Ever wonder what sort of secrets are hidden amongst nature? Now’s your chance to find out. Soar through the skies, swim the depths of the ocean, and explore the lush rainforests in Wander, the non-combat explorative-based indie MMO. Slow moving and relaxing. Lots of trees, no explosions.
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Mostly Negative (104 reviews) - 32% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 4, 2015

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“Wander...focuses on building an atmosphere that will pique players' curiosity — and then leaves them to find their own way, and each other.”


“Wander looks to change up the MMO formula... relying on the sheer joy and mystery of exploration to carry the story along instead.”

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Ever wonder what sort of secrets are hidden amongst nature? Now’s your chance to find out. Soar through the skies, swim the depths of the ocean, and explore the lush rainforests in Wander, the non-combat explorative-based MMO. Made by a indie studio from Melbourne, Australia with 3 full time team members, and updated very often. Slow moving and relaxing. Lots of trees, no explosions.

Wander is a game based on tranquility - imagine the soothing sounds of the tropical ambience unfolding around you. Listen to the rush of the pristine waves as birds flying overhead call out to one another. Life is all around you; you are one with nature.

Starting a new game in Wander’s extensive world renders you as a giant tree with minimal understanding of who, or what, you are. Storms that affect the known planets transform you, and continue to influence your path as you travel throughout the world. You are brought to life by a rare flower, which holds powers that will change your course and reveal untouched areas. Enchanting opera singers guide you on your journey through the lands.

In Wander, you’re more than just a series of changing shapes. Wander gives you the ability to discover through nature’s eyes. It is one of the first MMOs with a different goal in mind; instead of destroying an enemy target or overcoming territory, players forge alliances and help relate each other to all the world has to offer. Its soothing sounds and collaborative gameplay focus on the narrative elements that connect us. How will you team up with others, face challenges, and uncover new areas? Explore the enigma in Wander: Welcome to the rainforest.

Wander's features include:

  • Breathtaking landscape in full HD based on realistic weather patterns and researched rainforest data
  • Utilizing exploration, beauty, cooperation and transformation to give you a unique player experience
  • Large scale non-competitive MMO gameplay
  • Extensive world filled with unseen and secluded mysteries
  • Immersive and intricate sound design
  • Continuously soothing atmosphere

Wander was produced with the support of Screen Australia, Film Victoria and The City Of Melbourne.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or 8 (64 bit only)
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460 or AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics cards not supported.
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8, 8.1 (64 bit only)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 660Ti or greater, AMD Radeon HD 7950 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
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206 of 230 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Beautiful, tranquil, and disappointingly buggy.

I was really looking forward to this game. I've played all kinds of MMOs, and one focused on pure exploration sounded like a lot of fun. This game makes an admirable attempt at delivering that, but there are too many immersion breaking bugs to really enjoy it.

I love the way the game looks. I like the lack of a HUD. I'm fine with no combat, no quests, no loot, etc. Call it a multiplayer walking simulator if you like, but I think the no pressure approach is an enjoyable break from the addictive grinding of the typical WoW-style game. There's great potential here.

Unfortunately, I've encountered a number of bugs in the brief time I've played that have hampered my enjoyment. After logging out and then returning, I'm now stuck in third-person view instead of first person. The graphics settings reverted to default too. There's a distracting amount of texture pop-in. Movement is clunky. The controls are unclear, and aren't shown anywhere (which means no keybind settings either). But the worst was trying to use the language drawing.

You see, the only way you have of communicating with other players is by drawing word pictures. There are stones throughout the game that teach you how to draw the words, including the order of the strokes, which matters for getting the word right. Precision matters too, making it easy to get the words wrong. Worse, on the third word I found ("near"), I couldn't get it right until I figured out that the stone was showing the strokes in the wrong order!

So, anyway, that's my first impressions review. Hopefully they patch this stuff soon, because I think this could be a great game. For now, I'll try it a little bit longer to see if it grows on me, but I can't in good conscience recommend it.

Edit: After giving it more thought, I decided to ask for a refund for this game (which has been granted). The unfortunate day-one experience left a bad taste in my mouth, and as a result I don't have any enthusiasm for sticking with this through the bug-fix process.
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116 of 133 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
The Wander team is painfully kind, works tirelessly with the community, and is full of creative potential - unfortunately, at this point, I cannot recommend Wander.

Wander appears to be an experiement in deconstructing an MMO. What if we took away chat, levels, killing things, and quests? What would we be left with? How would players communicate? What would they do? It's actually a really neat idea and I'm glad someone conducted the experiment. In ideal play, you would run into other players and use an in-game sign language to communicate what you would like to do including some tricky achievements.

