The Unfinished Swan has splattered itself on to PC and iOS platforms in a surprise release yesterday. It is available on Steam and the Epic Games Store for $14.99, and on the App Store for $4.99.
This follows in the footsteps of another former PlayStation exclusive Journey, which gained developmental help from Sony Santa Monica. Annapurna Interactive picked up the publishing rights for both and made The Unfinished Swan available to PC and iOS owners today (thanks Gematsu). You can currently get the game 10% off on Steam and the Epic Games Store until September 24.
The Giant Sparrow developed title has you play as a 10-year-old orphan who steps into a storybook-inspired kingdom. His tool is paint, and his environment is full of white objects. To clear a path or to solve a puzzle, he has to use his paint brush to make the blank setting come to life with color. Only then will he see the path in front of him. The kid can also throw paint blobs towards the environment to make an object move. For those who have played What Remains of Edith Finch, you may recognize this story is based on one of the Finch children. That’s not a good sign…
Annapurna Interactive is telling Steam users that they at least need Windows 7, an Intel Core i5-2400 processor, 4GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 (1GB) or AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1GB), and 8GB of storage. That’s pretty lofty, considering this was originally on the PlayStation 3 in 2012. It is also available on the PS4 and PlayStation Vita.
When it initially released, The Unfinished Swan had a good reception from critics with a 79 MetaCritic score. It also won a few awards from BAFTA, including Best Debut Game, Best Original Music, and Game Innovation.
The Unfinished Swan seems like a beautiful game with an emotionally gripping story, interesting puzzle mechanics, and a unique art style. However, the experience feels extremely claustrophobic as you paint your way through the level, sometimes making the game hard to enjoy. With the excellent What Remains of Edith Finch in mind, perhaps it’s worth another play-through, however.
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