Cult of the Wind is a game about people who pretend to be airplanes.
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Mixed (386 reviews) - 54% of the 386 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 30, 2014

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About This Game

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

Windows
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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Mixed (386 reviews)
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AcidPanda
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Cult of Wind presents a comical looking and original gameplay in an over the shoulder shooter.

Heck, it looks great since it has Steamworks for map creation so you can whip up your own temple to the sky god. Sadly, the delivery is an absolute nose dive. Whereas most multiplayer games would have several dedicated servers running, Cult of Wind only has one which is empty. Even with it being on sale at $2, I was hoping for some fun only to experience absolute defeat when I saw there is nobody else playing, not even privately hosted servers. It doesn’t help that the developer has done nothing since the game left early access back in 2014.

The combination of an inactive player base and a missing in action developer leads me to conclude that this game dead, just like the airplanes that once flew.
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Graywind357
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Product received for free
Nobody plays this game. Can only be played online with other players but the one server is literally empty. Save the money,
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Doctor Mew
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I don't get it, and there is no one else on to play with.
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Skeeter70
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Gun noise simulator 2016
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Menacing Tentacles
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This won't be a proper review, because I wasn't able to actually play the game in any real capacity.

I'm not really sure how I got a copy of this in the first place, but probably through a bundle of some sort somewhere. I like to at least try out every single game I own, so I fired this one up without a single idea of what it was about. It's a multiplayer shooter thing with dogfighting, but no planes. Just people who hold their arms out and pretend to be planes, taking off and firing off their guns as they soar through the air.

Except, it's only about one of those people. Me. I launched the game several times, but there was never a single other player online. Just me, all alone, running around and pretending to be a plane. An abandoned multiplayer game is nothing new, but there's something really sad about that.

After I ran around for a few minutes, the match ended in a stalemate. I was alone, soaring about the elaborate map, and the game just abruptly ended, telling me I had accomplished nothing, and that nobody was a winner. Too true, Cult of the Wind, too true.

Maybe it's worth a look if you're one of those weird people who has a dozen friends to play with at a moment's notice, but for making me feel even sadder and more alone than usual I can't give it a recommendation.
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lain [pleb]
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
It would be a really fun game, but unfortunately when I tried playing, noone was online.

Basically it's a capture the flag game, where you are child pretending to be a pilot. You can shoot bullets and missiles (they seem to be imaginary, because you can hear them but not see them), and jump which lets you temporarily glide. The map design seems interesting, so I would really like to play this with actual people to see how it plays out.
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G3nD33
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Great concept !! :)

Bad dev ! :(

-10/10
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The Inscrutable Fufy
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
The game is good, however there are no players at all. PUT THE GAME ON SALE, GET EXPOSURE!
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Snoop the Dogg
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
An unfinished game. Don't waste money on it.
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Nemz[ET]
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Do not spend money on this game. At this point, there is no reason for it to have a $10 price tag, $1 is more likely.

The game is solely multiplayer, but you will not find anyone playing. There is one dedicated server and I was the only one on it.

I jumped into the game without any explanation... To find myself running around and pretending to be a fighter plane. I

Is the game amusing? Yes. Does it allow you to "act like a kid"? Yes. Is it actually a game worth playing? No. Because there's no actual content, it's just you running from one base to another, all alone, while your character acts like an airplane. If you so desperately need to feel like a child, please go find an empty field somewhere and do so. At least you'll get some fresh air and exercise.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Cult of Wind presents a comical looking and original gameplay in an over the shoulder shooter.

Heck, it looks great since it has Steamworks for map creation so you can whip up your own temple to the sky god. Sadly, the delivery is an absolute nose dive. Whereas most multiplayer games would have several dedicated servers running, Cult of Wind only has one which is empty. Even with it being on sale at $2, I was hoping for some fun only to experience absolute defeat when I saw there is nobody else playing, not even privately hosted servers. It doesn’t help that the developer has done nothing since the game left early access back in 2014.

