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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: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  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. Sep 19, 2021
    90
    With Eastward, Pixpil succeeds in extracting the essence of the Mother games and transposing it into a Zelda-like game that highlights the complementarity between Sam and John, a particularly endearing duo. A real success, absolutely beautiful and endowed with a unique, bewitching and carefully written universe, that we recommend you to explore urgently.
  4. Sep 14, 2021
    85
    Eastward is a beautiful travel with stunning 2D visuals, nice ideas and a good story that will stay with us for a long time.
  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
    Eastward is an enjoyable and arresting adventure, with memorable characters, likeable humour and a central mystery that keeps you engaged throughout.
  7. Sep 14, 2021
    60
    In many ways, Eastward is the perfect evolution of 90s JRPGs, with its gorgeous artwork, endearing protagonists and well-designed dungeons that offer a satisfying blend of combat and puzzles. But it goes overboard with its story, packing in uninspired characters and giving them too much screen time. It’s a lot to sit through to get to the good bits.

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  1. 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
  2. Sep 18, 2021
    10
    Eastward is the best action-RPG to come out in recent years. Lovely graphics, fantastic music and characters who are full of charisma.
  3. 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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  4. Sep 20, 2021
    10
    eastward is similar to everything you ever played in the 90s (like earthbound, a link to the past, beyond oasis, alundra - to name just aeastward is similar to everything you ever played in the 90s (like earthbound, a link to the past, beyond oasis, alundra - to name just a few), and at the same time completely unique, doing its own thing. I'm basically in love with this wonderful game, totally did not expect it to be so good. truly amazing work, pixpil! gameplay, story, visuals, music - 10/10 on all fronts. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2021
    7
    + Gorgeous art
    + Great characters
    + Sound design + BOTW cooking style + 8 bit game inside the game - Story is a mess. Uneven and random
    + Gorgeous art
    + Great characters
    + Sound design
    + BOTW cooking style
    + 8 bit game inside the game

    - Story is a mess. Uneven and random
    - Villains are shallow and boring
    - Moments where it felt more like fillers than side quests
    - Combat was a bit unbalanced and plain
    - Overall pacing got really frustrating
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  6. Sep 19, 2021
    4
    Really really disappointed there is no way to go back to previous zones to get the chests you miss, literally missing several achievements.
  7. Sep 20, 2021
    0
    Eastward is barely a game. It looks and sounds pretty but there is almost no gameplay and everything - EVERYTHING - happens so slowly and inEastward is barely a game. It looks and sounds pretty but there is almost no gameplay and everything - EVERYTHING - happens so slowly and in such a laboriously boring manner that the nice visuals (and they are nice) can't even come close to salvaging the game overall. Eastward isn't just retro with its slow, plodding, dull, boring, time-consuming gameplay. Even retro games respected the player's time and attention to some degree! I truly cannot stress enough how little of a game there is underneath Eastward's initially-flashy visuals. It's as deep as a dry puddle. Which robs even its better qualities of any impact. Yeah, it's pretty to look at - until you spend way too much time in an area with nothing to do. Its characters seem interesting - until it turns out they have nothing at all interesting to say or do. Flat writing is a real problem in this game. But the realest problem that actually puts this game in the ground is the gameplay. There's hardly any of it, yet it still takes a ton of time, and every last moment of it feels worse than if it was released 10 years ago for $0. Expand