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.
User reviews: Very Positive (95 reviews) - 83% of the 95 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Echo of the Wilds is awesome puzzle adventure survival game, It will suck you in from first minutes of playing. With cool relaxing music and great addicting gameplay it will surely give you a lots of fun hours.

Pro's:

+Great crafting system
+Cool story/adventure
+Relaxing
+Mostly enjoyable

Con's:
- Barely helpful tutorial
- 8,99 maybe a bit too much to pay for it full value

Overall:
It is fun, good potentional to be very addictive, a must buy for anyone who like adventures.
Recommend an instant buy on 50% sale



-Disclaimer-
Key was provided by developer for testing and reviewing purpose, no other compensation was included.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
This is a retro style game. If you don't like pixel graphic, you won't enjoy it.

It has nice story, there are many, many, many areas that you can explore.

The music fits the game perfectly.

The controls are simple, but you will need a while to get how everything works, cause the tutorial is bad (at least i didn't get it). The gameplay is really addicting. The crafting system is easy, so you won't have much trouble with making new items. The game itself is great, but there is a lack of guides, so you will need to learn everything by your own.

Besides from bad community, i really recommend that game :D Buy it if it is -50%!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
This game is great! I used to play it when it was on itch.io. This was my first encounter of a survival game.

The good sides for me are:
- tight and simple control mechanics
- good balance between exploration/movement dynamics and learning/crafting things
- as English is not my native language, I find the words used in the game to be like poetry. Often I pick up a dictionary to see their meanings. No casual simplistic jargon in my (non-native English) opinion.
- great pixel art graphics which are refined constantly over time
- great music and overall atmosphere

The only things that I would like to see and I think will make the game more successful (more accessible to non-typical-gamers) is the option to have 2-3 difficulty modes that allow for easier on-boarding and reaching further in the game without so much effort and concentration.

Overall I would advice everyone who see the trailer and the screenshots, if your heart is calling just a little bit of curiousity about what this is, just get it and enjoy this wonderful game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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