Feather from Samurai Punk is a relaxing and colorful adventure for you to fly away and forget about your troubles. Find out more in our Feather review!
Feather is definitely one of those love it or hate it type of games. It does what it states it does by giving us a serene experience in which you can take flight as a bird and explore the area at your leisure. There are no enemies, no combat, and no hazards to worry about. You’ll fly around on your own or join others thanks to the online connectivity the game has to offer, as you explore the island and experience its sights and sounds together. Nothing more and nothing less, so what you see is what you get. You’ll fly around the island, exploring its plains, hills, rock formations, go to snowy mountains, find mystical underground tunnels full of fluorescent fauna and glowing crystals, dive into the ocean, or pass through clouds, worrying about nothing else but flying around the island.
Once you start Feather, you will be thrown straight into flying, so if you don’t want to just press every single button to see what each one does, you can pause the game and activate the tutorial. It is here that you will learn that you can move your bird around with the left analog stick and move the camera with the right one. You can speed up by pressing and holding down the ZR button and can slow down with the ZL button. The Y button will allow you to tweet, while the L and R buttons are for you to, well, do a barrel roll – how Starfox of it, right? Oh, and if you need to quickly change directions, just press the X button, and you will immediately do a 180° flip.
You’re not going to be searching for collectibles around the island. Nor will you be taking on any races that in other games might ask you to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. You won’t be helping other fellow birds to care for their offspring or anything similar. Just fly around the island, dive into the water, go underground, experience a calm and sunny day, or soar through the starry sky as the moon shines over the land that you call home.
The developers have listened to players’ feedback, and have issued a patch for Feather on the Nintendo Switch that changes things up a bit. First of all, the game got a new weather system that, as the name suggests, will affect the weather as you play. The team at Samurai Punk have also added some small secrets for you to find around the island. On top of this, shaders have been optimized, the transition between songs in-game has been softened a bit, and they’ve fixed several bugs as well.
If you’re looking for a charming and relaxing experience with no enemies to worry about, no hazards that could damage you, no threats to escape from, and no objectives pushing you to be completed, then Feather will be what you need. It does exactly what it says it will do, giving us a serene game about the joy of flight, available for Nintendo Switch for $9.99.
This Feather review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Samurai Punk.