Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    An excellent, painfully brief piece of storytelling, with some decent characters and a lot of heart.
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    Light on actual awesome adventuring, but it certainly has the spirit of Life Is Strange throughout and shows a notable maturity and nuance in its depiction of a troubled household.
  3. 90
    Once again Dontnod has crafted a world ripe to explore, as it is set three years after the events of Life is Strange and still within Oregon the world is full of references to the original game, even within this brief pre-release teaser. Fans of the series will play this and find themselves completely relieved of any lingering concerns that they may have had that Max and Chloe are no longer the focus of the series, with Captain Spirit proving the Life is Strange universe - and Dontnod's on mastery over this kind of storytelling - is bigger then just the original protagonists.
  4. Aug 26, 2018
    Captain Spirit brings us the prequel for Life is Strange 2. The game revolves around Chris a.k.a. Captain Spirit. You get to make choices that affect the story and takes you through an emotional adventure. If you like Life is Strange, this is a must play.
  5. Jun 27, 2018
    Dontnod clearly has a lot more heart to share and story to tell.
  6. Jul 2, 2018
    While fans of the series may miss Max and Chloe at first, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit sets a bar for Life is Strange season 2 that’s just as high as 2015’s time travelling adventure. Chris is a charming, observant little kid, and his alter ego Captain Spirit provides a gripping side adventure in this two-hour long prologue. Dontnod, I am ready – give me season 2.
  7. Jun 29, 2018
    Simply awesome. Fans of the series know exactly what to expect while newcomers are welcomed into this world of tragedy and whimsy. It's free and fun, what more do you want?
  8. Jun 29, 2018
    Captain Spirit’s use of a child’s imagination to contextualize a dark, poignant story sets up a strong foundation to build Life is Strange 2 upon.
  9. Jun 26, 2018
    The story, despite being on the short side, was warm and heartbreaking at the same time, and it all comes to a head when an epic ending reveal sets up what could be an impressive and unexpected springboard for the story in Life Is Strange 2. It’s good to be back in this strange universe.
  10. 80
    A fun adventure with an emotional narrative, interesting characters and relationships.
  11. Jun 25, 2018
    Dontnod gives us the perfect tease of Life is Strange 2: a fresh and emotional story seen from the eyes of a normal kid.
  12. Jun 25, 2018
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the great return of Dontnod into the Life is Strange franchise. It's lovely, well crafted, and touching as usual (and it's also renewed in its graphics).
  13. Jun 25, 2018
    Regardless of how you classify The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit--whether it's a standalone adventure, a demo, or a prologue--it's a beautiful game, and one that leaves you all the more excited about Life is Strange 2.
  14. Jun 25, 2018
    Whether you continue the story in Life is Strange 2 or not, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit can, and will, give you an emotional trip down memory lane. It works perfectly as a stand-alone product, but there’s no doubt that it’s leading into something even better. We don’t know exactly where its sequel is headed, but the clues paint a picture I can’t wait to see.
  15. Games Master UK
    Aug 9, 2018
    While it doesn't tell you what Life is Strange 2 will be like, we hope for less teen drama and more magic like this. [Issue#333, p.81]
  16. Jun 27, 2018
    Despite some narrative clichés, the little prequel of Life is Strange 2 proves to be very effective in intensity and emotion.
  17. Jun 25, 2018
    Sometimes the change of mood is too sudden, but nonetheless this is an entertaining glimpse into what Dontnod might have in store with Life is Strange 2.
  18. Jul 3, 2018
    The game's tragic story really makes you sad. What also makes you sad, is the abundance of cliches.
  19. Jul 3, 2018
    This is a small and free preview of Life is Strange 2. It shows how games of Dontnod play and it is amazing how Dontnod can tell an emotional story in a very short amount of time.
  20. Jun 29, 2018
    A fun episode that places you in the shoes of a youngster with an extremely vivid imagination. To accomplish his super hero dreams there's plenty of side quests to complete which are challenging yet fun, but there's a fair amount of trial and error involved which gets frustrating. The overall story is pretty good although it is somewhat disappointing that apparently your choices don't affect the final outcome at all.
  21. Jun 25, 2018
    This prologue will have completed its mission: to give the fantastic adventures of Life is Strange 2 the opportunity to take flight.
  22. Jun 25, 2018
    Even though Captain Spirit stays in his comfort zone most of the time, there are some interesting new ideas in it. We definitely will see Chris again in Life is Strange 2, and I’m curious to see how his life will cross Arcadia Bay’s.
  23. Jun 27, 2018
    Life Is Strange gets a major upgrade in terms of visuals and dialogue, but even with all-new characters the same charm and emotional heart shines through.
  24. Jun 25, 2018
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a short but dense prequel, which introduces interesting characters, even if the game mechanics are too anchored to the past.
  25. Jun 25, 2018
    Captain Spirit sets the mood for Life is Strange 2 and makes a great character of Chris. We want to know more about him and about Captain Spirit because the prologue also feels clumsy in its dialogues and narrative (maybe because of the time that last).
  26. Jun 25, 2018
    Simple and almost trivial at first sight, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit lets the player be amazed by being so accurate. Life is Strange 2's introduction chapter gives us a glimpse of one little boy's boring Saturday morning being transformed into a space odyssey thanks to the power of imagination. Neither surprising nor challenging, the game will still easily deserves another playthrough for those whom want to witness every situation it has to offer. Too bad Captain Spirit lacks delicacy in so many ways.
  27. 70
    I wouldn't exactly go so far as to call it 'awesome', it's more of an okay adventure set within an engrossing world that continues to go from strength to strength. As someone who values a game's plot, I was able to forgive some of Captain Spirit's inadequacies while I expect others might not be as magnanimous. I can say that the episode itself and its uplifting cliffhanger have left me wanting more of the indomitable Chris and his Captain Spirit.
  28. Jun 25, 2018
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a small taste of the main dish. It's short and experimental, yes, but it's also free, and the decisions and actions made here will carry over into Life is Strange 2, so any Dontnod fan shouldn't miss this little story.
  29. Jun 28, 2018
    Captain Spirit is only clumsy occasionally; as a whole it is affecting, sweet and memorable. It is a free taster of a forthcoming game from the same developer, Life Is Strange 2, but more than just an advert or a demo, it is its own short story about an everyday tragedy.
  30. Jun 25, 2018
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit thoughtfully examines a troubled childhood through the eyes of the 10-year-old living it. This non-linear episode encourages you to explore, refraining from beating you over the head with its difficult subject matter. It’s building into something, and it’s hard to determine exactly what that is with DONTNOD being so coy about its plans for the sequel. You need to really dig into this to get anything out of it, and while we found the backstories of the small cast to be well thought out, it’s hard to know what purpose they will serve yet.
  31. Aug 26, 2018
    The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit attempts to set the stage for Chris and his heroic adventures, but the execution is lacking. Its lack of focus, along with its robust “Awesome Things to Do” chore list, make its two hour runtime drag out far longer than it has any right to.
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  1. Jun 27, 2018
    If there’s one thing Dontnod is good at, it’s creating characters that you grow to care about. Chris is destined to become a fan-favorite right up there with Chloe and Max. In that way, Captain Spirit is a perfect tease: I spent such little time with Chris that I can’t wait for more in season 2.
  2. Jun 27, 2018
    By the end, I was disgusted, angry, and exhausted. An uncommon set of emotions for a game you’d want to recommend to other people, even if they bounced off Life Is Strange.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 92
  2. Negative: 18 out of 92
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    Was a nice Adventure play that little Part to Life is Strange 2 , the Story of Captain Spirit ist awesome i cant wait see more
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    The awesome adventures of captain spirit
    Not so awesome
    The Awesome Adventure of Captain spirit is a free to play prequel to life is strange
    The awesome adventures of captain spirit
    Not so awesome
    The Awesome Adventure of Captain spirit is a free to play prequel to life is strange 2..
    The decisions you make here will carry over into that game… but I didn’t really find much deciding to be done here other than 1 or 2 moments in this 2 hour game
    I went in with high hopes for the awesome adventures of captain spirit, I loved life is strange and bits of before the storm…
    the game starts with promise as you’re describing the type of super hero your want captain spirit to be..
    This isn’t your typical life is strange episode though..
    This game takes place all in one area… the home and yard of 10 year old Chris.. aka captain spirit…
    it’s a Saturday and you have a list of awesome things to do.. there are also tons of not so awesome things to do like the laundry and dishes…
    there is a story to uncover here.. the emotion youre used to from this series is here and im excited to see where this story goes or how it ties into life is strange 2 as we don’t know who that game is all about, though after playing through captain spirit I have a few hunches…
    unfortunately though the awesome adventure if captain spirit just doesn’t capitalize on the idea of childhood imagination..
    this is a nostalgia trip as youre playing with your figures.. but where the game lets me down are the rugrat like moments where youre immersed in chris imagination..
    these moments are just extremely brief practically interactive cutscenes where you mash a button and that’s it..
    there wasn’t really a wow this is a neat game moment for me…
    The awesome Adventures of Captain spirit is free so theres really nothing to lose by checking it out.. just don’t go in with crazy expectations to see something cool and unique.. this is more of a story teaser than anything else.
    I give The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
    a 6.5/10
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  3. Jun 26, 2018
    Even though it's just a free demo to prepare us for LiS 2, Captain Spirit is detailed to the brim, with it's own little story to tell. WorthEven though it's just a free demo to prepare us for LiS 2, Captain Spirit is detailed to the brim, with it's own little story to tell. Worth checking out if you are a fan of the Life is Strange universe. Full Review »