Cult of the Wind is a game about people who pretend to be airplanes.
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Mixed (98 reviews) - 60% of the 98 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 2014

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Cult of the Wind is a game about people who pretend to be airplanes.

"In an unknown time and place, a cult that worships the wreckage of ancient airplanes gathers to mimic the dogfights of old. With the peak of humanity far behind, their world is a mausoleum to a lush and verdant Art Deco past."

In Cult of the Wind, players compete and cooperate in ritualistic multi-player human dogfights, complete with imaginary weapons, pretend explosions, and airplane noises made with their mouths. Shower your friends in a hail of imaginary bullets and proclaim, "I got you! You have to lie down," to which they respond, "Nuh-uh, I have a shield." You argue about whether or not airplanes can have shields, meanwhile some other guy does a cannonball onto your head while whistling. It's great.

With an intuitive point-and-click level editor you'll be able to craft new levels or modify existing ones, then immediately share them with anyone on a server, even if you aren't the host. You can also craft a personalized appearance for your character with numerous articles of clothing and more.

  • Simple, robust level editor
  • Instantly share your creations with others
  • Character customization
  • Dozens of imaginary weapons and abilities
  • Infinitely expandable content
  • Blindingly high-speed mock combat
  • Weird noises

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or newer
    • Processor: 2.4 gHz Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 with Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or newer
    • Processor: 2.4 gHz Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB OpenGL or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2.4 gHz Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB OpenGL or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Product received for free
-Quick Review-
Cult of the Wind is a third person shooter developed by North of Earth and released 2014, the gimmick is all the characters are PRETENDING to be airplanes. They don't fly, just run around with their arms out making airplane noises. (I emphasis this, because I had no idea what I was getting into when I first played it, and quickly killed myself by jumping off a ledge and breaking every bone in my legs.) Unfortunately the game is dead, I couldn't find anyone to play with anyway. There's only one dedicated server still active.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=757291313

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: There really isn't any story that is given when you play. The game is presented as a casual third person shooter. But the steam store and the Cult of the Wind website describe the game as follows:

"In an unknown time and place, a cult that worships the wreckage of ancient airplanes gathers to mimic the dogfights of old. With the peak of humanity far behind, their world is a mausoleum to a lush and verdant Art Deco past."

That was descriptive. Basically everyone is doing what I did as a kid: Run around making airplane noises. Oh wait, no, I made star wars lightsaber fights and killed mercenaries, droids, and fought Darth Vader and Darth Maul.

Gameplay: You move with WASD, you apparently do more damage the faster you're moving (I cannot confirm or deny, because no one joined me, and I played for an hour by myself trying the game out: either you'll think that's sad, or dedication to getting through my backlog of games)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=757291283

As I've already explained you don't actually fly in this game, you run in a direction, arms stretched out in a T-pose. There are a number of elements on the HUD worth explaining. In the bottom right of UI you see a water droplet which represents your fuel. If you run out of this you die. above the fuel (the plane icon) is your health, if you take fall damage, or collateral damage from your own weapons. In the bottom left corner of the screen is your various ammo. the lower one is your primary weapon, the one above it is your secondary. In the center bottom is a power-up item.

As I'm sure you've already deduced, there are items, powerups, and attack items in game. Specifically there are three colored Chinese-lantern-looking-things. Red kites provide: fuel, health, or primary ammunition. Purple kites provide a power up of some type (think turtle shell, or mushroom from Mario kart). Lastly Orange Kites provide a random weapon.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=757291324

Level Editor I'm going to tack this point onto the end of the review, since apparently the game feels the level editor is worth mentioning, I will too. It stinks.
I've gone to school to work in 3d graphic design, I worked with 3ds Max, mudbox, and maya while in college. And outside of college I've spent many hours in Blender. I've even used Steams Source SDK.

This Level Editor is cumbersome and painful to use, you're better off using Source SDK or Blender if you want to get into 3d modeling levels, and then at least you'd be able to make stuff for games which are played.

