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  • Summary: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of theSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 14, 2020
    100
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an absolute delight and comes highly recommended, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of the platforming, RPG, or farming and crafting genres. I have the game for PlayStation 4, but I will most definitely be picking it up for Nintendo Switch as well, as the rice farming process offers up a meditative experience that I’d like to play just for a few minutes before bed to unwind. It’s warm narrative, incredible voice acting talent, stellar soundtrack, and overall gameplay makes Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin a must-buy.
  2. Nov 30, 2020
    82
    An interesting title which has its strengths in the curious mix of hack and slash combat with farming features, besides a charming cast of characters.
  3. Nov 9, 2020
    80
    Sakuna is more than the sum of its parts. Individually each element is just a bit lacking: the exploration is limited, the pacing a little tedious, the combat doesn’t quite have the depth of a true action-brawler and even the farming proves repetitive. But just as sunlight, fertiliser, water and toil together produce a bountiful harvest, all of this game’s elements come together to make something hearty and unexpected.
  4. Nov 27, 2020
    80
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a delightful game, a small production that exudes care from all pores and manages to instill a relaxing sense of calm in the player. The narration, which draws on classic Japanese folklore, has those simple but winning characteristics typical of the training story. A pure, cheerful and touching fairy tale, capable of holding on to the screen until the (splendid!) conclusion. Unfortunately, some naivety in mission management makes the second half of the game a bit redundant. It would have been perfect to "dry" the continuous backtracking, enriching the central part with some unprecedented fighting. However, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin can be loved, with well implemented game elements and wonderful art direction.
  5. 75
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a fun and entertaining game. I was quickly swept in by its charming characters, great writing, and rice farming simulation. Unfortunately, a lot of the game mechanics hold it back including the brutal day and night cycle and having to wait an entire game year just to level up Sakuna to make the game a little easier.
  6. Dec 4, 2020
    70
    Sakuna of Rice and Ruin narrates a wonderful fairytale of Japanese mythology, which is unfortunately plagued by pacing problems that arise from the intense repetition of exploration.
  7. Nov 23, 2020
    61
    When it comes to farming and ist various phases, Sakuna shows off some good ideas, but these are thwarted by monotonous fights and clumsy micro management.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 17, 2020
    10
    Most undervalued farm simulation game!

