• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
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  • Summary: Control and transform Joy, a fallen star who lands in a beautiful land of light and sound. Navigate this mesmerising musical garden in this unique experience completely at your own pace. Bring the world around you to life and return fallen stars to the sky.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 12, 2017
    90
    Ode is a beautiful journey through sounds and colors, it's experimentation and exploration in a dreamy world.
  2. games(TM)
    Jan 25, 2018
    80
    A wonderfully-executed musical masterpiece. [Issue#196, p.87]
  3. Mar 6, 2018
    80
    Ode is a short but enjoyable ride. Playing as Joy while making your own background tune is both fun and relaxing. Although the game only lasts around two hours, you will be intrigued from start to finish.
  4. Dec 12, 2017
    75
    Ode is a game that let you relax and do almost nothing. It looks and sounds beautiful, but we doubt you will play it a lot.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 2, 2018
    74
    Nominally, our task is to collect stars, but Ode isn’t as simple as it looks: each planet is filled with music. With a touch, you can make things like mushrooms and corals join your orchestra and throw a party the world has never seen. [Issue#226, p.40]
  6. Dec 4, 2017
    70
    Ode is a unique mix of platforming, exploration and music. It’s accessible to everyone and can be enjoyed by casual and hardcore gamers alike. As much as it succeeds at providing a unique experience, it also fails to scratch a lot of the common gaming itches. Ode is short enough to not overstay its welcome and simple enough for something to pick up and play when you’re in the mood for something different. It’s not a title most people will want to play all the time, but every now and then it can be the perfect title to break up the repetition of more traditional titles.
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 14, 2018
    50
    Underneath the artsy surface Ode is a hollow, shallow experience that I will never come back to and can’t recommend. [02/2018, p.39]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 11, 2017
    9
    This should be top of your 'get high and play' list. A mind bending transdimensional music trip. If you've ever wondered what its like to beThis should be top of your 'get high and play' list. A mind bending transdimensional music trip. If you've ever wondered what its like to be fully immersed in a game - this is for you. -1 for uPlay however, why not steam? Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2019
    5
    I thought I'd like a game about releasing joy. I normally like these free explore games, and as a musician a game about unlocking the songI thought I'd like a game about releasing joy. I normally like these free explore games, and as a musician a game about unlocking the song should appeal. For whatever reason Ode didn't connect with me at all. I started the game 3 times and never even finished the first level. I always ended up exiting before getting to a save point or completing the level. I admit I must be pathetically bad at the platforming elements the game needs me to perform to progress. I got to the same place 3 different times and couldn't figure out how to advance or couldn't execute the jumps needed (I rarely play platformer-type games so maybe that's part of it). Each time I got frustrated and lost interest and said I'll try again later, and each return took me back to start of game. I probably won't try a fourth time though, as it'll probably end the same - and I'm tired of hearing that same song repeat.

    I guess I'm disappointed as I was looking for something odd and experimental like this to take my mind to a different fun place. I can't recommend it though.
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