Conclusion: In conclusion... this game isn't worth it. I think even if there was a community for the game, there simply isn't enough content to justify spending $9.99. However, this game is very gimmicky and would be fun to play with other people. There's just not really much chance of actually getting that opportunity.
I don't really feel one way or another about this game. If there was a player base this game would probably be a pass and a nick gimmick for people who are looking to play an odd little shooter game. If you have a group of friends you could give this game a shot. As far as my own recommendation: contrary to my review (which forces me to thumbs up or down), I don't give it either, I could give it either.
And as always, thank you for reading my review.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This game has really good soundtrack, good potential but it doesn't feel like a finished game. Played it with a friend and it seemed like last 2 people on earth simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
Very interesting concept for a game but lacks two very important things, finese and, most importantly, a player base... Pretend airplanes are pretty great but right now the game feels like people just running around in T pose. There needs to be more visuals to better communicate airplanes. That flying ability in the trailer would be great but I dont think it's in the game. If there was a viable way to play thing single player I feel I would enjoy it but, on it's own, I can't recommend it to people knowing that the best they're gonna get out of it is running around an impressive looking map.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
103 of 113 people (91%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Disclosure:Free copy from giveaway
This game is great. No, seriously, it is. The only complaints are how many people don't play this. But when I was playing it, I decided to start making plane noises to go with the game.
That made me realize something. This game, allows you to be a kid again, act like you're flying around shooting people out of the sky. That is the reason why I reccomend this game. It allows you to act like a kid again.
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71 of 78 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
Game is really good, however almost no one is playing it. I give thumbs up only to support developers but please add some more content, more maps and please be active with community. The game has a lot of potential but if you developers don't promote your game than it will be completely dead, i mean it's already dead so try to be more active, i know that everything cost a lot of money but this game deserves to be among the best indie titles.
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110 of 149 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
No one played this in Early Access because it wasn't finished.
No one plays it now it's out of Early Access because it isn't finished.
I once played a match with three other people, that was a good day.
The game could be fun if more people played it, as of now it is literally a graveyard.

On the other hand I'm wearing a robe and box car plane with a propeller hat.
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 5, 2014
I like the idea, I found it hilarious when I saw the trailers. The graphics look unique and nice, it has a great sound design and runs smoothly on a potato.

Why the thumbs down then?

It's not a game, it's just a "bag of potential" sold for money. The game is practically dead (3 people being online at a time tops) and it's multiplayer only. I wouldn't buy it, unless you like running around alone in a mid-sized multiplayer map doing nothing.
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115 of 178 people (65%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 24, 2014
I'm not pretending I'm an airplane.
I AM AN AIRPLANE.

It's a great game, but it's sad there are no players online whatsoever. Maybe if there was a bot mode there would be more of a community.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
This game is lonely, oh so lonely. However with the hopes that other people will play, I reccomend it.

1) Fun concept
2) easy and smooth mechanics
3) well designed levels

If you are interested in trying it out, go post on their forum page. I check once or twice a week hoping someone will answer my gameday post.
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Cult of the Wind spent two months in Early Access - didn't change much during that time. Nor did it after release back in June 2014. Thanks to developer's incompetence at both building the game (clearly unfinished and lacking polish, I'd even say features necessary for such title) and any interest around it, it was dead on arrival as multiplayer-only game. Alex Allen (North of Earth) didn't bother trying to resurrect it.

Also, it seems fishy when someone friends with the dev who has only games of that particular developer writes positive review right after game is released on Early Access:

http://imgur.com/SreIWDx
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This is a game about humans pretending to be planes, has a level editor, but there's no 9/11 level yet? I'm disappointed in you, Steam Community. /s

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I would rather let a cockroach manifest in my skull, then buy this game.

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Not sure what this game tried to accomplish, whatever it was, it failed. The potential is there, though.

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