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Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

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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: 57 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  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 23, 2021
    10
    I had a magical experience with the game. The art style, map design, characters and everything was more than I expected from the game. ArtI had a magical experience with the game. The art style, map design, characters and everything was more than I expected from the game. Art style was satisfying to look at, characters are fun to interact with, gameplay is simple, soundtrack is amazing, story is not deep at all. Perfect game to play at 2-3 AM. Expand
  3. May 26, 2021
    10
    I love A Short Hike. It's one of my favourite games of all time. With charming characters and fun, engaging gameplay, i would recommend thisI love A Short Hike. It's one of my favourite games of all time. With charming characters and fun, engaging gameplay, i would recommend this game to everyone Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    9
    Nice little game about a peacefull hike in the wilderness, recommended. The artstyle is unique
  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. Sep 21, 2020
    4
    It looks allright, the color palette is nice, flaoting in the air is nice enough, and the interactions between the various characters areIt looks allright, the color palette is nice, flaoting in the air is nice enough, and the interactions between the various characters are quite cool - but overall, this game is just so boring. Nothing really happens. You just follow a trail, and find some stuff here and there - 0 engagement. The camera angle is weird as well, making you fall long distances from time to time. I'm sure games like these has its audience, but this certainly wasn't for me. Expand

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