Echo of the Wilds is a puzzly narrativy adventure, featuring randomised wilderness survival. Explore and survive this mysterious tale of wilds. Gather resources to build gear and sustain yourself, learning new skills, lore and the intertwining interactions between the various areas, seasons, and weather.
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Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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January 31

Echo of the Wilds - v6

- Native support for DirectInput gamepads has been added.
- Added 2 new skins (Black Male/Female).
- Added V-Sync option. Added customisable shortcut keys for Maps/Inventory/Craft docket menus, and Skip Scene which is now a dedicated key.
- Transition from evening to night is slower.
- All inventory increased by 1 per row (e.g. you can now carry 6 items instead of 5, or 12 if you have the palm sack).
- The Save Altar no longer requires food to save the game. Blackened Heart's poison has been reduced.
- You now wake up in main areas after most dreams (thus no travel time).
- Added a small narrative scene after dream 3 (the original has been moved to after Dream 1).
- The Humongous Head has been repurposed and now contains a talisman piece.
- Tool Altar: Items are now spread over the 4 altars instead of 3. There's now less chance of failing a bestow. You need to find the 3 altar chunks to activate the 4th altar. The Ashy Peddler and Ashy Sculpture have been moved to here. Ashy Peddler has been reworked.
- Successful scouting is more common. The Spy Glass has been removed.
- The health of tools have been increased.
- Orbicular Lagoon has been reworked. Growy Allotments and Branular Grove have been removed.
- Storage Box: You now get 2 separate boxes so storage inventory is doubled.
- Growy Patch: Size increased to 3 plots.
- Goat Blanky: Removes the need for a fire overnight.
- Some Mixery recipes sate hunger more. New recipes: Carrot Cake, Carroted Mash.
- Appley Tree and Borehole sub-areas have been combined.
- A fair amount of minor bits and bobs.

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“Echo Of The Wilds is a mysterious, beautiful game that isn’t easily boxed and isn’t quite like anything else I’ve ever played. A strong narrative runs through it, nothing is as it seems and as the mysticism and nightmares pile up the reward is a glimpse through a window into a weird and wonderful world.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Echo of the Wilds is gorgeous, a beautifully crafted survival sim with an expansive narrative and unique style. The story will appeal to those who like cryptic psychological tales and the writing is another strong point, a contrast of epic and unconventional that's entertaining, effective, and adds a lot of humor.”
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About This Game

Echo of the Wilds is a puzzly narrativy adventure, featuring randomised wilderness survival.

Finding yourself in mysterious forests you must unfurl a spiritual tale of solace before the unending winter consumes all. There a spirit guide will help you learn the skills of survival and the secrets of the wilds: why you awakened there, their purpose, and how to finally be free from its clutches and malevolent apparitions.

The gameplay focuses on exploration and survival of the randomised wilds. Gathering resources to build gear and sustain yourself, learning new skills and the intertwining interactions between the various areas, seasons, and weather. The game includes 40+ areas to discover and 225+ items, including food, resources, tools, clothes, gear and furniture.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Caytlynn
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Pretty difficult with a cool art style. The mechanics make every replay at least a little different as players get better at the game. This is my favorite survival game in a while.
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Handy
( 30.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game is an different take on the crafting-survival genre. I tried to play it a year ago or so and bounced off it the first time around, so I'll say I think you need to be in the right mood for it. The crafting, the rules, the mechanics -- none of these things are spelled out for you and so you need to embrace a sort of crazy whimsey and dive in head first. Stay alive and discover the world around you. Use the beginners guide if you need to in the community hub, but also just enjoy the exploration and prepare to die and try again! Now with more whimsey!

On a seperate note, if you go to the discussions area, you'll see that the developer has personally responded to the majority of the posts with guidance and advice or even with gratitude for bringing a bug/imbalance to light (and then with actual statements that the problem has been fixed!). Hats off to this one.
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Pwneater 53714
( 71.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This was a very interesting game. The puzzles were very interesting. While some people may like high budget grafics, I actually enjoy low pixel art when it is done right. Pick this up if you like a challenge, the wilds can be unforgiving.

