Every thought of "I'll just give it five more minutes" turned into, "Wait, where did that last hour go?"
- Kate Cox, Kotaku
I can imagine this game opening up under continued exploration to be one of those all-encompassing experiences that you can’t help sinking an unhealthy tract of time into.
- Jim Rossignol, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
A Valley Without Wind might be the place you’re looking for if you need to escape the same dreary titles.
- Rob Manuel, G4TV
A Valley Without Wind is a pure-brew indie game – it’s tonally retro, it’s antagonistic in its determination to be different and challenging in the extreme. It’s a bottomless pit of potential, just waiting for the mind-boggled to stumble their way in.
- Will Porter, Hookshot Inc.
As someone who usually avoids both platform games and action RPGs, the fact that I’ve spend a significant amount of time playing the beta of A Valley Without Wind should speak volumes of its unique blend, and the importance of procedurally generated content for unpredictability. It is a monstrous game with features you usually don’t see combined, but as you ease into the mechanics, A Valley Without Wind delivers a great mixture of platforming, role playing, and strategy.
- James Allen, Out of Eight
This indie title is imbued with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.
- Dan Crabtree, ars technica
But really, at the heart of what A Valley Without Wind is about, at least for me, is exploration and it does it phenomenally.
- Geoff Gibson, DIYGamer
The thing that struck me first about A Valley Without Wind is that it is absolutely vast. This is a game that you can sink hours and hours into, and still feel as though you’ve only started.
- Amy Nelson, Brutal Gamer
Several times a day they've got new updates, and it's not just one or two things... Half the time I'm even messing with the game, I'm actually reading everything that's changed...and there's so much they're planning to put in, there's so much they're tweaking. It's really interesting to be in at the ground floor.
- Quick Save Podcast
This game has enough promise to fill the entire internet.
- Tom Auxier, Nightmare Mode
The multi-faceted gameplay elements are all somewhat familiar on their own, but the genres have never been blended like they have here.
- Anthony Karge, Try Indie
A Valley Without Wind delivers a very addicting experience which is sure to capture the gaming industry by surprise. It might not be perfect, but it sure as [heck] belongs on some of the best titles to be released this year on PC, consoles or anywhere. It's just that good.
When the player asks, “Where do I go?” Games like A Valley Without Wind respond by saying “Anywhere.”
- Max Mallory, GameZombie.tv
Those looking for a challenging scroller...and endless gameplay have found their game.
- Tym Kaywork, Platform Nation
If you like games that will constantly surprise you, games that aren't cookie cutter and hearken back to yesteryear, A Valley Without Wind is your escape.
- Dustin Orgill, Digital Hippos
I've chosen my character. I'm standing in a desolate and destroyed future. The world has been pieced together as best it can, though things just aren't right: strange robots and monsters meld with a decidedly fantasy setting. Retro music swells up with an infectious beat. My first action is to jump. Nostalgic memories come flooding back. It feels so good.
- Jamie Dalzell, Games On Net
AVWW has a surprising amount of tactical depth in its combat... It’s much more involving than simply firing a spell at an enemy, and creates yet another wrinkle to AVWW’s already heavily nuanced gameplay.
- Zach Martin, PikiGeek
A Valley without Wind by Arcen Games is what happens when you try to make a Super Nintendo game today. A super polished limitless 2D metroidVania adventure game.
- Nick Bristow, Thrifty Nerd
Crucially, though, A Valley Without Wind is challenging without being punishing. It features what Arcen Games are calling “permadeath but not perma-[doomed].”
- Patrick Lindsey, Beefjack
There is no digging to move forward either. The world is yours to explore and deal with as you wish and it gives you plenty of options on how to achieve your goal
It was really great finding out about this game...because it’s one that defies genre typing, and really is something to see for oneself. You just might be surprised, especially if you’re a huge strategy fan, and that's a good thing.
- Christina Gonzalez, RTSGuru
A Valley Without Wind is one of the most unique platformers I’ve ever played... The developer, Arcen Games, has custom plucked some of the best mechanics that have arose in the last decade and created an end product that is as much fun to play as it is to look at – and believe me, AVVW’s painterly aesthetic can be downright gorgeous
- Christopher Coke, Vagary.tv
I can’t explain why this game is fun, only that it’s fun.
- Alex Ward, Armless Octopus
The first thing that impressed me about AVWW was the soundtrack... While music is rarely a large part of what makes a game, AVWW gets an outstanding in this department.
- Alasdair Preston, DarkZero
Besides containing one of the best titles in recent memory, Arcen Game's A Valley Without Wind is, perhaps, one of the most ambitious titles I've ever played.
- Andrew Whipple III, Gamer's Guide to Life
It’s good. Really good. Not good-for-an-indie-title good; I mean good like candidate for game-of-the-year good. Like, this is good enough to stand up to any AAA title that has or will come out this year.
- Bill Whorton, Indie Game Reviewer
The throwback graphics and music are really a treat for old-school gamers; I often had the tunes stuck in my head long after exiting the game.
- Brandon Schmidt, The Indie Mine
As you get deeper into the game, it becomes more than a platformer.
- Michelle Ealey, Groovy Gamer
If there was one word to describe this amazing game of A Valley Without Wind, it would be "everything". The game is so many things at once.
- Gaming in Public
I found myself getting more and more intrigued as I spent time with this game.
- The Whitest of Rice
AVWW pulled me in from the beginning and hasn’t let go. I can’t remember the last time I was so caught up in a virtual environment.
- Jeff Ortloff, Just Press Start
A Valley Without Wind is one of the most unique games I have ever played. It’s ability to combine excellent navigation and combat coupled with unrivaled levels of exploration in a 2D environment make it incredibly entertaining and a spectacle to behold.
- Gideon Kane, Bag of Games
If it's this intriguing now, I can’t wait to see what the game looks like in a few months or years.
- Pete Davison, I'm Not Doctor Who
A Valley Without Wind is unprecedented. Unbelievable. Inexplicable, even... Genres seemingly meant nothing to Arcen Games, and with free rein to experiment, the creators of AI War have crafted something rather wonderful.
- Jonathan Lester, DealSpwn
I went into A Valley Without Wind expecting to find a throwback to the old days of 16-bit era side-scrollers. I wound up with something much more than that. Arcen Games has crafted an immersive action game that mashes up several elements of other genres.
- Ozzie Mejia, Indie Games Channel
The custom art style and visual effects are well polished, and Valley looks fantastic even on low-end machines.
- Briley Kenney, The Tech Labs
On the whole, it's an amazing, genre-blending, noticeably polished game that is quite likely to suck up hours of your time.
- Play This Thing
It’s a project whose ambition is clear and a game which offers an awful lot of scope for playing ‘your way’.
- Peter Parrish, incgamers
After twelve hours of play – a time in which I could have played out most other modern games at least twice – I barely scratched the surface of what this game has to offer in terms of content.
- Adam Ames, True PC Gaming