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Review: As Far as the Eye

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As far as the eye was developed by Unexpected Studio and is a top-down puzzle game that puts players in charge of guiding little creatures known as Pupils along a journey to find the center of the world. Managing both resources and the environment around them is an important step to ensure they escape the flood that is coming their way.

With both a beautiful soundtrack as well as a wonderful art style, As far as the eye is a treat for those looking to pick it up. The OST consists of melodic sounds that are accompanied by wind chimes and the occasional animal in the background. Each song is as peaceful and relaxing as the next so it is recommended that players use headphones so they don’t miss out. Pairing this with the simplistic art style gives players a game they can relax to. The Pupils, which are the creatures the players control, move across hexagon shaped tiles and as they enter unknown territory, the transition feels smooth and gives players something to look forward to on the journey without giving too much information away. Time will shift between night and day during each turn cycle without removing players from the current screen so they can still see what’s going on. As Pupils take on different tasks, they change into different appearances for each job so players can identify what each one is doing. The Pupils have an adorable look to each of their designs and I mean who doesn’t want to help save cute little creatures from tragedy?

From a gameplay perspective, each task is carried out in turns and requires players to guide the tribe along tiles to help build a base before the flood reaches the tribe. A bar on the bottom of the screen indicates when threats are coming and how long players have until the flood reaches them. Pairing this with random events that may hinder progress means that players are constantly on the move as well as looking out for resources to continue building their temporary homes. Once the requirements to move on to the next stop are met, players are sometimes given branching options for where to go next. Each map presents different challenges and provides different resources so players must decide which path will ensure the tribes survival.

The game does feature different modes to use and even rewards players with other tribes and regions to experiment with. Since each map is procedurally generated, every journey will have different obstacles to overcome with its own set of challenges. There is a campaign mode that will let players take control of different tribes with their own mini stories, acting as a tutorial to get players accustomed to how the mechanic’s work. After the five chapters are completed, Players can take their knowledge and apply it to either a custom game or have a quick game if they just want to get started. Selecting Quick Game lets players select a tribe and start on a journey right away. Custom game allows players to adjust things such as the number of Pupils there are as well as the rations provided. There are sliders to even adjust the instances of random positive and negative events happening. This allows players to have a little more control of their adventure.

As Far as the eye is an adorable little adventure that doesn’t present players with a complicated story or hectic mechanics but instead allows players to take part in a journey to ensure the survival of a small tribe. After each map was completed, I felt a sense of joy and accomplishment knowing that a small little tribe survived because of my guidance and choices. Pairing this with the calming soundtrack game me something to look forward to each time I sat down and loaded up another quick game.

SUMMARY

+ Fun puzzle game for short bursts
+ No enemies makes the gameplay less stressful since players can focus on the task at hand
+ Beautiful Soundtrack and simple art style
- Gameplay can be a little confusing if you skip the tutorials
- The Text could be a bigger when playing handheld

(Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, also available on PC)
Xavier Berry
Xavier Berry
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Review: As Far as the Eye+ Fun puzzle game for short bursts <br /> + No enemies makes the gameplay less stressful since players can focus on the task at hand <br /> + Beautiful Soundtrack and simple art style<br /> - Gameplay can be a little confusing if you skip the tutorials <br /> - The Text could be a bigger when playing handheld<br /> <br /> (Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, also available on PC)