Sail Forth - Mini Review - Xbox
I must confess I do love a good game featuring boats, sailing and the open sea. However there seems to be a lack of great games that scratch this itch (Sea of Thieves, Wind Waker and Black Flag not including) - can Sail Forth, a new game of High Adventure from developer Festive Vector and publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (yes, that is a real company!) provide us with another treasure chest of piratey plunder, or will it feel like we are being dragged down to Davey Jones's locker?
Explore the Deepblue!
• Put the wind to your back and cast out into High Adventure over a vast ocean spanning dozens of eccentric regions.
• Discover countless isles bursting with their own flora, fauna, friendly folk, and fearsome foes.
• Playfully pursue a pod of curious dolphins, admire the beauty of the sun sinking into an icy horizon, or run down a clutch of cowardly criminals only to accept their apologies to the tune of wild cannonry.
Command a Sailing Fleet!
• Build and manage a custom cadre of specialized vessels to match any personality and play style.
• Buy, equip, upgrade, and modify your ships’ armaments to face off against the toughest privateers this side of the Eclipside.
• Crack open giant clams and loot lonely shipwrecks to fill your fleet’s treasure hoard and keep your crew in shipshape.
Fathom a Mystery!
• Join forces with the myriad inhabitants of this watery world to uncover a terrible secret buried in the depths of the Deepblue.
• Reel in a big one with the salty Anglerwranglers, learn the secret spyspeak of the Croaker Command Corps, save the sea life of the Moontiders, capture picturesque memories with a mysterious “camera” device, and much more.
• Inspire the finefolk from all over to work as one world-spanning crew to save the seas and the planet.
Sail Forth into Adventure!
• Tack and jibe and heave and cut with a sail and wind system designed with enough attention to realistic sailing physics to excite naval enthusiasts while also remaining deeply accessible to anyone and everyone.
• Sail through stormy swells and serene sunsets in a dynamic and breathtaking day-night weather system.
• Bask in the beauty of the benevolent ocean waters in Free Sail mode where the only goal is the ever-moving horizon.
The Deepblue calls with the bellow of High Adventure! Sail Forth!
What We Liked: Simple Graphics - Bright coloured graphics but with a simplistic nature to them similar to games like Minecraft/Roblox. Chilled Nature - The game is a very relaxing game that you can lose yourself in by just sailing around. Commanding Your Fleet - I enjoyed the fleet mechanics. Letting you buy ships to add to your fleet or for parts. These ships all have different stats and weapon layouts. Variety - There's a selection of things to do including fighting pirates, photographing animals and fishing on top of sailing the seas.
What We Didn't Like: Takes A While - The game takes a while to get going and it took abit to get used to the controls. Limited Customisation - you only really get to change the colours, names and symbols. No Fleet Commanding - For some reason you are unable to issue orders to the other ships in your fleet which can be annoying at time.
Sail Forth is a fun little game that will provide a chilled sailing experience. Whilst it's nowhere near perfect and it won't be everyones cup of tea, it does scratch that seafaring itch I have been getting since last playing Sea of Thieves. I would recommend playing it in shorter bursts to stop it getting too repetitive. I would definitely love to see the premise expanded and improved upon in a sequel down the line.
TOTAL SCORE: 7/10
Sail Forth was released onto the Xbox store on the 21st December 2022. The Game is playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles and is priced at £16.74. You can purchase the game HERE. A copy of the game was provided for this review. A huge thanks for that!