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  • Summary: Arise: A Simple Story is a critically acclaimed 3D time manipulation narrative adventure. Embark on a journey about happiness and hardship, joy and sorrow. A story that all of us will one day experience – the loss of our closest loved ones and how we remember them. Manipulate time, solveArise: A Simple Story is a critically acclaimed 3D time manipulation narrative adventure. Embark on a journey about happiness and hardship, joy and sorrow. A story that all of us will one day experience – the loss of our closest loved ones and how we remember them. Manipulate time, solve puzzles, and reshape surroundings as you push forward into the bittersweet recollections of a past life and see how one’s life can be shaped by the presence of a soulmate. Each level is a metaphorical representation of the stages of life and how our memories shape these recollections. The game also supports an easy to pick up couch co-op feature allowing you to play together with a loved one. Expand
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  1. May 9, 2022
    87
    Arise: A Simple Story may exactly be just that but the emotions and journey we go through is anything but. With a serene and breathtaking art style, I wasn’t quite expecting to experience such intense feelings. You really have to appreciate the love and nuanced care that developer Untold Tales put into this game. In total, the Arise is about 4-6 hours long depending on how quickly you go. But I assure you every moment is so worth it, I almost wish there was more. If this title slipped under your radar on its initial release, I would recommend picking it up for the Switch; however, I would also encourage you to have a box of tissues handy for those hard-hitting moments. You’ll need them, trust me.
  2. Apr 28, 2022
    80
    Arise: A Simple Story sets out to tell a story as a video game but, smartly, doesn’t overestimate the role of gameplay. Inventive level design drives things forward, but faced with the awkward task of demanding platform-jumping in the aftermath an emotional bombshell, it simply lets the musical and visual storytelling seize their moment. It is only a simple story, but well told.
  3. Apr 28, 2022
    80
    Arise is a beautiful, devastating and uplifting game that suffers from some technical issues on Switch, but not enough to spoil the experience.
  4. Apr 28, 2022
    80
    Arise – A Simple Story contains a beautifully told story within a charming puzzle adventure. With poignant moments and joyful visuals, this game has the ability to capture a breadth of emotion with ease. It’s a short but worthy edition to narrative driven puzzle games.
  5. Apr 29, 2022
    80
    The new features are arguably a little superficial, but then again, just having Arise: A Simple Story on Switch—a platform it feels like it should have been on all along—is the major draw for this Definitive Edition. Arise is a beautiful story of life, love, and loss, delivered with care, nuance, and heart-rending potency. It’s a simple story, for sure, but that simplicity is part of what makes it so universal, and so powerful.
  6. May 10, 2022
    80
    Even with all of the frustrations I had with the platforming in Arise: A Simple Story, everything else here is so good that I feel good about recommending it. The emotional journey is outstanding, and unlike a lot of other narrative-focused games, Arise packs in a lot of gameplay to go with the story. This Switch port makes some minor technical concessions, but it’s quite good on the whole. A straight run through will only take you a few hours, but hidden collectibles make it worth taking your time to explore. A Simple Story it is, but there’s something to be said for simplicity.
  7. May 4, 2022
    80
    Arise: A Simple Story should be recognised as a beautiful and touching story, no matter its short length. It’s a heartwarming and truly captivating journey – providing you allow yourself to be immersed in the narrative. With the stop/start nature of the loading screens and the long-winded gameplay, this can be hard but definitely worth pushing through.
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  1. May 11, 2022
    10
    Played the PS4 version and found it a masterpiece, even with its flaws. A game that tries to do something different, powerful and honest,Played the PS4 version and found it a masterpiece, even with its flaws. A game that tries to do something different, powerful and honest, creating raw emotions through gameplay, not exposition.

    The Switch version comes with obvious downgrades but keeps the core of what made the original version great, plus an incredible OST and an interesting Art Book.
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  2. May 11, 2022
    7
    Not the most exciting game. Pretty to look at. Peaceful, light puzzler platformer.
  3. May 8, 2022
    6
    When an elderly man dies he revisits past memories from his life, both the happy and the sad.

    Arise contains many elements that gamers
    When an elderly man dies he revisits past memories from his life, both the happy and the sad.

    Arise contains many elements that gamers would have seen in similar titles, but the emotional story and excellent score means it can still be very affecting at times. In gameplay terms the central concept is the ability to move time forwards or backwards, and each level is able to use this to create a series of unique, and mostly well crafted puzzles. Unfortunately the platforming can often be incredibly frustrating due to the imprecise controls and awkward camera angles, and as a result it can’t be considered a must play.
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