Game Review: Wandersong (Xbox One X)
There are certain games that epitomize the term “hidden gem”. Wandersong is truly one of the finest examples of this idea. It’s a music themed puzzle-adventure game that was developed by Greg Lobanov. You play as a bard who embarks on an epic quest to gather pieces of a song that will save the universe from destruction.
In the game, the player uses The Bard’s singing to affect the environment, solve puzzles, and defend against enemies. You use a coloured “song wheel” with eight directions which is controlled by the right thumb stick on a controller.
Wandersong is a special little game, one that I truly adore. It tells a wonderful underdog tale that is touching, charming, humorous and feels like a genuine adventure. The 2D artsyle is delightful with the characters appearing like cardboard cut-outs. The whole thing feels like a highly imaginative children’s storybook that has come to life. It’s super colourful, very vibrant. This combined with the unique gameplay delivers something that feels original. The primary singing mechanic is used in a number of interesting ways. It’s simplistic and very easy to get to grips with. There are puzzles but none are presented in a way that is trying to keep you stumped. The music throughout is just fantastic.
This is as wholesome a video game as you could ever hope to experience. The story is compelling and it contains characters that are well developed and likeable. As heartfelt and emotional as it can be, it doesn’t take itself too seriously at the same time. It manages to express its message in a completely adorable way. Also, the dynamic between a character called Miriam & the bard is just lovely.
The only criticism I can aim at Wandersong is that it does drag a little bit in places. Also, it’s a massive shame that most people have experienced the game using an exploit for getting all of the achievements. I was thinking of doing the same until I played the first few moments of the game and fell in love with it. Do yourself a favour and don’t use this exploit, the achievements are easy anyway and you’ll play a great game.
P.S. I can’t get this damn song out of my head, I love it –
The Final Score - 9.5/10