Great concept, poor execution.
First off, I'll start with what I liked about the game.
Mapping is pretty cool, the idea of using triangulation to uncover the map and mark yourself/landmarks is awesome and works fairly well.
The island is large, there is tons to explore, and the game lets you do just that if you want.
Night time is dark, and you can easily get lost if you don't have a light.
The idea of finding, identifying, and mixing different flora of the island together to make different tonics/medicines is nice.
The slightly bad.
Map at night. If you're not holding anything, then you pull out your lighter at night to view the map. But if you're holding anything before pulling it out (including a torch) the map ends up being a useless black square in the dark. Requiring you to drop your torch and have it roll away every time you want to look at the map.
Weapons. Why give me knives/axes if they're completely useless?
The "Creature". I played this game for 5 hours and only saw the "creature" once. It found me when I was out in the open and had nowhere to hide, so I just kept watching it while walking backwards towards the closest hut. It never attacked me, just followed a few feet away the enire time. Once I reached the hut it wandered off, never to be seen again.
Your character controls like a 400 pound blob wearing bowling shoes. Once you get the slightest bit of momentum going, it's really hard to stop. This had me constantly running off cliffs and falling down hills that I should've been able to stop infront of. Any slight incline and you will either start sliding or just start running down it. This makes exploring extremely frustrating at times.
While I have stopped playing out of frustration, I may pick it up again at a later date to see if they've updated it at all. I really do love the idea of this game, and could probably have forgiven a majority of the flaws, but the controls ruined the experience for me. They drove me absolutely insane and were the sole reason I stopped playing the game. It's unfortunate, but I just can't reccomend this game because of the controls.
Posted: November 25th, 2013