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25 Mar 2024

REVIEW: FAR: Lone Sails (PC Video Game)

Review by Jon Donnis
In "FAR: Lone Sails," developed by Okomotive, players embark on a captivating journey through a beautifully desolate post-apocalyptic world. As the sole operator aboard a massive vehicle, you're tasked with navigating through landscapes that bear the scars of a forgotten civilization, all while managing the intricate systems that keep your vessel moving forward.

The gameplay mechanics in "FAR: Lone Sails" are nothing short of brilliant. From the moment you take control, every action feels purposeful and immersive. As you traverse the side-scrolling environments, you must interact with various stations and mechanisms within your vehicle, from fueling the boiler to repairing damage and extinguishing fires, and even choosing when to raise or lower the sail, that you will add to your vehicle as you play. This level of detail creates a deeply engaging experience, where every decision has tangible consequences for your journey.

You will collect more than just a sail to attach your vehicle, even a vacuum/magnetic type contraption, that when attached to the back of the vehicle, which will automatically collect fuel sources that you would otherwise have to stop the vehicle, get out, and carry back. Which is time consuming. Little additions like this are so cool, and as you progress they are nice little things to look out for.

What truly sets "FAR: Lone Sails" apart is its emphasis on environmental challenges and puzzles. Rather than traditional adversaries, the obstacles you face are the elements and environments themselves. Whether you're navigating through treacherous terrain, braving hazardous weather conditions, or climbing high towers to activate a machine to clear the pass, each obstacle tests your ingenuity and adaptability. It's a refreshing departure from typical action-oriented gameplay, offering a more contemplative and strategic experience.

Visually, "FAR: Lone Sails" is a work of art. The landscapes are rendered with stunning detail, conveying a sense of both beauty and desolation. From abandoned cities to vast expanses of barren wasteland, each environment tells a story of a world reclaimed by nature. And complementing the visuals is a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack that enhances the atmosphere and immerses you even further into the experience.

Overall, "FAR: Lone Sails" is a triumph of indie game development. Its innovative gameplay mechanics, breathtaking visuals, and atmospheric soundtrack come together to create an unforgettable journey through a world teeming with mystery and intrigue. Whether you're a fan of exploration games or simply appreciate a well-crafted narrative experience, "FAR: Lone Sails", which I score an 8 out of 10 is not to be missed.

Out now on Multiple formats, but also make sure you check out the soundtrack at

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