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  • Summary: A mysterious hidden realm. Two precocious kids fleeing hardship. Magical creatures and an oddball order of guardians who have lost their way. A stygian evil imprisoned. Welcome to the Deep Woods.

    Collect and deploy a swarm of quirky Spritelings; small magical creatures for you to command.
    A mysterious hidden realm. Two precocious kids fleeing hardship. Magical creatures and an oddball order of guardians who have lost their way. A stygian evil imprisoned. Welcome to the Deep Woods.

    Collect and deploy a swarm of quirky Spritelings; small magical creatures for you to command. Break stuff, collect loot, fight enemies, build new paths, and more!

    Explore a unique and sequestered world rich with centuries full of lore. Woods, caves, coastline, ancient shrines... The Deep Woods is full of puzzles to be solved and secrets waiting to be uncovered.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 27, 2021
    90
    The Wild at Heart takes players on an immersive, whimsical adventure of childhood fantasy. The beautiful artwork and detail of each level enhance the deep, story-rich world. Beyond the graphics, players of all ages can enjoy engaging puzzles and a robust crafting system that help them interact with the environment and access new areas to explore. The Pikmin-like mechanic with spritelings is innovative for this particular genre, and it works well for the story and characters. Fans of indie adventure and puzzle games should consider crossing into the Deep Woods to join Wake and Kirby on this memorable journey.
  2. Jun 4, 2021
    80
    With soothing music, calming visuals, addictive gameplay, and a unique tale that unfolds slowly, The Wild At Heart is incredibly easy to recommend. In fact, the only thing you will need to find real enjoyment with this gem is a controller and a good 20 hours to sink into it. There is so much charm and energy in this little puzzler, and I was so engaged in figuring out the whimsical world of the Deep Woods that I hardly noticed the time just whizzing by.
  3. 80
    The Wild at Heart is a story-rich action-adventure that draws you in and pulls at your heartstrings as we follow two children, Wake and Kirby, as they discover who they are and where they belong. The immersive and detailed storytelling and intuitive gameplay make The Wild at Heart a beautifully crafted showpiece. Whilst some of the gameplay further into the experience can feel repetitive and some mechanics are either underutilised or unnecessary, this is still a game worth sharing with people of all ages as it offers unique experiences for each player. Moonlight Kids have done an amazing job creating this unique and wonderful world and the story within. If you are an avid lover of puzzle adventure games that involve weird and wonderful creatures, coming of age stories, battles against supernatural foes and uncovering secrets, then The Wild at Heart is something you absolutely must experience for yourself.
  4. Jun 18, 2021
    75
    The Wild at Heart is a nice adventure fairy tale in an imaginative world, but suffers from AI problems as well as some bugs.
  5. May 24, 2021
    74
    In the end, I appreciated that The Wild at Heart leans into being an actual game rather than simply a thinly disguised exploration of childhood trauma. Together with inviting art direction that suggests an animated storybook and a story that supports layers of meaning, The Wild at Heart was a pleasant discovery. The game’s combat and puzzles aren’t entirely consistent or satisfying, and moment to moment the experience can feel a little aimless, but fans of accessible puzzle and action games with heart and some emotional depth should check it out.
  6. CD-Action
    Jul 23, 2021
    70
    A decent PC substitute for the Pikmin series. Its magical land filled with adorable creatures is a joy to explore, rich content will keep you occupied for as long as 20 hours, and a drop of survival mechanics spices up the adventure without making it stressful. The somewhat hazy story is okay at best and even though the game showers you with crafting materials, the crafting itself is pretty much needless, but the game’s biggest problem is the repetitiveness that made me slightly weary. [8/2021, p.74]
  7. 60
    It’s charming and occasionally clever, but as a whole it all just feels kind of familiar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 24, 2021
    10
    This game is awesome! I spent a lot of hours solving the puzzles but it never becomes frustrating. The story is very beautiful too 100% Recommended!
  2. Jun 17, 2021
    10
    Superbly crafted! Lovey music and very cute characters! The art is superb ! An instant classic!
  3. Oct 26, 2021
    10
    Absolutely charming game, both from a storytelling perspective and visually. The hand-drawn characters and environments perfectly portray thisAbsolutely charming game, both from a storytelling perspective and visually. The hand-drawn characters and environments perfectly portray this tale of childhood innocence and discovery. Occasionally touches on some heavy material, but nothing that should put you off playing with a child. The Spritelings are adorable and if you've ever played Pikmin, you'll instantly understand the mechanics Expand
  4. May 29, 2021
    9
    Magic , epic, beutigul , pikmin + beautiful art + relax amazing music , fantastic game.
  5. May 21, 2021
    9
    The Wild at Heart is Pikmin with a dash of Earthbound and Luigi's Mansion. And it's a damn good time.
  6. May 29, 2021
    8
    The Wild at Heart was a surprisingly good puzzle game. The game has you use Spritelings to attack enemies and help solve puzzles. I played itThe Wild at Heart was a surprisingly good puzzle game. The game has you use Spritelings to attack enemies and help solve puzzles. I played it through Game Pass but it's absolutely worth buying. The soundtrack was amazing as well. Expand