Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is the educational driven game that is available on PC & Apple Arcade. At first glance the game seems sweet and intriguing to investigate just what it was all about.
Needless to say, Alba is a grand game to introduce to a child and even one that has taught me a thing or two.
The Story of Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
The moral of the story is that even small things can make the biggest of impact. In regards to this title, Alba (a young child) is visiting her grandparents for a few days on a tropical island. She (as well as the islands community) finds out that the nature reserve is to be demolished and turned into a luxury hotel. It has been revealed that the nature reserve is in a depressing state after an unfortunate fire.
Thanks to their love for nature and the animals that come to the island, the two young friends decide to save the nature reserve. The game really picks up at this point as then the player is tasked to achieve 50 signatures for their petition to stop production.
A sweet story and one that is likely to not take too long to achieve, which is perfect for young players.
Simple Gameplay That A Child Can Master
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure can be controlled with a Bluetooth controller or touch controls, both work fine with no issues. The core gameplay is to raise awareness of the decline of the environment by carrying out various tasks. Once the tasks are completed, the chances of a signature is increased.
Tasks include, healing sick animals, picking up/recycling litter and fixing local featured such as benches and bird houses. There’s no complications with carrying out these tasks as they’re achieved with a press of a button.
The other appeal for Alba is the exploration and recording down the local animals into the scrapbook. In order to discover the wildlife Alba must take a picture through her mobile phone. Which is easy for a gamer but could be difficult for an inexperienced child to carry out.
I like the gameplay and the controls for this title as it is incredibly easy to understand and to use. Not only is the game relaxing to the highest extent, it’s also educational too. For example, since playing I have discovered the variety of tits within the island and the sounds they make.
Alba’s Soundtrack & Visuals
With Alba’s game, the soundtrack and visuals are adorable, full of life and colours. The island is compact but beautiful and there’s surprisingly alot to explore.
By no means is the graphics an award winning design but it’s more than needed to keep ones eyes busy and engaged. The best way to describe the visuals is that it’s comparable to a child’s book that can be found in a nursery setting. Harkens back to when I used to work in one myself.
In regards to the soundtrack it’s chilling and fits the tropical atmosphere perfectly. However, it seems that the soundtrack doesn’t play throughout the whole adventure, fading in and out sporadically. Perhaps this is only due to being near a radio itself. But the continuation of the music would help when walking from one side of the island to the other. Although this is a minor grip as I’ll explain why the music isn’t needed throughout the whole game.
Soundtrack aside, the audio from other sources is limited but surprisingly adds to the one with nature vibes. When walking through the island, when no music is playing, the player can really hear each part of nature. Whether it’s from animal sounds, footsteps from the terrain or the wind itself, it’s incredibly zen.
Beyond The Game
One fantastic aspect of this game is how it is actually helping to recover the environment. With every download/ purchase of Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, the team behind the game and Ecologi shall plant one actual tree in Alba’s forest. Not only that, the team behind Ecologi also help to restore animal habitats. If you’d like to learn more specifically about Alba’s forest, click here!
The team at ustwo games are also working on other adventures of their own, such as Playing For The Planet. More info can be found on the game and the teams efforts here.
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