A curious little indie launched last week, a game where you sail customizable ships through a vibrantly colored fantasy archipelago in search of ancient secrets, fighting monsters and pirates while exploring new islands. Players and developers call it something between the vibes of Wind Waker and the third-person sailing combat of games like Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, both much loved in their time.
As you explore the islands, expand your crew and unlock new ships, gear, and places to go. You can build up a small collection of ships over time and specialize them for different tasks. There are also a lot of weird NPCs to meet, like frog people, and fish to do.
What you probably wouldn’t expect to hear is that Sail Forth has a shockingly realistic simulation of sailing for its genre and look. While very accessible to the casual player, it has details such as separately simulated wind and sails that will excite anyone who loves a big ship. This will enable you to properly use jargon-like sailing techniques such as tacking, jibes, heaves and cuts.
It is certainly a beautiful game, with both marine life such as dolphins and whales and a varied selection of islands divided into different regions. There’s sea ice, towering lighthouses and sandy palms to see there. It’s quite beautiful!
Not all beautiful, of course, and evil sea monsters, but also pirates and privateers must be defeated to make the seas safe again for all their strange inhabitants, fishermen and fishermen.
Sail Forth was created by a small team, Festive Vector, consisting of a programmer/designer with contributions from a sound artist and two writers. More information can be found at sailforth. com (opens in new tab).
You will find Sail Forth at Epic games (opens in new tab) and Steam (opens in new tab) for $20. Seems like a pretty good Steam Deck game to me, and some reports say it works fine, but it’s not officially signed yet. Let’s wrap up with some screenshots and gifs, shall we?
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