A Highland Song is a narrative rhythm game about traversing the Scottish hills


The indie studio behind 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault, inkle studios, has revealed the first look at its upcoming game: A Highland Song

Described as “a narrative adventure with elements of rhythm and survival”, A Highland Song follows teenager Moira McKinnon as she flees through the Scottish hills in a bid to reach the sea. both well-worn trails and newly discovered roads, but wherever the land has a story to tell.

Climbing through rocky landscapes and mist-shrouded peaks is no small feat. But to help motivate you in this tricky task, rhythm action sequences see gameplay paired with the music of award-winning Scottish folk bands from Talisk and fourth moon.

You can take a look at the first trailer below. Just make sure you have these headphones to enjoy the sumptuous music as well.

Beautiful has become an expected adjective for inkle releases, and A Highland Song is no exception. The game will see McKinnon running, jumping, and climbing in hand-drawn animations, all against stunning painted backgrounds. The side-scrolling world promises rich detail, with “echoes, secrets and songs” to be discovered.

“Moira McKinnon has never seen the sea,” reads the official text. “For fifteen years she lived with her mother in a small house on the edge of the Scottish Highlands – then one day she received a letter from her uncle Hamish urging her to come to the coast. If she manages to reach her beacon for the solstice, a wonderful surprise will await her…”

The journey isn’t a one-time affair, however, as it looks like roguelite or procedural elements may come into play. The trailer’s description warns players to “be prepared to take the journey more than once, for one trip is not enough to uncover the deepest secrets of the Highlands”.

A Highland Song is in development for PC and Nintendo Switch.

Henry Stenhouse is serving an eternal sentence as associate editor of AllGamers. He spent his youth studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a doctorate in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love for Super Smash Bros. by email to [email protected], or catch it on Twitter.


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