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  • Summary: AER puts you in the shoes of Auk, a magical shape-shifting girl who can transform between human and bird.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    90
    The depth of emotion that the story dips into is remarkable considering the game style, with the music and sound effects combining to create a specific atmosphere within it. There is little to fault in here, other than how its saves possibly could be made clearer from the start to avoid needing to replay the first part more than once. A sequel wouldn't make sense for the story, but it would be fantastic if other stories are told in a similar way to AER: Memories of Old, with its unique ways of getting information across. Nothing new seems to be added post game, but the moving story is reason enough to replay it and get lost in its skies once more.
  2. Sep 27, 2019
    83
    Overall, the game is just an exceptionally pleasant experience. Nothing it does is truly groundbreaking but almost everything just gels together into a very cohesive experience both aesthetically and in terms of gameplay. It’s an exploration game that has both a world you’ll want to see coupled with a means of traversing the world that’s just plain fun. What more can you ask for in such a game?
  3. Sep 1, 2019
    80
    AER Memories of Old is such a captivating game that it's hard not to get lost in its beautiful and rewarding world.
  4. 70
    The problem with AER is length. At maybe a couple of hours or so to beat, with a story that doesn’t feel entirely resolved, I wanted more. The gameplay and world are so enjoyable that AER deserves the epic treatment of a full-on adventure.
  5. Sep 8, 2019
    70
    Aer: Memories of Old is not a game in which your mind and reflexes will be challenged. Nor does it offer any surprising events or intense action. Instead, it is mostly a calm experience where we are more than happy to fly around, take in environments and music - and just relax.
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    60
    AER: Memories of Old teases its potential with some amusing bits - namely the rich atmosphere and the bliss that comes with soaring through the skies as a bird. Still, it feels a bit like Zelda-meets-Myst - with much less detail or interaction. Tough to recommend, unless you find great value in a characteristically passive, serene adventure game.
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    50
    At best, AER can be a relaxing and contemplative experience. At worst, it can be confusing bore. The pleasing presentation makes it easy on the eyes, and its relaxed gameplay makes it a solid game to veg out with. Just don’t get too invested in what’s actually going on as the mildly interesting ideas wind up going largely unrealized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 19, 2021
    10
    Piękna relaksująca gra, ciekawa historia, przyjemny system poruszania się i wspaniała muzyka. Niewymagająca grafika pozwala działać wyobraźni.Piękna relaksująca gra, ciekawa historia, przyjemny system poruszania się i wspaniała muzyka. Niewymagająca grafika pozwala działać wyobraźni. Dla mnie gra roku w moim osobistym rankingu Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2020
    10
    Obtained one or two years ago with a GameStar magazine and liked it very much. The flight passages feel great, in a relaxing manner. So, whenObtained one or two years ago with a GameStar magazine and liked it very much. The flight passages feel great, in a relaxing manner. So, when I saw it at 9,99€, I repurchased for the Switch.

    Compared to other "free flight" games it has the advantage of steering the exploration with a simple story.

    Sadly, the indoor passages don't quite live up to the good feeling of the outdoor, and it feels like the game could have expanded more on the outdoor world building. But that's mostly nitpicking on my side.

    On the switch it slightly suffers from the joy cons, which are markedly less precise than an XBox one controller (especially for camera controls), and I think it is locked to a lower frame rate than on PC. But those are general weaknesses of the platform appearing in all games, so it shouldn't be help against the game I guess.
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  3. Dec 9, 2020
    8
    Great game for sensitive souls.

    Don't expect complex gameplay or epic raging battles. This game is more like a piece of art. It has an
    Great game for sensitive souls.

    Don't expect complex gameplay or epic raging battles. This game is more like a piece of art. It has an excellent, relaxing atmosphere. For me, the feeling of freedom and speed when flying is the strongest lasting impression. The story is not forced on you, rather it unfolds slowly as you explore and discover pieces of it. I can only describe the overall experience as spiritual, deep, full of visual bliss.

    The graphics look a bit basic at first, however not only it does not matter, but somehow it ends up doing much better job visually than if it was fully smoothed out and textured. It has to be the warm lighting and colors, which are put together well.

    The flight itself feels great, although I'd highly recommend using a gamepad. The keyboard gets the job done too, but does not allow you to fly near as gracefully, which would be a miss. The only downside for me is that camera angle resets to forward view after a while, if you look around mid-flight.

    The bird form allows you to go so fast you can travel around the whole world easily. This is both good and bad, as the world can feel bit smaller, on the other hand, you never get bored by long travel from A to B.

    The absence of damage and death scared me at first, but I didn't really miss it in the end. The game is about discovering a story, enjoying the flying and exploration, not fights. When I fumbled a pass and crashed, I felt embarrassed enough to be less reckless next time, and thus no blood or death screen was really necessary.

    Sadly, the game is very short, once you figure out what to do. Knowing that from the start, I found the length to be quite OK-ish, as longer story would require some more complex mechanics in order not to get boring.

    Overall feel: Well suited game to just slow down and relax.
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  4. May 16, 2021
    8
    A good game from start to end. Its flight sequences are very enjoyable but when you are indoors it fails to compare. Its story is enjoyableA good game from start to end. Its flight sequences are very enjoyable but when you are indoors it fails to compare. Its story is enjoyable but short. Its beautifully low-poly sky-islands are a treat and I often find myself coming back to the game just to fly around and visit them. I recommend buying this game on sale as I did. I experienced no crashes on Switch but some longer load times. AER is a wonderful jaunt through a beautiful world. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2021
    8
    It's very short, but the flight feels so nice and natural, and with such a lovely low-poly minimalist art style and sweet music, it'sIt's very short, but the flight feels so nice and natural, and with such a lovely low-poly minimalist art style and sweet music, it's difficult not to love this. I just wish there was a lot more of it. I got it very cheap in a sale, but would happily pay more for some more content. Maybe Daedalic should consider creating some DLC to add more adventures to the game or something? Expand
  6. May 5, 2020
    6
    There are many missteps in this game, but it is worth playing if you like low-poly adventure games and don't mind the short length.

    The
    There are many missteps in this game, but it is worth playing if you like low-poly adventure games and don't mind the short length.

    The level design for temples leaves a lot to be desired. I had to reference walkthrough videos for every temple because the layout and objects activated by switches are not intuitive. For example, several times I would activate a switch, which would lead to a cutscene of an object near me, then I would get lost trying to figure out how to get to the referenced object. Often, the switch also activated a doorway in an earlier part of the dungeon, but with no indication that I'd have to backtrack to that door.

    Also, I feel that this game could have been better if it had either voice acted dialogue, or done away with the dialogue completely. There is an attempt at world building, but the core loop boils down to asking a villager where to go next, then just flying north, east, south, or west until you get there.

    Sound design was good, with good use of contextual sounds in temples. The song choice in the overworld is unobtrusive, but I personally didn't like most of it.

    As previously stated, it is short, but I do not fault the game for that. I like short games, but I felt that the ending was poorly handled.

    Overall, the game makes enough mistakes to lower it's rating, but I did enjoy it enough to finish.
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  7. Jan 4, 2021
    1
    It was about £2. Not sure what I expected at £2, I've had other good games at that price with no troubles at all though but Aer crashed out inIt was about £2. Not sure what I expected at £2, I've had other good games at that price with no troubles at all though but Aer crashed out in less than 10 minutes of play. Not sure if it's a soft, or hard crash yet because I've not put it back on but one thing that really annoys me is games doing a full on crash 10 mins in. Expand