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Windward

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Windward is a game in which the player takes the role of a sailing ship captain.

Gameplay

The game is set in the randomized, procedurally generated seas that serve as an open-world sandbox. The player controls a trading cog from the top-down view. He or she navigates the vessel through the seas, uncovers new areas and completes quests and tasks. Most of the tasks are simple and require the player to travel between cities. The ship can carry passengers and cargo to gain money and to fight pirates to gain influence. The goal is to profit from the trade, eventually to join one of the factions and help it to assume control over the new ports. There's no semblance of a plot.

Ship management

The player can upgrade his or her ship to expand the cargo space to earn more money, as well as to increase its firepower and stamina to withstand battles against pirates. The combat system in Windward is simple. When the player's ship approaches the enemy, it fires its cannons. The player has no direct control over the cannons. However, he or she can manipulate the ship so that to take a better position and lure the enemy into a trap.

As the player progresses and gathers more money, he or she can hire other ships to serve his or her faction. They can form fleets to attack and capture enemy cities. However, the player still only directly controls the original ship.

Platforms
Metascore
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Developer
Tasharen Entertainment Inc.
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Tasharen Entertainment
Publisher
Tasharen Entertainment Inc.
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for Android

5.0 and up

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio
Recommended:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.1
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (mobile), or GTX 260 (desktop)
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Vista
  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio
  • Additional Notes: May need to reduce the graphics quality in-game
Recommended:
  • OS: 7
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Any NVidia or ATI card that cost at least $200 in 2010
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio
  • Additional Notes: SSD recommended for faster loading times

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: OSX 10.7
  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio
  • Additional Notes: Macbook Air runs it smoothly with reduced graphics
Recommended:
  • OS: OSX 10.7
  • Processor: 2.0Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (mobile), or GTX 260 (desktop)
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Integrated audio
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Windward reviews and comments

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Positives: + It keeps you on Your Toes as you always have something to do. Be it the destruction of enemy Faction Ships or the Recapture Of Pirate cities and Destruction of those Ships. + Especially in The Coop, the Game is Fun, whether it's just acting Or doing missions. Especially when it comes to the effective Cooperation and Defense of one's own Cities vis-à-vis other Factions or lawless Pirate Gangs, a new Instance can be found once again on the Enjoyment (This allows special Rounds with predefined and Start yourself's Chosen Game goal). + The Graphic tells me as it integrates well in everything (Buildings with Ships as an Example) and is simply coherent. + You can make Adjustments to what extent the Aspect of the Fight should be in the Foreground. The same applies to the Degree of difficulty in General (higher Difficulty increases prey Intake) and whether the Fights are more Likely to make Shortfights or in Long Fights (Those who like short, the percentage damage of each Ship represents high and who makes long on low). + Each Faction has its Strengths and Disadvantages, which allows for a balanced Game balance and a suitable Change, Some of which is arcade-like part of the Game. Bad:-It often degenerates into Arcade Fights, which results when there are never-ending quantities of pirate ships. Ending these certainly do almost 98% after Conquering the clauded Cities, unfortunately this can be lighter or heavier depending on the Degree of difficulty and Attitude (how many Pirates should appear). Thankfully, this can be set. Who likes Arcade switches the Rate of percentage amount of Pirates to high. My Experience relates to the Attitude of 40% to 70% of Pirate frequency. (-) For me, the Game is kept relatively simple. One can argue About this, especially if one likes rather simple or the complete Opposite, extremely complex Game Sequences. I tend rather between medium to slightly complex. A little Tick could have been more complex for me, but I don't mind a lot of things. It's still going. (So Is only half a minus)-A Setting that is weakening Ships at the same Level with the high-level is unfortunately missing me personally. Especially in PvP against other Factions, such an Attitude would be useful so that even Beginners against Professionals have a Chance. There is an Option, namely to reduce the damage of all Equipment and Weapons to the level of the lowest, but as far as I know it does not apply to the Ships themselves. All in All, I like it a lot and can recommend it if the Action and a little Arcade doesn't bother you.
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