Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 15, 2022
    One of the first characters you meet, Ida, says that Casey’s experience in the hospital is much like the life of an older person; piecing things together as best you can. As you wander the halls of Wayward Strand’s hospital, you too piece together little fragments of entire lives lived into a rich, heartfelt story that will leave you re-entering reality with a renewed sense of curiosity.
  2. Sep 15, 2022
    With its eccentric elderly cast, intricate themes, unique agency mechanics and narrative structure, Wayward Strand is a compelling experience that reels you in and leaves you wanting to call your grandma.
  3. Oct 1, 2022
    Wayward Strand isn’t a perfect game, but it is darn near close. It doesn’t overwhelm players or force their hand but allows plenty of freedom within the confines of the closed-in space of the airship. I will absolutely be replaying Wayward Strand several times to explore the rest of the story options, and I cannot recommend it enough.
  4. Oct 27, 2022
    Despite a few shortcomings, this game is fantastic. With several mysteries to uncover, it lends itself to multiple playthroughs. The artwork is beautiful, the characters are engaging, and the drip-feed of lore about this familiar, yet distinctly different world keeps my wanting to try another playthrough.
  5. Sep 23, 2022
    Wayward Strand is a delicate piece of work, as its title might imply. Despite the flight of fancy proposed by the very idea of an airship hospital, it's a remarkably unassuming game–not literally down-to-earth, but certainly grounded in its portrayal of lives nearing their end and one just beginning, and the common hopes, dreams and fears that connect all those lives together.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Oct 6, 2022
    Accept those technical shortcomings and it's hard not to marvel at the way this feels like a complete, self-contained world. [Issue#377, p.122]
  7. Sep 15, 2022
    Wayward Strand is an interesting game that explores humanity in a way that few games have, while its time limit to each day means choosing who to spend time with has an added importance. Technical issues hold the game back, alongside a lack of dialogue depth as the weekend rolls on. However, overall this is still an engaging game for players who want a more cerebral title.
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  1. Wayward Strand knows not to outstay its welcome, and I came away feeling completely refreshed. Spending a couple of hours navigating the hallways, patient rooms, and airship innards in real-time is a fun mechanism and one that goes hand in hand with the game's wider themes about the passage of time, being young, and growing old. Assembling a story through details found in conversations and overheard snippets of dialogue are great storytelling devices, and although you could play it once and be satisfied, I recommend several playthroughs to really discover everything it has to offer. After my handful of playthroughs, it honestly felt like I had pieced together a larger whole, and I truly felt like I finally understood the beating heart at the centre of this clockwork machine.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 4, 2023
    It is a short and slow paced game. You can talk to various people and learn about their stories, but the game stops there.
  2. Oct 23, 2022
    A short, cozy, relaxing, game.

    Roam the halls of an aircraft for the sick and listen into their stories in this heartfelt game. With
    A short, cozy, relaxing, game.

    Roam the halls of an aircraft for the sick and listen into their stories in this heartfelt game.

    With many stories to discover and relationships to build, assist in nursing patients and tending to their needs.

    Varied music is fitting to different scenes, from calm, relaxing music to dark, ominous music.

    Though Wayward Strand is a calm, enjoyable game, it is short and doesn't give enough time for the story to develop much.

    Overall, Wayward Strand is an enjoyable cozy game worthy of a quick playthrough.
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  3. Sep 25, 2022
    Wayward Strand took me by surprise with its depth. The writing is funny and very well done. The characters are all strong and well-balanced.Wayward Strand took me by surprise with its depth. The writing is funny and very well done. The characters are all strong and well-balanced.
    There were some little visual bugs but I was so ‘immersed’ that they didn’t break it. I think this is quite an exciting game which is bringing something new, something positive. There are really no other games which have made me feel introspection like this
    VO was great as well.
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