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  • Summary: AER puts you in the shoes of Auk, a magical shape-shifting girl who can transform between human and bird. As one of the last few shapeshifters, you are sent on a pilgrimage to the Land of Gods. Uncover the secrets that will help save reality itself.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
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  1. Oct 23, 2017
    82
    It's curious to see how a handful of brains and so much passion can create such graceful creatures.
  2. Oct 23, 2017
    80
    After circling the world’s skies and visiting the final shrine, I had a wonderful time with Aer: Memories of Old. The visuals are perfect, it’s deliciously compact, and there really is something quite wonderful about being able to take to the skies and fly without a care. After seeing it so long ago and holding onto hope that Forgotten Key would deliver, I can honestly say that it was worth the wait.
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    Dec 3, 2017
    80
    A charming yet brief little platforming gem. [Issue#194, p.83]
  4. Oct 23, 2017
    70
    AER: Memories of old is perfectly fine, but it could have been something wonderful.
  5. Nov 10, 2017
    60
    AER is at its best whilst flying through the sky with little care in the world for the extra tasks the game demands. The flying is fun, strangely meditative, and feels freeing. Sadly, disappointment comes from AER’s choice to remain hands off in directing players towards its content. Instead of been filled with wonder as I explored, aimless wandering soon took over as I wished for a more authored experience. That feeling of been continually lost quickly began to erode the fledgling feelings of joy I had at the outset of my adventure.
  6. Oct 27, 2017
    60
    Ironically, AER Memories of Old doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression. It feels like a prototype you might show a publisher to convince them to fund a full game. What’s here is charming, but it feels underbaked compared to the games it patterns itself after. If you’re looking for a laid-back Zelda-like adventure and don’t mind spending $15 for a single play session, AER Memories of Old is a pleasant-enough distraction, just don’t expect to be swept off your feet.
  7. 50
    When AER: Memories of Old is focused on soaring through the skies, or tackling a multi-room temple puzzle, it’s at its best. The rest of the time it fails to register much interest in its lackluster story and world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 1, 2018
    10
    Small, but stunning game, gorgeous atmosphere and art, enjoyable and beautiful sound and music and interesting storytelling, if there is aSmall, but stunning game, gorgeous atmosphere and art, enjoyable and beautiful sound and music and interesting storytelling, if there is a game, that can be called Amazing In the literal sense of the word, then this is it, game is small, do not have lots of gameplay, do not have much action or deep puzzles, but have interesting world and its beautiful story.
    Great game to relax and dive in to another world.
    Also, if you ever dreamed to be a bird, then you have to play it.
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  2. Jul 21, 2020
    9
    Beautiful, absorbing game world, with a dreamy and smooth flying mechanic that's fun and not annoying. It starts off very mellow, lots ofBeautiful, absorbing game world, with a dreamy and smooth flying mechanic that's fun and not annoying. It starts off very mellow, lots of exploring and not too much action, however after a while you encounter caves and other curious areas with some great, satisfying puzzles. I loved the game, though did get a little lost and cheated a little to grasp what I should be looking for. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2017
    9
    Daedalic Entertainment and developer forgotten key are very brave. To go up against the likes of Assassins Creed, Wolfenstein and Call of DutyDaedalic Entertainment and developer forgotten key are very brave. To go up against the likes of Assassins Creed, Wolfenstein and Call of Duty is one hell of a statement. It's a cluttered time for game releases You must have lots of faith in a game to do this. Forgotten Key have been working on the game for five years and have pored love into this project and you can tell. Words like "beautiful" "charming" and "relaxing" are not out of place when describing this game. I found my time playing a totally stress free and engaging experience.

    At first glance you'd think you were looking at Sony's very own Tearaway. The world in AER is broken into sections that you can explore from the moment you get outside of the first dungeon. Playing as a girl, a shapshifter you can transform into a bird and sore high about the world on your quest to restore order and solve the mystery. The transformation is seamless with a double tap of the X button. As you fly you can pan the camera looking for clues and dungeons or points of interest.
    I played the game in my style. I love exploring and seeing how far I can go so I'd opened up the world virtually straight away. You can play it your own way. Talking to people at you main base camp will give you clues as to where you have to travel and explore in the land of gods. How you go about this is entirely up to you.