A little advise: 1) Save often, use the purity flower to keep saving 2) Don't just forget stuff (recepe/bioms), save it to paper
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aliasup
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
i haven't played it too long and i haven't figured out how to save yet, but this is a pretty interesting game. The writing is strange and somewhat clunky, but also endearing somehow (at least to me). the survival and narrative parts are neatly brought together in an unusual way. the fact that i still can't save after 2 hours bothers me, though, but i have time so i don't mind.
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AmandaPanda
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I have only played a few hours of the game so far but it was worth the buy! Beautiful graphics and music, and very interesting story. Difficult, so videos on youtube help, but i will be playing this game often :) Only comment- make inventory space bigger... craft a packpack with more slots?
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нλwĸ ~LordGramis
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
Great game, you'll experience a survival game with beautifull pixel art, it'll not be easy, this game can be very hard if you don't know what you're doing but after you learn it's mechanics lots of well made puzzles will be waiting for you to beat the game. Very mysterious ambient and great concept, definitively recommend
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Ded2rites85
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Insanely hard. Read up some kind of wiki for this first, i warn you. Also, it's quite freaky. Trust me on this.

Edited: There are plenty of people on the internet, mostly on Youtube, that like a rate this game challenging. I'm not most people, and this is just my thought on the game.
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ṠĊѺṪṪ
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
This is the weirdest ♥♥♥♥ing game I've ever played and I love it.

Exploration? Check
Crafting? Check
Survival? Check
Style? Check
Story? Check
Weird demons with antlers that tear you limb from limb if you don't take care of yourself? Check
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DiggityDale
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
10 Hours in.

Right off the bat, I love this game's approach to learn-as-you-go "crafting". The interface isn't overly cumbersome like most survival games out on the market. You must choose when to seek crafting recipes and slowly make room for new items as you hit crafting milestones. Crafting is both rewarding and fun. You'll find that searching for the right materials is more like a scavenger hunt than a chore, though you will need to grind wood and food.

Inventory management left me frustrated, yet adequately challenged. Having only six slots available in the beginning is the biggest challenge for me. Fumbling your items around the camp in clustered piles is a necessity, since the craftable camp-storage upgrade limits you to two small chests (10 slots per chest).

As you discover more about the game's "secret economy", you will find equipment that becomes hard-locked to your person, meaning it cannot be dropped. It is crucial that you craft the Palm Sack or you will eventually become too encumbered to continue. In my 2nd playthrough, I made it past day 40, with two hard-locked items and no Palm Sack, which meant 4 free spaces available at any given time. As a result, I met my demise, since I wasn't able to collect enough wood to keep from freezing at night.

The story so far has been very engaging, slightly creepy, and somewhat obscure. Overall it works in harmony with the gameplay and art design. The game doesn't rush you in the beginning, giving you ample time to wander around and discover things. However, you should work fast because as the season change, food becomes more scarce. If you are unprepared for Autumn, you may find yourself in a bad way.

The graphics are simplistic, yet beautiful. The pixelated sprites have just enough definition to be recognizable as their real-world counterparts. The art design is incredible all around, especially in the dreamlike sequences.

Having just binged two playthroughs in a 10 hours timespan, I would highly recommend this game to anyone interested in a semi-casual survival game without the typical gameplay tropes that plague the genre. Yes, there is thirst, hunger, and a day-night cycle. However, these elements serve the game well and do not detract from the enjoyment of the journey.

I give Echo of the Wilds a 10/10 because it easily outshines other survival games in my library, of which I have many.
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AWinrarIsMeee
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
Gameplay
The basic gameplay follows the usual wilderness survival tropes. You require food and water and need some wood to burn each night as you sleep otherwise you lose stamina and potentially become ill. The way you get food changes with the seasons which makes things interesting, as one day you can rely on catching rabbits, but then the next day you'll have to build a fishing rod to fish.

Once you learn the little tricks basic survival becomes trivial which in this case is a good thing because there are plenty of other things you'll need to do to complete the game. First you need to find the knowledge and supplies to craft tools, clothes and camp upgrades. Then there are certain areas that involve puzzles which at times have you exploring around areas for solutions or specific items needed to complete the puzzle.

