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  • Summary: In the near-future, society is starting to collapse, and the human population is at an all-time low. A deadly toxic presence has spread across the land, destroying and devouring everything in its path.

    Those who could escape the miasma flocked to underground villages to start a new life.
    In the near-future, society is starting to collapse, and the human population is at an all-time low. A deadly toxic presence has spread across the land, destroying and devouring everything in its path.

    Those who could escape the miasma flocked to underground villages to start a new life. But for a hardworking miner and a mysterious young girl, the hope of a thriving outside world beckons

    Escape the tyrannical clutches of Sandfill's subterranean society and join Eastward's unlikely duo on an exciting adventure to the land above!
    Discover beautiful yet bizarre settlements and make new friends as you travel across the world by rail.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Sep 14, 2021
    100
    The storytelling, art and music masterfully connect to create a real sense of the world that the Eastward characters inhabit.
  2. Sep 14, 2021
    90
    Eastward is not just the dazzling debut title of a very small development studio in Shanghai, just as it is not just a video game that closely resembles the best 2D Zelda in history. Don't call it Zelda-like: not because it's not a formally correct definition but because Pixpil's creature wants to be something more than the classic declaration of love to a title from the past. Eastward is one of the brightest examples of what are the true qualities of independent development: a real pearl that deserves to be discovered, perfectly capable of carving out its space in the niche of instant videogame cult. It is certainly one of the most surprising and impactful experiences of recent years, one of those titles capable of pointing the way to those who will come later.
  3. Oct 6, 2021
    90
    Eastward is an audio-visual masterpiece and a true indie gem in the action adventure genre, and even though it possesses relatively simple gameplay and puzzles, it oozes with great moments, beautiful world and heartwarming story with some of the most distinct and original characters in a while.
  4. Sep 14, 2021
    85
    While the combat isn’t anything special and the puzzles wear out their welcome, Eastward’s characters, setting, and sounds craft an unforgettable experience. If you’re looking for something quirky, captivating, and somewhat surreal, you’ve found it.
  5. Sep 17, 2021
    80
    Eastward is a post-apocalyptic picaresque as charming as it is pretty, with simple action combat and puzzles that are accessible to everyone.
  6. Sep 14, 2021
    80
    Before I knew it, my initial skepticism and complaints had begun to evaporate. Even as a silent protagonist, John manages to exude so much personality from his non-committal shrugs and sighs, and he and Sam play off each other so well it’s hard not to feel endeared to them. Everything about Eastward just feels immediately magical and nostalgic, and while my gripes with the combat and stretched out dungeon designs never really went away entirely, Sam’s journey is still one I’m glad I went on in the end.
  7. Oct 3, 2021
    50
    Eastward is charming and offers a surprisingly dark story, but is bogged down by stale combat mechanics and too much boring and non-sensical dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35
  1. Nov 29, 2021
    10
    My favorite game of 2021. Beautiful art with an engaging storyline, charming characters, and well constructed classic adventure game styleMy favorite game of 2021. Beautiful art with an engaging storyline, charming characters, and well constructed classic adventure game style combat and puzzles. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    Excelente jogo, uma mistura de Earthbound com Zelda, e cheio dos ovo de páscoa (easter egg).
    Sobre a historia, gostei bastante dessa pegada
    Excelente jogo, uma mistura de Earthbound com Zelda, e cheio dos ovo de páscoa (easter egg).
    Sobre a historia, gostei bastante dessa pegada de Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann no inicio.
    Só espero que o jogo dure bastante, pois to gostando muito dele, o melhor jogo do PC que joguei esse ano até agora.
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  3. Sep 18, 2021
    10
    Amazing game, brought it without knowing anything about it, just saw it on pre-sale on Steam and bought. Best decision i've made in months,Amazing game, brought it without knowing anything about it, just saw it on pre-sale on Steam and bought. Best decision i've made in months, the game is so nostalgic and well made that i played 15h nonstop, a mix of zelda, earthbound, fallout and stardew valley. Expand
  4. Feb 24, 2022
    7
    Initial impressions, after prologue and fair way into chapter 1. The game has unmistakeable charm and has some engaging gameplay elements thatInitial impressions, after prologue and fair way into chapter 1. The game has unmistakeable charm and has some engaging gameplay elements that are fundamentally robust. So far though, there are several issues that mar the experience. There are enemies that can drop on your head and there seems to be literally zero sign that it's going to happen. I don't find this to be a satisfying 'challenge'. The text sometimes has a tendency to auto advance with very little apparent reason, posing major problems for slower readers. The menu has a very strange arrangement, which can make it confusing to find the item you want to inspect. why aren't the cooking ingredients in the cooking tab for example? why isn't the backpack just on the same tab as quest items? why is the quest screen and the map screen, inbetween the quest items and the backpack? bizarre and nonsensical.
    The pacing also seems really slow so far. despite that, the pace at which I'm collecting quest items seems to suggest the game is really short.
    Other issues... The stuttering. I'm playing on an R7 with a rtx 2080 and 32gb ram. My system should not be struggling with this game.
    when I see electrical cables sparking, I tend to avoid them, yet the game wants you to interact with then, connecting and disconnecting live wires. to say this is irresponsible is an understatement. kids will be playing this.
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  5. Sep 21, 2021
    6
    I didn't wanted to be that rough with the game, because i genuinely think that it was made with love.
    But right now, at the end of chapter 6
    I didn't wanted to be that rough with the game, because i genuinely think that it was made with love.
    But right now, at the end of chapter 6 i'm quite sure i will not continue the game. Its not that i hate it, it's just that i'm boring with it.

