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  • Summary: Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park as you make your way to the summit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Many games often aspire to deliver more, sometimes bartering in dizzying excesses--be it in high-octane action or through big, sweeping narratives that thrust you into a heroic position. But it's the diminutive tales and everyday experiences of A Short Hike that give the game its comforting, even pastoral allure. It's about seeking quiet communion with nature even as you make your umpteenth hike towards the peak, or finding contentment in stumbling upon tinier, quaint scenes. It proposes that even the smallest and most mundane of vignettes can be as enthralling as grandiose universes and narratives of more ambitious games. As I embark on yet another leisurely trek after ascending the summit of Hawk Peak, I can't help but heartily agree.
  2. Nov 19, 2021
    90
    Short, charming, sweet as pie and overall, just an absolutely wholesome experience: A Short Hike may not bring with it big set pieces, a complex story or a whole lot of gameplay systems. But it has more heart than a lot of other games combined, which makes it something truly special.
  3. Nov 25, 2021
    90
    A Short Hike is a delightful journey through a vibrant park, bolstered by some fascinating characters and impressive writing. The gameplay is well-rounded, with abilities that are fun to use and a consistent progression. Despite a nitpick or two, there’s hardly anything to knock about Adamgryu’s latest outing.
  4. Dec 2, 2021
    85
    A Short Hike is a game loyal to its title. The condensed adventure may not be capable of delivering an ever engaging main narration, but its strenght resides in the world that polyhedric Adam Robinson-Yu and composer Mark Sparling managed to build in such a charming way.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Sep 12, 2019
    80
    It is about delighting in the journey. [Issue#337, p.122]
  6. Aug 12, 2019
    80
    A Short Hike is indeed short, but it’s also beautiful and charming. If you enjoy this sort of wholesome experiences, we think it’s worth your time.
  7. Sep 18, 2019
    70
    A Short Hike is a small jewel that has already conquered the hearts of dozens of players who, like Claire and Adam Robinson-Yu himself, felt the need to detach themselves from the daily routine of their their life, with a little break without commitments or deadlines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 63
  2. Negative: 1 out of 63
  1. Jan 4, 2020
    10
    I was hesitant for a long time but am glad that I finally tried it. It's actually not as short as the title or some people may claim - in myI was hesitant for a long time but am glad that I finally tried it. It's actually not as short as the title or some people may claim - in my opinion. At least not if you're a completionist. And with this game, you really should be because more feathers than necessary and special items that you will probably get after doing the "primary objective" make the way the game feels shift quite a bit.
    You do have to enjoy games that are mostly about exploration though. There are some optional races, a mini game and some puzzles that actually require some skill but otherwise, it's exploration, straightforward quests and steady progression.
    Sure, it's still "just" a few hours of fun but hey - it's a cheap indie game. Just enjoy. :)
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  2. Nov 30, 2021
    10
    I love this game, it was such a healing for me to get back into games and enjoy simplicity and beautiful storytelling and art. I highlyI love this game, it was such a healing for me to get back into games and enjoy simplicity and beautiful storytelling and art. I highly recommend people try this game even if it is not the type of game they normally play. I really love this game and will always remember it. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2019
    10
    I had a great evening playing "a short hike". Just a few hours where I enjoyed the dialogs, the music, the pixel graphics... It was a calm,I had a great evening playing "a short hike". Just a few hours where I enjoyed the dialogs, the music, the pixel graphics... It was a calm, fun and relaxing experience, like a short hike :) Expand
  4. Jun 15, 2020
    9
    This game is oozing charm. Reminds me of Little Big Adventure. I love it, despite it's 1,5 hour length.
  5. Jan 4, 2023
    8
    A short hike is a game with a somewhat simple premise, to get to the top of a mountain. At the start of the game you are on an island with aA short hike is a game with a somewhat simple premise, to get to the top of a mountain. At the start of the game you are on an island with a mountain and need to use your cell phone to make a call, but the only place with cellphone reception is the top of the mountain. This is basically the whole story of the game, and this is where the journey of Claire, a cute and cuddly little bird, begins.

    The game has an incredible soundtrack, relaxing songs that accompany you throughout the walk, along with great sounds of the environment, the wind passing, the rain, the water from the rivers that flow down to the immensity of the sea, forest animals and many others, creating a fascinating environment. Mark Sparling has done an exceptional job composing the music for the game. The graphics are beautiful, a simple but effective pixel art, bringing a feeling of something cozy.

    Its gameplay is not complex at all, you can walk, glide and climb, there are some other items you can get that contain other interactions as well. To climb longer or fly higher you need to collect golden feathers, they would be like a kind of stamina. But now, how to get them? That's where the game shines, its exploration. To find them you gotta search on the map, exploring is the whole point of the game. The main focus of the game isn't the end of the story, the conclusion itself, but your journey until you get there. The new friends you make, playing stick volleyball with them, meeting a fisherman and learning how to fish, racing, gliding, climbing, digging and a lot of other things you can make, this is what A short hilke is about.

    It is a short game, it is possible to finish it in less than 2 hours, but to enjoy everything the world created by Adamgryu can offer, this time can triple, it is extremely satisfying to see the characters moving, their actions actually changing the scenery, this gives the feeling that the place is alive. All this exploration makes the replayability factor very strong, you feel like playing again to see if you have left something behind, a new item, a conversation with a character, or even a branch fallen on the ground. Short Hike is a game that should be played, no doubt about it.
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  6. Jun 27, 2020
    8
    A short hike indeed! This game revels in the idea of a simple task, but with rewarding exploratory elements. The goal can be obtained in manyA short hike indeed! This game revels in the idea of a simple task, but with rewarding exploratory elements. The goal can be obtained in many ways that can lead to many different play styles or occurrences to help you reach your ultimate goal . The game, overall, has a funky (good funky) look and feel, and plays surprisingly well. The interactions are deep enough and only knocking this as the hike could have been much longer to support further exploration of the island. Expand
  7. BFM
    Apr 6, 2020
    0
    The game ignores the keyboard layout applied on the PC and changes it to whatever default layout it can find.

    I use an English layout, but
    The game ignores the keyboard layout applied on the PC and changes it to whatever default layout it can find.

    I use an English layout, but for some reason the game changes it to some other language, making keys not be where they actually are (Z becomes Y and so on)

    And I cant even correct that, because I can't just rebind the controls by looking up what is bound to "Z" and rebinding it to ... pressing "Z" on my keyboard, because they thought they were super extra clever and replaced a useful control binding screen like that to some question answering of "What key shall do JUMP? Press it now! - Okay. And what key shall do USE? Press it now!"

    And you are like "How am I supposed to know? I haven't even started the game yet, I just want to make sure that whatever the controls are, they are laid onto the actual keyboard I have, and not some default keyboard layout that you found somewhere in the windows files!"

    So yeah, saw the title screen (Where in order to advance I had to press Z, which was actually Y, went to the options to fix this swap manually for the developer, ended up getting some useless options designed for babies, and then uninstalled the game and got me a steam refund.

    Lesson: Incompetence can't be subsidized with a "charming" game.
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