The combination of an inactive player base and a missing in action developer leads me to conclude that this game dead, just like the airplanes that once flew.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I don't get it, and there is no one else on to play with.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
16 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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70 of 77 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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107 of 146 people (73%) 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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44 of 56 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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114 of 177 people (64%) 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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35 of 44 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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32 of 40 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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58 of 86 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 15, 2014
Before I begin I would like to point out I made this video on day one when it was very much early access with a very limited map and other features range.

At the bottom of the written review is a video which shows multiplayer gameplay of the main map some weapons and upgrades if you wanted to get a very quick glance that may be best for you!

So when I first saw this game I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it; I thought the concept was very interesting and I liked the cult story behind it where these people basically worship old recked airplanes. If you want to find out a little more in regards to the features then you should check out this guide: http://www.northofearth.com/cultofthewind/guide/


Visuals
Visually the game has a very basic simple cartoony visual style. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and helps it to fit in with the Art Deco style the developers were trying to adopt, the Art Deco style is indisputable with the various stereotypical Art Deco looks around the map(s). The clean look of the game helps you focus on the targets such as enemy fighters or flags. Graphics could generally be improved with increased polygon counts on various items around the maps.

Audio
Upon reading the guide for the game I was expecting the weapon noises to sound like people saying "pew pew pew" as we all did when we were kids. I was dissapointed to hear that the sounds are actually just ordinary stock shooting sounds not made with a human voice at all. I think this is something that has been overlooked and could possibly have removed some of the anticipated charm

Maps
Unfortunately on release the game only has one and a half maps. I say 1.5 because there is a finished and prototype map. The prototype map looks like something quickly thrown together just to get something else shipped with the game upon release. I find it odd that if the game has a map editor they couldn't get a few more maps finished before releasing it on Steam.

Temple of the Wind is the finished map and is quite pleasing on the eye. Generally it doesn't give you a feel of a cult setting, it seems far too nice, but due to it being a deserted temple you can get the impression that all isn't quite what it seems. It has 3 different levels to it all of which are accessible via staircases/elevators or jumping or with various speed / jump upgrades.

Sky-Top Prototype is a half finished map with no textures. It works with a capture the flag game mode where there is a neutral flag at one end that both teams have to run / jump their way to and then bring it back to the base. It still needs some work but I imagine the devs are working on this as I type.

Weapons / Upgrades
There is a nice selection of weapons and upgrades that can be picked up from various "kites" within the maps. These provide power ups such as extra jumping abilities or extra speed from quicker or more powerful weapons and one really insane rail gun. I think the weapons are fairly nicely balanced and I look forward to finding all the ways to counter each weapon / upgrade!

Game Modes
There appears to only be one / two game mode(s) so far in Cult of the Wind and this is Capture the Flag combined with deathmatch. Neither is seperate from the other so technically I feel there is only one game mode thus far.
It is possible to seperate the two game modes during server set up by inflating the amount of flags you require and reducing the amount of kills needed to win and wice versa. This isn't a perfect set up and it would be nice to see some more game modes in the near future.

Player Base & Connectivity
From my experience so far there isn't too many people playing the game just yet, but of course it is brand new and this will probably change quite soon, at least I hope so. I have managed to get into a server with just me and my friend but also both of us got into a server with other people without any issues which was very reassuring. It is definitely a game designed to be played with multiple people in the server all shooting at each other.

Round-Up
As I mentioned at the beginning this review was written on day one with only 2 hours experience of gameplay. I'm sure there will be many more updates coming out soon. I will recommend this game based on the anticipation of what is to come in the future. I think if you are going to buy the game try to get some of your friends on board too! The game is looking good and I hope more maps come out in the very near future!

If you would like to see visuals of how the game looks and some of the gameplay features that are not shown in the trailer I have a video on YouTube which may help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M--MgTtaRdY&feature=youtu.be
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