“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.” – David Attenborough
Flutter Away is a short and cosy, nature exploration game set in the Amazon rainforest. Players take on the role of a butterfly researcher and can take cute photos, meet animal friends and keep a journal of all the important discoveries! The demo is available during this month’s Steam Next Fest taking place between June 19th and 26th 2023.
Developer: Runaway Play
Released: TBA 2023
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Available on: Steam
Gameplay and Narrative
Flutter Away’s butterfly-researching protagonist is on a camping trip for five days. The game’s demo consists of the first day and evening and will take around 15-20 minutes to complete. The player gets a journal, camera and a stick that can be used to entice butterflies allowing for a closer look. The camera can be used at any time with photos being stored in the journal.
The journal is where all butterfly information and photographs are documented, along with more traditional journal entries, extra photos and goals for each day. Goals for the first day include photographing a waterfall, Setting up camp and sitting to relax for a while. However, players can also do other things such as explore limited areas and photograph and pet animals such as an adorable capybara.
The gameplay has a very casual pace, it offers relaxing activities and exploration and does not present any challenging elements. Simple and intuitive keyboard and mouse controls add to the laid-back feel of the experience and solidify it as a family-friendly title.
Flutter Away has jolly 3D visuals with vibrant colour palettes and atmospheric lighting. The Amazon rainforest makes for a delightful setting for the game and the art style does a lovely job of representing it. The background music is relaxing and serene, making the perfect accompaniment to the experience and the relaxing ambient nature sound effects help bring the colourful jungle setting to life.
Flutter Away’s demo is a short, cosy and promising little snippet of the game to come. It offers a nice overview of the experience, demonstrating the charming visual and audio aspects and the wholesome and enjoyable gameplay wonderfully. I had a lot of fun playing this demo and I’m very much looking forward to the full experience which is due to release later this year.
You can also watch a full playthrough of the demo on the Indie Hive YouTube channel.
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