Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 14, 2021
    90
    You'll get lost in a beautiful world full of relatable characters and complex relationships, and there just isn't anything quite like Where the Heart Leads out there right now. While it might not be for everyone, those who discover it will likely find themselves better for the experience.
  2. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    Where the Heart Leads is a wonderfully crafted narrative adventure, where every choice is felt throughout the story of Whit and his family.
  3. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    Sometimes things don’t work out the way we want them to. In all of its glorious indifference, the universe can seem to lie in wait for opportunities to twist our meandering paths forward in unexpected directions. Where the Heart Leads is gentle and empathetic in its lesson that adulthood isn’t a place where one arrives…While we all may strive not to live in the past, we all have moments we wish we could do-over. That’s what makes the gift of this game all the more special: it offers an invitation to try again, with the tender reminder that life will never be perfect.
  4. Jul 25, 2021
    85
    Touching and moving, Where the Heart Leads is a meaningful interactive journey.
  5. Jul 15, 2021
    85
    Where the Heart Leads is a narrative journey that will task those curious enough to live the life and choices of Whit. Much like life, it may feel exhausting or relentlessly surreal. Reams of dialog will unfold in front of the player, providing increasing amounts of agency over countless difficult and transformative decisions. Where the Heart Leads is a complex game that may not be digestible for a large audience. Yet those who spend time in this surprisingly lengthy game may watch their own personality and human nature begin to shine through these digital avatars. And such a reflective experience may be just the thing your soul needs.
  6. Jul 12, 2021
    80
    Where the Heart Leads is worth picking up and playing as soon as possible. The story it has to tell is carefully crafted, emotionally vulnerable, and will stick with players long after the final lines of dialogue fade from the screen.
  7. Jul 12, 2021
    79
    All in all Armature Studio has done a good job with Where the Heart Leads, offering a story-driven adventure based on choices that influence the story of the protagonist, but not very satisfying in terms of gameplay.
  8. Jul 12, 2021
    70
    Where the Heart Leads is a story full of nuances that will surprise and amaze. All this, however, will only happen after a long session of sometimes too verbose dialogues that break the rhythms of this adventure but it will be worth it.
  9. Jul 12, 2021
    60
    Where the Heart Leads is a difficult game to recommend, but it can be fine if you know what you’re getting into. If the idea of a slow family drama, one filled with ordinary and tedious adult problems, sounds interesting to you, then you might just enjoy the coming of age story of Whit Anderson. If you’re expecting this to live up to its surrealistic ambitions, then you’re probably going to face disappointment, especially when you realize that Whit Anderson’s existentialism is about as interesting as your own.
  10. Jul 12, 2021
    60
    The game does land one or two emotional blows towards the end, but getting to those moments requires a lot of walking — sometimes with only a vague idea of where you’re supposed to be going — and watching dull conversations unfold. Where the Heart Leads is too long, with huge stretches that give you little to do, and in the end you might be questioning whether it was all worth it. That’s life.
  11. Jul 13, 2021
    57
    Quotation forthcoming.
  12. Jul 14, 2021
    50
    Where the Heart Leads is all talk. You move Whit around each area, stopping to chat and, occasionally, to interact with the environment. It is, in effect, a point-and-click adventure game, only with the puzzles and the plot stripped back. Such is life, I suppose.
  13. Jul 13, 2021
    50
    Where the Heart Leads had a lot of potential, but was ruined by hollow dialogues, confusing navigation, shaky camera, and boring characters.
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  1. Jul 19, 2021
    The path becomes somewhat monotonous and boring, a product of dense dialogue that sometimes contributes little and a lack of focus on what is really important.