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  • Summary: Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 95
    I Was a Teenage Exocolonist is a storm of punches that hits straight in the stomach. It’s a video game that monopolized my free time and that I'll continue to dissect well beyond my (current) fourth playthrough. It’s a game that has crept between my mind and my heart, something that I’ll hardly be able to chase away from there. Not that I’d want to, to be honest. Northway Games has managed to create something that transcends genres, a video game that I’d like to be enjoyed by as many people as humanly possible.
  2. Aug 26, 2022
    90
    Live as many lives as it takes to be happy in I Was a Teenage Exocolonist. The addition of a little roguelike side to this narrative and progressive Sci-Fi life simulator gives it all its charm and makes it addictive.
  3. Aug 25, 2022
    90
    Northway Games has crafted one of my highlights of the year with this narrative adventure. It’s wonderfully engrossing and hiding so many worthwhile character moments and gorgeous secrets well worth uncovering. I’ve already spent so many hours with the game and feel like I have barely scratched the surface, prepared to dive back in and live out this life over and over again until I settle on an imperfect resolution that feels well and truly my own.
  4. Sep 8, 2022
    90
    I loved I Was a Teenage Exocolonist. I assumed it would be something you could play in small bursts to completion, like Growing Up, but each lifetime requires significant time investment. But with how good the story and characters are, I actually like it better this way. The challenges are tough, but fair, the characters are engaging and relatable, and despite being set on an alien planet with a literal dog-boy as one of your potential friends, I can’t help but be dragged back to my high school days as I play. For better or for worse.
  5. Aug 25, 2022
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Sep 5, 2022
    85
    A deep and immersive narrative experience with a gameplay that shortly falls into a repetitive loop.
  7. Sep 7, 2022
    85
    Life as an exoloconist is one the most authentic sci-fi works you can find in videogames.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Sep 2, 2022
    10
    This game is incredible and offers a unique and new experience that you must play to appreciate. A beautiful game that you will find yourselfThis game is incredible and offers a unique and new experience that you must play to appreciate. A beautiful game that you will find yourself obsessed with and thinking about even when you’re not playing, it has been a completely unexpected joy since I picked it up shortly after release on a whim. The characters are incredible. If you’ve found yourself playing an RPG, gotten bored with repetitive gameplay elements that descend into tedium, and wished you could move on to getting to know well-developed characters and making story-impacting decisions, this is the game for you. Don’t let the “teenage” in the title fool you, this game has an emotional maturity games typically lack. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2022
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played. So good I can't even express it in a review. Don't expect this game to be a dating sim tho, it isn't a one.
  3. Sep 24, 2022
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Surprised me however it was a bit slow to start and I found parts of it confusing. If you persist through your first play through it gets much better. I recommend it Expand