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  • Summary: Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. Explore the island any way you like. Choose your own path to follow and see where it leads you. You neverFollow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. Explore the island any way you like. Choose your own path to follow and see where it leads you. You never know what you might stumble into!
    Hike at your own pace - there's no need to rush to the summit! Take your time fishing along the river banks or swimming by the lakeshore.
    Collect hidden treasures to reach new heights. Try taking a dive off the mountain peaks to soar above the forests.
    Chat with the other hikers you meet along your route. You might be able to help each other out!
    Listen to a lush original soundtrack by Mark Sparling that progresses dynamically as you explore the wilderness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 30, 2020
    100
    A Short Hike really is a perfect experience. It’s easily one of the best games I’ve played this year, and I loved every single moment.
  2. 95
    A Short Hike is a game I can recommend to anyone without hesitation. It’s perfect for new players, looking to play something for a short while, but also respects experienced players by giving them the freedom to play the game however they choose. The charm the game brings to the table is reason enough for me to return time and time again to this world. It’s a feel-good zenlike game and I’m so incredibly happy that I can now return to this world at any time on the Switch. Finally it is only A Short Hike away.
  3. Ninty Fresh Magazine
    Dec 21, 2020
    95
    A Short Hike is a small but fully realised world: packed with great characters and emotional moments. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon. [Issue #2, p.56]
  4. Aug 25, 2020
    90
    A Short Hike is a game the whole family can love. It’s an homage to classics while still very much it’s own release. There is much to explore, fun characters to interact with, and the entirety of the title just had me smiling. Carve out a couple of hours in your day, curl up with some ‘Strawberries and Toast,’ and give A Short Hike a play. You won’t regret it.
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Many games often aspire to deliver more, sometimes bartering in dizzying excesses--be it in high-octane action or through big, sweeping narratives that thrust you into a heroic position. But it's the diminutive tales and everyday experiences of A Short Hike that give the game its comforting, even pastoral allure. It's about seeking quiet communion with nature even as you make your umpteenth hike towards the peak, or finding contentment in stumbling upon tinier, quaint scenes. It proposes that even the smallest and most mundane of vignettes can be as enthralling as grandiose universes and narratives of more ambitious games. As I embark on yet another leisurely trek after ascending the summit of Hawk Peak, I can't help but heartily agree.
  6. Sep 8, 2020
    85
    A Short Hike is a simple, small, straightforward experience that delivers a truckload of charm via the simple pleasure of exploring a mountainside without punishment or negative consequence. It does what it does well, and the experience ends exactly the way it should, exactly when it should. Well done!
  7. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    An utterly charming and perfectly paced mini-adventure that packs in more character, emotion, and sense of wonder than most 30 hour epics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 79
  2. Negative: 4 out of 79
  1. Aug 20, 2020
    10
    A magical journey in a world that mixes Animal Crossing and Breath of the Wild. The experience is extremely relaxing and rewarding. I wasA magical journey in a world that mixes Animal Crossing and Breath of the Wild. The experience is extremely relaxing and rewarding. I was expecting an ok game and was surprised with a hidden gem. Expand
  2. Jan 6, 2021
    10
    Playing the game only for a short while you can already tell that you are in for a treat, definitely worth the price tag to get this game and play it.
  3. Dec 4, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a beautiful game that puts a smile on my face everyone I play it. You play as a penguin in a pixelated game where you try to reach the top of a mountain. When you get to the top it shows a beautiful panoramic view of the world. You get a call from Mom who used to climb to the top every summer but can't now because she is too sick. An updraft appears behind you and you fly down back to where you started. I won't ever be able to experience the pure joy and satisfaction I did when I got to the top the first time. Thank you for this! Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2020
    9
    Un maravilloso soplo de aire fresco para el género de aventura abierta, divertido y sin complicaciones. Se disfruta desde el primer minuto yUn maravilloso soplo de aire fresco para el género de aventura abierta, divertido y sin complicaciones. Se disfruta desde el primer minuto y no pierde interés en ningún momento....de su corta duración. Es un placer volver a recorrer su mapeado planeando sin prisas cada rincón hasta encontrar todos sus tesoros ocultos. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2021
    9
    This is such a lovely little game. Heartwarming, and with a unique art style. Initially I found myself wondering what the point was, but giveThis is such a lovely little game. Heartwarming, and with a unique art style. Initially I found myself wondering what the point was, but give it a couple of hours and you will start being drawn in. The ending was gorgeous. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. May 21, 2021
    8
    Short. Sweet. Charming. Bought this on a whim and spent the most soothing afternoon ever with this game.

    I had collected too many powerups
    Short. Sweet. Charming. Bought this on a whim and spent the most soothing afternoon ever with this game.

    I had collected too many powerups by the end so the final climb to the top left me with a "huh, is that all" but it fits with the story. Your experience might be different.

    Highly recommend buying.
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  7. Jun 30, 2022
    0
    this game is not good. very lazy gameplay. the game is not fun and not interactive.

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