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 (76 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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Reviews

“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® 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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) 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)



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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person 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!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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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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