We all love a good action game, one where you get to be the hero who defeats an evil monster or perhaps a killing-machine with an arsenal of weapons or special techniques. Aery games, however, put you in a position where it's all about finding a state of peace, with no complex mechanics nor fearsome foes. How do you feel about a relaxing journey beyond time?
The Third Game in a Couple of Years
2019 is the year the first game in this saga debuted. Aery: Little Bird Adventure started as an indie game about becoming a bird and flying over several majestic, dream-like scenarios, but the narrative—centered around destiny and freedom—was so compelling that it became way more than just a bird simulator. Then, in 2020 we got Aery: Sky Castle, a game that follows the exact same premise but features more detailed graphics and a little longer story. Only a few months later, it's time for Aery: A Journey Beyond Time, the third installment in this franchise and, for us, the best game so far.
This is Our History
In A Journey Beyond Time, you play as a god-like bird that has been alive throughout all our existence. In the first level, we start in the Void that was before the world came to exist, and then, it's a level-by-level review of universal history.
To advance to the next level, you need to fly around collecting feathers, and with every new feather you find, you unlock a new piece of the narrative. There are 12 total levels, so just like the ones before it, A Journey Beyond Time could be considered a short game that you can finish in under an hour. Regardless, it's not about how many hours you can dedicate to it but how much peace it brings to you.
Don't come expecting detailed history lessons, but just going by the name of some of the available levels, you can get an idea of what you will find: "First Islands," "The Wild West," "Cities & Constructions," "War"... oh, and the final chapter is called "Empty Space," so it's about time to accept our destiny and come to terms with it.
Aery: A Journey Beyond Time is not a game for everyone, but we definitely recommend it to those who love indie narrative games. It's also perfect for people who don't have several hours to dedicate to a longer, more complex adventure or even those who don't like conventional video games. After all, all you need to do is move the joysticks to adjust the bird's automatic route; nothing else.
While we think it's better played on a Nintendo Switch during a short bus trip or while you wait for someone and have nothing to do, Aery: A Journey Beyond Time is also available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.