A short hike is an extraordinary game about a bird that goes on a hike through nature. It packs so much exploration into a relatively small package, and pushes itself against the longer quest lists found in larger games. The thought of packing A short hike playing with other players totally goes against the ethos of the game – which is what makes the PC mod A Short Hike 99 so delightfully chaotic.
The idea started as an April Fool’s joke about making the game a “battle royale,” according to developer Adam Robinson-Yu said on Twitter – although the implementation is only intended for “vibing” and not for fighting. According to a tweet in Robinson-Yu’s thread, it’s a “crude mod” that allows you to “see up to 99 other players” while you play.
You can see up to 99 other players
I will keep the server running for 2 weeks
♨️ on Steam you can download it in the Betas tab
This is not a beta, just a mod
I tested this with a maximum of 10 people lol
— adamgryu (@adamgryu) April 1, 2022
The unofficial mod is currently available on itch.io. The page describes how to download and install A Short Hike 99 also on Steam via the Betas tab. The mod won’t be a long-term change, but “a fun experiment,” according to the site. And while Robinson-Yu said the server will be up and running for two weeks, the Itch.io page also notes that “you can download and run your own server if you want”.