Naval Proficiency

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Windward โ€ข Defeat 5 pirates

I just felt like playing something a bit different today, and Windward was one of the few titles in my Steam library that I hadn’t quite gotten around to experimenting with beyond a few minutes when I originally installed it. What I like about this game is mainly its simplicity – click and hold your mouse button (or WASD) to control your ship, engage a few pirates with the most basic of controls, capture island townships and forts by simply sitting next to them – the design of this game is quaint, but equally brilliant.

The other aspect that appeals to me is its similarity (albeit not as dark) to Sunless Sea. I developed a strange kind of infatuation with that game during a free-to-play weekend, so much so that I never uninstalled it from my computer, but instead left its expired husk as a reminder to buy the game’s licence when it reduced in price on Steam.

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Naturally, I’ve bought Sunless Sea now, but while I’m working on games that might not have gotten as much attention from my Steam library as I once thought, it seems appropriate to give this one the benefit of the doubt and spend some time with it to see what sticks.

So far, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a good little naval game with the flavour of combat that feels right for a casual experience. I can’t sea(!) a swell(!) of people rushing out to play this, but for those people who already have their hooks(!) into it – I’m sure it’s not going to be thrown overboard(!).

OK, I admit. I really struggled with that last pun.

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