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  • Summary: A beautiful world holds the secrets of its past for you and your companion to uncover. Play any animal you meet to see the world from new perspectives and chase your destiny in the exploration adventure Lost Ember.
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  1. Nov 2, 2020
    70
    Lost Ember can be quite a relaxing experience, one where players will enjoy the benefits of a beautiful audiovisual world under the form of different animals, and sometimes it's even possible to simply put the game's goal aside and just enjoy free roaming. While the game demonstrates some signs of a technical downgrade from its conversion to the Nintendo Switch format and the loading times can get a bit long, Lost Ember is a marvelous, enveloping and relaxing experience that would fit good in anyone's Nintendo Switch.
  2. Oct 13, 2020
    70
    Lost Ember offers a very special journey that connects us with the harmony of nature and the animal world to tell us a very special story of memories and forgiveness. We must forgive the game for its technical issues and a camera that could be better and give it a try to discover a really good experience.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Lost Ember is a great narrative adventure that acts as a wonderful game to play over an evening. However, the Switch version lacks the beauty found in the other versions. It’s ultimately something that holds this version back because the visuals are a key feature of what makes this such a memorable game. Ultimately, Lost Ember is a game that you should play, but maybe not on the Switch.
  4. Oct 19, 2020
    70
    Lost Ember provides players with an open world to explore through the viewpoint of various animals. And although it can be effective, its high price and downgraded graphics mean the Nintendo Switch may not be the best way to play it.
  5. 60
    Lost Ember is laudably ambitious and enjoyable in parts, but it’s hard to wholeheartedly recommend. If you’re prepared for some eyeroll moments as you reset the game because your wombat got stuck in a boulder, you’ll be rewarded with the spectacle of battering through walls as a buffalo, or soaring through rainbows as a hawk. At such moments of wonder, that initial escapist promise of soul-wandering through the animal kingdom feels tantalisingly close. But, in the end, the game’s limitations break the necessary immersion, and bring you back down to earth with a thud.
  6. Oct 30, 2020
    58
    Overall, Lost Ember isn’t a terrible game; it does, however, strive to be profound and ultimately is not quite so. The narrative is ambitious but never strays from the beaten path. Navigation is problematic and leaves players lost when it shouldn’t. Performance is also far from optimized for Switch. While the body swapping and visual design are solid, the former is let down by linear traversal and the latter isn’t enough to make up for the other flaws. Hopefully a patch will come along to tackle some of these problems, but in the meantime consider Lost Ember if you’re willing to put up with a number of different issues.
  7. Oct 5, 2020
    40
    Lost Ember attempts to be an artistic experience, yet struggles to be an enjoyable game. The story is uninteresting and predictable, the gameplay is boring and sometimes frustrating, and the huge performance issues on Switch makes this game close to unplayable at times. While there is clearly potential here, Lost Ember fails to deliver on nearly every front. There are plenty of other artsy games on Switch to pick up over this one.
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  1. Dec 13, 2020
    7
    This came is really interesting and relaxing. Its got a good story to keep you interested through the roughly 5 hour experience. The biggestThis came is really interesting and relaxing. Its got a good story to keep you interested through the roughly 5 hour experience. The biggest issues with it on switch are that it runs terrible and has a good many glitches. Multiple times I fell through the floor or a fall and had to reload to get back into the game. But all in all I really enjoyed it. The gameplay is mainly exploration and then transforming into different animals to traverse the environments which was really fun. I think its too expensive, full price is $30 on switch, but if you can get it on sale its worth the pick up if you don't mind some performance issues. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    5
    So, I love the *idea* of this game- getting to control lots of different animals? Quiet exploration with a calm soundtrack? EmotionalSo, I love the *idea* of this game- getting to control lots of different animals? Quiet exploration with a calm soundtrack? Emotional storytelling? That all sounds great... on paper. I love all of those things in games, but Lost Ember just didn't click for me. I'm glad I got this on sale and not full price.

    It really just isn't worth your time to explore the large world here- there are some collectibles, but nothing of interest (besides a few easter egg nods at other games). There are a lot of invisible walls and small ledges to get stuck on and the frame rate drops are REALLY bad in some instances- so much so that I thought the game had completely froze a few times. None of the animals were particularly fun to control, either, except possibly the fish. I played the game with commentary turned off, but was able to follow the story reasonably well. I still just didn't find it very interesting or emotional, though I can tell that's what they were going for.

    I understand that this is an indie game with a small team, but if you're looking for a better experience, I recommend Spirit of the North, with it's far superior soundtrack, puzzles, and a couple unlockables.
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