Instead of a list of pros and cons, I'll just post a list of hopes:

Hopes for the Devs:
  • Stay encouraged and now that you've built a game and released it to market - think about what you can do better and put out an awesome next game. Y'all have some serious talent when it comes to graphics, voice overs, and atmosphere.
  • Lower the price to free or just above free. Nobody should be paying the same for this game and ARK
  • I suspect y'all are millenials. Hire a Gen-X or Baby Boomer to round out your team. They will point out the blind spots.
  • Think about adding in what you've taken out (chat, quests, killing, etc) but in a special way that stays true to your vision. Reconstructing what has been deconstructed.
  • Go 100% into VR. Whether on HTC Vive or Oculus Rift - huge potential here!

I'm cheering for you. Rooting for you. Love the glimpse of talent. I'm looking forward to writing a positive review on your next game.
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176 of 231 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
This is a Day 1 Hour 1 of release so dont follow this recomendation if they patch the game.

This is unplayable, if you realease a game about exploration and want to call it "game", at least do a good movement system. Animation are uncompleted, many features are bugged like third person, or almost every key binding, when swim is really anoying go down, etc...

Dont buy until you see a real gameplay.
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63 of 78 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
There are games that are bad, and there are games that are heart wrenchingly disappointing. Wander wasn't just a swing in the dark for a quick cash grab, it was a notion with all of the conceptual dominoes ready to be knocked down. An MMO with a focus on environment and exploration as opposed to combat. They say that when someone loses their sight, all of their other senses get stronger. That isn't the case with Wander. It's as if they made an MMO with a world, NPCs, and combat, then just removed the NPCs and combat and called it a day. There was so many opportunities to make this game an interesting piece of work without the crutch of combat and violence, that were also thrown away at every turn.

Every building is empty. Nothing worth noting. Imagine this game where there is a sprawling population, people to meet and to go on quests with. This doesn't demand the idea of combat, it just demands the idea of objective. Wander is based on a safari jungle, so why not have an encyclopedia worth of animals to discover and watch? An incredible depth of species and organisms to research. Wander could have had that and much more, but instead it doesn't have much of anything.

You cannot directly communicate with players. Wander has its own language, Rozdha, which can be learned by coming across stones that teach you one word at a time. To have a real conversation with a fellow player, you would have both needed to spend countless hours learning and remembering these words. There is no encyclopedia, so if you're not recording the notions yourself, good luck. It would've been great if there were ways to communicate with other players, but Rozhda could be used to access hidden or specific content. That'd be great because it'd influence exploration and flesh the world and objectives out a bit.

Wander is underdeveloped. Bugs litter the game, and texture popping happens more than appreciated with it being a visually-focused game. Even without the bugs, the previous reasons are why this game truly falters.

Our medium is interesting. There is a thriving mobile market based on the idea of copying others to make a quick buck. Yet, that's not Wander did. They cropped up a simply amazing concept, with the potential of excellence, and dropped it like an egg. I personally hope they either revert this game into early access, or someone takes their idea and fleshes it out like it deserves.

Here is a video review from me if you're interested in seeing more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YMgecmdNT4
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46 of 60 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
Untextured islands, everything looks the exact same, graphic glitches everywhere, animation bugs, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ movement with walking and flying. This game feels like a Friends and Family Alpha. Would not recommend and I honestly wish I could get my $20 back.
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42 of 56 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
You might notice alot of these reviews like mine have very little gameplay hours, well that is mainly due to the game being so buggy many of us who wanted to play the game can't even get to do, I really hope they patch this and fix all the problems, it's a huge dissapointment to people who've been waiting to play.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
I don't really know where to start on this. People say it's terrible because of its bugs but in all honesty, it's a game still being worked on as I write this review. The developers are one of the most dedicated game devs I have ever seen and are devoted to satisfying their customers, hearing out what people have to say and most importantly they care about what me and others as individuals have to say about the game so long as it isn't childish bashing like i've seen most of the negative reviews based on with a few decent ones mixed in.

Pros of Wander:
-Stunning atmosphere, really makes you feel immersed in the game
-Its constantly being updated
-Neat lore and a different gamestyle which is unique and stays true to the name Wander in the gameplay
-Not many goals, you just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery and the game
-You can be four characters, all of which are well programmed into the game
-Neat and realistic sound affects
-Developers listen to the community
-Many different sceneries to wander to such as a floating island, the bottom of the ocean and the oceanic runes, the caves and the cultural tribe areas
-Each character has it's own environments and differences from the others
-Relaxing open world game for those who get tired of games that have so much going on in them that makes it stressful and Wander has so much content with so little guidelines that you do whatever you want when you want.
-Has multiplayer so you can wander with other people
-Has neat loading in soundtracks

Cons of Wander:
-Characters lack landscape centering. (Ex: Climbing a hill as an Azertash will have your back feet in the air like so.
-Has its fair share of bugs as does any game.
-Lacking a few textures in some areas in the terrain
-Griffin has too slow of a dive speed and too slow of an upward flight
-Oren's tree branches take up too much of the screen
-Difficult to find other players
-Textures take too long to load into view