The game can feel very over-whelming, but that's simply down to the fact you have a high degree of freedom to play through the game how you want. However, much of the game is based on using your time and collecting the right items from the right areas. I feel the game would be immesarbly improved if for example there are fun minigames or the actual act of hunting for rabbits and fish were more of a minigame themselves. Like other survival games there is a danger of the act of surviving feeling more like a chore, which I hope is addressed in future updates.

There is a high degree of randomness to the areas you find and each of the puzzles themselves have random elements. This spices up the gameplay well and keeps things fresh each time you play the game to learn more about it.

Story
The story is told through the many dreams and narrative scenes. It can be quite cryptic at times so you need to really think about what's happening. It's quite profound at times but ultimately I felt it a bit lacking as there simply wasn't enough narrative scenes over the course of the game. There are also special areas where you meet ghosts of people which I enjoyed, but again I would appreciate there being more to make the world really come to life and feel as vibrant as the graphics.

Graphics and Music
This along with the gameplay is where it really shines. The graphics are beautiful, combining retro art with modern visual effects. The environments are very varied, from grasslands to lush jungles to dark bottomless cave systems. The music is so calming and perfectly compliments the environmental sounds of birds cheeping, waves crashing, etc. If you like pixel art then this game is faultless.
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Roberto to 8
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
If you like wilderness survival games then you will love this.
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Big Umbongoes! XD
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Disclaimer: I received a review key via the developer of the game. This does not in any way affect my opinion.

It's great you should totally buy it!

10/10
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tupungato
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Cool survival adventure game focused on gathering resources and crafting. Really nice pixel style graphics. All this with creepy, mysterious backstory. You try to discover why are you in the forest and what is actually going on. All in all, it's quite thrilling and absorbing.

Unfortunately there are some drawbacks, too. You are constantly on the verge of dying, stamina depletes quite quickly, so instead of focusing on following the story you focus on not dying. Another thing is that the objects have no proper names, they only have weirdly poetic descriptions, so you have to learn whether this certain type of stone is what you're looking for or maybe it isn't.

Anyways, "Echo of the Wilds" was my first ever crafting game. Now I'm playing Terraria. It doesn't have all this mystery and creepy story, but it's so much more relaxing! :-) "Echo" is good if you want crafting, survival and thrilling mystery.

GAMEPLAY 7/10
GRAPHICS 8/10
AUDIO 7/10
STORY 8/10
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[ᴸᴼᴳ] FavoR
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
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Overview:
Echo of the Wilds is a unique and strange game, being a retro-pixel, survival game. The game has a great storyline, with a variety of areas you can explore. It has an extensive crafting system, which makes this game quite unique having a style, you usually would not expect to accompany a survival game. The learning and crafting mechanics were easy to learn and overall not too hard. The tutorial at the start of the game was informative, though not boring and helped understand the simple, yet difficult controls. Once you learnt the controls, it was fairly simple and easy from there. The game had an inbuilt stamina system, which wasn't too demanding and complemented the game quite well. Echo of the Wilds is difficult in some aspects, some parts were confusing at times, though it clears up throughout the game. I particularly disliked that to access the options menu, you had to exit the world and enter the main menu, just to edit sounds, binds, etc. Also, not sure if it was just me, though I had my sound full volume, and had it on in the options, though couldn't hear any sounds?

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Positives:
☆Unique.
☆Extensive crafting system.
☆Great storyline.
☆Nice stamina system.
☆Informative tutorial.
☆Nice concept.

Negatives:
☆Option menu only accessible via main menu.
☆Sound was hard to hear.
☆Kind of confusing at times.

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Summary:
Overall, the game was very unique and a very worthy and amazing indie game which was a blast. The crafting system was amazing, the game mechanics, the exploration and even the stamina bar wasn't demanding. I particularly enjoyed this game and it is spectacular for an indie dev to create something so thought out and original. If you can stand to play pixelated games, and even a bit curious of what this game beholds, it's a definite pickup.

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StatTrak™ | Rabbit
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
The game is very good but a little bit linnear because of the ghost.

Anyway, good game , recommand this game, it is worth the money.
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Aeloi
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
This is honestly one of my favorite games. It's a great "wilderness survival game" with some roguelike and story elements. I like it's concept, it's graphics, it's music and it's depth. I bought it via another distributor a long time back so do not take my "steam time" into consideration. Actual play time is much higher.

