A Short Hike was one of PC Gaming’s hidden gems of 2019, a relaxing indie about a bird that wanders/slides/swims through a beautiful big park to find all sorts of pretty things as it goes. A super cool exploration and adventure game with a few puzzles to solve and all sorts of collectibles to collect.
Yes, it may sound like a joke, but it’s not. It lets you see what other players are doing around Hawk Peak. It’s a bit of a Dark Souls thing, I guess: they’re like ghosts in separate worlds. The island state is not synced between players, so NPCs, items, and the like are different on everyone’s screen. Only the players are the same.
It won’t be supported forever, as it’s just an experiment from developer Adam Robinson-Yu. So I recommend you check it out while it’s available and the servers are up and running during this limited time. That said, you could host your own server in the future for whatever reason, but it will require some technical know-how.
You can find A Short Hike 99 on itch.io, along with instructions on how to install it if you’re using itch, GOG, or Epic. If you’re on Steam, you can use the Betas feature to switch to a branch called “ashorthike99_mod”. To do this, right-click on the game, go to “Properties”, click on “Betas” on the right side and use the drop-down menu to select the mod.