Saira is a puzzle platformer with non-linear gameplay and a whole universe for you to explore. The game is heavily influenced by classic puzzle adventure games and uses a new unique graphical style combining high resolution photography into a lush and mysterious world.
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Saira is a puzzle platformer with non-linear gameplay and a whole universe for you to explore. The game is heavily influenced by classic puzzle adventure games and uses a new unique graphical style combining high resolution photography into a lush and mysterious world.
The eponymous Saira is a photographer who specializes in digitally capturing dangerous places and animals across the universe. For reasons unknown, she finds herself as the only remaining person in the entire galaxy. Saira has no weapons, she will use only her mind and agility to progress through seven star systems and over 60 well-crafted puzzles. Over two hours of originally-scored music will help her maintain focus and unlock one of six vastly unique endings.
  • Over 60 well-crafted puzzels.
  • A universe full of surprising creatures and locations for you to explore.
  • 11 layers of high definition parallax scrolling and a two hour soundtrack gives the universe of Saira it's unique atmosphere.
  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Multiple endings

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000 or later
    • Processor: 2.1Ghz or higher
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB for downloading the game + 200 MB for playing
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
I really liked it! The puzzles were varied, and the platforming was very execution heavy, but I enjoyed figuring it out. And I got good enough at it that I could complete all the challenges. I liked the settings, the atmosphere, and I even enjoyed the ending. I especially liked the little cut scene dreams between each challenge.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
Love it! Makes me remember the early platform games form years past. Make sure to change the keybindings though, had some trouble there as i didn't do that. Some hard puzzles but also quite a few easy ones. Overall awesome game!
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6.5 hrs
Posted: August 5
Saira is a masterpiece to put it lightly. Every element of this game work so well together. The level design, the art work, the story; everything about this game is absolutely incredible. The puzzles are an even mix of both challenging and fun. The music doesn't get old. For a FREE game you would be out of your mind not to try it for yourself.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: August 4
man i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only thing that needs to be done is put in an option to costomize the controles but thats it.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: July 12
This is a great game! The puzzles are great, and the platforming is fun and engaging. Play this game!
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 7
I love this game! Only things I can say would make this better would be if there was a First Person view.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 4
it just blue screened my pc
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 15
The camera only gave me several white images due to the flash. Until the camera is usable I cannot recommend this game since it's crucial to the gameplay. Besides that it's free, good visuals and mechanics
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Why is this game free?
Don't get me wrong, thanks very much for just giving it to me, but the Ferengi in me shudders to imagine all that lost profit. Considering the vast minefield of overpriced, underdeveloped trash floating around Steam's bargain bin, a game like this could easily fit into the more expensive end of the 'Under $10' bracket.
The graphics are...basic, but pleasant. The gameplay is like the original Prince of Persia, if the prince didn't handle like a waterlogged Nash Rambler. The environments and story are immersive enough to be engaging; vague enough to be mysterious. The puzzles can be infuriating for just long enough to stay interesting, until epiphany strikes to leave you (well, me, at least) feeling brilliant and stupid in equal measure. Some of the background art is staggering in its implication, and - hey! - you can even take photos to remember it.

At the end of the day (or, rather, the end of the first hour I played), Saira strikes me as a hybrid of Myst and Braid, with some Tomb Raider mantling and wall-runs tossed in just for funsies.

Give me more...please? I might even pay for the sequel...
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Quick review:

Short Verdict: A nice and FREE metroidvania/puzzle/platform game that will keep you entertained for a few hours. It may not be awesome and could feel somewhat like a game you'd play for free on any website (but, hey, it's free on Steam, too), but it's above average. If you like those genres, it's definitely worth checking! Again, it's free! ^_^

  • Nice balance between puzzle, platform and exploration--each part nice in its way
  • It's free!
  • BGM is good and you may even change the radio station when travelling
  • Multiple endings
  • Even has a decent story going on

