‘FAR: Lone Sails’ Released for iPhone and iPad

Already available across a variety of platforms since May 2018, Okomotive and Mixtvision’s award-winning FAR: Lone Sails game has finally made its way to iPhone and iPad.

Described as an “atmospheric vehicle adventure”, FAR: Lone Sails is a beautiful but solitary game that has you maintaining, upgrading, and refueling a strange and rickety landship as your character makes her way across an abandoned post-apocalyptic landscape:

Under cloud-strewn skies, the player travels across a seemingly endless dried-up sea, littered with the remains of a once vibrant seafaring civilization. The game’s world is largely devoid of life, yet filled with places to explore and history to discover.

What once was the bottom of an ocean, has turned into a graveyard for submarines and super tankers. Once bustling island settlements have decayed into hilltop ruins. What secrets do they hold? And more importantly… is there any salvage to be found?!

While the greater goal of the journey remains to be uncovered by the player, urgent short-term necessities call for immediate action. The train-like vehicle needs to be fueled, maintained and upgraded to master the challenges that lie ahead…

You can board and disembark from this craft at will, and whenever you’re inside it…well, here’s a great description written by Edwin Evans-Thirlwell (what a cool name!) of Eurogamer back when the game was first released on PC and Mac:

The girl, however, does not do the journeying herself. She lives inside and operates a beautiful two-wheeled landship, its wooden frame peeling away when you board to reveal a dollhouse universe of cylinders and dials, swaying lanterns and pipes joined up by fat red buttons.

The landship is an immediate delight to interact with, from the way its engine backfires apoplectically to the sails that sprout like bullet-holed rabbit ears from its hull, allowing you to save precious fuel when the wind is at your back. It’s also something of a pain in the ***, and all the more endearing for it. The vessel’s tank only has enough fuel for a moment or so of forward movement, obliging frequent trips to the stern to load another crate into the incinerator, and you’ll need to vent steam regularly to stop things bursting or catching fire.

The landship is something of a character in and of itself, and one you develop a symbiotic relationship with throughout the game. And you’re not just dealing with things breaking on the ship as you go; you also have to contend with hazardous obstacles and weather patterns — and even then, the game is relatively easygoing to play.

FAR: Lone Sails is just $4 on the iOS App Store and I highly recommend it. It’s a real gem.