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May 5, 2012

A Valley Without Wind Reviews

Based on 5 critics - Overal Score: 66 / 100

GameInfo: An adventure game that lets you free-roam a vast, procedurally-generated world. A Valley Without Wind defies genre stereotypes. Unlike other procedurally-generated games, you also get a logical progression in difficulty, plus helpful tips and checklists to guide your travels (should you need them). Choose for yourself how to prepare to face the vastly stronger Overlord. Complete a variety of missions to earn arcane rewards, or roam the wilds to uncover secret missions and stashes of magical loot. Customize your characters with unique combinations of enchants and spells that change how you move, jump, and fight. Or rescue people and bring them back to your settlement, recruiting them to help you in return. You choose how to play, and the world adapts around you.


Critic Score

Dealspwn A Valley Without Wind is unprecedented. Unbelievable. Inexplicable, even. When I previewed its beta build last year, I literally couldn't pin Arcen Games' latest indie effort down to a particular genre, instead settling for the label of PGFRPSRPSS (procedurally generated free-roaming side-scrolling platforming strategic role-playing survival simulation, if you're interested). Genres seemingly meant nothing to Arcen Games, and with free rein to experiment, the creators of AI War have crafted something rather wonderful. Read Full Review
90/100

IncGamers The other day I was watching a TED Talk by a designer who was stressing just how quickly people will make a judgement about an item or object based on how it looks. Videogames, to a degree, are subject to the same phenomena; and it’s something that won’t do Arcen Games' A Valley Without Wind (AVWW) too many favours. Read Full Review
70/100

Controller Online With the recent rise of the Indie Game we were excited to check out one of Steam’s newest independent offerings, A Valley Without Wind. Arcen Games new action adventure aims to break the mold from which other “MetroidVania” style action games have been cast by being non-linear, dynamically generated and endless. This is a bold attempt to refresh the 2D Action Adventure genre so we were eager to visit the world of Environ, and its Valley Without Wind. Read Full Review
65/100

IGN As someone who cut his gaming teeth on 2D platformers like Manic Miner and Adventure Island in the 1980s, I was looking forward to losing myself in A Valley Without Wind. On paper, at least, there's a lot to love here. Nostalgia-laden platformer mechanics rub shoulders with "procedurally generated worlds" in Arcen Games' new creation, and a dizzying array of craftable spells trade nervous glances with playable characters that permanently die. It's a fantastic concept that screams of the flashes of indie genius we've come to enjoy in recent years, but in execution it plays like a rough draft that's unable to wiggle out from under the weight of its own ambition. Read Full Review
55/100

Reaction Time A Valley Without Wind is a strange little game. It puts you in a different mood, for better or for worse. The game is incredibly overwhelming, but at the same time, it’s underwhelming. Overwhelming because the game tells you so many different things you can do, and underwhelming because when you do start to venture off, you’re thinking, “this is it?” You feel like you should expect more for some reason, the way the game sets itself up. Read Full Review
50/100

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Developer: Arcen Games, LLC
Publisher: Arcen Games, LLC
Release Date: 24 Apr 2012

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