Feather Review (PS4) – Take a Break and Relax

Australian developer Samurai Punk wants you to relax and play their new bird simulator game called Feather. We spent an hour inside their world and are ready to weigh in. Should you take flight with this game, or is it better left out in the wilderness?

Read on to find out

In this age of fast paced games full of gunshots and dead people, or sports game with high pressure situations, or even racing games with folks trying to take you down, sometimes we all need a relaxing break. Developer Samurai Punk wants to give you that break with the sights and sounds of a very relaxing bird simulator called Feather.

Feather Review – Simple Controls

The game opens up as you are coasting through the air as a bird. The controls are basic and require only a short tutorial to learn the ins and outs of the game. Move with the left stick, control the camera with the right stick, R2 to speed up, L2 to slow down, triangle will flip you around and square sends out a quick tweet sound. You can also roll to the left with L1 and to the right with R1, and that is pretty much it. Quick, simple, and easy.

Spread out among the scenery are small portals that you can fly through to change your color, change the tune being played, or teleport to a different area. You can fly through leaves and knock down fruit, dive into the water and maybe catch a fish, fly high up into the sky and then plunge back to the earth. If you hit something too hard, have no fear as the game will quickly back you up to a safe place and allow you to continue on your relaxing journey.

Feather Review – Completionists Dream

For folks that care about trophies or achievements, Feather‘s collection of things to do can be completed within 20 minutes, with most being earned just by playing the game. We use the word game, but really Feather is more of an experience, with no real challenges, just a relaxingly good time.

The graphics for the game aren’t exactly groundbreaking, and the overall download size of the game for the PS4 is only 415mb, so don’t go in expecting lifelike animations or real world imagery. This really is the only area we wish they would have spent more time on.

Feather Review – The Soundtrack is Enlightening

If you really want to relax, the right music is a must and Feather doesn’t disappoint. Developer Samurai Punk picked a great bunch of tunes created by Mitchell Pasmans to set the overall ambience of the game. You’ll have to search around to unlock all of the hidden and unique tunes scattered around the areas.

Feather has a seamless online multiplayer, with crossplay between all platforms, so keep an eye out for other birds flying around. There’s no threat of combat, so you can safely fly by and check them out.

If you are ready to take a break from all the killing, or racing, or fastballs or touchdowns, Feather is a great way to take a load off and just relax. Feather is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $7.99 – a 20% discount. On October 7, the game will return to its original retail price of $9.99.

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Feather review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PS4 Pro. For more information on scoring, please read What our review scores really mean.