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The Stillness of the Wind, a farming sim meditation on life and loss, is now on Steam
By Andy Chalk 3 days ago

The minimalist farming sim promises an intriguing narrative twist.


The Stillness of the Wind is a "minimalist, melancholy farming sim about a goat-herding grandma," as Austin put it last year, that follows on Where the Goats Are, also a minimalist, melancholy farming sim, but about a different goat-herding grandma. It tells the story of Talma, who in her final years tends her small homestead as she always has, living a simple, solitary way of life.

"Breed and look after your goats, make cheese from their milk, grow vegetables, water your plants, collect eggs, scare off the birds. Itís a hard but simple life of peaceful subsistence," the Steam listing says. "Trade cheese and other items in return for hay for your goats, seeds to plant, fables, exotic items and shotgun shells, whilst exchanging conversation with the travelling merchant, your only human interaction."

The farming sim elements are very similar to Where the Goats Are, but it's the underlying narrative that makes The Stillness of the Wind intriguing. Talma's village has slowly shrunk over the years, as the people left, one by one, for life in the city. Now only she remains, subsisting in a lonely lifeóbut the "increasingly disturbing" letters she receives from her far-away family suggest that not all is well in their new lives.

Solo developer Coyan Cardenas, aka Memory of God, said last year that The Stillness of the Wind will expand on the concepts established in Where the Goats are, and there does seem to be a more overt narrative effort on display here. "Nostalgia, a sense of loss and home are the main themes running throughout the narrative of the game. Itís my hope that players develop a meta-nostalgia for how things wereóa kind of literal manifestation of 'golden memories'," Cardenas said. "For me, The Stillness of the Wind is about developing a more connected sense of ourselves."

The Stillness of the Wind is available now on Steam for $11/£8.50/Ä9ó15 percent off the regular priceóuntil February 14.