An extremely fun and cozy adventure game that will have any animal lovers smiling in no time. A handful of bugs and performance issues do impact gameplay somewhat but it's easy to overlook given Alba's creative brilliance. I would have preferred a slightly longer story but that aside this is one of the best indie games I've played in years. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not at least giving it a try.
Alba is the kind of game that all young people should play. Not only is it a heart-warming romp where you get to look at animals, it’s educational and empowering, inspiring and beautiful. Not only have ustwo created a world that is stunning to look at, but they’ve crafted a narrative that boldly shouts that this girl can. Never underestimate the power of an 11-year-old girl — especially one on a mission to do right by the world around her.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure reminds players that happiness can be found in supporting worthy causes bigger than yourself. It feels nice to play a game about actively improving the world, and it does so with skill and charm instead of cringe. It’s the video game equivalent of sneaking vegetables into a tasty smoothie. This is one good deed that shouldn’t go unrewarded.
At the moment, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a unique work that is entertaining and enjoyable. Because of the relaxed and lively BGM and the fresh and lovely graphics, players of all ages can feel the charm of the game. However, the story is really naive and won't stand up in reality.
Ultimately, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a game that is accessible for all ages, with its gentle pacing, undemanding mechanics, and cheerful premise. What struck me the most in its story is that there is not one adult character in Pinar del Mar that brushes off Alba and Inez, or speaks to them as though they're ill-informed (well, barring one, but that's a spoiler). A pride flag waves in the sea breeze from one of the balconies along the beach, and there are a range of identities and personalities represented in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. It's a short and sweet adventure that will really resonate with young gamers with an interest in conservation... and older gamers who miss the Spanish sun.
A great sense of time and place, well-tuned minimalist mechanics, impeccable visual and sound direction and design . . . this might just be the game of the year. Alba makes a strong impression and doesn't overstay its welcome, which is far more than can be said of far more expensive games.
Colourful, charismatic and wholesome. This game fully delivers on its premise AND plants a tree for every download on Steam. The only feature I’d have liked to see added is the ability to choose which photos go in the guide, encouraging you to make the extra effort to take well framed photos.
A lovely game about appreciating nature in cute cell-shaded graphics. You play as Alva, a young girl who's visiting her grandparents on an idyllic island. But it soon becomes clear that a greedy capitalist wants to tear down the beautiful nature reserve to build an ugly hotel. Your mission is to identify all the wildlife living on the island as well as do side missions to earn favor among the inhabitants so they sign a petition to stop the construction. The characters aren't very complex, but that is sort of the point of this kind of story. It's more or less a children's game when it comes to the story and I have no problem with that even though I'm 35. It was lovely to engage in this naive world and save it from being ruined.
The cell-shaded graphics are very nice and gives the game a timeless cartoon appearance. The music is fitting but the game knows when to be silent and just lets the sounds of nature carry the atmosphere. Fitting when the game revolves around nature. After a while, I also understood that the background wasn't just soundscapes but that all the sounds from the birds and animals had an actual source! So when you were looking for the last birds you could reference your bird manual to hear the sound and then follow the sound in the game world. I thought that was really neat and actually gave the locations even more beauty since you knew all the sounds you heard came from "real" birds.
It's not a long game, I finished it in one evening, but I think that's alright. I can definitely see myself getting the urge to spend an evening playing it every other year or so. I would love to see more entries where Alba travels to different parts of the world.
A nice, relaxing two hour game with beautiful artstyle and design. In my opinion better than Toem (both games are about taking photographs).
This game could've been a 9/10 and could've joined other great indie games such as Journey, A Short Hike, Hue or Papers, Please. But sadly it's being heavily damaged by its ridiculously Mary Sue protagonist and greenie propaganda.