why do you ask? Just because you can really.

The world you live in is all randomly generated, so each play through won't ever be the same. What else could you ask for? Content around the same skill level as you? Sure! Monsters scale to your playing abilities, so there is always a constant challenge. Don't think the game will let you off that easily.

From what I've played, I've barely scratched the surface to what this game offers me. But from what I saw, it was quite over whelming and made me question what the hell I was doing every second. And I loved it. But the main jist of it all is that you need to save your continent from an evil overlord. Once that's done, you just move onto an even bigger continent with a much harder overlord!

This game is truly an ultimate character customisation game, where there is pretty much no limit to how you kit out your character. But as well as that, you get to do the same with your settlement with saving, upgrading NPC's you find on your adventures, build buildings for them to live in and turn your home in a flourishing city! It's just going take a while to do so...

I would recommend playing the demo first, before you decide to pick this game up. And if you find it a bit too much and over whelming, I hear the sequel is a bit easier and simplified a bit for people to get into. But if you like a challenge, being over whelmed with information, go into insane fights with enemies and have no limit on what you want to do, then this is the game for you.

In conclusion:
Vast game world, always growing with harder and harder challenges ahead.
Insane character customisation, there is no limit to how your character will perform.
Challenging enemies and bosses.
Immersive, challenging and a complex game.

7 / 10, Don't fall down deep pits, you'll regret with what you've found.
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Хах ну и проэктик получился,вообще ничего не понятно.Что тут вообще происходит,куда идти и зачем это нужно никто и никогда не объяснит.Вроде и есть какой-то генерируемый мир здесь,но зачем он?? Здесь нет ничего: ни врагов(хотя одного я встретил-камень стреляющий огнём),ни нормальных локаций ни персонажей которые хотя бы давали какие-то задания.
Музыка в игре тоже скучная,1 саундтрек да и тот как колыбельная.Единственное что есть в игре,дак это симпатичная 2D графика,но ей всё равно далековато до таких проектов как Trine или Limbo

Я не знаю конечно кому это может нравится,но покупать ни в коем случае не рекомендую.Брать только в том случае,если хотите выбивать карточки.

Оценка 3/10
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Межжанровая игрушка, очень похожая на аркаду.

Попытка усидеть сразу на всех стульях не удалась, ибо одной идеи мало. А реализация подкачала. Вместо внятного сюжета у нас есть только кусочек текста в главном меню (видно для затравки и мотивации). Самое смешное что это ни капельки не рогалик, платформер и всё тут, против геймплея не попрёшь. Вообще генерируемый мир это здорово, но скудность и пустынность локаций сильно портят впечатление от оного. Кстати, у игрушки нет логического конца. Такие дела.

Найди хоть что-нибудь! 5 из 10 :)
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Опубликовано: 21 января 2014
A Valley Without Wind – приключенческая игра с элементами RPG, в которой нужно исследовать руины утраченной цивилизации, строить безопасные убежища и избегать монстров, рыскающих по глуши. В игре действие происходит в неприветливой обстановке постапокалипсиса. Мир населен агрессивными монстрами и машинами. Прямое столкновение с врагом приведет к истощению и последующей смерти. Идеальный способ противостояния врагу – установка ловушек и избегание битв. Главная особенность A Valley Without Wind заключена в ее абсолютной самодостаточности. Вся игра — это бесконечный геймплей. Мир генерируется случайным образом: вместо очередного убитого босса появляется его брат-близнец, а пачка «бедных крестьян» сменяется другой.
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Опубликовано: 26 сентября 2013
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