By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on September 14, 2016
I always love a cute-looking game, so it might not come as much of a surprise that I was immediately attracted to Woven when I saw its first trailer. The cute and fluffy stuffed animal that you control on convinced me in just two seconds. If I remember correctly, it has been two years since I've played the pre-alpha version of Woven and ever since, I have been looking forward to playing the full game. Lucky for me, Alterego Games finished it, so I can now dive into this world of yarn and fabric!
Woven is an adventure game, in which you take control of the a animal named Stuffy. Now, I can you all hear screaming to me already, why do I keep saying stuffed animal instead of just saying elephant. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have a very good reason for that. Stuffy who, at the start of the game, is indeed an elephant, might not stay an elephant for very long. The world of Woven is made out of yarn and fabrics. Throughout the levels you will also find several machines and with one of them you can change your appearance. But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start at the beginning.
At the start of the game, you'll take control of Stuffy. You are a happy and curious creature, so naturally you'll want to explore the world around you. During the introduction, Stuffy falls off a cliff and must make his way back home. Pretty soon after that, Stuffy will be accompanied by a metal firefly called Glitch, who has lost his memory and has no idea who he is. Together they team up, which is actually very good. Both creatures have different abilities and the truth is that Glitch is really the star here. Stuffy needs him, because Glitch appears to be the key to unlock and activate the several machines that you'll come across during your travels. Without him, Stuffy couldn't change his appearance and abilities.
Stuffy starts with an elephant appearance and an elephant can stamp and do their signature trumpeting sound. But an elephant can't jump. How is Stuffy supposed to climb higher mountains? Well, that's no problem if you can change into a reindeer or a goat which, with the help of Glitch and a bunch of weird machines, Fluffy actually can. The cool thing is you don't need to change your complete body. You can use the legs of a reindeer, the body of a giraffe, the head of the elephant and the arms of an anteater. Add the option to change color and patterns of each body part to this and it's not so hard the imagine the sheer amount of possibilities available to you!
During the game, you will unravel the story of what happened to Glitch and what his purpose is in this world. But there is more to discover than only the story. Throughout the levels you can search for fabric so Glitch can scan them, resulting in even more customization options for Stuffy to use. More than once, a certain fabric, color or pattern is part of the solution of a puzzle, so you should really make sure you don't miss a spot! Or animal for that matter, Glitch can scan them as well. And the fun doesn't stop there. You can collect fragments of Glitch's memory along the way and unlock new animal knitting blueprints. There's so much to find that fans of collectibles can truly indulge themselves with this game!
I simply love the look and feel of this game. I'm a sucker for this type of environments, but up till now I only saw them in Nintendo games. Not that this is bad, but I think it's good to see that more developers make use of this look and make something great out of it. The game is rated PEGI 7 and that's fine. I think many children will love this game, because stuffy looks cute and the customization options are really cool. But to think of it as a simple kids game, would not do the game justice. It's really well designed and the puzzles together with the collectibles can offer you a decent challenge. And last but not least: another thing that makes Woven really great, is the narrator. I don't know who he is, but give that guy an Oscar! He has a very soothing, classic story-telling voice. Plus, the entire story text is written in rhyme, which goes excellent with that calm story teller voice!