Gathering Sky will take you to your happy place

This game is for the birds.

 

Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Published Mar 7, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:57 am CDT

There are a bunch of insane games being shown off at the Game Developers Conference 2015, but the one that was most compelling involved some birds on an iPad.

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Gathering Sky is a new game from A Stranger Gravity, a small studio with only three developers.

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The concept is incredibly simple: Your finger is used to guide a bird around rather serene skies. As you navigate around, you must avoid obstacles, boost through cross currents, and find other birds to join your flock.

It’s not a game that requires you to beat a boss or get a high score. It’s simply just an experience, one that wants you to be engulfed in calmness and lose yourself in a meditative experience.

The art definitely deserves attention. It resembles a painted canvas, and the earth below incorporates oils to give it a brushed look. The beautiful score by composer Dren McDonald, who’s worked on projects such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Transformers: Age of Extinction, fills your ears with whimsy. The liberal use of woodwind coupled with an upbeat alto and bass section only adds to the experience.

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Gathering Sky is aiming to release this April for Steam on PC, Mac, and Linux as well as iOS and Android.

Screengrab via Gathering Sky

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*First Published: Mar 7, 2015, 7:54 pm CST