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 (75 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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March 16

Echo of the Wilds - v5

- Steam Achievements added.
- New Areas: The Further, Branular Grove, Ashy Sculpture, Foresty Sculpture, Jungles Gateway, Jungly Obelisk, Jungles Talisman
- The three existing talisman areas have been redesigned/expanded.
- Endly Altar: Added sub-area.
- New Tools: Spine Fisher.
- New Items: Communicative Device, Crayfish Meat (Cooked).
- Fair few minor bits and bobs changes.

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January 4

Echo of the Wilds - v4

- New Areas: Homely Oddity, Treasure Cove, Orbicular Lagoon, Growy Allotments, Borehole
- New Gear: Treasure Map, Biome Globe, Amulet of Goldliness, Amulet of Regenerations, Amulet of Starvations, Amulet of Bestowance
- New Consumables: Junk Meal, Currants, Berry Bun, Orchard Crumble, Fruit Flan, Monster Mushroom (4 types), Mushroom Brew
- New Resources: Golden Berries, Planty Roots (16 types), Muddy Dollop, Flour
- New Furniture: Growy Patch
- Fair few minor bits and bobs changes

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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

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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38 of 51 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I wanted very much to like Echo of the Wilds. You can expect to die more than once, it seems, as you figure out the ropes of the game. Unfortunately, it's too random to promote your survival, so that you will likely quit in frustration.

As you explore, the game allows you to remember the locations you find, but only so many of them at once. You have 9 location slots, and if they are all full and you find a new, awesome location, you can't remember it and, therefore, can't come back. You can delete locations you've seen before, but it's a balancing act against the randomness of the game and the questionable usefulness of places you discover. You can also get recipes for crafting items by sacrificing food to an altar, but you may not get recipes that fit your level of progress so far. You'll start with a hammer recipe, a digger, an axe -- but it's very possible that you'll get a recipe to snare a rabbit but have no way to skin it and harvest its resources. So you just have to keep giving food to the altar, getting other recipes that do you no good (or none at all, for reasons I don't understand and are not explained), and just hope to get the recipe you need at that moment.

Not to mention, the game is on a schedule. As you're trying to gather resources and find a way to a mystical place where all your questions will be answered (and, I assume, the game ends), you're fighting time and the coming of the seasons. In Fall, there is very little food, so that you could easily starve fast. In winter, however, if you've even managed to survive to then, there is virtually no food. Oh, not to mention, it's freezing. Unless you have managed to craft the variety of items you need to survive the cold, you die in about a day.

I played two play-throughs in about 5 hours, and I don't intend to play it again. Even if I managed to find ideal locations and the resources and recipes I needed in the right order, I would be flying through the game, trying to stretch every day to it's limits before nightfall, all to craft the items I would need to survive the deadly winter, just so I could continue to simply PLAY the game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
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)

*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!

*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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
tl;dr -> If you want a cheap game to play during your acid-trip, Echo will serve your tastes fairly well. 11/10 for repeatedly reminding me of the moose-avatar in the Hannibal TV series.

I got this game in a bundle, and was very excited to play it because of my love for survival/crafting-style games. Admittedly, I was a little turned off in my initial playthrough, however, after giving it another chance, I quickly dove into a refreshing, novel experience.

If you like survival/crafting-based gameplay, psychedelic-lite aesthetics, and an introspective storyline, then you will really enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are good - the detail in the environments and character models is well-done; the more psychedelic scenes are also great (and may take you aback if you haven't seen any screenshots). The ambient noises and sounds are good - in particular, I appreciate the change in tone whenever the vibe of the scene transforms (usually into a dream-like sequence). The story is very nice, and anyone who enjoys introspection and philosophical thinking should be satisfied with the game's message - I personally felt that the game was in no way pretentious or overly-aggressive in portraying said message(s).

I have a problem with the controls, and I think the main culprit is the poor optimization between controller and keyboard - when you edit the keybindings, it will only allow you to do this for the keyboard. Using a keyboard is okay - and perhaps even recommended - however, the controls are very counter-intuitive if you are used to playing videogames and choose to use a controller. I have played a lot of game throughout my life, and Western norm is for the right button (circle/B) to be the exit/cancel key, while the top button (triangle/Y) performs that action in many Japanese-based games. In Echo, the default gamepad controls are (in inventory management): x/A -> drop; circle/B -> Use; square/X -> exit. It takes a bit of getting used to, as I would constantly be dropping/using my items when I didn't intend to. The game makes an attempt to be ergonomic- the A, S, and D default keys are green, red, and blue in-game - however, when you rebind the keys, you will still see the letters A, S, and D inside the in-game keys (you can turn the key hints off to prevent confusion). A suggestion - having the three command keys spread out in the actual layout on a controller (if key hints are enabled)will take up space in-game, but will be much more ergonomic.

