Murasaki Baby PlayStation Vita

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Jan 7, 2015
    90
    This might not be something that I go back to often, but it’s left me satisfied in a way that not many games do.
  2. 90
    What we have here is a darkly beautiful and emotionally-challenging experience, rather than a game, and completely and utterly essential from a transcendent games as art point of view.
  3. Sep 16, 2014
    90
    Every Vita owner needs to experience Murasaki Baby. By creating a personal and engaging story, all while wrapping it in a hypnotically original art design, Ovosonico have gone where most other developers fear to tread.
  4. Sep 16, 2014
    90
    Murasaki Baby is one of those games that you’ll either end up loving, or you’ll think it’s just another one of those weird for the sake of being weird games.
  5. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    Murasaki Baby is a short-yet-sweet adventure into what can only be described as a child's nightmares. Although scares and frights are ahead for Baby, a fantastic escape into a bizarre world that will stay on your mind long after it ends awaits for you.
  6. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    The game works as a limited experience, something novel and adorable and emotional, and it knows not to be anything more. For what it is, it's perfect(ly morbid).
  7. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Truly unique in the Vita catalogue, Murasaki Baby is again proof of how a game can really be a piece of art on its own. We can argue about why the developers haven't given us the chance of using a button scheme instead the touch controls, but that will detract us from the short but deep experience that is guide the little Baby and her balloon through a world of dreams and macabre.
  8. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Murasaki Baby is a game unlike any other and anyone wanting a different non-traditional gaming experience should diffidently give it a go. Some games are all about the grind, yet others are all about telling a deep story.
  9. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Conspicuous in style, literal in primary objective, and contentious in an exclusive platform, Murasaki Baby commands attention across myriad of dimensions. It executes its heartfelt intentions with a confident nonchalance, wondering why other games need to scream when a careful whisper will do.
  10. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Above all, Murasaki Baby encourages experimentation and in doing so manages to recall some of the daunting wonder of early childhood. However, unlike those hazy childhood years, it remains fixed in your mind long after it's done.
  11. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Murasaki Baby is a beautiful, dark, and emotionally powerful experience that makes wonderful use of the Vita’s strengths.
  12. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Murasaki Baby plays on parental instincts and our natural desire to protect the weak. A skin-crawlingly tense tour of a twisted imagination.
  13. Sep 17, 2014
    79
    It may have been "better" with a button-based control scheme, but then it would not have been as unique as it is.
  14. Sep 17, 2014
    79
    A short but fascinating experience, with a strong personality and a nice artistic direction. But it feels like its nice ideas are underused and in the end something's lacking.
  15. Sep 24, 2014
    75
    It's a bit short and the controls are at times quite clumsy, but that doesn't keep this visually unique and overall intriguing platforming experience from being highly recommendable.
  16. Sep 23, 2014
    75
    The adventure is quite short and there are some minor issues with the control scheme. Still, Murasaki Baby is visually charming, and in the end a great example of game design.
  17. Sep 19, 2014
    75
    Murasaki Baby is a game that offers adventure, platforming and puzzles so a girl can reunite again with her dear mother. If you like games that give you 'something else' and you dream about Tim Burton's next movie, this could be your game. A nice beginning for Ovosonico's people.
  18. Sep 17, 2014
    75
    A disturbing yet addictive puzzle-adventure that pushes all the hardware tricks that owns PS Vita.
  19. Sep 16, 2014
    75
    Filled with interesting ideas, Murasaki Baby's dazzling animation and unique approach to platforming are enticing.
  20. Nov 18, 2014
    70
    It’s yet another example of the kind of game that could only come from a small studio willing to take risks, and it’s to the game’s credit that it leaves you wanting for more rather than overstaying its welcome – but the missed potential of what could have been will dominate your thoughts once you’re done.
  21. Oct 21, 2014
    70
    None of the stress matters in the end, though. All that you care about is getting Baby back to mummy, and the excited grinning and hopping she does after you navigate a tricky segment together is worth every moment of frustration along the journey.
  22. Oct 1, 2014
    70
    Helping the little girl through her nightmarish tableaus is engaging if you are able to get invested in the absurdist universe. I was definitely able to do that during Murasaki Baby's couple of hours.
  23. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    The puzzles in Murasaki Baby are very diverse, but do not expect too much hours of gameplay. Within a short 2,5 hours you will finish Murasaki Baby, but boy is it a sweet 2.5 hours… This is something you have never encountered ever before.
  24. Sep 19, 2014
    70
    Though it's extremely brief and perhaps a bit undercooked, Murasaki Baby is a thoughtful adventure with some clever mechanics. It's primarily buoyed by its superb art and sound direction, which expertly toe the line between creepy and cute. While some deeper puzzles would have been nice, Murasaki Baby is ultimately a nice addition to the Vita's library.
  25. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    Still, Murasaki Baby does a great job of introducing a steady climb towards multitasking where inputs on both rear and front touch panels require delicate planning.
