developer: Embu Games
publisher: Embu Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-8
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Smalland is an original survival game developed by an independent Turkish studio Embu Games.
In Smalland the player takes on the role of a hero who has been shrinked in unexplained circumstances. The protagonist wakes up in the forest, having no idea whether a similar fate also met other people. With a head full of questions, the hero begins a struggle whose aim is not only to know the truth but above all to survive in a new inhospitable world.
In Smalland we observe an action from first-person perspective. Survival aspects come mainly from the small size of our hero. In the course of the game, we travel through a vast forest that is a living ecosystem - its inhabitants pose a real threat to the protagonist, not only because they can treat him as food, but also because they are able to steal the supplies he has accumulated. However, we are not talking about wolves, bears or other predators, but about animals that are not usually associated with danger, such as squirrels and rabbits (much larger than the hero) and ants (whose colonies can destroy the fruits of his hard work).
In the course of the adventure we have to take care of both food for the hero, as well as resources for making tools and weapons, and also the resources needed to build a hideout. However, even if we manage to provide him with shelter, we still have to be vigilant - even ordinary rainfall can be a problem, as the drops can injure our character, not to mention downpours that cause real flooding; the danger is also the wind that can blow away the shelter built in a wrong place.
Despite the fact that Smalland can successfully be played alone, the devs have implemented an extensive co-op mode, in which we can play in the company of up to seven other players.
Three-dimensional visuals of Smalland present a high level of quality. The whole thing adopts a pleasant stylistics and rich colors, which makes both vegetation and animals enjoyable. It is complemented by a soundtrack that creates an atmosphere of great adventure.
Expectations: 6.8 / 10 calculated out of 12 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Quad Core 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1280 MB GeForce GTX 470 / 2 GB Radeon HD 6870 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit