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  • Summary: Sayonara Wild Hearts is a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph. As the heart of a young woman breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreamsSayonara Wild Hearts is a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph. As the heart of a young woman breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams and leads her through a highway in the sky, where she finds her other self: the masked biker called The Fool. Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and set out to find the harmony of the universe, hidden away in the hearts of Little Death and her star-crossed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 30, 2019
    100
    Overall, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a perfect experience. It may not last long, but it will certainly draw you in with its story, keep you there with its variety of gameplay, and then bring the entire experience together with its amazing visuals and music.
  2. Sep 30, 2019
    92
    My skills at rhythm games are middling at best. Whether or not I get better at a given title is entirely dependent on how compelled I feel to press on. With Wild Hearts, I’m eager to keep moving forward. Even the simple tones of success, the spacey glitters and tinkling synths of token acquisition, are a deep, bone-written impetus to continue. Between the infectious music and the gorgeous graphics, I’m going to have this experimental album on repeat for quite a while yet. Aside from its length, Sayonara Wild Hearts is basically a perfect rhythm game.
  3. 90
    From the hyperkinetic pop soundtrack to the breakneck gameplay speed, Sayonara Wild Hearts is one hell of a rollercoaster ride. The undeniable visual flare, immense style and uncompromising frame rate hides a clear message underneath it all that many can relate to. Wild Hearts never die and Sayonara Wild Hearts should stand for years to come as a shining example of how to bring music alive into the gaming medium. It’s nothing short of fantastic.
  4. Sep 24, 2019
    85
    Sayonara is an experience first and game second, so it is not one that should be played if you are only interested in the high scores, but if you take the game as a whole, then it can be deeply rewarding.
  5. Oct 23, 2019
    81
    Sayonara Wild Hearts is really difficult to describe: it's an unique audiovisive experience and we believe that any fan of pop culture should try it out.
  6. Oct 5, 2019
    75
    Wild Hearts is a game with a ton of charm, but it left me wanting more. It feels like it could have made the leap from good to great with some relatively minor additions and tweaks.
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    70
    One of the more interesting ideas the game posits is actually how it approaches trophies. A collection of “zodiac riddles” give you vague clues about what to do, and are usually weird things you would not do while playing regularly. This is a master stroke as it vastly increases the replayability of the title, which would top out at barely an hour without it. Despite its short length, this is still very much a trip worth taking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 17, 2019
    10
    Gonna keep this short and sweet since I just wrote something long and then my dog bumped into me and hit the back button, deleting everythingGonna keep this short and sweet since I just wrote something long and then my dog bumped into me and hit the back button, deleting everything haha. First review on the site, completely spoiler-free. This game does for video games what Journey did for them. Pure ecstacy at times, heartbreaking at others. Incredibly beautiful soundtrack with stunning visuals, had me fist-pumping the air then nearly crying near the game's end. Is it short, yes. Is it worth every penny still, yes. Would it be better if it were longer, no! Is the game pure perfection, no, but I still wouldn't change a thing about it. If you enjoy experiencing new things in gaming, this is for you in my opinion. If you like pop music or really any music, I believe this is for you. If you like runner games, this is likely for you, but it's much more than that. Do yourself a favor and give this a go. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2019
    10
    WOW, what I blast I have just played.

    This is the first time I play a "experience" and I really liked it. It is a very simple game but each
    WOW, what I blast I have just played.

    This is the first time I play a "experience" and I really liked it.
    It is a very simple game but each level is different and it makes you travel to that fantastic world for 1.5 hours.
    It is not for everybody but it is one of the game's i have enjoyed the most in the recent months.
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  3. Sep 22, 2019
    10
    I'm not exaggerating when I say the game blew my mind. This is the kind of dream game i dreamed of making one day when I way a kid. It's theI'm not exaggerating when I say the game blew my mind. This is the kind of dream game i dreamed of making one day when I way a kid. It's the kind of game people dream up and say "you know why isn't there a game that just takes these concepts we like and just flies away with them and breaks down walls and creates something entirely original and imaginative." Music 10. Art 10. Design 10. Controls 10. Plus it's really cheap so you can't go wrong. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    Amazing Game!
    Perfect Art-Desing.
    Very Beautiful Music.
    One of the Best Games i Ever Played.
  5. Apr 26, 2020
    8
    This game is an incredible experience of audio and visual fidelity that is a steal at the low price point.
  6. Oct 3, 2019
    5
    A game that was obviously developed for mobile devices. The music and presentation are cool and stylish, but the gameplay is dull. Some stagesA game that was obviously developed for mobile devices. The music and presentation are cool and stylish, but the gameplay is dull. Some stages are barely a minute long, and the whole experience lasts an hour or so.

    It's basically a swiping game: Everything is on rails and you just need to press left or right on the controller to avoid obstacles or collect coins. Occasionally you have to press X at the right moment and there are one or two stages that play a bit differently, but it's mostly about style and not gameplay.

    I liked the visuals and music, but as a game it falls flat.
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  7. Dec 31, 2019
    3
    all sauce no meat. boring game. it's a flurry of bright colors with no meaning. music will appeal to you only if you like dance music