Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 16, 2020
    Like the video game equivalent of an orchestra, Florence is comprised of so many different elements that all work seamlessly together to create an emotional masterpiece. Video games exploring romance is nothing new - but this short and sweet game is probably the best and most realistic title that portrays what the realities of falling in love is actually like.
  2. 95
    Overall, if you are looking for a deeply emotional and relatable story about the joy and challenges of love and everything that comes with it, Florence is definitely a game you cannot miss. With its simple gameplay, lovely art, and powerful soundtrack, anybody can pick it up and find themselves connected with the story of Florence and Krish. It’s a happy story that takes some sad turns, but in the end it provides a wonderful message of hope for the future. With a short run time of around 45 minutes to an hour, this is the perfect game to show to your family in order to convince them of just how games can be used to artfully tell a tale of adulthood.
  3. Feb 18, 2020
    What’s really special about Florence, though, is how relatable everything is. No matter what walk of life we come from, there’s something here we’ve all experienced. Be it falling in love, breaking up, being stuck in a boring job – there’s a bit of Florence in all of us.
  4. Feb 17, 2020
    Through the highs and lows of a newfound love, Florence is a wonderfully told and emotive story that engages you in such simple, but effective ways.
  5. Feb 13, 2020
    Florence is an interactive graphic novel which leads to the discovery of the most important stages of human life. An handmade graphics and a wonderful soundtrack create the perfect mix for a great game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Feb 28, 2020
    This is an interactive story with a linear path and some very basic game-like elements. It is not a game in the traditional sense and evenThis is an interactive story with a linear path and some very basic game-like elements. It is not a game in the traditional sense and even less of a game than most visual novels, which at least commonly feature puzzles or branching paths.
    The story inspires some self-reflection, and your mileage will vary largely depend on your personal taste and life experiences . The art and animation is pleasant and expressive, and the music was good enough for me to add to my library and contributes greatly to the emotional impact of key scenes.
    Overall it runs for only about 45 minutes, and despite it being cheap for a Switch game, it is cheaper still on mobile devices.

    I am rating it as a 6, because its good for what it does, but very limited by the fact that it doesn't do very much more than an animated storybook with great music.
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  2. Feb 23, 2020
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Florence is a very short (~40-45 minutes) interactive story about falling in and out of love, that uses videogame-inspired mechanics to keep you engaged. As a story it succeeds on most levels, mostly thanks to the beautiful storybook illustrations. Even though the ending feels a bit tucked upon, Florence is a touching little tale that any adult person could identify with.
    Florence's interaction ranges from the minimal ("swipe to see the next frame") to slightly more involved actions that go a long way to make you feel part of the story. Slightly spoilery examples: when Florence's partner moves in, you're called to decide which duplicated house items to keep around, and which ones to put away in storage. When they break up and he moves out, deciding which of those personal items to take away is surprisingly heartbreaking to anybody who lived through the experience–that is, probably mostly anybody around the age of 30.
    There is also a genius moment around two thirds of Florence where the interactivity is used to amazing effect to communicate the feeling of a couple breaking apart. (I won't spoil it, but it involves a bed and a jigsaw puzzle.) I got a sudden shiver when I realized what that sequence had done, and I was left wishing that the rest of Florence could be as subtle. While it mostly isn't, it's still a nice, if fleeting experience.
    Florence is worth going through–but probably wait for it to get discounted. It's unfortunately overpriced on the Switch.
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  3. Mar 11, 2020
    Please, do not buy this. I am really tired of "games" that are given critical praise because its cool to praise or because its politicalPlease, do not buy this. I am really tired of "games" that are given critical praise because its cool to praise or because its political correct to do. I will break up my review in points so its clear why I dislike this "game" :
    1) This is not a game. This is a short story, like an interactive book.
    2) This game is so short, that I completed it in a 3 hour bus ride. It was boring.
    3) Its a story of a girl that have to take the reigns of her life after divorce. WOMAN EMPOWERMENT. Now you know why this game is rated so highly
    4) This is a MOBILE GAME. I paid $3 to play on an iphone (after watching a gaming channel give it GOTY contender. Needless to say, I never watched that gaming channel again). I FELT I WAS ROBBED OF TIME AND $3. Imagine how much I hated this game to feel like I was robbed even though it costed me only $3.
    5) This game costs $7 on the eshop. You could buy CELESTE for $9 on sale on the Eshop. That is a great game. I recently bought Hollow Knight for $7 on Playstation.

    This interactive novel should not be sold as a game. Period. It is a waste of time and money.
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