We were thrilled with the beauty and unique gameplay of Okomotive’s Far games. Far: Lone Sails introduced the idea of crafting a ship of questionable quality as it navigates its way through a mysterious landscape, and Far: Changing Tides has continued those fundamentals with some fun new twists.
Changing Tides focuses on a sea vessel that gradually gains new components and features as the player encounters new obstacles. Particularly fittingly to emphasize the game’s distinctiveness, the game’s creators teamed up with Aaron Newman, a professional LEGO construction artist, to create a custom LEGO set of the ship seen in the game. Newman was a competitor to the season 1 of LEGO Masters USA and has since become a product designer within the LEGO Group, although it’s important to note that this particular build was completed before he started this new gig.
I was fortunate enough to receive the unbuilt parts for the ship, along with cleverly presented instructions from Newman, and over the course of several days was able to assemble the ship. As a LEGO enthusiast myself, I felt the build itself was a lot of fun, offering a variety of interesting mechanical elements, like a lit furnace to burn fuel, as well as a mast and sails who could go up and down. Additionally, the build was filled with clever asymmetrical elements, reflecting the somewhat dilapidated nature of the ship as it appears in-game.
In the final completed build, one side of the ship shows off an incredibly detailed exterior, while on the other side a viewer can peek inside to see interior hallways, stairways, and other features. , just like players in the game can. To do. A removable display allows different ways to present the piece. There is even a scale model of the little character from the game. The construction included more than 1200 bricks.
“While all the design work was done by hand for a few weeks – in terms of hours, I couldn’t say for sure – I used digital building software called Stud.io by Bricklink to replicate the model digitally, and used that digital model to craft the step-by-step building instructions,” Newman told me about the process he used to create the ship.
To celebrate the beautiful custom LEGO set, I recorded the entire hours-long process of building it using a time-lapse effect, and fellow video editor Alex Van Aken was kind enough to stitch together the multiple videos and add music. which pays homage to the original game in the series. Watch the completed video above. Feel free to skip to the end of the video if you just prefer to see some pans over the full version.
Many thanks to Aaron Newman for the hours of entertainment. If the unique nature of this LEGO version of the ship piques your interest, feel free to pick up a copy of Far: Changing the Tides. It’s a good time, even without any LEGO-related shenanigans. The game is now available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC (Epic Games Store and Steam).