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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: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 6, 2019
    90
    A Short Hike delivers a short but true exploration experience quite similar to Breath of the Wild, on a smaller scale.
  2. Jan 17, 2020
    90
    The laid-back nature of the simple but fun exploratory gameplay coupled with the soothing music and lush scenery make A Short Hike a relaxing adventure filled with not only humor but the tenderness of personal connections.
  3. 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.
  4. Edge Magazine
    Sep 12, 2019
    80
    It is about delighting in the journey. [Issue#337, p.122]
  5. Jul 29, 2019
    75
    A Short Hike is far from perfect, but it absolutely is unique and worth your time. It's also super fucking rad, and I love it. Warts and all. If you’re looking for something different, and you don’t mind the price of admission, I think this is more than worth the price of entry. It may not be perfect, but life never is, and that’s fine and beautiful in its own way.
  6. 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.
  7. Jan 21, 2020
    70
    Twee as it is, it’s an achievement that shows how a familiar video game form can be made into something more quiet and unhurried than one might be used to; personally, I’m all for that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  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. Jun 24, 2020
    10
    This is such a peaceful and placid game and is one of my top 5 favourite games of all time.
    Utterly delightful.
  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. Mar 24, 2020
    9
    A Short Hike is not a perfect game, it does have it's flaws like the camera movement messing you most of the time, and (at least in myA Short Hike is not a perfect game, it does have it's flaws like the camera movement messing you most of the time, and (at least in my experience) having a lack of good controls on keyboard, I plugged my controller and it worked almost flawlessly. It is a game that is really low demanding, so almost every PC can run it, and it has a really good and cute art-style and does has a way to make you play it more.

    Even tho your main goal is to get enough Golden Feathers to get to the top of the mountain and get reception for that call you've been waiting for, you can try and find every Golden Feather there is, finish the little "quests" the NPCs give you though out the game, find every treasure chest, fish and trade every type of fish there is, get a high score on Beachstickball or win all 3 Parkour Races against Avery (I even love how the next time you open the game, Avery now uses the strategies you used to beat her before).
    I ended up playing for about 3 and a half hours, and I had fun, chuckle sometime to the dialogue and some attitudes, had some heart melting times and appreciate how an indie game was so well made, short, but really well made.

    I think that if the developer team can come up with an update and add some more Parkour Race tracks, and maybe a leader board for it and Beachstickball, the game could have a little more life time to get that bit of an online competition to it.
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  5. Apr 5, 2020
    8
    This game definitely deserves a 80% score since the gameplay is impeccable and aesthetics of graphics and music so comfy. However it can'tThis game definitely deserves a 80% score since the gameplay is impeccable and aesthetics of graphics and music so comfy. However it can't achieve a perfect score since it must lose a point for the lack of depth in the progress of the game because within a few minutes you've explored almost everything the gameplay has to offer. Also the treasure haunting and puzzle solving element of it can be obnoxious at times since while it's not very hard it can rely so much on luck to be easier than intended that it loses in quality. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2020
    7
    Nice little game, good for a couple of hours of fun, although I wouldn't necessarily replay the game. Even better as it was a freebie.
  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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