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The Wild at Heart

The Wild at Heart is an amazing and adorable puzzle adventure game with the mechanisms of Pikmin, but a much more enjoyable story. I love this game and its beautiful artwork. No missable achievements and takes ~15h to 100%.


Approximate amount of time to 100%: Around 15h, might be less when there are more guides
Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: There is a guide for Recipes on the steam guide section. I wish there was for the book entries. I didn’t keep track of them while playing through the game, but that would be an awesome addition to the steam guide section.
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
RNG-achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No

The Wild at Heart is so adorable! You play as wake, a young boy who runs away from home and he learns to control a bunch of very cute Spritelings… did I already said they are cute? It even did hurt to see them dying at first, later on, you get used to it, but ahh they are just so so cute! This game plays a lot like the Pikmin games, it is a puzzle adventure game most of all and you try to save this mysterious hidden realm from the evil that is present during the night.

I have been looking out for this game for months. It started with seeing screenshots of this beautiful-looking game which already made me instantly interested in the game, but the real hype for me started when I learned that it would have this Pikmin-style gameplay. I wish there were so much more games with this mechanism because I love it and you don’t see it that often. Makes me wonder if it is hard to program such a game?

The game didn’t disappoint at all, it was amazing and sometimes challenging. I played this game with breaks in between to be able to come back and find the solution I was stuck on before. The puzzles never were too hard, but you have to think outside the box from time to time. There is an official discord server where there are enough people to help you out in the case someone gets really stuck on a puzzle.

There are puzzles for which it needs to be night, a frequently requested feature and the developers are thinking about adding it is a feature that you can push forward the time to nighttime. This is the only negative thing I encountered in the game, waiting till it is nighttime. And when you’re just waiting on that it feels like it takes forever, while being busy with normal tasks the days in-game fly by, and sometimes you don’t have enough time. So I hope the developers will add this feature in a later update.

None of the achievements in The Wild at Heart are missable, which always is a blessing when developers think about that. Most of the achievements are straightforward, completing the main story, completing side quests, getting all the upgrades, stuff like that. The most challenging one might be to find all the entries for the “Book”, all other items will be marked on your map later on in the game, but those won’t. So keep an eye out for them during your playthrough. At this moment I couldn’t find a guide for them, and I didn’t keep track of them so aren’t able to write it myself, but I hope someone will make a guide where they list them all so you can easily find the missing one. This achievement is still very doable, so don’t worry too much about it and just keep an eye out.

This game was amazing and I’m sad I completed the game. I hope “Moonlight Kids” will keep making such adorable and unique games, looking forward to their work in the future.



This review for The Wild at Heart was written on 24 May 2021, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 29 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.

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