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Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set out on an emotional journey through the bittersweet lives of two people where memories come alive and time bends to your will. Lose yourself in moments of happiness and overcome every hardship as you relive your life’s story. A story of joy and sorrow. A simple story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    A beautiful adventure that will stay with me forever. Arise: A Simple Story is one story told through amazing animations played through a beautiful world, accompanied by a soundtrack that makes this game a masterpiece in every piece of its design.
  2. Dec 2, 2019
    85
    Arise is an incredibly powerful story despite it being so simple. It invokes emotions that I would rarely bring with me when playing a video game, and it is refreshing to know that there is a game out there focused on bringing us a heartwarming experience. There are so many elements in the game that work well together, from the color palette, lighting, music, gameplay, and ease of controls. Even without much dialogue or long, extensive cutscenes, Arise is able to tell us a simple story that is vibrant and rich, bringing us an unforgettable and emotional experience.
  3. Dec 6, 2019
    85
    Piccolo Studio's debut is a game that will linger in your mind for a long while, a simple adventure in its form, but with a message as beautiful as painful. One more example that videogames are a great medium to transmit a message and, as Journey and similar games, they are playable poetry. If you like this kind of offering, go get it without hesitation.
  4. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    By making a point of keeping things simple, Arise: A Simple Story excels in all the right places. Basic 3D platforming is elevated by the introduction of time manipulation, transforming the beauty of its locations into an interactable piece of art. And when its visual design is already this stunning, it makes for an experience that delights every sense imaginable.
  5. Dec 4, 2019
    80
    Those who enjoy 3D platformers with a twist will love their time with Arise: A Simple Story and its gorgeous world.
  6. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    Arise is exactly what we expect from the indie scene: something special that can’t be found in AAA. Its gameplay isn’t its biggest strength, but it all works towards conveying emotions –and that’s where it shines.
  7. Dec 6, 2019
    55
    Arise: A Simple Story is pretty to look at, but the moment you have to start playing, it falls apart. A mish-mash of imagery, tone, gameplay, and narrative that seem okay on their own, but fail to come together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Dec 14, 2019
    10
    This game is magnificent, poetic, with accessible gameplay. And what about the music. A real work of art, a masterpiece. To recommend,This game is magnificent, poetic, with accessible gameplay. And what about the music. A real work of art, a masterpiece. To recommend, without the slightest hesitation. Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2019
    10
    Absolutely lovely. The story of this game is deeply touching, while the gameplay is unique and entertaining. Another game from thatgamecompanyAbsolutely lovely. The story of this game is deeply touching, while the gameplay is unique and entertaining. Another game from thatgamecompany that I want to share with my friends and family.
    I couldn't try it yet but I also noticed the two players local mode, and I can't wait to experience it.

    This is more than a game! Gave me in two hours a nostalgic feeling of having a beautiful life.
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  3. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    This is an amazing game. The story, art, music all of it. The atmosphere is mind blowing. just love it.
  4. Dec 5, 2019
    10
    This game is a crying machine. I can recommend it to everyone I love it! 10/10
  5. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    Brilliant! Very interesting gameplay, 4D puzzle platformer (3D + time control).
    Music and art style are simply stunning.
    One of the best
    Brilliant! Very interesting gameplay, 4D puzzle platformer (3D + time control).
    Music and art style are simply stunning.
    One of the best games this year.
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  6. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    looks amazing. A moving story, beautiful soundtrack, vibrant colors. I like it.
  7. Dec 14, 2019
    3
    This is one gorgeous, haunting, little indie game. The setting is beautiful, almost dreamlike. The soundtrack is perfection. Every littleThis is one gorgeous, haunting, little indie game. The setting is beautiful, almost dreamlike. The soundtrack is perfection. Every little thing about this game screams love. It's sad, though, that it offers one of the WORST, most broken platforming I've seen in years. Although Arise is a beautiful game to LOOK AT, it is a CHORE to play.

    I was actually sad to be mad and frustrated at this game; but, after you fall in the same pit over and over and over again it becomes difficult not to hate it. It just seems to be poorly made, rushed, unpolished. There is no fun in falling, dying, missing jumps because of bad game design.

    At the end, I know they wanted to give me a strong story but I'm afraid I could not enjoy it, I was hating this game so much. I just wanted to get it one and move on. It is a shame that such a beautiful game is a pain to play. I simply had no desire to find the collectibles, I was just happy it was over. Art direction and soundtrack 10. Gameplay design 0.
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