• Publisher: PQube
  • Release Date: Aug 21, 2020
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Welcome to a world where people fly freely through the power of anti-gravity shoes. Become a coach for players who race in the sky and make the acquaintance of four charismatic girls. Follow their adventures as you all grow closer in this emotional story of hope, love and sportsmanship.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    Aokana is an excellent example of a romance visual novel. It's lightly entertaining, often whimsically so, but has a compelling and rich cast of characters that you're left rooting for. The art is impeccably beautiful, and while you could bemoan the removal of the explicit sex scenes for the console release, I think what's left behind takes on a different texture. It's a sweet and playful little thing on the Nintendo Switch, with some fun and teasing fanservice to go with the energy, but liberated of the need to make the sex the big payoff to playing the game, Aokana's narrative is more than enough to carry the experience. I really love this game and find it very much inspiring, so you can expect to see Dee Dee and the other girls strapping on anti-grav boots for the next DDNet visual novel, I guess!
  2. Aug 21, 2020
    90
    Aokana – Four Rhythms Across the Blue is the type of game you can recommend to someone who is interested in dipping their toe into the world of visual novels. It smashes through the stereotype that the genre is all about sexual content or sappy romance. Sure, there’s romance to be had, but it comes alongside an excellent storyline packed with Flying Circus fun. The way it takes aspects from anime also helps to make the game seem familiar. Existing visual novel lovers who passed on the game before should pick it up as well. While this might be a longer game, the hours fly by as you get drawn into the exciting world of Aokana – Four Rhythms Across the Blue.
  3. Sep 15, 2020
    90
    Aokana is one of those romantic visual novels where yes, you are eventually trying to win over one of your classmates. But, it’s structured in such a way that the journey, your school life, and the Flying Circus team you help coach feel equally important. It’s a gorgeous game that looks lovely on the Switch. Its story is often uplifting, and it’s rare to have a game where everything feels so well realized.
  4. Aug 24, 2020
    80
    Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue is an enjoyable sci-fi fantasy visual novel full of compelling characters and exceptional presentation. The Switch offers a pleasant way to experience the game through portability at the cost of downscaled resolution. Although it may miss its landing with the main character’s plot and several forgettable themes, there’s so much here that will keep you soaring through each and every route.
  5. Sep 4, 2020
    70
    Ultimately, reading Aokana often feels like eating a variety pack of candy. Sure, there may be some flavors that don’t hit in ways that some do. But the ratio of good outweighs the bad here, and opening the box in the first place is a safe bet for a good read.
  6. Aug 26, 2020
    70
    Aokana is an entertaining Sci-Fi Sports Fiction story, that is ultimately hard to stomach due to a plethora of lewd and toxic moments packed throughout.
  7. Aug 24, 2020
    50
    Aokana is a wholesome underdog story ruined by panty shots and sudden nudity. This being said, if you can see past the fan service, the distinctly unlikeable protagonist and one note characters – OK, that's a lot to look past – this actually comes together to create an engaging tale of overcoming fears and the power of friendship, and you can't help but root for them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 12, 2021
    10
    The best visual novel on the console ... by far!!!!!
    Because at first it can be a bit tedious, especially for people (like me) who don't
    The best visual novel on the console ... by far!!!!!
    Because at first it can be a bit tedious, especially for people (like me) who don't speak English, at least in the version I bought, Limited Edition. But as time passes, it not only grabs you, it excites you and makes you get more into the role of the protagonist who makes the decisions. With beautiful drawings, the beautiful blue sky and the characters that you can conquer.

    This visual novel is perfect for when you have a trip and want to read something from your pocket or during a trip, having the blue sky in front of you and the screen. I highly recommend this novel. I love Aokana so much!!!!
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  2. Dec 27, 2020
    9
    A romance visual novel that's light on gameplay, but has an entertaining cast of characters, an engaging story, and some welcome quality ofA romance visual novel that's light on gameplay, but has an entertaining cast of characters, an engaging story, and some welcome quality of life features.

    Be aware that there are some lewd scenes (though no explicit nudity), so if titillation turns you off, this isn't the game for you. Otherwise, it is worth playing through what each route has to offer.
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  3. May 6, 2022
    0
    this game is not good and lacks good stuff. Really not enjoyable, I don't recommend