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Smalland: Survive the Wilds Review – Emerge From the Burrows and Reclaim the Overworld

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Smalland: Survive the Wilds is an open-world survival crafting video game developed and published by Merge Games where players get to take the role of a Smallfolk and go on a journey to reclaim the Overworld either Solo or up to with ten friends. The initial release of Smalland was done almost a year ago with an Early Access stage and now that the game has finally reached its v1.0 state, there are several quality-of-life improvements along with the release on consoles.

Story

The story of Smalland: Survive the Wilds is set in a post-apocalyptic event called the Cataclysm that wiped out the giants or so-called Humans by the Underdwellers King, King Valdemar. The players take the role of a creature named the ‘Smallfolk or Underdweller’ who was ruled by the giants before the Cataclysm and set out in the Overworld to once reclaim what was theirs.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Smalland: Survive the Wilds is similar to various survival world games out there but it does portray a unique look to a survival world with a tiny body. You can say that it is very much similar to the Grounded video game by XBOX Games but there are only a few things that are similar and other than that, Smalland is a lot more darker.

Yes, there is crafting, building structures, making weapons, fighting enemies, etc. which all are in the Grounded as well but the fact that you get to explore a vast world filled with several types of critters and you get to tame them so you can mount them to reach new locations and heights makes it unique. Whereas, in the Grounded, only a few bugs can be tamed to make them your pets.

As you begin your journey as a Smallfolk taking the role of a Vanguard, a Knight/Explorer, you will get to create your character who will be sent out to the Outworld. During the journey, you will get to collect several materials and meet various NPCs who have also emerged from the Burrows. Craft yourself some new armor and weapons for the journey ahead as you will be encountering a Plethora of Bugs and Insects that will attack you instantly if you engage in a fight with them.

During your journey, you can build a base using the materials to have a safe spot where you can rest to gain certain buffs. The base building in Smalland is quite compelling and the even better feature regarding base building is that your friends can bring their whole base when they join your world/server. It is very helpful and keeps you and your friends focused on the daily tasks without spending time on rebuilding a base.

Apart from the main narrative progression by meeting with certain NPCs throughout the several regions, there are world events that have been added in v1.0 along with various factions that players will be able to join and pursue to unlock more rewards like materials, armor, gear items, and much more.

Sound and Visuals

The sound design of The Smalland: Survive the Wilds is decent and soothing throughout the adventure but one thing that is lacking in such a compelling story for the Smallfolks is the voice narration. There aren’t any spoken dialogues so, the game will only let you read the dialogues off the screen to have an understanding of the lore and information. The visuals of the game are decent and the design of the world and the creatures are nice too which enhances the overall exploration experience.

Verdict – Score 8/10

Smallland: Survive the Wilds is a great survival open-world game, from crafting and building mechanics to taming various creatures that will allow you to traverse the world more efficiently. With the new features added in the v1.0, players will be able to participate in various world events and join various factions. More content is also planned for the game which will be released throughout the year and will provide more features and quality-of-life improvements.

Smalland: Survive the Wilds is now available on PC, PlayStation 5, and XBOX Series X|S.

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