All in all it's got cons to match the pros, but I just wanted to say that for some people this game is for you, and for others you may prefer your shooter games. It depends on what you like and if you're open to trying out new things. I'd recommend this game just because it really is stunning to enjoy a slow paced game with lots to offer. If you have an issue with a bug, you can make a topic on it and I guarantee you that someone, if not the Wander team themself will answer it and will look towards fixing the bug. It's costly, but for good reason. It's the perfect game for you if every game you play is either frustrating, painstakingly boring or if you like what you've seen on the store page. It's different, yes but in a good way. This has my vote.
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54 of 78 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
The game *looks* good, all the Kudos to the world designers and of course CryEngine. You need proper application developers though as well: within the first 7 minutes I played Wander, I was greeted with graphical errors, spazzing out triggers, sound settings not being applied, no sub titles (okay, design problem) and finally a crash when I tried to quit the game. Suffice to say that this is not within the bounds I'd remotely consider acceptable.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2015
I expected a relaxing game for those times where I don't really feel like doing anything. I did read the reviews and thought that at the very least, chasing the achievements should be fun for a game that the reviewers claim "has no content." Surely I'd show them wrong! I like nearly every indie game I've purchased!

I expected to see the gorgeous scenery like in the screenshots.
Nope. There was some nice scenery at times, but it was nowhere near the quality advertised. I expected to find little easter eggs like the lizards. None of that is in this game. There are no other players to be seen. Not sure what gfx card is used to get those screenshots but my GTX 780ti does not cover it. (It does however cover ESO, GTA5 and many other gorgeous games)

My first few minutes were spent as a tree. With no way to move into first person or change camera angles, this seemed a little non intuitive to me.

My next few minutes are spent as a human wandering around. A tooltip popped up and said something about map markers. HOLY HELL! DO NOT CLICK M!
I don't know where I went, but is sure as heck wasn't to place map markers.
Left click did nothing, right click did nothing as I frantically waved my mouse around that clearly held a marker in it, but didn't actually place anywhere. I was stuck in this room that showcased an island, had all the "speak runes" in it with no way out. Until I hit M again. Well that was frustrating. Off to go find more little lore tidbits I guess?

The "speak" ability in the game was just as awful. I'm reminded of a time when I played "Arx Fatalis" where the game was so picky about drawing symbols that it was almost impossible to use. The interface claimed I could just click on a rune or draw it myself, but picking a rune seemed to do nothing. Drawing a rune made me cry as I'm a major in college in the Japanese language and stroke order as well as direction is exceedingly important and this just seems to be in no inherient order.
Who the heck draws a slash from the bottom and moves up?!
Where were you taught to write?! Drawing a circle is just as horrid.

Quick, draw a circle. Did you start from the top and draw it clockwise?
Apparently this game thinks you should start from the right edge and draw it counter clockwise. No damned sense or logic in how drawing the "runes" work.

I jumped from a cliff to find that my character not only had no underwear, but had a void for where her crotch was.

I'm a patient person and I do want a game that highlights exploration and no combat, but this is so far from what I expected, I'm going to agree with my fellow reviewers and say it's not really a game. Do not buy. Do not waste your money. For realz.

Did I mention there's a bug where you have to delte your "user" folder each time you want to play this game or it won't work at all?
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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
So basically this is some kind of "MMO" where you can't fight or chat freely with the other players.
Almost all of the positive reviews are from friends of the dev.
There are still tons of bugs.
I am not saying that the game isn't beautiful, it looks awesome but as i said there are a lot of bugs.
To communicate with other players you have to draw word pictures.There is no chat and to learn the drawing you have to find the right stones for them which is pretty annyoing.

About the environment - it's beautiful! I really enjoyed it but basically this is all you can do in this game - to explore the environment.There isn't "wildlife" so you could only enjoy the pretty landscapes.
You may see some big buildings in the screenshots.Most of them are empty and a few have stones with new words in them.I also got stuck in some buildings.

So i don't recommend you to play the game now.Wait until they fix some bugs.And even then i don't think that its worth so much money just to enjoy a good environment.

If you don't want to explore the whole world or to learn language in the game(which is the drawings on the stones) i don't think that this is the game for you, but if you find it somewhere cheaper and you have nothing to do you could buy it and give it a try.
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0.5 hrs
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♥♥♥♥♥♥♥it this was impossible to navigate i couldn't even understand how to do anything
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Didn't even run. Unable to change settings. Mouse buttons or trackpad taps do not work. Corresponding or even unusual applicable keyboard strokes didn't work. It's simply criminal that they take money for this game.
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Unfortunate that I need to express how deeply saddened I am that this game is basically abandoned, by it's developers and it's potential players.

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