developer: 5 Lives Studios
publisher: Deep Silver / Koch Media
Game mode: single player
Windbound is a survival game enriched with elements taken from such genres as RPG, adventure and even roguelike games. The game was developed by the independent team of 5 Lives Studios, which previously created a warm welcome for Satellite Reign, and was released by Deep Silver.
The main character of Windbound is a warrior named Kara. During a massive storm, the heroine is separated from her tribe and ends up in a desert archipelago known as the Forbidden Islands. Although from now her main goal is to survive in this picturesque, yet not very friendly corner of the world, with time she starts to discover the ruins of the civilization that inhabited him centuries ago, as well as explore his numerous secrets.
In Windbound we observe the action from the third person perspective (TPP). The authors give us a vast open world consisting of various islands. Interestingly, the map is generated procedurally, so it looks different every time you start playing.
Our primary goal during the game is to survive. When travelling on Forbidden Islands, Kara must not only feed herself, but also obtain a variety of raw materials. The materials are needed both to create new tools and weapons (like a bow or spear to hunt animals or defend against their attacks) and to build new boats and improve existing ones. Although at the beginning of the struggle the heroine has only a small boat, over time she gets access to larger and more advanced units, which are not afraid of hurricanes, high waves and even aggressive sea animals.
This way, as Kara progresses, she can venture into more and more distant islands. On each of them the girl will find a different fauna and flora, sources of new raw materials and numerous ruins. The ruins hide the answers for questions about the archipelago's past and future and are the key to finding its way back home.
The three-dimensional graphics of Windbound is maintained in a colorful, cartoon-like style reminiscent of the bestselling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
PC / Windows
- Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GT 630 / Radeon HD 5670 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 64-bit
- Recommended: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card GeForce GTX 750 / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 64-bit