The controls will take a bit of getting used to, but the tutorial mini-mode will be extremely helpful in getting you familiarized with the gameplay. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with survival games - I will caution, however, that this game can be unforgiving if you do not plan your days in advance. Do not be surprised if you die during your first few playthroughs - once you understand what to prioritize and how (ex: "forgetting" initially useless areas), your games will last considerably longer.

Gameplay consist of you trying to survive each day/night while trying to progress the storyline. You usually have enough time to scout 2 new places on the map, however, you can only "remember" one area per day. Remembering a location will allow you to revisit it from then on. I recommend you do not remember places with one-time spawns (ex: an area with a LOT of fruit bushes), as only certain things respawn over time (like trees and shoots). You can also "forget" areas to clear up space on the map. If night time arrives, you will be unable to interact with any objects in the environment unless you have a torch. Your two main priorities are to secure a food/drink source (starving will decrease health over time) and a fire source (you will lose health if you sleep without an adequate fire).

During your journey, you will be treated to story elements that add a lot of interesting scenes. There will also be special structures that allow you to donate food in order to receive crafting recipes (extremely useful). Saving is fairly unique, and also requires a food donation. Note, you must locate these special structures first. Death offers you the slightest chance to continue, but you should never gamble on this chance (instead, focus on not dying). The goal of the game is to return home after some life revelations/insights . Endless mode has been taken out by the developer, which is something that I miss (although a new game+ is in the making).

Overall, Echo is a great game for any survival/crafting enthusiasts, and this game should definitely be given a try if you are interested in the genre.

Definitely recommend!

DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Great game with a tranquil soundtrack and colorful old school inspired graphics, a retro style survival game worth a playthrough or two.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Brilliant game. Recommended. Imagintive and challenging. Has a really atmosphere to the game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
125.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I'm really really disappointed that the endless game mode is gone, I have no reason to play anymore :(
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Good stuff mate. A very mellow feel to the game due to the graphics and great sounds but you need to really plan your days out. I would describe it as a relaxing roguelike that has a great indepth puzzle feel to it.
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
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 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
As simple as the game seems at first, you'll soon be making mad dashes for berries as the sun sets and genuinely wondering whether or not you'll be able to survive through the next day. Cursing your tools for breaking just before felling a tree, finding out that you don't have enough wood to keep your tootsies warm all night..

The gameplay is pretty simple, you're gathering for most of the game with your hands or with the relentlessly degrading tools you can make. The rewards of your survival are even more tools to help you survive longer, so it can be hard to feel like you're really getting anywhere until you manage to get your 10th character to actually make it through the harsh winter. Then it's time to prepare for the next winter.

The game was recently updated with difficulty levels. This was done in response to community complaints about the time you spend just trying to survive presenting too large an obstacle in regards to progressing with the story. There's now the option for a "casual" mode, which will surely make things a little easier and less frustrating for those of us who make mistakes or are just generally unlucky.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Love love love this game Finally beat the game on story mode and it was frustrating at first but the key to this game is not to give up. Learn from your mistakes and regroup from a new plan and start a new.
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
I have been playing this game for a while before the Steam release. It has a retro "arty" feel to it and is quite beautiful to look at. It is kind of a crafting/survival simulation. You basically craft items from things you find and, considering my skills at the game, wait for your eventual death. It is not a very good description of the game, but that is basically what it is about. I really do recommend this game. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I've just started playing this game and I already can certainly say that it's amazing!
You need to survive in the forest to find out what are you doing there, what is this place (is it even real or you've just lost your mind) and to find the way back home, if it's even possible. Strange nightmares, visions, hallucinations are all the way.

This game has stunning art design (a bit odd, but really beautiful), atmospheric music and interesting concept.

But there are some annoying moments: days are way too short, you can perform only few tasks per day. Also you have to waste a lot of time getting food and trees (yeah, more difficult, but also boring, considering initially you have only 5 inventory slots). And the controls are bizarre.

And it would be really great to see some achievements that match the game's tone.

So, even if it's not perfect, I highly recommend you to buy this game to support talanted developers.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
I can't give the best review for this game yet...but after I've played it a bit longer I'll be sure to update it^ ^
So let me give a quick overview so far of the game!
To me,it's a hybrid of "Superbrothers:Sword & Sworcery" and "Don't Starve",two games that I love very much.
The work and details put into the soundtrack and pixelated art are fantastic!
I haven't gotten a clear grasp on the storyline...but so far it's quite intruiging.
The only thing that I'd have to complain about this game is that daytime is a bit too adds to the difficulty...but gets annoying when you need more time to scavenge.

Anyways,this is just a early summary of my gameplay so far and hope to update a tad later!
I "do" recommend this gamer who love pixelated beauty and a solid survival game!
Happy Gaming! (^ . ^)v
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
This game is extremely strange. It places you into the wilderness and then basically tells you that you have to figure out why you're there. Your character has strange dreams, and you have to figure out what they mean.

If you're not careful, you'll die; this game is extremely unforgiving.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
This Game is just fascinating and wonderful! I love the graphics! I love this kind of storytelling...its funny in a weird way....its srsly one of the most interesting games ive ever played! If you think..ohh...okay...its maybe gettin slowly boring because u just eat berrys and do....survival things....everytime there is a little hint...a ghost...a whatever that makes it so awsome again. i srsly love it!
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31 of 55 people (56%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
I absolutely love the visuals and will most likely play it some more simply to enjoy them. However, the survival and adventure aspects of this game are very much at odds with each other. You spend way too much time looking at loadscreens for the amount of gameplay in any given area. Imagine playing an old adventure game like King's Quest, except with annoying and unnecessary visuals while transitioning between areas. Now make those areas about 1/10th the size of a traditional adventure game. I suppose what I'm getting at is the pacing, it is terrible. The process of giving food to find recipes is also boring. In fact, a lot of the survival aspects are just poorly shoehorned into the game.

I like the general concept and I hope the developer attempts to improve upon it.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Man, that's great. It's strange survival game in a world of dreams and nightmares. It feels strange )
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
I would not call this an amazing game (in my opinion, mind you). I don't even know if I would recommend you buy this. But, if it's on sale, you may as well, because it will give you... an experience. I'll also go ahead and include my final sentences down below in this paragraph. "Will I ever play again? I don't know. Maybe one night I'll go back to it. This time I'll be sure to always collect an abundance of firewood (which by the way isn't easy to get in high stock). I never want to experience that nightmare again."

This next story is really just an experience that I had, not a review of the game. This may be a spoiler, I have no idea. You've been warned.

So the first few nights I slept through I did not get enough wood for a fire to last the whole night. All this seemed to cause was a dream (actually a nightmare), so I thought it wasn't a big deal. What could happen? A wild animal that I could either kill or run away from? No. These dreams started to get worse, and quickly turned into nightmares that would probably leave real life me awake quaking in bed if I had had them (I am a 17 year old male). First there were deers... Then there were deer satan. Then Satan.
Then I was finally given a dream that I could manipulate. I was thrown face to face with Deer Satan himself, and had to run for my life towards a light. At first I did not realize this, so he got AWEFULLY close to me, and the whole run was terrifying. But I escaped. Then continued on with my business. I decided that today would be a good time to start stock piling wood. I never wanted that event to happen to me ever again. I was walking passed a tree when suddenly Deer Satan embodied behind me out of sight, and proceeded to chase me. Again. All I had to do to escape this was run away for a short time, and he dissapeared. No big deal? Normally things like these progress somewhat slowly in games. It would either happen again a long time from now with increasing frequency every time I missed a night, or it would stop all together until another bad dream. I was wrong. I was so wrong. I had calmed down just in time for Dear Satan to appear in front of me again about fifteen seconds later, this time in broad daylight. Oh, also he was faster. It was so terrifying I immediately closed the game. This Indie survival game that had no "Horror" tag was so scary I quit on the spot. So yeah, that was my experience. Will I ever play again? I don't know. Maybe one night I'll go back to it. This time I'll be sure to always collect an abundance of firewood (which by the way isn't easy to get in high stock). I never want to experience that nightmare again.
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