Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 80
    Chasing Aurora is a perfect example of what an eShop game should be - simple, but beautiful, while offering up an experience that can't be had anywhere else. A treat for the eyes and ears, its presentation sticks out amongst Wii U titles with ten times the budget and resources. Its $15 price tag is a steep considering the complete lack of online functionality, but anyone who loves score-based games will get their money's worth out of it.
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    As a game that aims to let players experience the wonder of flight, Chasing Aurora succeeds brilliantly. Arcing through the air feels sublime thanks to the smooth controls and satisfying physics, and the atmosphere crafted by the sound and art style is positively dreamlike. Wonder aside, Aurora is perhaps not for everyone; while the multiplayer modes have universal appeal, the single-player experience is best enjoyed by players with an affinity for simplicity who will enjoy, rather than tolerate, replaying stages. But anyone with access to a few feathered friends for multiplayer and/or the score-chasing sensibilities needed to get the most out of the game's solo flights will have a wonderful time in the world of Chasing Aurora. A joyous game.
  3. Jan 16, 2013
    77
    Get five people in the mix and you've a riot of brek-into-cliff chaos. [Feb 2013, p.89]
  4. The eShop couldn't have hoped for a more unique interesting title on day one. [Jan 2013, p.106]
  5. Dec 4, 2012
    77
    A limited single-player experience is supported by a brilliant (if basic) multiplayer mode. Very much a case of style over substance, but the substance it does have should keep you entertained for a while.
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    70
    Chasing Aurora is not a bad game, it's a good game that is let down by some poor design decisions.
  7. Dec 7, 2012
    69
    Chasing Aurora offers delightful backgrounds and unique multiplayer gameplay… but in the long run the game ends being too bland.
  8. Dec 10, 2012
    65
    If you are not interested to challenge friends and family, do not even purchase the game. The shortness of the single-player experience and the presence of only one mode against the three multiplayer modes are not in fact limits to be underestimated.
  9. Dec 7, 2012
    65
    Chasing Aurora looks great, and the controls are amazing. Rarely flying has been so realistic in a videogame. Anyway, the game itself is a "simple" racing game (sort of), and the most interesting part is incrementing the score... without the possibility, at the moment, of sharing it online. Multiplayer mode is fine, but nothing special.
  10. Dec 1, 2012
    65
    A nice surprise, but as a whole we feel it's not enough. You'll enjoy the game as long as it lasts, especially with friends, but we were expecting a much deeper experience.
  11. Nov 30, 2012
    65
    Chasing Aurora is fun while it lasts, but none of it has a huge shelf life. Each game type feels relatively familiar, and while novel, none of them scream for repeat performances. It might have been easier to swallow at $5 or even as much as $10, but for $15 this game feels overpriced for what you get. The ideas are sound, but the concept simply fails to deliver reasons to come back. I suggest waiting for a sale or price drop before diving into this unique, but limited title.
  12. Nov 28, 2012
    65
    Chasing Aurora has some cool elements, but overall I found the experience lacking. Flying the birds feels fluid, and the art style and character design of the birds are very enticing, but this game needs to be more than an incredibly shallow single-player experience and half-baked multiplayer modes.
  13. Nov 21, 2012
    65
    As a disposable game costing a few dollars, Chasing Aurora is something I'd recommend wholeheartedly. As a game that presents itself as worthy of standing alongside the biggest and best digital console offerings, and prices itself accordingly, this hopeful little number is left desperately wanting. While it's good for a little bit of innocent, inoffensive amusement, it just offers nowhere near enough to justify an immediate purchase.
  14. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    Chasing Aurora should be played by you and your friends, then and only then it can deliver any amount of fun.
  15. Dec 28, 2012
    60
    A beautiful game that unfortunately isn't very unique and too lightly packed.
  16. Dec 19, 2012
    60
    Broken Rules did an interesting job with Chasing Aurora, recreating a delicate Journey-like universe with simple gameplay mechanics. But apart from an excellent artistic direction, control schema is complicated and not reactive, and multiplayer balance isn't so poised.
  17. Dec 17, 2012
    60
    Chasing Aurora has a striking presentation, that's why we felt a disappointment when discovered the lack of game modes. An opportunity to create a great game was missed.
  18. Dec 7, 2012
    60
    The assured art direction results in one of the most striking and distinguished-looking games of the year, but this keenness of creativity isn't matched by a breadth or ambition of ideas elsewhere.
  19. 60
    It is a pretty game based on an intriguing idea, which just would have needed to be utilized to a deeper extent. Still, in a group of friends it manages to stretch its wings quite a bit for a few rounds. Playing alone, you'll never get to experience three quarters of the game.
  20. Nov 23, 2012
    60
    Looks spectacular and does succeed in capturing the feeling of being a soaring bird, but falls short most everywhere else.
  21. Dec 5, 2012
    55
    At first glance it makes you curious. The art design is interesting, but once you have seen it all you'll find that it is little more than an overpriced minigame.
  22. 55
    As it stands, Chasing Aurora is the weakest of the launch Wii U eShop games, and is only worth checking out if you value style over substance.
  23. Jan 28, 2013
    50
    Chasing Aurora is a beautiful game that can be fun to play together with four friends in short sessions. The price is a bit steep though, and the game gets repetitive fast and it doesn't offer much for the lone player.
  24. Dec 6, 2012
    50
    Sluggish loading times tend to cause frame-rate hiccups at the outset of a multiplayer game, and such issues are exacerbated in the busier environments with a full complement of players.
  25. Dec 4, 2012
    50
    Its graphics, art style, physics, and overall presentation values are great, and its gameplay is quite alluring. It also makes excellent use of the GamePad, though requiring Wii Remotes for multiplayer feels obtuse. If you have friends that live close-by and regularly game locally, then Chasing Aurora seems worth the price of admission. For those who like to fly solo, or have friends that do not live near enough to get together in-person, it'd be hard to recommend this purchase as there just won't be enough in it for you.
  26. Nov 30, 2012
    50
    While the title is easily one of the most visually striking experiences on the platform, its lack of substantial content, especially for solo players, makes it difficult to recommend at its current $15 price point.
  27. Dec 10, 2012
    45
    Chasing Aurora is a Competitive Party Game that does not work. The weakness of the gameplay structure and a not involving single player made every effort useful. A bad game to stay away from.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. frz
    Dec 4, 2012
    9
    what most reviewer don't tell is that chasing aurora is a really really fun local multiplayer game. it's hard to describe the kind of fun situations that emerge. basically you pass around the gamepad, so that everybody in the round gets to be the priviledged bird. there are multiple games where the gamepad bird chases the others or is chased. this leads to a lot of shouting and pointing, as the non-gamepad players try to coordinate their efforts. in the end, it's hillarious and exhausting, a rare type of game that engages the players in much more communication than usual. i refuse to give it 10 points as i would expect a little bit more single player content for that price; then again, i rarely ever give 10/10 points for anything :) Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2014
    8
    I bought this game on sale, so for the price I give it a high review. Im not sure if its worth full price though.

    That said, the local
    multiplayer is the real fun here. Dont buy this if you dont plan on playing with friends. The single player is bland and forgettable, even boring. There really is nothing new to offer after about 30-60 minutes of play.

    The multiplayer makes this game wonderful. Its very hectic and fun. the other reviewer named frz did a good job of describing it.

    I would also add that I love the art direction and soundtrack. Its certainly a well crafter and beautiful game if nothing else!
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