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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: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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 20, 2019
    85
    The work of the Spanish developer Piccolo Studios has used its resources to the fullest and offers in this title an example to follow for the path of video games.
  4. 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.
  5. 80
    In some ways, Arise: A Simple Story is perfectly named because it forgoes traditional dialogue or text-based narration for visual storytelling. However, through the inventive environmental game design that pushes the narrative forward to its well-realized and emotional conclusion, there is a complexity to Arise that left me misty-eyed by its affecting story of love and loss.
  6. Dec 4, 2019
    78
    Arise: A Simple Story is well worth the $20 and six hours you'll spend playing it. Even though it can't seem to avoid problems that plague your typical indie game, the artwork and level design are beyond worth the small investment.
  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: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    This is an amazing game. The story, art, music all of it. The atmosphere is mind blowing. just love it.
  2. Dec 7, 2019
    10
    One of the games of the year. How beautiful it is!! It is brilliant how developers link different stage of the story with a concordant, smartOne of the games of the year. How beautiful it is!! It is brilliant how developers link different stage of the story with a concordant, smart gameplay mechanics and music. As Journey, the game is an epic poem over the purpose of our lives. Love. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2020
    10
    beautiful, just beautiful. give it a try. if you are not a robot it will touch you. support the studio. just buy, chill, relax and enjoy thebeautiful, just beautiful. give it a try. if you are not a robot it will touch you. support the studio. just buy, chill, relax and enjoy the journey - you wont regret it. Expand
  4. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    Amazing game, beautiful, mature and enjoyable, great music, extraordinary idea and mood. Worth playing.
  5. Oct 10, 2020
    9
    This has been one of the best games I've ever played. Deeply emotional, calming, creative, beautiful. I loved the way it explores such deepThis has been one of the best games I've ever played. Deeply emotional, calming, creative, beautiful. I loved the way it explores such deep aspects of our humanity, such as love, loss, facing our inner fears, joy, romance, solitude - and all without any dialogue! I cried many times while playing it, as is touched those aspects of my own life that I haven't fully acknowledged. An absolute profound delight and I hope it inspires more games to be created in this style. Thank you to all the creators! Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2019
    9
    nice game, and nice story, its wonderfull to play. the game shine's on the visual effects
  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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