    You definitely need to try this game

    I did it for 6 hours Without knowing the time is passing
  2. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    Honestly, it wasn't a game that I expected.
    But it was unexpectedly fun.
    The action wasn't bad either. The story is very interesting. The
    Honestly, it wasn't a game that I expected.
    But it was unexpectedly fun.
    The action wasn't bad either.
    The story is very interesting.
    The game system and ideas are great.
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  3. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    Juego precioso, y con una gran banda sonora y jugabilidad
    Ademas de una edición coleccionista soberbia
  4. Aug 16, 2021
    9
    This is a charming and unique game. It is a mixture of side scrolling action RPG and rice farming simulation. It might not be for everyone butThis is a charming and unique game. It is a mixture of side scrolling action RPG and rice farming simulation. It might not be for everyone but it won me over. I bought it because it sounded like a crazy concept for a game and unique experience. It was both and the combination worked surprisingly well. It is the story of princess Sakuna who is a younger goddess. Here I should give a short outsiders explanation of the Shinto religion of Japan. It is diverse religion and not much restricted as there are countless beliefs within. Spirits and gods are part of life. They believe there are gods inhabiting all things like mountains, rivers and woods to name a few. There are myriads of them and those can grand benefits, curses or are indifferent with many layers in between. There are also countless ways to worship them and each region has different rituals that have similarities. There is even no textbook definition of Shinto and not a general regulated system like our western churches. Back to the game. Sakuna is a young goddess and inherited the abilities from her war god father and harvest goddess mother. However she is also a spoiled and sometimes immature child. After an incident with a group of fugitive humans she is banished with them to the isle of demons to clear and cultivate it. This is where the story starts. I liked it a lot even if its is not reinventing the wheel. It flashes out the characters, has its moments and at the end tied everything good together. The characters are charming, have their own personalities and the character development and interaction did not fail. I admit that sometimes their was a bit of annoyance and that I can also see others hating this. Gameplay wise the first part is the side scrolling action RPG. You explore locations on the island while fighting monsters and gain resources. Not all parts are immediately accessible and you must get your exploration level up to access new parts. For this each location has set goals to raise exploration points like finding specific items, defeating demons (numbers or in a specific way), reach the goal and others. During the curse of the game the locations get more difficult (enemies and terrain) and new elements are introduced. Beware there is a day and night cycle and demons are stronger at night. Unlike other games you don't get experience for defeating enemies. You are a harvest goddess so you gain levels with each rice harvest (The more the better but quality matters also). This is where the rice farming part comes into play. It is a really impressive simulation and there is a lot to master. Be warned they want to show how hard it is and it will be no small feat. This can be a turn off for many as it is a lot to do time wise and I disliked it a bit before it became interesting. Sakuna and with this you the player are a newbie at this. You have to sort, seed, fertilize, remove pest plants, watering, harvest, drying and peeling manually. You get better and learn helpful abilities but each step is time consuming. This is just the beginning as each step has its functions or rules and the results can vary. Later you get new steps, improvements and options. At the end I like that they gave me a robust and complex system that is challenging and rewarding. I was proud to gain the best results with quality and not only quantity. There is also an option to let others to it if it is not your cup of tea. Other than this there is a resources management system. You need food and some gives you benefits for the day (until you get hungry again), other resources can be used to get better equipment and another thing I cant spoil. You also learn a lot of abilities or get scrolls with farming knowledge. All in all this was a unique combination that worked quite well. The graphics while not be on the best levels are charming and I like the character and monster design. Sadly they reuse the level design a bit. The soundtrack is a true strength of the game. Not in the best of all time sense but really good. There are some negatives: The start is a bit hard and the farming can be frustrating. I had one crash during the game but no glitches or bugs. Other than that I wish they point out that some attack skills are really good for jumping a lot higher. In total this is not much serious for me. Overall this was a positive surprise. It was a unique experience that I cherish. I hope for a sequel and recommend the game but with the warnings given in this review. Expand
  5. Jun 30, 2022
    9
    One of the best games ever made. The sense of progression, almost unparalleled for me. Never thought a game could get me interested in riceOne of the best games ever made. The sense of progression, almost unparalleled for me. Never thought a game could get me interested in rice farming, and I'm not even into sidescrollers. But this game holds a special place in my heart, because it was just a great experience, that held fair challenges. It was clear the devs really put their effort into making a good, not greedy game. One of the diamonds in the rough of modern crap. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2022
    9
    The game is surprisingly fun to play. It might be a little too fast-paced for my taste, as one has to manage the farm and fight monsters in 1The game is surprisingly fun to play. It might be a little too fast-paced for my taste, as one has to manage the farm and fight monsters in 1 day. And game time is constantly ticking. But other than that, I still had a lot of great time. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2021
    4
    While I do like the concept and farming part of the entire game, the controls and really clunky combat just ruin the experience for me.
    The
    While I do like the concept and farming part of the entire game, the controls and really clunky combat just ruin the experience for me.
    The story is very "meh", it portrays the usual "Friends and Family are most important" and "Hard work is his own reward" kind of spiel.
    The charactars are endearing but overall boring.
    I really wanted to like this game but the day/night mechanic (Monsters get super strong suddenly, meaning you can't beat a boar at 10% HP if that happens), the horrible combat controls (no double jump and no dodge, instead you have a "Rayment" that can attach to things but can bug out every now and then and it's sometimes not well telelgraphed to what it can attach) the really slow pace (Your strength and some story progress is bound to growing your rice, so if you explore faster, you need to just sit there and wait a bunch until your rice is ready) just break it for me.

    The concept is great but the execution is just plain bad.
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