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Review: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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The world is a fast-paced mess that demands your attention. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax, and soak in the ambience of the surrounding world. Games are guilty of pushing the pace, keeping the adrenaline high, and demanding utmost focus. It’s nice when a developer takes a more laid back approach. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure does exactly that!

Developed by ustwo Games and published by PID Games, this is a wholesome adventure title about love and family. A slow-paced colourful game awaits anyone who takes this on. The strong and friendly characters will warm your heart and make you fall for this title’s rural charms. You will forget your sports games and all-action titles, and take a moment to reflect on life’s small details.

Capture the beauty of nature.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure will make you feel warm inside.

No matter how icy your heart is, this will melt it instantly. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure chips away at your stoney exterior and demands that you fall for its lovely story. With heartwarming characters, many simple tasks to complete, and an island that needs saving, it’s a good job you are there to lend a hand.

The story revolves around a young girl named Alba. She has visited her grandparents for years, and this summer is no different. They are a delightful couple who dote on their granddaughter. She is a loving wife who jokes about her husband’s obsessions. He is a strong man who cares about everyone and has a passion for wildlife. Alba admires her grandpa’s love of the outdoors and is a kindhearted soul.

This summer the island is under threat! Alba and her friend Ines join forces to form the AIWRL and between them, they will save the island and its way of life.

The root of the islands problems.

An adventure like no other.

I have played some lovely games recently that are similar. Summer in Mara instantly stands out. Yet, this one feels tighter and more concise. The tasks are all achievable and never appear a grind. Searching the island for injured creatures, or cleaning up mess helps the people to thrive. Every day you witness the positive outcomes from your actions and this drives you to do more.

For all its wholesome elements, the concept is simple. Accept tasks from the locals, take photos of the wildlife, and prevent the “disaster” from happening. You may be young, but you make a difference. The plot revolves around family and improving the islands way of life. If you don’t step up to the plate, the beautiful island will be ruined forever, and the wildlife you love will disappear.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a lovely bright and vivid game.

Like many games in the category, the world you experience is bright and colourful. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is no different. Its simple cartoon style, clean-cut lines and vivid tones make it lovely to look at. The characters look cute, and the animals are all detailed enough to be recognisable. Taking pictures was great, and I loved the use of zoom and focus to make it more challenging. Whenever Alba is asked a question, it cuts to her head to nod or shake. It’s a simple thing, but I loved the animation and the involvement in the questioning. There were occasional issues where the camera panned incorrectly, or scenery blocked your point of view. Mostly, though, it was easy on the eyes and a joy to play.

I liked the graphics, but I loved the audio. Realistic birdsong sings out above everything else. The developers have gone into real detail to capture the essence of each creature and I really appreciated it. The music is beautifully thought out with a wholesome tone that matches everything the game is trying to deliver. There is no spoken dialogue, which was a shame, but it allowed my imagination to run wild instead.

Don’t chase the wildlife!

The easy controls allow you to focus on hunting those pesky creatures.

I’m glad the controls were easy, as I desperately wanted to snap every available creature. I got hooked on searching the island, hunting for rare creatures. The game essentially asks you to use the D-pad to select items and the analogue stick to move around. It’s a straightforward affair that is easy to master. I found it a little strange that Alba can’t run or jump, and though this ensures you take your time and enjoy the scenery, it was annoying when you needed to get home for tea. This is a minor gripe, and I loved the forced slow-pace, mostly.

There is only a finite amount of time that you can play this. You have one week to achieve your goals and to save the island. If you fail, you must start again from the beginning. This isn’t a problem though, as each day is relatively short. Once you complete the game, you are unlikely to return as everything will have been seen and achieved. Fortunately, the first playthrough is so good that you’ll forgive its lack of replay value.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, a slow-paced and delightful feel-good title.

When a game charms you from the off, you just go with the flow and see what happens. I lost myself in its colourful and touching world and loved the relationships that formed around me. A slow-paced game that is relaxing and wholesome throughout. If you want something different to try, then buy it here! Save the island and snap all the wildlife in sight. 

SUMMARY

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a delightful slow-paced journey about one girl and her love of the outdoors. You'll help the locals, save the wildlife, and feel warm inside.

+ Lovely cartoon graphics.
+ Touching audio.
+ Realistic animal sounds.
+ A well thought out controller layout.
+ A relaxing atmosphere.
- Alba can't run or jump.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, iOS, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: [email protected]

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