First the bad - There are some aspects of the game design that I find frustrating. Inventory space seems too limited. Areas you can remember also seems limited. Time in the day to do stuff also feels limiting. But while I find these limitations frustrating, it's these very things that make the game so darn challenging. It's not meant to be quickly played through once and forgotten. Rather - this is a game where you will likely die often. But each time you'll learn a bit more about yourself, these woods and the odd story that unfolds as you try to survive in the trippy wilds. I'm not a "HUGE" fan of modern pixel art games, however the implementation of such in this game is nothing short of beautiful. The abstract graphics somehow add to, rather than take from - the overall trippy atmosphere of the game/experience. I have yet to beat it. I doubt I've even come close. But I will keep coming back to these woods to discover how to survive them and eventualy get out of them. I honestly suspect that even when I do beat this game, I'll continue coming back to it just for the experience of living in this wonderful forest. You can watch me play through about the first in game week here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKxSZKrBllM
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lunanightshade896
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20
Really good game! Super eerie and weird, but good weird. A little difficult and confusing, but still very fun.
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The Fast Hero
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
Can't you not wait to longleggedly lunge into a spiraling splinter of splendid splattery spliffsmoking? This most maddening meandering mess of mischeviousness will make you massively and incomprehensibly vomit pukily and unpleasantly monitorwards before slamming your roundish gooified brainy case against thine shinily sparkiling keyboard thingy thing. The stumbling and strained stupid stammering of wordly bits that oozes forth betwixt pretty pixelly artistry is surely sure to make you wishy wish you hadn't spent dollary creditsuch on such a monkeylife typing randomliness electricwise. Did I sayeth pretty pixellations, because aforesaid prettiliness is vanquished with vigorousness during creep-clouded loadingy screensuchity.

(I didn't like the game, and wish I didn't buy it.)
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Lil Llilly
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
What a lovely thing! The beautiful visuals and music make a wonderful dreamy atmosphere. I can't figure out the story (yet) but it all seems very mysterious and spooky. It gets a recommendation from me!
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The Belgian [bangars]
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
This is a delightful and magical game. The survival aspects can be tricky to work out, but thankfully there are guides to help, but once you get going you can sit back and really enjoy the beautiful pixel art and soothing music which I could soak up all day long. There is a story and puzzles to figure out but you can choose to remove the time limit so you can enjoy playing the game at a sedate pace. I do wish there was more to do in terms of building a home and exploring worlds ala Minecraft, but the game doesn't seem to be geared towards that aspect. If you like a story and strange puzzles to solve in your wilderness survival then I'd definitely recommend this game. But just be prepared to die or check those guides often until you learn the way of the wilds! :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
This game is an different take on the crafting-survival genre. I tried to play it a year ago or so and bounced off it the first time around, so I'll say I think you need to be in the right mood for it. The crafting, the rules, the mechanics -- none of these things are spelled out for you and so you need to embrace a sort of crazy whimsey and dive in head first. Stay alive and discover the world around you. Use the beginners guide if you need to in the community hub, but also just enjoy the exploration and prepare to die and try again! Now with more whimsey!

On a seperate note, if you go to the discussions area, you'll see that the developer has personally responded to the majority of the posts with guidance and advice or even with gratitude for bringing a bug/imbalance to light (and then with actual statements that the problem has been fixed!). Hats off to this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
i haven't played it too long and i haven't figured out how to save yet, but this is a pretty interesting game. The writing is strange and somewhat clunky, but also endearing somehow (at least to me). the survival and narrative parts are neatly brought together in an unusual way. the fact that i still can't save after 2 hours bothers me, though, but i have time so i don't mind.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This was a very interesting game. The puzzles were very interesting. While some people may like high budget grafics, I actually enjoy low pixel art when it is done right. Pick this up if you like a challenge, the wilds can be unforgiving.

