The farming sim style has been a crowded class these days, with each Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive City and Harvest Moon: One World arising subsequent month and Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck having launched on the finish of final yr, to not point out the numerous farming sims which have had nice success on Kickstarter lately, such because the upcoming Ova Magica and Coral Island, simply surpassing a number of funding milestones.
However with Coral Island, Ova Magica, and even the Story of Seasons franchise that these farming simulators drew inspiration from, they amplify one main downside with the style: all of them are typically varied variations of the identical expertise. However Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck modifications it up and affords a singular expertise that is not simply extra of the identical Harvest Moon-impressed story.
Most video games within the farming sim style are inclined to observe the identical format: gamers are tasked with elevating crops and livestock and promoting the merchandise for cash whereas romancing a villager, finally resulting in elevating a household on the farm. This pattern began lengthy with the unique Story of Seasons video games, initially named Harvest Moon. The early Story of Seasons video games had been probably the most profitable, which impressed Eric Barone to create Stardew Valley, hoping to duplicate the sensation that previous Story of Seasons titles gave gamers.
Since Stardew Valley, plenty of different indie farming sims have cropped up, resembling Ooblets, Ova Magica, Kynseed, and so many extra. Not all of them have this in widespread, however most of the time, these titles are the identical mechanics—farming, elevating livestock, romancing—however within the developer’s most popular artwork fashion. In fact, every recreation has its personal allure that units it other than the remainder, and regardless, avid gamers within the farming sim neighborhood eat it up. However every time the identical format is recycled into one other recreation, the format grows redundant. That is what makes Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck so particular.
Firstly, Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck is greater than only a farming sim; it shares half its gameplay with 2D platforming, the place Sakuna should vanquish demons whereas trying to find people. However so far as farming goes, Sakuna is much less of a common farming simulator than it’s a rice farming simulator. However although Sakuna solely must have a tendency to 1 crop, the mechanics behind it are extra in-depth than one would see in an everyday farming recreation. For instance, the participant must water the rice to only the correct quantity by opening and shutting a stream gate whereas additionally being conscious of how rainfall may have an effect on the water ranges. And after harvesting, a lot work must be completed to organize the rice for consuming.
However farming immediately ties into the platforming and the remainder of the story, making it much more significant. The rice’s high quality correlates with Sakuna’s base stats and may present buffs throughout battle, providing an incentive to dedicate effort into doing the duty properly. Consuming dinner on the finish of the day and sustaining Sakuna’s fullness stage is important to progressing. Right here, the rice farming ties collectively the lore of Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck with an actual objective moderately than being a considerably elective activity.
And not like another farming sim, gamers assume the position of Sakuna moderately than create their very own character. Maybe this can be a matter of desire, however permitting gamers to discover a developed story via the eyes of a pre-written character provides them the possibility to empathize and expertise an actual story alongside a easy simulation of life.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Wreck is on the market now for the Nintendo Change, PC, and PlayStation 4.