  26. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    If you’re looking for an original,stylish adventure with an amazing soundtrack, this could be the perfect game for you, but keep in mind that after a couple of hours it has nothing more to offer.
  27. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    Despite my distaste for all the hand-holding, Murasaki Baby's mesmerizing art style and strong emotional backbone left me too invested to let go.
  28. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    Overall Murasaki Baby is a bit of originality sprinkled with easy to medium puzzles, a short story you have to put together and enough content for a few hours of play.
  29. Sep 17, 2014
    68
    Murasaki Baby shows a twisted and fascinating style and several intriguing ideas. However, beyond its shortness and tangled controls, it fails in establishing a strong and emotional connection between the player and Baby.
  30. Sep 23, 2014
    67
    It may not be perfect, but at the very least, its strange, twisted heart is definitely in the right place.
  31. Oct 8, 2014
    65
    It’s easy to love its bunny-shaped boogeymen and characters spouting gibberish on a surface level, but this stylistically stunning, inventive little game never quite grows up.
  32. Sep 17, 2014
    65
    We made it one of our favorite games on PS Vita since we saw it during the gamescom 2013. More than its Burton-style, Murasaki Baby seemed to offer an interesting gameplay, perfectly suited for PS Vita. But the game is too short to be remembered. Only 2 hours will be enough to complete the four chapters of the journey, without any possibility of a new game plus. At least, it won't be bad for your wallet.
  33. Sep 26, 2014
    63
    Not again. On one hand you got loads of interesting puzzles and a bizarre atmosphere, on the other a sometimes totally useless touch or gesture control.
  34. Games Master UK
    Oct 23, 2014
    61
    While undeniably quirky, rather rote. [Dec 2014, p.81]
  35. games(TM)
    Nov 17, 2014
    60
    It's a shame that the game is occasionally let down by its control scheme because it is anything but derivative and its visuals, excellent sound design, and mechanics can coalesce to create moments of real impact. [Issue#154, p.126]
  36. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 29, 2014
    60
    This baby could have done with more time in the dev womb. [Nov 2014, p.90]
  37. Hyper Magazine
    Oct 17, 2014
    60
    Pleasantly hellish in places, unpleasantly hellish in others. [Issue#254, p.70]
  38. Oct 7, 2014
    60
    Murasaki Baby seems more like a lost opportunity than a success due to an uninspired control scheme and gameplay mechanics that are too simple.
  39. Sep 30, 2014
    60
    The sliding backgrounds and other elements are initially clever, but they ultimately don’t gel or grow in any interesting ways. You only have a handful of different backgrounds to choose from at any given time, so finding a way past the next obstacle is only a matter of trial and error – if the obviousness of a solution doesn’t hit you immediately. Finding that balance is tricky, and Murasaki Baby’s superficiality is further dragged down by the annoying controls.
  40. Sep 24, 2014
    60
    The visual style of the game is striking, but the touch-based controls make it clumsy and can cause large amounts of rage. Murasaki Baby makes a great airport game: if you have the patience and an awkward portion of time on your hands, it’ll definitely keep your mind preoccupied.
  41. 60
    Murasaki Baby is a wondrous artistic and emotional creation that is ultimately let down by the game’s stubborn dedication to touch controls.
  42. Sep 16, 2014
    60
    Still, it is gorgeous - there's no denying that. Gorgeous, stylistically interesting (if derivative of Edward Gorey) and with some wonderfully creative ideas behind it, Murasaki Baby is a game to welcome with open arms. It's just not a great game to welcome with open arms.
  43. Sep 16, 2014
    60
    Murasaki Baby is born of a weird yet inspired artistic approach, subtly expressed through the gameplay's metaphorical dimension. Despite a rough execution that stresses some design and ergonomic issues, Ovosonico therefore managed to create a fulfilling emotional experience.
  44. Sep 16, 2014
    60
    Ovosonico have attempted to create an original, thoughtful title that takes you on a journey of discovery through the eyes of a child. It feels a shame to blame Murasaki Baby for the poor controls of the Vita, but it wouldn’t work on any other platform – it’s been tailor made for Sony’s handheld. While it would have lost the connection with Baby that the front touch screen gives, having the sticks control her and the balloon would have improved things no end.
  45. 55
    Most of the success of Murasaki Baby relies wholeheartedly on its art style, and thankfully it does pull the game pretty far. But, the puzzles are more about execution than thought, and even though the story felt like it went much deeper than I had expected for a portable title, it still falls short from being memorable.
  46. Oct 7, 2014
    50
    Even though it's a technical masterpiece Murasaki Baby fails to create a strong bond with the player due to a short and -gameplay wise- uninteresting story.
  47. Sep 24, 2014
    43
    Not being able to connect with Baby, to think of her as more burden than child, soured me on Murasaki Baby. With poor touch controls, the designers have turned a small, cute game into a bit of a mess.
  48. Sep 16, 2014
    30
    Murasaki Baby is a textbook example of style over substance. The game’s twisted fantasy world certainly looks the part, but its touch-based puzzles are the real nightmare at times. There are some clever moments here, but they’re undone by atrocious controls.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    8
    Murasaki Baby has disappointed us with its duration, at about 2 hours and also costing 10 euros. If you are willing to bypass that and you areMurasaki Baby has disappointed us with its duration, at about 2 hours and also costing 10 euros. If you are willing to bypass that and you are the kind of gamer that is interested in originality, prepare to see something trully unique and artsy.

