Seasons after Fall could be the next Ori and the Blind Forest if the little game manages to get traction from all of those famous Twitch streamers and Youtubers out there. For now, it’s an obscure indie puzzle platformer sitting in the Steam store, waiting to be picked and played by the right people. It was made by indie studio Swing Swing Submarine, the name behind little hits like Blocks that Matter and Tetrobot and Co. Visually speaking, this little adventure brings forth some magically vibrant colors with beautiful backgrounds and a cute main character willing to explore a land embroidered with nature and magic.
When you start your Seasons after Fall adventure you realize you will be playing a wild fox chosen by a higher force to change the world! You will go on an incredible journey and use your powers for good, manipulating a 2D world to your advantage at every step of the way.
The beauty of this adventure is that you have the powers of nature at your fingertips (in this case, your little red foxy paws) and you can switch seasons as you see fit. You will have to use this power bestowed upon you strategically, because each season has its own changes that will help you change your environment, modify fauna and flora and disclose hidden paths. You can make plants grow and wither, rivers raise water level or freeze over while you are out looking for the Guardians. In order to save the forest of Seasons after Fall, you must explore and find the four Guardians – the Summer Cicada, Spring’s Eel, Autumn’s Crane and Winter’s Bear –, strange totemic spirits and protectors of the land. Will they be your friends or prove to be enemies?
My experience with the game was a very pleasant one, as the hand-drawn backgrounds and characters give the whole indie concept a sweet homely feel that keeps you engaged. The gameplay is reminiscent of that of Ori and the Blind Forest, where it retains most of the puzzle elements and some of the eerily beautiful setting while cutting back on the attack/boss fight checks aspect.
The controls are pretty easy to understand and if you don’t love simple puzzle games with a platformer aspect, you may get bored of it pretty fast. But not every game has to be adrenaline-filled and Seasons after Fall manages to tell a nice story with no real evil characters and violent interactions. If you love pretty, simple puzzle platformer games, there is a high chance you will fall in love with this little obscure gem.
You can play Seasons after Fall on basically any medium-build Windows PC, and you can easily finish it in a few hours or you can pace yourself for multiple sessions. The game offers 21 Steam achievements and you can try discovering its magical world with a Steam controller thanks to the full controller support. If you feel like the little protagonist fox could make your gaming journey more pleasant, give the little game a second look on Steam. Seasons after Fall costs 15$ full price, but you will be able to find it on sale during special events too!