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Soul Searching

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Soul Searching is a narrative survival game about sailing away from your homeland.

You sail on your small primitive boat to a world of islands, dragons, and magic. You can learn about stories of people living on islands you chose to visit, discover dragons, catch fish, customize your boats, find ghosts, cast magic spells, and more.

Soul Searching leaves you in an open world without any tutorialization except telling you the buttons to play. There is not one correct path. There are a number of play styles you can choose, depending on your hunger for gold and better boats. You might get lost, but it won’t take too long to find your way to the end.

Inspired by Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series and movies like Life of Pi, Soul Searching is about growing up, leaving your homeland, standing on your own feet. It deals with themes like isolation, searching for meaning and direction, leading to depression and suicidal thoughts.

As the player, you are not a violent hero. The most violent thing you can do in this game is to catch fish to feed yourself. Other than that, it’s a game of humble survival and peaceful travels. But in that humbleness you are challenged to survive in a world of merciless dragons and endless seas.

Made by a one man team spanning 3 years of development, Soul Searching is a very personal game. It tries exciting story-telling methods to convey feelings rarely conveyed in games. Since all code, art, music, everything is made by one person, it offers a special sense of authorship hard to find in other games.

Other than the single player story mode, game also offers a randomly generated mode from 1 to 4 local players. This offers replay value and requires players to work together to survive. More players, more need for resources, so more challenge, but more skills to survive.

Soul Searching invites you to its world of mysteries. Even though the main story play time is not that long, if you want to unlock every achievement in the game, you will have to get lost in this world.

Features:
  • Around 3 hours of single player story mode
  • Random mode from 1 to 4 players that randomly generates a map and requires players to work together to survive
  • Creatures at sea: dragons, killer whales, and more
  • Islands with lots of monologues, and other islands that are not populated by humans
  • Magic skills that let you survive on sea more easily
  • Player appearance customization (including gender and sexual interest customization)
  • Day night cycle that affects gameplay in subtle ways
  • Extensive soundtrack
  • English and Turkish language support
  • Supporting selectable control schemes: 4 players on Xbox gamepads, 2 players on keyboard, 1 player on mouse
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Developer
Kayabros
Publisher
QubicGames, Kayabros
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://playsoulsearching.com/

System requirements for Nintendo Switch

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP SP2+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 250 MB available space

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
  • Storage: 250 MB available space

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 or later
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
  • Processor: CPU: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 or later
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Last Modified: Nov 19, 2019

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Soul Searching reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Very touching, I liked the fact of being transported from island to island, looking for a possible answer that we do not really know the question. The survival side is very well done and is a real constraint imposed on the player while not ruining the game experience. The extraordinarily serene music (reminiscent of Minecraft) participates in the atmosphere of the game, which is an invitation to relax and take its time. I did not especially like the graphics of the game, but hey, everyone is judging: 3 short, a very nice little game, although a little short for what it offers. I would have liked it to last a little longer (and especially as the map is larger x)). However, the few environments proposed and the events that happen during the navigation phases are very well done and I liked it! (although I would have liked to have a little more interaction with them)
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I love and HIGHLY recommend this game! ^_^ It's beautiful and a piece of art and/or philosophy but ADDITIONALLY it also has a solid gameply which is made up of interesting and satisfying mechanics. In your search of.... I dont know, souls or.... just following the tradition, you set out to sea on your small raft. The main part of this game is therefore sailing your raft around and exploring the sea and some islands you will find. But the whole time you simultaneously have to take care of not starving or dying of thirst and sleeping enough to not burn out from a lack of energy. There will also be winds blowing making navigation a bit more tricky. Besides that sometimes it rains and thers a day and night cycle which all really adds to the feeling of survival in the wild (ocean). The music is calm and relaxing. Not to give too much away of the game, but as mentioned above philosophical questions are addressed as you travel and also meet and talk to people. To finish the adventure mode stroy doesnt take that long, but you can also play some other really funny extra modes, and theres a random mode too to beat by yourself or together with other players. So this definietely makes up for the short story. Anyhow the beauty and deep-thought-like character of the game are worth it by themselves already besides these extra game modes. But that the developers added these shows even more how much they cared for their game and/or had fun with it. I wanted to buy this game a long time ago, had it on my wihslist for long and finally bought it and no regrets! If you're not an anti-thinker or someone with a short attention span, and you're emotionally and thoughtfully speaking a deep person I'm very sure you will enjoy soul searching!
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