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  • Summary: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is the forthcoming title from Edelweiss.

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans.
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is the forthcoming title from Edelweiss.

    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 9, 2020
    100
    I don’t think Sakuna: of Rice of Ruin can be classified as one single genre. It’s blending of farming and action only scrapes the surface of what this game actually offers. Still, by looking at those two pieces alone, there is a ton of excellent moments of gameplay to experience. Yes, it’s very much a farming game, and yes, it is full of action, but these two systems run seamlessly alongside a beautiful story and brilliant presentation.
  2. 90
    Overall, Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin is a delight. The two halves of the game, which might soon get stale if they were standalone, complement each other perfectly. Both farming and fighting remain interesting due to the game’s pacing and the steady stream of new abilities and equipment it rewards you with. It’s clear from the attention to detail how much love the two-person team of Edelweiss has poured into this title. Every ingredient, meal or skill has a well-written description; every system has more depth than you initially expect. Not only can you pet the dog, but you can also pick it up and carry it around. This world is one I want to learn more about and spend more time in. In fact, now this review is done, I’m probably going to get right back to playing. I saw ducks in the trailer; I want to unlock ducks.
  3. Nov 25, 2020
    90
    Sakuna’s deep rice-farming experience is truly unique. Making perfect rice is difficult at first, but you will become attached to the rice plants you have been cultivating over the in-game years. With intuitive controls, the side-scrolling action and dungeon exploration section is an enthralling experience as well. Sakuna is great at connecting these two different styles of gameplay, creating a well-balanced game with lots of variety all round.
  4. Nov 9, 2020
    80
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is definitely an interesting title, mixing the mundanities of rice planting with 2D hacking and slashing. While an acquired taste, those who like their games unique should have a fun time with Sakuna. If you can forgive an unlikeable protagonist and some repetitive gameplay at times, Sakuna is a solid title that shines even with its flaws.
  5. Dec 20, 2020
    80
    An innovative genre mix that excels in both the rice-simulation as well as in the fast-paced 2D combat. The real time aspect can be a little pressuring, but the charming presentation and a surprisingly high level of complexity make Sakuna a game worth your time.
  6. Nov 11, 2020
    80
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is more complex than one might expect, which is a pleasant surprise. The delicate and relaxing art of rice farming juxtaposed against the smooth and fast-paced combat makes this a unique but wholly engaging adventure. While combat can be a bit of slog until Sakuna has more abilities up her sleeve, it’s worth persevering with, because the result is a side-scrolling action title unlike no other.
  7. Nov 9, 2020
    60
    I jive a lot of what Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin sets out to achieve conceptually as it juggles between tight fast-paced action RPG combat and thorough rice farming mechanics. Edelweiss unfortunately fumbles on key areas to an otherwise charming title. Platforming is a hassle most of the time, especially in later areas. Every system feels a step too steep into resource micromanagement, and it made me feel as if I was always playing on a tight schedule rather than being able to progress at my leisure. I wish I loved this game more, because there is a lot of heart, but sadly I came away merely lukewarm from the experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nov 17, 2020
    10
    Most undervalued farm simulation game!

    You definitely need to try this game

    I did it for 6 hours Without knowing the time is passing
  2. Nov 26, 2020
    9
    Never thought agriculture is so fun.
    Everyday with a good appetite since played this game.
  3. Dec 14, 2020
    8
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a charming little title with a mix of beat em’ up platforming and lite Harvest Moon-esque mechanics. Visuals areSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a charming little title with a mix of beat em’ up platforming and lite Harvest Moon-esque mechanics. Visuals are bright and colorful; the music is pleasing to listen to. The real meat n’ potatoes are in cultivating rice and the small interactions between characters. Cultivating rice isn’t as simple as planting and leaving it alone until it’s ready to harvest; no, you have to understand how soil, weather, disease, etc. can affect the quality of your crop, ultimately affecting the stats you get from them. What I really loved the most is the interactions and round dinner conversations between all the characters creating this meaningful relationship between everyone.

    The game ain’t perfect though. Sure, the combat is flashy and fun to pull off combos, but man, does it also feel incredibly clunky and unintuitive. There are quite a few mechanics in how to properly cultivate rice, but none of it is really explained to you. Does that leave the game open to experimentation and for you to figure out? Sure, but even the simplest mechanics can leave you confused.

    Bottom line, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a fantastic game and is well worth your time and money. Even if you don’t care about the farming aspect, you still have the action platforming and exploration to dig into to. I highly recommend it!
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  4. Nov 22, 2020
    5
    This game has VERY big problem of grinding and is too repetitive.
    The bestiary is too small, same bunnys, boars and birds all the game.
    This game has VERY big problem of grinding and is too repetitive.
    The bestiary is too small, same bunnys, boars and birds all the game.
    Combat looks good and i should be good, but again, feels repetitive.
    Bosses are very forgettable since you can just spam attack, i never really need it to learn their pattern.
    The Rice part get boring really fast after a couple of years.
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  5. Nov 17, 2020
    4
    combat control in this game is so uncomfortable. command inputs, for example, → + B is not only working when you input that at the same timecombat control in this game is so uncomfortable. command inputs, for example, → + B is not only working when you input that at the same time but also works when you hold → button and input B button. that's just an example. there's too many bad things about combat controlling system in this game. the main content is do farm work for rice but they give you a very little clue about growing rice properly. and the game is real-time system that was kinda stress Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    1
    Not really my type of game, i tried to play it but just meh, noooooooooooope.
  7. Dec 8, 2020
    1
    Another extremely overhyped game that basically nobody knows about. I like to try unknown games, so i tried this and i didn't like it.

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