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  • Summary: Solar Ash is the second game from Heart Machine, the creators of the award winning 2016 game Hyper Light Drifter. Journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters.

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Solar Ash Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2021
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Dec 3, 2021
    95
    Solar Ash will go down as an absolute triumph of form and function, a storytelling masterclass amongst a perfectly crafted visual and audible feast. They left it to the last moment to drop right near the top of my best of 2021, but Heart Machine should be proud of their accomplishments across the board.
  2. 90
    By making Solar Ash radically different from Hyper Light Drifter, Heart Machine has avoided boxing themselves into a niche while being able to continue and build a universe they clearly care for. It wears its influences on its sleeve and comes together as a cosmic mix of a few games held dear by many, and as long as they continue to do this, I’ll eat it up until I am far beyond full.
  3. Dec 7, 2021
    85
    Controlling Rei in Solar Ash’s beautiful world is an absolute joy, with fluid, precise, and simple controls as well as a diverse set of challenges to overcome. Unfortunately, there are more than a few moments where the normally excellent level design suddenly becomes tedious and annoying.
  4. Dec 1, 2021
    80
    With a first run taking 10 hours or less, Solar Ash is a focused affair that delivers on its vision without getting distracted by extraneous missions or checklists. The scale of its massive creatures pairs well with strong level design and interesting characters. It’s hard to avoid comparisons, but bold visuals and a sense of agility help separate Solar Ash from its inspirations and provide a surreal journey that’s all its own.
  5. Jan 17, 2022
    70
    Solar Ash feels like a middle ground between something like Jet Set Radio and Shadow of the Colossus. Sadly, the new game by Heart Machine lacks any meaningful ambitions or novelty, and yet if you love the genre, Solar Ash is worth a try.
  6. Dec 1, 2021
    70
    Solar Ash looks and feels awesome to play — when it works. When it doesn't, it's a frustrating experience.
  7. Dec 8, 2021
    40
    This unquestionably beautiful game about saving a planet from an encroaching black hole boldly goes where few have remained awake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Mar 6, 2022
    10
    One of the best Instagram I ever played it the movements it's smooth the design of the world is great and end tattoo design of Moses bosses isOne of the best Instagram I ever played it the movements it's smooth the design of the world is great and end tattoo design of Moses bosses is absolutely great reminds me Shadow of the Colossus Expand
  2. Dec 6, 2021
    10
    kheyli aalie vaghean dasteshoon dard nakone , man o ali fa_ghir neshastim darim baazi mikonim kheyli haal mide
  3. Dec 4, 2021
    10
    A worthy successor to Hyper Light Drifter. I only wish there was more of it - I finished it in two days, side quests included. A brilliant,A worthy successor to Hyper Light Drifter. I only wish there was more of it - I finished it in two days, side quests included. A brilliant, smart, moody game with wonderful traversal, impressive bosses, tight gameplay, and a pervasive atmosphere of melancholy and wonder. A top-tier indie game. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2022
    8
    The game has a very good rhythm and sense of style, the visuals are simple but aesthetic, the gameplay is dynamic and fluid and the difficultyThe game has a very good rhythm and sense of style, the visuals are simple but aesthetic, the gameplay is dynamic and fluid and the difficulty feels right. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2022
    7
    Pros -
    Art and environmental design
    Soundtrack Platforming is well done and has a good challenge to it Interesting characters and lore
    Pros -
    Art and environmental design
    Soundtrack
    Platforming is well done and has a good challenge to it
    Interesting characters and lore
    Boss design is amazing

    Cons-
    Had some frame drops and performance issues
    Rei feels somewhat uneven (bad lines and tonal shifts)
    Some enemies feel like obstacle courses over a real threat
    Combat is average at best
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  6. Jan 13, 2022
    2
    I wanted to love this game...But I hate it. The art is amazing, but the gameplay is so shallow. Its basically non existant. You run aroundI wanted to love this game...But I hate it. The art is amazing, but the gameplay is so shallow. Its basically non existant. You run around for a few minutes then fight the boss then repeat.. The boss fights are extremely lame...and the ice feel of the landscape really interferes with the lots of platform jumping required in Solar Ash Expand
  7. Dec 11, 2021
    0
    The story of the game is so stunning for an indie title. Definitly the best game in 2021.

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