Feather for Nintendo Switch – The Review

Flying high and serene with Feather

Chill to ambient music and relax to fluid moves of a bird


BY ROBIN BATES


Feather title

Review Summary

Game:


Feather

Publisher:


Samurai Punk

Price:


£7.19 on Steam

Summary:


  • Play as a bird with responsive and fluid flight controls
  • A vast island for you to explore
  • Rating:


    Feather

    Feather is a serene game about exploration and immersion in a beautiful landscape. Become a bird, fly around and lose yourself in zen-like flow whilst listening to the soothing ambient soundtrack.

    Feather is a game about flying. Become a bird soaring over an island. Swoop and barrel roll past the scenery, discovering secret caves and crannies. Cavort with other players in the skies.

     

    The flight mechanics are responsive and feel just right. And that’s all there is so it’s a damn good job!

    Feather is a game about flying and not much else.

    It’s an experience rather than a game, but even as an experience it lacks things to do.

     

    The island isn’t huge but features sparkling gates – finally something do! All they do is change the admittedly atmospheric background music to another track.

     

    Imagine flying over The Witness – you feel like there’s something down there that’s always going to remain out of reach. That’s Feather.

    The graphics are pretty good, if overly stylized and simple. They call to mind the hazy beauty of FireWatch or more tellingly for a very recent bird-based game.- Falcon Age.

     

    Ultimately Feather is an un-optimised tech demo with frame regularly being dropped, there’s very little else I can say about this because the amount of content is as light as… wait for it…  a feather.


    Might be fun for students, but even when I was a stoner I wanted a bit more to do.


    Gyro controls feature if you want to harken back to the heady days of Wii-mote waggling, and they work pretty well, but with nothing to do you’ll soon be putting this bird back in the box.

    Feather. Well implemented bird flight but they forgot to add some beak.


    Features:

  • Play as a bird with responsive and fluid flight controls
  • A vast island for you to explore
  • Nine unique songs that can be found around the island
  • No enemies, no combat, no threats, just peaceful flight
  • Full day night cycle in a responsive immersive world
  • Relaxing ambient soundtrack and sound design by Mitchell Pasmans
  • Support for gamepads and keyboard/mouse
  • “Might be fun for students, but even when I was a stoner I wanted a bit more to do. ”

    FEATHER: CONCLUSION

    Ultimately Feather is an un-optimised tech demo with frame regularly being dropped, there’s very little else I can say about this because the amount of content is as light as… wait for it…  a feather.


    4/5

    The Good Stuff:
    • ​Well implemented bird flight

    • Graphics are pretty good and stylized

    • Flight mechanics are responsive and just right.
    The Bad Stuff:
    • ​Un-optimised tech demo with frame regularly dropped

    • Lacks things to do..

    • With nothing to do you’ll soon be putting this bird back in the box.
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