Peaks of Yore is a tense, stylish and inventive first person rock climbing game where you take control of a 19th century climber as he scales challenging peaks.
In Peaks of Yore you go on a peak-bagging adventure as you visit a picturesque 19th century countryside and attempt to use your rock climbing skills to clamber up a variety of challenging peaks. In the current build you have a little hotel room that serves as your base of operations, from where you can venture out and attempt to scale four increasingly challenging summits.
The climbing in Peaks of Yore is much more involved than the likes of Uncharted or Tomb Raider. You can grab with each hand independently using the left and right mouse buttons, you can swing yourself with WASD and you can pull yourself up a little with the spacebar. You must attempt to swing, pull and grab your way along the various hand-holds as you scale up each rockface.
Things start off fairly easily, but as you progress the peaks get higher and the obstacles more challenging. For instance, in the fourth peak you’ll have to deal with angry birds that will peck you off your ledge if you disturb them. Later on you’ll also unlock some anchoring rope that can save you from a big fall, but you only have a limited number of ropes so you have to be careful where to use them.
Even in its current form Peaks of Yore is a very polished experience with a fantastic visual style, beautiful scenery and great presentation. It’s clear a lot of work has gone into perfecting the excellent rock climbing mechanics and into making each summit feel unique and challenging. There’s a real sense of peril as you clamber for each hand-hold and some beautiful (and terrifying) views when you look down. Highly recommended.