A little advise: 1) Save often, use the purity flower to keep saving 2) Don't just forget stuff (recepe/bioms), save it to paper
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I have only played a few hours of the game so far but it was worth the buy! Beautiful graphics and music, and very interesting story. Difficult, so videos on youtube help, but i will be playing this game often :) Only comment- make inventory space bigger... craft a packpack with more slots?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Pretty difficult with a cool art style. The mechanics make every replay at least a little different as players get better at the game. This is my favorite survival game in a while.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
This is the weirdest ♥♥♥♥ing game I've ever played and I love it.

Exploration? Check
Crafting? Check
Survival? Check
Style? Check
Story? Check
Weird demons with antlers that tear you limb from limb if you don't take care of yourself? Check
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
10 Hours in.

Right off the bat, I love this game's approach to learn-as-you-go "crafting". The interface isn't overly cumbersome like most survival games out on the market. You must choose when to seek crafting recipes and slowly make room for new items as you hit crafting milestones. Crafting is both rewarding and fun. You'll find that searching for the right materials is more like a scavenger hunt than a chore, though you will need to grind wood and food.

Inventory management left me frustrated, yet adequately challenged. Having only six slots available in the beginning is the biggest challenge for me. Fumbling your items around the camp in clustered piles is a necessity, since the craftable camp-storage upgrade limits you to two small chests (10 slots per chest).

As you discover more about the game's "secret economy", you will find equipment that becomes hard-locked to your person, meaning it cannot be dropped. It is crucial that you craft the Palm Sack or you will eventually become too encumbered to continue. In my 2nd playthrough, I made it past day 40, with two hard-locked items and no Palm Sack, which meant 4 free spaces available at any given time. As a result, I met my demise, since I wasn't able to collect enough wood to keep from freezing at night.

The story so far has been very engaging, slightly creepy, and somewhat obscure. Overall it works in harmony with the gameplay and art design. The game doesn't rush you in the beginning, giving you ample time to wander around and discover things. However, you should work fast because as the season change, food becomes more scarce. If you are unprepared for Autumn, you may find yourself in a bad way.

The graphics are simplistic, yet beautiful. The pixelated sprites have just enough definition to be recognizable as their real-world counterparts. The art design is incredible all around, especially in the dreamlike sequences.

Having just binged two playthroughs in a 10 hours timespan, I would highly recommend this game to anyone interested in a semi-casual survival game without the typical gameplay tropes that plague the genre. Yes, there is thirst, hunger, and a day-night cycle. However, these elements serve the game well and do not detract from the enjoyment of the journey.

I give Echo of the Wilds a 10/10 because it easily outshines other survival games in my library, of which I have many.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Insanely hard. Read up some kind of wiki for this first, i warn you. Also, it's quite freaky. Trust me on this.

Edited: There are plenty of people on the internet, mostly on Youtube, that like a rate this game challenging. I'm not most people, and this is just my thought on the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Great game, you'll experience a survival game with beautifull pixel art, it'll not be easy, this game can be very hard if you don't know what you're doing but after you learn it's mechanics lots of well made puzzles will be waiting for you to beat the game. Very mysterious ambient and great concept, definitively recommend
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
116.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
Beautiful to look at and the soundtrack is mostly ambient nature sounds, no bleep bloop here. The goal is to survive long enough to unravel the mystery of the Wilds. It requires good time and resource management skills and the puzzles are challenging enough to warrant busting out pen and paper. High replay value if you are the type of person who likes to beat your own score. I've logged nearly 120 hrs on this game and have only completed it twice. The RNG makes each new game progress differently; I still haven't managed to solve all the special areas.

Echo manages to pack a lot in and still feel minimalist. The gameplay is straightforward and doesn't have any hacky tricks up its sleeves (bears won't suddenly raid your camp at night). The pacing feels like old school PC games (Myst, Sierra's catalog): low-stress and highly enjoyable. And not to worry, the love-it-or-loathe-it twee dialog fades into the background after awhile.

Great for anyone who loves nature, personal challenges, and/or the unconventional. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a non-traditional game. 10/10
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
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Overview:
Echo of the Wilds is a unique and strange game, being a retro-pixel, survival game. The game has a great storyline, with a variety of areas you can explore. It has an extensive crafting system, which makes this game quite unique having a style, you usually would not expect to accompany a survival game. The learning and crafting mechanics were easy to learn and overall not too hard. The tutorial at the start of the game was informative, though not boring and helped understand the simple, yet difficult controls. Once you learnt the controls, it was fairly simple and easy from there. The game had an inbuilt stamina system, which wasn't too demanding and complemented the game quite well. Echo of the Wilds is difficult in some aspects, some parts were confusing at times, though it clears up throughout the game. I particularly disliked that to access the options menu, you had to exit the world and enter the main menu, just to edit sounds, binds, etc. Also, not sure if it was just me, though I had my sound full volume, and had it on in the options, though couldn't hear any sounds?

