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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

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  • Summary: A hand-drawn 2D action platformer set in the mythical world of Lumenox. Master the synergy of Teleportation and charge to defeat evil.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Apr 10, 2015
    67
    Aaru’s Awakening has a beautiful art style, but it's control issues and an unbalanced difficulty curve ruin the experience.
  2. Apr 10, 2015
    60
    Aaru’s Awakening can be beaten in just a few sittings and the experience isn’t memorable or overall exciting. It is worth somewhat of a playthrough to look at the gorgeous environments and characters, provided they don’t kill you first.
  3. Apr 25, 2015
    60
    Aaru's Awakening is a pretty challenging platformer, with many "trial & error" situations but also some issues you can't ignore.
  4. Apr 29, 2015
    60
    If you fancy something artsy and with some challenging gameplay, then we think that you should consider giving it a shot. Everyone else will want to pass on this one.
  5. Apr 8, 2015
    55
    Aaru's Awakening presents a messy control scheme that makes difficult even the easiest movement. This complete disaster is somehow balanced by the beautiful hand drawn levels and characters, but it's not enough to reward the game with a sufficiency.
  6. Apr 16, 2015
    49
    It's almost unplayable, and that's a real shame, since the graphic and artistic compartments are oh so good.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. Aug 8, 2016
    10
    Wonderful graphic,
    Original mechanics,
    Great bosses, Spinal cord action. F**k you, casuals. Everyone who love platformers will enjoy
    Wonderful graphic,
    Original mechanics,
    Great bosses,
    Spinal cord action.

    F**k you, casuals. Everyone who love platformers will enjoy this masterpiece. But I warn you, it will not be a love at the first glance.
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  2. Apr 11, 2015
    8
    I understand where some of the other user reviews are coming from as when I first started up this game I found it odd and frustrating, butI understand where some of the other user reviews are coming from as when I first started up this game I found it odd and frustrating, but after a few hours of play I really started to enjoy what this game has to offer. The fun for me is in the incredible teleportation mechanic that feels different to anything I've seen in a platformer before. I think this may throw some people off because it feels so different, but once I got used to it I had a lot of fun getting through each level.

    The game is very difficult, but like games such as Super Meat Boy, the respawn is near instantaneous which allows for a quick retry. If you want to breeze through the game, you won't be able to do it; this one is a challenge, so you have to be up for it.

    I would be disappointed if others read the harsh reviews and didn't give it a shot. I'm certainly glad that I downloaded it. like others have mentioned, this is a free game for Playstation Plus users this month. I often have the habit of judging a game very quickly when it's free, setting it down, and then moving on to something else. That may be doing this game a disservice as it does take some time to really gel with the mechanics.

    The art is all hand drawn and looks beautiful as well. Fun music to back up the visuals too.

    As others mentioned the menu is a bit counterintuitive at first, but it's really simple once you get used to it. Again, I think there's a big downside to this game being free as it does have a strange feel to it and I think many will give up on it before giving it a fair shot.

    Overall, if you're looking for a fun challenge, this is a great game and it's one of my favorite offerings from playstation Plus in a very long time.
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  3. Jan 6, 2017
    7
    Its a hard game to play but an easy game to beat and to 100% the trophies. There are plenty of check points to get you through the map. MostIts a hard game to play but an easy game to beat and to 100% the trophies. There are plenty of check points to get you through the map. Most time spent on each map to get gold 20 mins. But I imagine that if they didnt make it hard enough the playthrough would be half an hour.
    Graphics are artwork not the other way around.
    The controls appear sluggish but its probably to make the game harder to play.
    I especially like the instant respawn.
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  4. Jun 30, 2015
    3
    The more I played Aaru's Awakening the lower I wanted to mark it as this is one of those indie titles with an interesting concept and a numberThe more I played Aaru's Awakening the lower I wanted to mark it as this is one of those indie titles with an interesting concept and a number of good ideas that is let down badly, and I mean badly, in its execution. The hand drawn graphics are undeniable beautiful to look and there are flashes of potential here but the controls simply aren't precise enough for the more complex platforming sections and trial and error gameplay, whereby a number of obstacles and enemies can't be seen until it is too late to do anything about dying, is something that should have been extinct long ago. This all makes for a very frustrating and not particularly enjoyable experience.

    Apparently the game takes less than 3 hours to complete but I couldn't even manage that long before deleting from my console.
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  5. Apr 10, 2015
    2
    the good:.
    *art style
    *teleporting *free with PS+ the bad: *rubbish menu system *controls *sluggish *padded out with timed runs
    the good:.
    *art style
    *teleporting
    *free with PS+

    the bad:
    *rubbish menu system
    *controls
    *sluggish
    *padded out with timed runs
    *game appears broken in first boss fight as you are teleported into a new screen and often killed straight away
    *free with PS+ when we could have something better
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  6. Nov 6, 2015
    2
    This game is absolutely uninspired, and even though it was available on PS+, I had absolutely no enjoyment playing this game. Generic voiceThis game is absolutely uninspired, and even though it was available on PS+, I had absolutely no enjoyment playing this game. Generic voice acting, steep learning curve in precision platforming and simply no reason is given to the player to keep wanting to play this game. Even the art style, whilst it is the only thing going for the game, makes it look depressing and unimpressed with itself. Steer clear. Expand
  7. Jun 14, 2015
    0
    Don't bother with this game. The controls are wonky as hell and you have to teleport into enemies to kill them which can be very frustratingDon't bother with this game. The controls are wonky as hell and you have to teleport into enemies to kill them which can be very frustrating because if you warp just above them or a few inches away from them they kill you if you aren't quick enough to fix your mistake. The Games main protagonist doesn't have any backstory besides what thy give you at the beginning (which is the usual ancient and powerful being with the power to destroy everything creates you and then puts you into a very long slumber) this game deserves less than a 0 and isn't worth anyone's time. Expand

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