    The game has a very strong first impression, the pixelart is beautiful, the Zelda/SNES nostalgia is strong, and the lovely main characters makes you instantly fall in love with the game. But the more you play the more that motivation goes away...
    Way to heavy (for me) with the JRPG-ish dialog (not skippable) about so many damn things, its like 70% of the game is just sitting on my chair pressing X to read about some mundane quest just to have 30% of actual gameplay or puzzles... Not saying that's inherently bad, just saying it does not hook me, it fail to be interesting to me.
    Also, i can understand that combat is not the focus of the game, but when there is combat it doesn't feel rewarding or entertainment.

    So at the end those two things combined make the game boring for me.
    Also, it's really annoying not being able to return to old towns, the game just ask for that feature.
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  6. Nov 2, 2021
    2
    It's hard to overstate just how underwhelming Eastward truly is. If you've never read a story, seen pixel art, or played a video game, maybeIt's hard to overstate just how underwhelming Eastward truly is. If you've never read a story, seen pixel art, or played a video game, maybe there is something in here for you. If not, prepare to be disappointed. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2021
    0
    Let's go from worst to best: the gameplay in Eastward is bad beyond belief; at no point does it contribute anything to the overall experienceLet's go from worst to best: the gameplay in Eastward is bad beyond belief; at no point does it contribute anything to the overall experience and every single moment of gameplay is an unsatisfying, clunky, ill-considered and poorly-designed waste of the player's time. Similarly, the dialogue is bland, basic, and takes a verrrrrry long time to get where it's going. The mindset behind the writing seems to be "never use one word if twenty will do." The art is nice to look at but there is no depth to the locations, individuals, and overall world. With no gameplay to enable a greater engagement with and appreciation for the world, each level is a pretty basic piece of static pixel art that gives the player nothing after the initial cursory glance, while still demanding that the player trudge through each level time after time after time, wearing out what little welcome it might have received. Finally, the music. The music in Eastward is really nice. But if Eastward were an album, no-one would listen to it. The music in a video game, ideally, elevates the experience of every other part of the game. And every other part of Eastward really truly sucks. This is what happens when someone wants to make a beautiful game but at no point ever gets around to making the game part of the game. Expand

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