  • Should have controller support
  • Many of the items you get are useless for the true ending
  • Although it has some charm, its graphics are a tad bit too simplistic for me
  • Waiting to move from one planet to the other doesn't make any sense
  • The pinball minigame they have available for you to play while waiting is meh

Bought on / for: The developer decided they were done making money with Saira, so it's now FREE on Steam. And I'd still buy it if I knew how the game was. If you also liked it, you could also buy their other games, like Knytt Underground and support them (still haven't played it, but already own it). The least I can do is recommend it to you guys and share their website.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
If this isn't just the neatest little game. Or I thought so at least. Definitely little though, but not too disappointingly so.
The platforming is really fun and smooth though, and can get pretty challenging at times, though not extremely so. And there's plenty of diversity, usually each planet has a different gimmick and often it's necessary to revisit areas in the same sector multiple times, since there's some minor puzzle elements involved.
The graphics are alright but not a huge factor of the game. The plot is kind of non-existent save for the intro and ending(s).
Worth checking out though I'd say, but probably on sale.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
The athmosphere is very good, but some of the puzzles are killing me. It would be highly recommended, BUT if tricky puzzles easily frustrate you, or if you're not into platformers with hard to reach places then you probably wont enjoy it very much. I still recommend the game.

It's completely free and the developers cared enough about their work to create a beautiful platformer with tight controls and a fitting soundtrack, so you should try it. Higher degree of difficulty will please some and put off others.

Lack of in-game volume controls is a ridiculous oversight, but otherwise the game is without fault.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
wow. I can't believe this game is free.

Puzzles solving are awesome. Good job developer!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
Great game. Love the puzzles and how they combined with the platforming sections. The artstyle is a blend between a lot of stuff, but there's something personal and scrapbooky about it. The biggest draw to this game is the atmosphere, the music doesn't interrupt the ambiance too much and compliments it rather well. Traveling between planets while reading about them with the radio in the background gives a comfy feel to the game. If you liked the movie Interstellar you'll enjoy this game.

Some Concerns:

I think the photography mechanic could have been utilized more as it's pretty much a substitute for player memory. It's appreciated but I thought the game would be based around it some how.

The battery/travel between planets didn't seem to add much other than give reason as to why you can't bounce between stars. If expanded upon a little more it could have been an interesting survival mechanic. But really I guess it's hard to design something like that along with such a fixed platforming puzzler.

Don't let these complaints detriment the game though, they're more or less things I noticed that could have been different.
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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
Saira is, at its very core, an exploration platformer.

Treat it as such, and make sure you set up some good keybinds - I ended up fanagling a controller setup with the game, as I was disappointed with the default keyset. (Seriously, who binds jump to S?)

Very open, and many of the puzzles suggest that you should know something you don't. If you're prone to ragequits, don't bother.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
A completely awesome, challenging, long-ish game. The controls are easy and responsive, the puzzles and the few time trials are fun, challenging, but completely possible if you put some effort into them, and for me, you just have to keep dieing and restarting, but never give up. Love the simple art-style, love the story, for how simple it may be, and even open ended. I cant wait till this has new scenes to continue the story, with new planets, puzzles, and challenges
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Everything fits and works perfectly in this game - music, puzzles, level design, and all of this for free. Thank you developers for a few hours of adventure and brain challenge.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Saira is a wall-jumping puzzle platformer that offers a variety of different game elements, environments, and puzzle diversity. The story revolves around a teleportation gone wrong and an effort to make things right again. There are several different planets to explore, and travel between systems is anything but conventional. It makes for an entertaining trip, but before you can travel, the ships battery has to be charged up so get out there and explore planets, solve those pesky puzzles, and gather items to fix the teleporter to get back home.

I bought the game a while back before it became free to play. I struggled with it the first time as it is not a "hold your hand" type of puzzle game, but after coming back to it, I was able to figure out all the pieces I was missing. Saira is worth more than the free price tag for sure.
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