    Overally, the package has a continuous atmosphere and its gameplay ideas are crafted from the nightmares and dreams of the little kids. The game does everything to put you in a position so as to care for the Baby, while the Baby itself is one of the most adorable video game characters ever. You will want to protect her at any cost, while the immediacy of the touch controls makes you a part of it.

    If it had twice the content and lasted at least 4 hours, we would be talking about one of the best PS Vita titles. Nonetheless, along with Tearaway, this is probably the best usage of the Vita features.
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  2. Nov 1, 2016
    6
    An easy game, fun at the beginning but with a repeatedly game play... Just complete it for the trophies. You should complete it in about 2-3An easy game, fun at the beginning but with a repeatedly game play... Just complete it for the trophies. You should complete it in about 2-3 hours. I loved the final song! Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2015
    8
    Murasaki Baby is more interactive story book than game. And that is a great thing. You guide the baby through the game on a journey to findMurasaki Baby is more interactive story book than game. And that is a great thing. You guide the baby through the game on a journey to find her mother, a common theme in children story books. Along the way you meet a host of characters who act as plot points and distractions along this well told story structure (see the Gruffalo for a similar modern structure). This is effective, albeit simplistic story telling. Where Murasaki Baby thrives is in its visual presentation and its characterisation. The characters you meet along your journey are so unique and memorable and that makes this game a real success.

    The game is gorgeous and dark. The world and character design is the thing of nightmares, Tim Burton-esque. Characters faces are upside down, yet their hair remains on top. It is unique, bold and extremely atmospheric. The world is dark and scary with colour primarily being limited to the various backgrounds which the player can change. This all in combination with the sound creates a sublime atmosphere.

    The gameplay is simple and effective. You physically guide the Baby through the adventure. This is done by physically holding her hand with the touch screen and pulling her along. Quite frankly a brilliant idea that is well executed. This creates a connection immediately between you and the Baby and the way she reacts to each pull is technically brilliant. You must guide Baby through the world and keep her purple balloon safe from harm, if your balloon bursts that is the end of you. The game throws obstacles and puzzles in the way to danger your balloon and it is your job to safely guide the Baby and Balloon to safety which is not always that easy.

    The main other element of gameplay is changing the environment of the world by swapping the worlds background, by use of the back touchscreen. This gives different effect to the world such as wind, ice rain, and many more crazy alterations. This is used primarily to solve the puzzles along the way in a typical 2d puzzle platform fashion. The puzzle solving is very basic but is effective visually and is varied. It its core this game is easy and that is not a bad thing is you see this game as effectively an interactive storybook, if you're looking for a challenging puzzler this is not it. This is a charming two hour story that is totally worth your time as long as your expectations are not unrealistic.
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