At one point or another, every person has fantasized about flying. It's something that I still think about, but I often get hung up on the logistics. To take my mind off that, I looked at the flying in Laya's Horizon from Built By Snowman. This is a 3D exploration game about flying over lands surrounding a mountain peak. Through the use of a special cape, you're able to glide far and safely while picking up enough speed to stay afloat. How you fly and why you fly are up to you to discover as you play and complete various tasks.
The horizon is appealing because it's always beyond our reach yet always in view. You can see it very clearly in Laya's Horizon and arguably the goal is to make your way there. The game takes place in a small peaceful world surrounding a mountaintop. As such, the people have learned to live and embrace a lifestyle that favours altitude and have created capes that allow them to take advantage of it.
Flying is something very empowering in games even when the game is based around it, but it's all about keeping it special. Laya's Horizon maintains a special feeling throughout the experience. The flying is done in a wonderful way that combines exhilaration with freedom while all the same time having a zen-like feeling. After a short introduction, you're planted on a literal jumping-off point with a full 360-degree view of your surroundings. The moment your feet are in the air, a thrill takes over as you start accelerating over the ground. Whether you're focused on Laya or on your surroundings, the whole flight is stimulating. This also goes for whether you're trying to fly all over or in a straight line since the presentation is both serene and appealing.
The horizon is unattainable so it can be difficult to capture all of its majesty in a game. Laya's Horizon makes a valiant effort but there's only so much that can be done. As such, it can be a very demanding game. Although it doesn't take up too much space, it does require strong processing power. Unless you have the latest phones or a good tablet, you're in for a very laggy time. Everything will stutter forward whenever you do anything and the gameplay will suffer as a result of delayed touchscreen inputs. It may also take a while to get used to the right amount of contact and drag in order to execute all the movements successfully and consistently, but thankfully the game is very forgiving.
Laya's Horizon is a 3D adventure-exploration game about flying over lands around a tall mountain. It captures the grace and excitement of flying with a lovely presentation and engaging controls. All it requires from you is patience and a strong enough device to support all of its wonders as you get a feel for the gameplay. If you manage this, you can join Laya's flight toward the horizon.