Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 15, 2022
    90
    A beautiful, “zen” 2D sea journey with clever puzzles and a captivating atmosphere. This is what indie and video games in general should be like.
  2. Mar 8, 2022
    90
    A wonderfully unique concept, FAR: Changing Tides had me attending to a virtual vessel with the kind of love and focus usually only devoted to the most valued things in life. Its beautiful, handcrafted art direction, stellar soundtrack, approachable yet unapologetic gameplay and phenomenal world will draw you in and refuse to let you go. This is a voyage worth taking, no matter the stormy conditions.
  3. Feb 21, 2022
    90
    FAR: Changing Tides is a beautiful game with a stunning soundtrack that puts you in control of a ship you'll build a fantastic bond with.
  4. Feb 21, 2022
    90
    In the end, FAR: Changing Tides is a worthwhile experience that certainly lives up to its atmospheric adventure description. While the lack of in-game prompts poses a challenge to some, its absence encourages players to strike out and explore on their own and organically find solutions to puzzles. The puzzles are challenging, but solving them without any help from the game feels rewarding, encouraging players to keep moving forward. While some minor annoyances can be found in its controls, no glaring issues exist that cannot be fixed with a simple patch. Overall, FAR: Changing Tides perfectly executes its simple gameplay, offering players a truly memorable and immersive experience.
  5. Feb 21, 2022
    90
    These are nitpicks though. Far: Changing Tides manages to take players on an emotionally engaging journey without a word, with a ship and the seas as your only companions. From beautiful isolation comes an unforgettable experience. If this sounds remotely like something that’s for you, definitely check it out.
  6. Feb 25, 2022
    83
    Far: Changing Tides isn’t an action-packed roller coaster ride – it’s a contemplative journey that isn’t afraid to slow down and ask you to reflect on your expedition. Of course, this adventure is full of challenges to overcome. But whether I was watching the clouds glide over a flooded city with the wind at my back or white-knuckling through a storm as ten-foot waves bombarded my ship, I was always completely enrapt by the moment. It’s a journey I hope to take again someday.
  7. PLAY
    Apr 1, 2022
    80
    A meditative journey through a desolate world, this vehicular adventure celebrates your ability to persevere. Make sure you're along for the ride for this one. [Issue#13, p.94]
  8. Mar 17, 2022
    80
    As someone who usually doesn't enjoy meditative gaming experiences, I must admit that FAR: Changing Tides completely captivated me.
  9. Mar 14, 2022
    80
    FAR: Changing Tides even when it's at its best feels like the game world itself: empty. It feels a bit that the game aspect was less important than the experience part. I believe FAR: Lone Sails offers a much more dynamic experience than the sequel. Yet, despite its shortcomings, FAR: Changing Tides is just as recommendable, especially if you liked the first game in the series. It has a kind of magic that is worth experiencing at least once, even if the replay value is quite thin. Is it for everyone? Definitely not! But those who look for their games off the beaten path, FAR: Changing Tides won't disappoint.
  10. Mar 14, 2022
    80
    FAR: Changing Tides takes you on an unforgettable voyage in an extremely atmospheric world and asks you to enjoy the ride, no matter the destination.
  11. 80
    Contemplative and striking, FAR: Changing Tides is an indie adventure that should be sought out. The light gameplay and sparse storytelling may not be for everyone, but it makes up for these deficiencies with its gorgeous visual design and excellent pace.
  12. Feb 21, 2022
    80
    FAR: Changing Tides is a mysterious, intriguing game. It builds off the inventive mechanics of managing a ship, the adventure you face taking on a vaguely unsettling tone at times. It's also fairly short – I finished it in about five hours – but that means it also doesn't try and stretch out its ideas until it outstays its welcome. This is an original and artistic game that deserves a little appreciation.
  13. Feb 21, 2022
    78
    Changing Tides is a sequel that knows how to expand the great ideas of the first one, although not always successfully.
  14. Feb 21, 2022
    76
    There is no doubt that those who loved Lone Sails will feel at home wallowing in the wet world of FAR: Changing Tides.
  15. Mar 13, 2022
    70
    More meditative than contemplative, FAR: Changing Tides is an invitation to tranquility, so assertive that it sometimes becomes sluggish. Between the long crossings, moments of grace maintain the interest of the experience, translated by intuitive puzzles and sound design at its peak.
  16. Feb 28, 2022
    70
    Far: Changing Tides isn’t going to be for everyone. But if the idea of a quiet, lonesome adventure about keeping your boat moving forward puts wind in your sails, you’ll love it. There’s a wonderful soundtrack to enjoy, and the puzzles it presents to you are engaging and well thought-out. But sometimes it’s just a little too barren for its own good, and the awkwardness of controlling your ship can get in the way of its serenity.
  17. Feb 25, 2022
    70
    FAR: Changing Tides is largely more of the same. With how good the first title is, that’s not a bad thing, but it leaves a little something to be desired. Great sound design and music, as well as incredible environmental art, don’t quite balance out the pacing issues, hard as they try. Your new vessel has more components to juggle than last time, and it’s mechanically satisfying, but you spend too much time doing it. While traveling underwater does add a new gameplay component to account for, the puzzles don’t offer enough of a challenge. All that said, Changing Tides is still worth your time.
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  1. Mar 23, 2022
    FAR: Changing Tides is a beautiful side-scrolling video game whose gameplay is based on a visual narrative, sailing a small boat and solving small puzzles that present themselves as obstacles. [Recommended]
  2. Feb 21, 2022
    Far: Changing Tides' story is a little longer and its puzzles more refined than its predecessor, while its world is as beautiful as ever. [Eurogamer Recommended]
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 11, 2022
    8
    非常棒的游戏,叙事节奏,美术风格,音乐。没有言语胜过千言万语,或许穿越千山万水,只是为了遇见你的那种感觉,表达的如此诗意。当然游戏并不完美,但在2022里已经算是难得的好作品了。非常棒的游戏,叙事节奏,美术风格,音乐。没有言语胜过千言万语,或许穿越千山万水,只是为了遇见你的那种感觉,表达的如此诗意。当然游戏并不完美,但在2022里已经算是难得的好作品了。
  2. Mar 22, 2022
    10
    That 6 user rating below makes no sense and needs to be removed. This game rocks and more need to be made like it.
  3. Mar 21, 2022
    10
    Красивое приключение. Жду продолжения.Спасибо за игру.