Wayfinder 4+

Reveal poems hidden in nature

National Film Board of Canada – Office national du film du Canada

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 39 Ratings
    • Free



WAYFINDER is a generative art game that takes the user on a contemplative cause-and-effect journey with nature. Symbolizing the give-and-take relationship humans have with the natural world, users move a mystical character through forest, grasslands and tundra in search of poetic tokens dotting the landscape. When activated, they reveal words hidden in the wind, breathing new life into the nearby flora and fauna. Flowers grow at the character’s feet, leaves bloom on the bare trees, birds and butterflies emerge. As the user continues on their journey, these uncovered words combine into verse, expressing our eternal need to capture nature’s fleeting moments in poetry.

Each experience of WAYFINDER is as unique and ephemeral as the natural world itself. The visual assets are assembled procedurally and delivered in real-time. The lines of poetry are created with a mix of artificial intelligence, machine learning and generative processes, providing thousands of possible combinations. As such, Wayfinder is an ever-changing, emergent artwork with infinite possibilities.

Blurring the line between video game, animated short and interactive poem, WAYFINDER is produced by the NFB and the latest project by artist and creative coder Matt DesLauriers.

Compatibility issues might occur on older iPad devices updated to OS 15.1.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

New teaser

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

PeachesRkewl ,

Amazing, room for improvement

This game is so relaxing! It has beautiful artwork and a very soothing atmosphere! I loved creating my own poems, and there were cute animals to top it off! The only problem I had with it is that it was very short and easily beaten. To fix this, maybe a list of things to see and check off as you were playing the game would help? Like extra achievements? For example, you could look for a squirrel burying a nut, or 3 flowering bushes. It would definitely have helped me play the game longer. Other than that, this game was amazing and I would recommend it as a way to de-stress and relax.

Whoever Stole My Nickname ,

Simple but nice

This game is great if you just want to play something quick and easy! With that said, it would be beneficial to add a little more to the game. Something like how we were chosen to fix up the the place or maybe the reason to why we need to fixed the place up with our poems. Another suggestion would be to add dialogue between the character we’re playing as and their reactions are to their surroundings. Again, it’s just a suggestion, I don’t have any bad intent by saying these things, it really is a nice and relaxing game, I love the calming atmosphere and the simplistic look of not just the character we are playing as, but also the simplicity of the background elements!

CodaC2010 ,

Wish there was more

This is a very pretty mobile game, probably the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time, and I was really getting into it and expecting to be moving on to a new area when the game just ended. I got through this in like 20 minutes (I thought I was in a tutorial area, so I definitely wasn’t expecting it to just end), which is disappointing, but my want for more does speak to how much fun I had with this while it lasted and how much I enjoyed just looking at it. My only complaint really is that I just wish it was longer and there was more game to enjoy.

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