Woven is a wollen world of wonder that puts you on an adventure with Stuffy and Glitch and the wonderfully voiced narrator that speaks in rhyme and sets you on your path to discover more about where the metal firefly Glitch is from, try to recover his memory and find where all of Stuffy’s friends have gone.
Woven is a quite linear story based adventure game with a lot of charm, You play as Stuffy an elephant that can be customised with blueprints to give Stuffy different abilities or simply just to change how he looks. His helper is Glitch, a metal firefly who fell from the sky and lost all memory of his past. He is the key to helping you stitch new parts onto Stuffy and help him discover new things and overcome tasks he otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.
The customizable blueprint system is perfect as it gives you a reason to collect as many as the cosmetic materials as possible for Stuffy so you can make him look however you want, however the blueprints that you play a small mini game to collect contain different body parts that do different things, the elephant legs that you start with have the ability to stomp then you unlock ones capable of jumping.
Glitch also has his uses while you can’t customise him, he connects to the machines, scans materials and can light up caves too as a collectible. The combination of Glitch and Stuffy feels seamless along side the commentary of the narrator it all connects wonderfully together.
The only thing that bothers me is the occasional camera problems after a cutscene, it’s nothing game breaking but this is the only issue I have with this beautifully crafted game. Everything within woven is well made, thought out and honestly is totally worth replaying more than once. It’s a joyful experience even if it looks like it’s aimed at a younger audience it’s still enjoyable regardless of age.
With the blueprint system that is in place you might think that running backwards and forwards would get aggravating but the developers thought ahead and have machines to stitch Stuffy up all over making it much more calming to play. Speaking of being calm, the music in woven is unbelievably fitting for the scenery throughout the game, the music isn’t too bland and it’s not too childish so it’s easily enjoyed by everyone much like the game itself.
The visuals of this game is what makes it stand out, while there have been wollen style games created there’s been nothing quite like Woven where everything is knit yet still looks incredible even down to the lighting inside caves and when the day changes to night.
A copy of the game was provided for this review by the developer/publisher