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  • Summary: Can you make a game about life, love and existentialism? We believe we have just done that! In the ‘Journey Of The Broken Circle’ you dive into a beautiful universe, where a satisfactory gameplay, combined with a deep story that throws the main character into a self-discovering journey makesCan you make a game about life, love and existentialism? We believe we have just done that! In the ‘Journey Of The Broken Circle’ you dive into a beautiful universe, where a satisfactory gameplay, combined with a deep story that throws the main character into a self-discovering journey makes ‘Journey of the Broken Circle’ a rewarding and different kind of game. By overcoming obstacles, meeting NPCs with different personalities and discovering new places, the Circle grows and develops as a character. It learns about the world and itself, and we, along with it. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 2, 2020
    90
    The development team has crafted an experience that shows how while life can be filled with anxiety, worrying often proves to be a waste of time because the worst case scenario does not come true, even when an enemy gives chase. Journey of the Broken Circle on Nintendo is a mental journey through conquering fears, pieced together with impressive attention to detail, showing that just by trying hard - dozens of times if needs be - moving forward can happen and positive results can occur despite the person's apprehensiveness. The perfect mix of platform-puzzling goodness, and deep, profound story-telling.
  2. Sep 18, 2020
    85
    Journey of the Broken Circle is a lovely, thought-provoking game that uses simplicity to explore the complexity of relationships.
  3. Feb 11, 2021
    83
    If the platforming were better, then Journey of the Broken Circle might just have challenged Thomas Was Alone for that “best platformer starring inanimate objects” crown. As it stands, it’ll simply have to settle for being a very, very good game.
  4. Sep 18, 2020
    75
    A pleasant surprise: Journey of the Broken Circle turns out to be a small, but nice playable essay on human relations.
  5. Sep 21, 2020
    72
    Journey of the Broken Circle is unique. It successfully presents a heartfelt story that progresses to a beautiful and fitting conclusion. Not only is the game designed to entertain, but it’s also designed to inform and guide the gamer to look deeper within themselves in order to find self-fulfillment. Although the game could have ironed out a few issues and ramped up the difficulty, it is still an exhilarating experience that requires your attention.
  6. Sep 14, 2020
    70
    Overall Journey Of The Broken Circle is still a decent indie platformer. Its strong characters and effective story are enough to warm even the coldest of hearts, in spite of its occasional issues with gameplay that could put players off. It's a concise, well-crafted puzzler that doesn't outstay its welcome, which is more than enough reason to give it a shot if interested.
  7. 70
    Journey of the Broken Circle is a title that I’d heavily recommend to those who are battling wars within themselves and wish to find a relatable experience that can provide peace, and maybe even a little wisdom for the game we all play: life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 23, 2020
    10
    This game was great. I did not expect it to be what it was about. I cried at parts and could relate to a lot. This game hit me hard.
  2. Sep 20, 2020
    10
    I cried while playing this game. It explained what I've been feeling recently, and helped me through them. I really felt as if I was goingI cried while playing this game. It explained what I've been feeling recently, and helped me through them. I really felt as if I was going through everything with circle and connected with their character. Thank you for making this game!! Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2021
    9
    This was a cool heartfelt game. Me and my partner played through the whole thing rather quickly and enjoyed every minute of it.
  4. Oct 13, 2020
    8
    This is a game about life, and it hides it so well.
    Encountering all the anxiety people would experience in their everyday life is
    This is a game about life, and it hides it so well.
    Encountering all the anxiety people would experience in their everyday life is heartbraking.
    Mixing up the reality and the world of a game somehow makes a perfect match.
    You wouldn't even notice there are some serious questions answered during your gameplay about selfish people, depression or suicide.

    This game can be fun and all , but if you relate, it could mean some sort of lifeboat as well. Even for people who has no problems in their lives whatsoever.

    Why only 8?
    1 minus goes to the inconsistency of text bubbles. I sometimes skipped things I did not mean to. Also, one time it has a cooldown so you don't have to press anything, the other time you have to go to the next text bubble by pushing a button.
    The other minus goes to the bugs of the buttons not registering sometimes, and also, you can fall out of the map when being paired with the speedy character.

    All things considered: don't just try this game. BEAT IT. You will get to know more about your life too.
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  5. Jan 25, 2021
    8
    Not as great as I was hoping but still a good enough story with matching gameplay. I had my expectations rather high for this, so myNot as great as I was hoping but still a good enough story with matching gameplay. I had my expectations rather high for this, so my disappointment lies largely in the game being just good instead of great. Its heartfelt. It asks meaningful questions of you. I'm glad I played it. It crashed once on me near the end of a chapter, and I found myself eager to read through some of the dialogue again. Expand
  6. Apr 7, 2021
    7
    Journey of the broken circle
    becoming complete
    Journey of the broken circle as an a little over 2 and a half hour long adventure platforming
    Journey of the broken circle
    becoming complete
    Journey of the broken circle as an a little over 2 and a half hour long adventure platforming game where you play as a circle.. you set out to find your perfect fit, to become whole… this is a story about break ups…how to deal with them.. and jus overall acceptance… as you find new things to complete you, youll do platforming sections based off of that thing… such as sticking to a wall, floating in air, or going really fast… the magic here really I in the story telling, the way it opens your eyes to relationhip problems is really clever, and is the main reason to even play this.. if youre looking for pure gameplay, eh.. the platforming wont really challenge you.. its kind of just there as an obstacle to overcome in your new relationship.. nothing too crazy..very straightforward.. you go right… and get over the things in your way.. search for mushrooms to play bonus levels.. but again the beauty isn’t in the gameplay, so for me personally I didn’t like the actual platforming enough to want more when I was done.. as again I found it to be just kinda something to do while journey of the broken circle sets out to tell you its story and give you its lessons..
    This definitely isn’t a game for everyone, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
    I give Journey of the broken circle
    a 7/10
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  7. May 21, 2021
    6
    This game could've been so much better than it is. The art is pretty good but the execution of the mechanics just doesn't work well, the firstThis game could've been so much better than it is. The art is pretty good but the execution of the mechanics just doesn't work well, the first power up is extremely annoying to use climbing walls because it sticks too much. The second ability is difficult to steer as instead of moving your joystick in the direction you want to go, you have to hold it in one direction, which I found really confusing and disorientating. Some of the writing is good and touches on deep subject matter, but most of the time it was just an annoying interruption to the sub-par gameplay. I got it on sale for $2 (normally $10) and I honestly don't think it was worth it. If you're looking for a game with beautiful artwork and deep themes of hopelessness and existentialism, I would suggest Gris, it's 10 times better than this. Overall, my main problems with the game are the length, the rusty controls, and poor pacing. Expand

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