• Publisher: yeo
  • Release Date: May 17, 2018
  • Also On: Switch
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  • Summary: A highschool gang leader Ringo Ishikawa trying to live through his last autumn before graduation. With his best friends.
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  1. Jun 30, 2020
    10
    With contemplative themes, it's a well designed game that eloquently soothes me.
    Fun gameplay too! Progression in the game is genuinely satisfying.
  2. May 19, 2018
    10
    not bad for a Russian developer
    good animation, atmosphere and mini games
    it's worth buying
  3. May 2, 2019
    9
    I really enjoyed this game some of the things can be pretty repetitive but i fell in love with the story its characters and its melancholyI really enjoyed this game some of the things can be pretty repetitive but i fell in love with the story its characters and its melancholy atmosphere.Loved it Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2020
    9
    It's incredibly hard to describle this type of game. I don't want to resort to old-fashioned comparisions but in this case it's the best I canIt's incredibly hard to describle this type of game. I don't want to resort to old-fashioned comparisions but in this case it's the best I can do.

    The friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a Shenmuenesque Open-World Beat'em up with Slice of Life Elements peppered up with some time managment. The visuals and music make it a very unique yet similar experience to Shenmue in its foundation: it's life. Mundane, weird, unpredictable. It's up to you how you spend your time: beating some punks up to get by or trying to study and earn your monthly scholarship to have some fun playing pool. It's a relaxing and thought-provoking story on life, time and our own way in it.

    There is only one minor criticism towards the whole experience: the ending. There is no ending to life whether we are alive or not. The way the developer presents your final point in the game may ruin your overall experience making everything you've done on your journey pointless. Just be warned, not everyone is going to like this attitude. It's abrubt and very unsatisfying.
    Hence, minus one point for sacrificing the logic of the narrative for the authors' final message which might completely contradict your playstyle and experience with the game.
    Must buy for sure.
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  5. Feb 15, 2020
    7
    Mix in the some of the beat-em up gameplay and character building concepts from River City Ransom, add in a more serious coming-of-age taleMix in the some of the beat-em up gameplay and character building concepts from River City Ransom, add in a more serious coming-of-age tale with a Japanese delinquent culture, and deliberate sandbox-y open-world and immersive pacing of Shenmue, and you have a game like the Friends of Ringo Ishikawa.

    This will not be a game with mass appeal, and but it will really appeal to those who enjoy the cross-sections of ideas mentioned above. There are some execution faults and the I found the pacing of the game a bit slow to enjoy as a pure “video-game”, but I can certainly appreciate the effort of the developer melding all these niche ideas to come up a game that might appeal to those enjoy some of the more arty side of video games.
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  6. Jun 26, 2020
    7
    APENAS EMPECE A JUGAR Y QUEDE ATRAPADA estupendo juego es toda una aventura, la música es muy buena al igual que la peleas y la historia esAPENAS EMPECE A JUGAR Y QUEDE ATRAPADA estupendo juego es toda una aventura, la música es muy buena al igual que la peleas y la historia es muy envolvente Expand