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: Mostly Positive (37 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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November 21

Trading Cards have been added.

Just a quick update to let you know trading cards have now been added to the game.

I'm also currently working on an update which I'm hoping to finish up in time for Christmas.

:)

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September 30

Echo of the Wilds - v3

- Removed Endless game mode.
- Main game save slots increased to 3.
- Added game difficulty options: Casual and Wildly. Wildly is original difficulty. Casual has the following tweaks: Decreases nightly wood consumption from 5 to 3. Stamina/thirst loss is reduced by 33%. Tools last 33% longer. Bestowing at altars is more successful. Scouting/stumbling is more successful.
- Added game option to remove all narrative scenes.
- Added ability to skip a narrative scene.
- Added Pause button.
- Scouting is 33% more successful. Failed scouts take you to a small area of random forest.
- New Items: Froggy Innards, Golden Sprinkles.
- Salt Box doesn't need to be topped up and fully prevents food rot.
- Goat Blanky reduces all stamina loss overnight by 66% and prevents flu.
- Jungle wood items are immune from rain/snow.
- Each area status effect dialogue only shows once per game.
- Bits and bobs minor bug fixes and graphical stuff.

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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 26 areas to discover and 187 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
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Echo of the Wilds is a wilderness survival game where you play a schizophrenic who gets lost in the woods. That's way better than playing a schizophrenic who gets lost at Walmart.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Man, that's great. It's strange survival game in a world of dreams and nightmares. It feels strange )
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
46 mb of amazing
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15 of 28 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
There are things I enjoy about this game, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone.

Pros:
+Nice visual style
+Intriguing narrative

Cons:
-Days are far too short to actually do anything
-Seems designed for you to die regularly rather than actually survive
-You can't craft anything until you carry out convoluted steps that involve exploring several areas and getting incredibly lucky (something that rarely happens). When you finally "earn" a recipe, the one you get is completely random. I'm about 20 game days in and have unlocked 9 recipes, all of which turned out to be utterly useless. (A scroll rack? Seriously?) I still can't even cut down trees for wood.
-SAVE POINTS. This is something I find absolutely inexcusable in a modern game. You can't quit until the developer decides it's time for you to quit, otherwise you lose all your progress. And in order to save, you have to carry out more convoluted steps and actually waste game time, in a game where the days are already far too short and you're constantly starving or freezing to death.

I like the idea of this game and I really wanted to love it, but the execution is just horrible. There is nothing fun about playing this game. The story might be very interesting, but it's not worth discovering. Imagine someone says "I've got a great story for you! Here's the first sentence. Want the next one? Just slam your head against this brick wall for 10 minutes, then I'll give it to you." Again and again and again. Welcome to Echo of the Wilds.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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 short....it 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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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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11 of 23 people (48%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I'm not saying this game is bad, I'm just saying I couldn't manage to play it effectively.
It's 'difficult' to the point of me dying within a few days all the time. The days are not long enough, and doing one thing takes too much of your day. Finally it is far too difficult to perform a single task, especially if you randomly end up sick.
Is this supposed to be a story, or survival? It might be a good idea to concrete one aspect first, because currently it's unbalanced.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
An interesting game for sure, I would recommend it if you see it in a bundle or on sale but the price point is a personal gripe. I haven't played a whole lot but I found what I did play interesting and I'm sure I'll revisit it at some point to see if I can get further.

The controls are not great and rebinding is funky, tooltips are hard coded to show default controls. There's no mouse control which would be nice to have, but you don't miss it terribly during play. I like the aesthetic, it has competent pixel art and has obviously had a lot of heart and imagination poured into it. Environments are colourful and varied.

The thing I liked most was game mechanics tied into gameplay rather than a HUD, there's no hearts in the corner to denote how many lives you have left for example, instead you have to try and escape a dark figure who runs after you a bit faster each time you die. The story is trippy and written in a very weird fashion, it was compelling enough to make me want to finish it at some point.

The lack of an in-depth tutorial or any explanation of survival mechanics could be a black mark, but I think it might be necessary for the game's structure, it seems intentional to make you feel stranded. Some things are explained, some aren't.

All in all, it's a tentative recommendation from me, it's interesting but far from perfect.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
I greatly dislike this game. The font is borderline unreadable, the items are a pixelated mess that all look alike, and the game is so clunky that I was literally unable to get out of the tutorial before quitting and uninstalling the game. I really wish Steam offered refunds for situations like this.
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5 of 16 people (31%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is really good so far. I'll update this as I play. :)
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