I’ve been on quite the cozy game adventure lately. Largely thanks to Disney Dreamlight Valley, I can’t get enough of farming/life sims to sink my teeth into.
And one in particular has really grabbed my attention: Wylde Flowers, released on 20th September on PC and Steam. This starts out like any other: you, a girl from the city, arrives to the countryside to help your grandma restore her run-down farm. And so your first stint in the game is as you’d expect: meet the townspeople, plant some seeds, gather some wood. The usual.
But it doesn’t take long until Wylde Flowers takes an unexpected turn. It seems your grandmother isn’t just the sweet old lady you thought she was: she’s a witch. And, as it turns out, you are too. Huh. And so you haven’t just been summoned to the village to help your ailing grandmother. You’re there to begin your rite of passage to become a witch.
I’ve only just scratched the surface of what Wylde Flowers has to offer, but it’s safe to say I’ll be playing more in the coming days and weeks. The blend of farming, gathering and improving your farm alongside learning spells and bubbling incantations in your cauldron is magical, and it has me excited to see where the game’s narrative is going to go.
Because while you are free to do as you please, there is indeed a story to uncover in the village you find yourself in, and a mystery to uncover. It all helps that Wylde Flowers is so beautifully presented: not only does it look nice, but it plays wonderfully too. And the fact that dialogue is fully voiced really elevates it to the next level. It’s a surprising, but very welcome, addition in a game of this ilk.
I’ll have more to say about Wylde Flowers soon, but for now: if you’re a faming/life sim fan and want something new to play, this really needs to be on your radar. It’s available now on PC via Steam and Switch.