The Wandering Village

Posted:  September 13, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
Early Access
Native Linux
Disclaimer:  This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
60 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
6
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Anti-Aliasing: Off

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
10W - 12W
60c - 65c
4 - 4.5 hours

Review

This game was provided to us for free from the Stray Fawn Studios. Thank you!

Ever wanted to start your own farm on the back of a gigantic beast? Well this very specific wish of yours is about to come true with The Wandering Village! In charge of your own colony, you must give orders and create your own sprawling city, all while on the back of a gigantic beast named Onbu. Harvest resources, research, and build to survive unique biomes that Onbu travels through while aiming to not only take care of yourself, but the beast you ride on by maintaining a bond of trust. This could include feeding it, directing where it should go, and even taking care of any parasites that attach to its back. With this unique mechanic adding a new layer, this game is something else and a LOT of fun to play.

Before I get into performance, let me start by saying this is an EARLY ACCESS game. On top of that, the developers also notified me that the game is NOT designed to work well on the Steam Deck yet, but it is something they will be working on before full release. Knowing both of these, the game actually runs quite well on the Steam Deck! Hitting 60 FPS 85% of the time is quite fantastic, and with Cloud Saves, it is a fantastic companion with a desktop computer, though there are a couple things to note.

First, there is no native controller support yet. So just trying to play the game on the regular layout will not work. Luckily, since we had pre-release access, we have uploaded our controller layout, titled "SDHQ Steam Deck V1", so you can use it when the game releases! We changed a couple things in our layout to make tools more accessible with a radial menu on the right trackpad, changing the game speed with the Dpad, and using the back buttons to toggle the HUD and check idle workers. You still will need a cursor, so you can use the right analog stick for general movements, with the right trigger acting as a left click, or the right trackpad, which is better for more precise movements.

WanderingControllerLayout

The other issue would be the framerate drops when loading in your village, the game can slow down for a couple seconds to around 30 - 40 FPS, but then it will shoot right back up to 60. This didn't really affect the gameplay though as it returned to 60 relatively soon after.

The Wandering Village clearly wasn't designed with a Steam Deck in mind, but it plays well and, with the controller layout we made, feels like it fits pretty well. And with the developers acknowledging the Deck and mentioning they will be working on it, this game is a safe bet! The game releases tomorrow at $25, but will have a 10% launch discount at the beginning. Oh, and it appears to also have a native Linux build, just saying!

Screenshots:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

For an early access game with no inclusion of Deck support, The Wandering Village runs fantastic so far!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$22.49
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

This game was provided to us for free from the Stray Fawn Studios. Thank you!

Ever wanted to start your own farm on the back of a gigantic beast? Well this very specific wish of yours is about to come true with The Wandering Village! In charge of your own colony, you must give orders and create your own sprawling city, all while on the back of a gigantic beast named Onbu. Harvest resources, research, and build to survive unique biomes that Onbu travels through while aiming to not only take care of yourself, but the beast you ride on by maintaining a bond of trust. This could include feeding it, directing where it should go, and even taking care of any parasites that attach to its back. With this unique mechanic adding a new layer, this game is something else and a LOT of fun to play.

Before I get into performance, let me start by saying this is an EARLY ACCESS game. On top of that, the developers also notified me that the game is NOT designed to work well on the Steam Deck yet, but it is something they will be working on before full release. Knowing both of these, the game actually runs quite well on the Steam Deck! Hitting 60 FPS 85% of the time is quite fantastic, and with Cloud Saves, it is a fantastic companion with a desktop computer, though there are a couple things to note.

First, there is no native controller support yet. So just trying to play the game on the regular layout will not work. Luckily, since we had pre-release access, we have uploaded our controller layout, titled "SDHQ Steam Deck V1", so you can use it when the game releases! We changed a couple things in our layout to make tools more accessible with a radial menu on the right trackpad, changing the game speed with the Dpad, and using the back buttons to toggle the HUD and check idle workers. You still will need a cursor, so you can use the right analog stick for general movements, with the right trigger acting as a left click, or the right trackpad, which is better for more precise movements.

WanderingControllerLayout

The other issue would be the framerate drops when loading in your village, the game can slow down for a couple seconds to around 30 - 40 FPS, but then it will shoot right back up to 60. This didn't really affect the gameplay though as it returned to 60 relatively soon after.

The Wandering Village clearly wasn't designed with a Steam Deck in mind, but it plays well and, with the controller layout we made, feels like it fits pretty well. And with the developers acknowledging the Deck and mentioning they will be working on it, this game is a safe bet! The game releases tomorrow at $25, but will have a 10% launch discount at the beginning. Oh, and it appears to also have a native Linux build, just saying!

Screenshots:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

For an early access game with no inclusion of Deck support, The Wandering Village runs fantastic so far!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
60 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
6
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Anti-Aliasing: Off

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
10W - 12W
60c - 65c
4 - 4.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$22.49
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

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