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Positives:
☆Unique.
☆Extensive crafting system.
☆Great storyline.
☆Nice stamina system.
☆Informative tutorial.
☆Nice concept.

Negatives:
☆Option menu only accessible via main menu.
☆Sound was hard to hear.
☆Kind of confusing at times.

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Summary:
Overall, the game was very unique and a very worthy and amazing indie game which was a blast. The crafting system was amazing, the game mechanics, the exploration and even the stamina bar wasn't demanding. I particularly enjoyed this game and it is spectacular for an indie dev to create something so thought out and original. If you can stand to play pixelated games, and even a bit curious of what this game beholds, it's a definite pickup.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Gameplay
The basic gameplay follows the usual wilderness survival tropes. You require food and water and need some wood to burn each night as you sleep otherwise you lose stamina and potentially become ill. The way you get food changes with the seasons which makes things interesting, as one day you can rely on catching rabbits, but then the next day you'll have to build a fishing rod to fish.

Once you learn the little tricks basic survival becomes trivial which in this case is a good thing because there are plenty of other things you'll need to do to complete the game. First you need to find the knowledge and supplies to craft tools, clothes and camp upgrades. Then there are certain areas that involve puzzles which at times have you exploring around areas for solutions or specific items needed to complete the puzzle.

The game can feel very over-whelming, but that's simply down to the fact you have a high degree of freedom to play through the game how you want. However, much of the game is based on using your time and collecting the right items from the right areas. I feel the game would be immesarbly improved if for example there are fun minigames or the actual act of hunting for rabbits and fish were more of a minigame themselves. Like other survival games there is a danger of the act of surviving feeling more like a chore, which I hope is addressed in future updates.

There is a high degree of randomness to the areas you find and each of the puzzles themselves have random elements. This spices up the gameplay well and keeps things fresh each time you play the game to learn more about it.

Story
The story is told through the many dreams and narrative scenes. It can be quite cryptic at times so you need to really think about what's happening. It's quite profound at times but ultimately I felt it a bit lacking as there simply wasn't enough narrative scenes over the course of the game. There are also special areas where you meet ghosts of people which I enjoyed, but again I would appreciate there being more to make the world really come to life and feel as vibrant as the graphics.

Graphics and Music
This along with the gameplay is where it really shines. The graphics are beautiful, combining retro art with modern visual effects. The environments are very varied, from grasslands to lush jungles to dark bottomless cave systems. The music is so calming and perfectly compliments the environmental sounds of birds cheeping, waves crashing, etc. If you like pixel art then this game is faultless.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Really good game! Super eerie and weird, but good weird. A little difficult and confusing, but still very fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
This is honestly one of my favorite games. It's a great "wilderness survival game" with some roguelike and story elements. I like it's concept, it's graphics, it's music and it's depth. I bought it via another distributor a long time back so do not take my "steam time" into consideration. Actual play time is much higher.

First the bad - There are some aspects of the game design that I find frustrating. Inventory space seems too limited. Areas you can remember also seems limited. Time in the day to do stuff also feels limiting. But while I find these limitations frustrating, it's these very things that make the game so darn challenging. It's not meant to be quickly played through once and forgotten. Rather - this is a game where you will likely die often. But each time you'll learn a bit more about yourself, these woods and the odd story that unfolds as you try to survive in the trippy wilds. I'm not a "HUGE" fan of modern pixel art games, however the implementation of such in this game is nothing short of beautiful. The abstract graphics somehow add to, rather than take from - the overall trippy atmosphere of the game/experience. I have yet to beat it. I doubt I've even come close. But I will keep coming back to these woods to discover how to survive them and eventualy get out of them. I honestly suspect that even when I do beat this game, I'll continue coming back to it just for the experience of living in this wonderful forest. You can watch me play through about the first in game week here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKxSZKrBllM
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Cool survival adventure game focused on gathering resources and crafting. Really nice pixel style graphics. All this with creepy, mysterious backstory. You try to discover why are you in the forest and what is actually going on. All in all, it's quite thrilling and absorbing.

