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  • Summary: An archaeological narrative adventure with an entire hieroglyphic language to decipher. Sail the rivers of space, explore lost moons, uncover ancient artefacts, and piece together a 5,000-year-old secret. Every answer feeds into a story that adapts around your actions. Will you uncover theAn archaeological narrative adventure with an entire hieroglyphic language to decipher. Sail the rivers of space, explore lost moons, uncover ancient artefacts, and piece together a 5,000-year-old secret. Every answer feeds into a story that adapts around your actions. Will you uncover the path to Heaven’s Vault? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 24, 2019
    90
    With Heaven's Vault Inkle offers us another extraordinarily packaged adventure, able to concentrate on very few playful elements, decorated with overflowing aesthetic and artistic qualities.
  2. Apr 16, 2019
    90
    Heaven's Vault is a puzzle game you haven't experienced before. From its engaging story to its engrossing fictional language and puzzles, this is a game that feels rewarding in a way that no other game has done before.
  3. Jun 24, 2019
    80
    You won’t find a better game about archaeology, and you’ll be hard-pressed to unearth two protagonists with more chemistry. The story is excellent, save maybe the very end. The rivers are waiting for you, as is the ancient language!
  4. Apr 18, 2019
    77
    An intriguing game for graphic novel fans with a lovable old style art design.
  5. Apr 21, 2019
    75
    It is safe to say that there is no other title in the history of video games that offers a similar experience and atmosphere to Heaven's Vault, but the fact that there is no voice acting in a game that relies so heavily on dialogues and conversations, is a huge mistake that costs Heaven's Vault greatly.
  6. May 10, 2019
    70
    Quibbles notwithstanding, I enjoyed Heaven's Vault after I put in some effort and got over my early fidgets. If I ever decide to study ancient Greek, I’m sure I’ll think of it.
  7. Apr 16, 2019
    50
    With its beautiful piano and violin score and occasionally arresting visuals, it is a game meant to be a meditative experience. Players should relish in slowly uncovering new facts about an ancient peoples and sharing this information with their friends, new and old. But even as trimmed as the game is, with small "open-world" locations and limited movement, it still seems like too much polish was placed around a core element that is enjoyable in its simplicity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 12, 2019
    10
    This game scratches an itch I didn't know I had. The characters are compelling, the gameplay is fascinating and the art style grew on meThis game scratches an itch I didn't know I had. The characters are compelling, the gameplay is fascinating and the art style grew on me throughout the course of the game. I love the depth of thought that has been put into the language decoding puzzles, which gives you enough freedom to feel like a genius when a translation comes together while also subtly supporting you towards that conclusion. I started playing after the quick travel was implemented, so I didn't notice this being as much of an issue for me. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2021
    10
    This won't be a game that everybody will enjoy, as it's text heavy (there's a dialogue literally every couple of steps). But if you likeThis won't be a game that everybody will enjoy, as it's text heavy (there's a dialogue literally every couple of steps). But if you like getting into the lore aspect of a game, and you like archeology, space, and a good story, you will absolutely love this game. If I really had to take one point off, it would be because moving around feels clunky and the camera gets stuck in weird positions at times; also, the woman at the Elboreth marketplace is a real cow. Expand
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    10
    A game that achieves what it's trying to. If the core conceit of translating an ancient language excites you, the game will really land.A game that achieves what it's trying to. If the core conceit of translating an ancient language excites you, the game will really land. Really a triumph of translating interactive narrative concepts into an adventure game with puzzle elements. It won't be for everybody, but if it's for you: it will delight you. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2019
    8
    Massively satisfying game with some the best art and writing in 2019. Honestly am underrated title that didn't get the marketing budget thatMassively satisfying game with some the best art and writing in 2019. Honestly am underrated title that didn't get the marketing budget that it deserves. Nearly a masterpiece. Expand
  5. May 16, 2022
    8
    Heaven's Vault puts you in the position of an archaeologist, uncovering the mysteries of its world by deciphering a language and decoding itsHeaven's Vault puts you in the position of an archaeologist, uncovering the mysteries of its world by deciphering a language and decoding its environmental storytelling. It has many clunky design choices that frequently interrupt game flow. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2019
    5
    I played several hours of this game and still do. It's an interesting study in language translation. I like the dialogs in general and the wayI played several hours of this game and still do. It's an interesting study in language translation. I like the dialogs in general and the way they are presented. But they can be too fast sometimes. The weak part is surely the exploration. The boating thing doesn't have good control and is excessively boring. I like the, on foot experience and finding items but it's very sluggish because there is no option to go faster then walk, and walk slowly. The 2D drawing is a mix bag. I don't like them too much. They just don't fit that well. Update: I give it a 55%. Not the kind of game for everyone. If you like puzzles and exercising your brain, it's not that bad. The auto saving was a big problem in the end, since I found myself stuck in the main quest. The lack of any way to come back on saves is a big problem in this game. I saw many bugs with Huang interactions too. Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2019
    4
    I really tried to like this game but it's TERRIBLE! I'm only giving it a 4 and not a 0 because it has a nice soundtrack and a good artisticalI really tried to like this game but it's TERRIBLE! I'm only giving it a 4 and not a 0 because it has a nice soundtrack and a good artistical touch in the drawings but it's not only pointless and boring, but also also choices don't really matter at all in the end. This game reminded me of that joke about games having multiple endings: all the same thing, but in different colors!
    Gameplay is mediocre at most. Too bad, because the iniatial idea sounded pretty good.
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