The opening screen of The Little Ship has a poignant message: “Sometimes beautiful things can pause your journey.”

This is partly a tutorial – hitting W brings a breeze to push along your little boat and clear anything in your path. But it also serves as a neat hint about enjoying the journey of the game. If the pause is for something beautiful, it doesn’t have to end right away.

The Little Ship

A Quiet Trip

In this way, The Little Ship creates a tiny odyssey; a trip that becomes a gentle waltz as the music plays and the wind and waves propel you forward. Switching between hot, sunny days and moonlit nights gives the impression of a long, drawn out adventure – but a calm one with much to enjoy along the way.

The Little Ship is available to download for free on itch.io.


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Jay Castello

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Jay is a freelance games writer specialising in intersectional feminist critique, how to improve games and use them to improve the world, and cute dogs. She loves inhabiting digital spaces in all their forms, and being constantly surprised by just how weird and wonderful games can be.
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