Unfortunately there are some drawbacks, too. You are constantly on the verge of dying, stamina depletes quite quickly, so instead of focusing on following the story you focus on not dying. Another thing is that the objects have no proper names, they only have weirdly poetic descriptions, so you have to learn whether this certain type of stone is what you're looking for or maybe it isn't.

Anyways, "Echo of the Wilds" was my first ever crafting game. Now I'm playing Terraria. It doesn't have all this mystery and creepy story, but it's so much more relaxing! :-) "Echo" is good if you want crafting, survival and thrilling mystery.

GAMEPLAY 7/10
GRAPHICS 8/10
AUDIO 7/10
STORY 8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
The game is very good but a little bit linnear because of the ghost.

Anyway, good game , recommand this game, it is worth the money.
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Now that I've finally beaten the game I can review it.

WELL one bad thing about it is that it took me a while to figure out how to progress successfully. I did do some reading on the wiki/forums and what not, and still had a bit of trouble. But I've figured it out! This game doesn't leave much room for mistakes, thus while being a puzzly explory type game, it's easy to waste too much time trying to figure things out before the endless winter rolls around to ruin your plans. There are certain items you need to progress that just aren't available in winter, so unless you've already got them you're kind of screwed. There are a lot of elements that can be bothersome if you don't have the tools to make things easier for yourself. And of course when you're just starting out playing you dont know how to properly manage things so that you easily survive.

So basically you will be playing through it a few times to figure things out before being successful. I liked it in that I found it challenging and wanted to get to the end. I also liked the art/design/sound all that stuff was nice.

If there's any advice I can give that really helped me it's this, do all the upgrades in one alter before moving on the the next one, and experiment with what can be offered to try and save food. That's all I'll say for now but if you need any tips/questions ask me or ask in the discussion forums and you'll usually get an answer.

Also I have many hours clocked in as I found it more convenient to leave the game paused rather than bother journeying to the save point. Just my own laziness really, saving isn't that much of an ordeal.
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
I have to admit, this game has largely exceeded my expectations, and this was just in the first couple of hours. I was ready to quickly label it as one of the many wannabe-artsy games that focus on a (sometimes cryptic) story and have little-to-no thought about the actual gameplay, a genre that has become so popular lately, but even though it's a little pretentious in its use of words, it is definitely way more than that.

Surviving is, in fact, not so easy at all, you'll have to plan your day carefully and act accordingly (and hope nothing else distracts you along the way).
I especially liked the twist on the map exploration and crafting mechanics, you only have a limited number of slots to "remember" places or tools you found and you have to decide what to keep in order to help your survival.

What else can I say? It also has an honest price, in my opinion, for what it offers, so it can be a nice little addition to the library.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
A seriously trippy wilderness survival game. It's totally far out and yet strangely relaxing. I imagine if Bob Ross were to ever create a game about wilderness survival, this would be it.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
First of all, I hate creepy games and bland side scrollers so this game is absloutly astounding! Its magnificent! I Reccomend the 8.00$ To get this (Honestly its very generous for a game this good)



Pros:
*Bugs get fixed very Quickly (I Mentioned a bug on the fourm and within less than 24 hours it was fixed, talk about awesome devs)
*Music- any game without music is really bland and gets boring quick, this game's music is mysterious.
*Amazing puzzles- This game some how incorperates awesome puzzles into a 2D sidescrolling survival enviroment.
*Not-Abandonded- Most games get abandonded quickly after they come out, but the devs constantly roam the fourms, and updates come out every 3-4 months.
*Survival- This game is survival one of my faveriote genres.
*Many areas to explore- I haven't even explored them all yet!

Cons:
*Not many/None guides.
*Not much community on the fourm to help you out (Community does not mean awesome devs)
*Near Iron man mode- Doesn't auto save however you can save manually (I Think saves are limited but don't take my word on it... I Don't save often enough)
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