    Exploring the world feels very Tomb Raider at times. Activating 'gates' will open up dungeons where you will carry out some very familiar platforming. As you venture further north snow will start to fall. Exploring the world will reward Trophy hunters so be sure to fly and land to route out all the games secrets.

    The graphics in the game are perfect for the relaxing feeling the game gives you. At no time did I experience any jitters or slowdown no matter how hard I pushed the game engine. Water effects are very well done considering the art on show. Sound is also very relaxing and the music ramps up when you take to the sky giving you a very relaxing feeling.

    All in all AER Memories of Old is a very pleasant surprise. It's style and gameplay is a very pleasing break from all the repeated yearly games and one that really tries to stand out and succeeds. Games like this will be loved or hated and I'm very pleased to say I loved it. From the first 10 minutes on to the conclusion. I've said nothing of the story as it would spoil it.
    Suffice to say that you need to play this brilliant game.
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  4. Jul 27, 2020
    8
    I loved this games aesthetics and setting. Is very interesting the approach the developers took. The soundtrack is very good too, withI loved this games aesthetics and setting. Is very interesting the approach the developers took. The soundtrack is very good too, with peaceful melodies that encourage you to travel around the map just by listening to the music.
    I would recommend this game to anyone just looking for a peaceful experience.
    The lack of enemies in the game and combat in general is not something that can be missed as the I felt hook in the history and tryin to learning everything about the land I was in.
    The only two aspects of the game that I didn't like are the following:
    1. There game didn't make an effort to encourage you to learn about the history of the world you are in. Usually games like these provide you with extensive literature and even reward you for finding these information. However with Aer not even the characters encourages the main one to explore looking for information about the world. Is up to the player to decide this.
    2. The game time. I feel there was so much potential to continue the story or add more elements that made the gaming time longer. This may be fixed in a second part, in case, a second part comes someday.
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  5. Dec 30, 2018
    7
    This game has really good graphics and a nice atmosphere, there's just not much to do.
  6. Mar 3, 2019
    6
    Un título corto y sin sustancia que tiene poco o nada que ofrecer a una industria repleta de indies de mejor calidad. Más allá de su apartadoUn título corto y sin sustancia que tiene poco o nada que ofrecer a una industria repleta de indies de mejor calidad. Más allá de su apartado visual y su sencillo platino, que tardé 4 horas en obtener, AER: Memories of Old es una obra que pasará sin pena ni gloria debido a tratarse de un título de aprobado que además ofrece una historia simplona. Sin duda, la facilidad para conseguir todos sus trofeos y su módico precio son de las únicas razones para adquirir esta obra de la que poco hay que decir. Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2017
    6
    AER: Memories of Old
    Peaceful, but not much here
    AER is a little over 4 hour long game all about exploration Here you play as a shape
    AER: Memories of Old
    Peaceful, but not much here
    AER is a little over 4 hour long game all about exploration
    Here you play as a shape shifter that can turn into a bird out to obtain 3 shard pieces to unlock an ancient temple and defeat the void before it takes what’s left of the shattered world you find yourself in…
    The gameplay here is very simple and the music is very beautiful...
    There is no combat... no hard or frustrating puzzles…
    you simply fly uncovering islands, secrets and knowledge and explore these islands and hidden caves and temples on foot
    flying feels intuitive and smooth, though I did get stuck in a rock while landing, forcing me to back out to the main menu and lose the island uncovering progress made since my last save.. But this only happened once… the game is otherwise pretty bug free... though im convinced one of the trophies are bugged for discovering an ancient battlefield.. unless I discovered the wrong thing
    There are multiple caves hidden on these islands containing spirit animals and tablets to give you more back story…
    but where there’s some traditional gameplay is within this games 3 temples…
    Each are fairly short to complete, the longest taking me about 20 minutes.. And will have you going through powering switches with your torch and aligning different items to progress, nothing too difficult or frustrating… and you can enter any temple at any time when you feel you need a break from exploring... the pacing of this game is up to you. Again really making this a relaxing enjoyable experience to get lost in…
    I wouldn’t necessarily call AER special or a must play game…
    But I appreciate the break from life playing this game gave me
    I give AER: Memories of Old
    a 6/10
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