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  • Summary: You are a nomadic slugcat, both predator and prey in a broken ecosystem. Grab your spear and brave the industrial wastes, hunting enough food to survive, but be wary other, bigger creatures have the same plan... and slugcats look delicious.

    You are a slugcat. The world around you is full
    You are a nomadic slugcat, both predator and prey in a broken ecosystem. Grab your spear and brave the industrial wastes, hunting enough food to survive, but be wary other, bigger creatures have the same plan... and slugcats look delicious.

    You are a slugcat. The world around you is full of danger, and you must face it alone. Separated from your family in a devastating flood, you must hunt for food and shelter between terrifying torrential downpours that threaten to drown all life. Climb through the ruins of an ancient civilization, evade the jaws of vicious predators, and discover new lands teeming with strange creatures and buried mysteries. Find your family before death finds you!

    Inspired by the simplicity and aesthetics of 16-bit classics, this survival platformer requires fast-paced sneaking, both upon your own prey and past the jaws of hungry predators. Each ravenous foe in your path will be cunning, vicious and always on the hunt eager to sink their teeth into you, or even each other. As a small, soft slugcat you must to rely on stealth and wit rather than force: learn the ecosystem and turn their strengths to your advantage. Maybe then you can survive Rain World!
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 19, 2019
    80
    Rain World is an indie experience that does not try to hide its difficulty level but which will no doubt find plenty of fans warming up to its very well crafted world and art style. Its gameplay may feel frustrating at moments but Rain World is overall a very involving game that will get players to lock their attention on the game.
  2. Dec 20, 2018
    80
    It's combination of platforming and survival elements will keep those who aren't turned off by its challenge coming back for more as they chip away at the hours of content hidden away beneath the grime and dirt.
  3. Dec 27, 2018
    80
    This is a cold and loving game that is far more than most people realise. It is worthy of both your attention and your time. It thoroughly deserves this second chance and I hope that people make the most of it.
  4. Jan 3, 2019
    70
    For its beautiful presentation and for all of the ponderous ruminations about life that it might invoke within the player, it’s a crying shame that Rain World just doesn't feel very fun to play. While there is nothing wrong with sluggishness and weight as intentional designs, the options given to the player feel totally at odds with the sheer relentlessness and urgency of the systems at work.
  5. Jan 4, 2019
    70
    Rain World does an excellent job in letting you know when the cycle ends, sometimes too much so as the game makes heavy use of the rumble function to let you know the end is nigh.
  6. 60
    The main appeal I saw in Rain World was in its art style and the design of its enemies. Its mechanics need some fine tuning for it to be the masterpiece it has the potential to be. If you’re looking for a game that’ll really try your patience and give you a good challenge, then I’d absolutely recommend adding this to your library. Otherwise, I’d recommend you look elsewhere.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 9, 2019
    10
    One of the best games ever made.
    There's nothing quite like it out there.
    Just go and play it.
  2. Aug 10, 2020
    10
    What an absolute gem of a game Rain World is! I've never played anything quite like it. It's brutally difficult at times, but it's alsoWhat an absolute gem of a game Rain World is! I've never played anything quite like it. It's brutally difficult at times, but it's also utterly beautifully programmed, designed and scored. An epic journey from start to finish, and one which requires skill and patience from the player - you need to really learn the mechanics of the game to fully appreciate it. The organic feeling of the ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it are unlike anything I've seen in any other game - it truly feels alive and breathing. Observing and studying the world around you is the key to get to where you want to go. Everything from the general ambience, to sound effects, the designs of the levels, the constant search for food and shelter, outwitting and stealthing by enemies - to mystical otherworldly encounters and surprising mechanics that will literally turn the world upside down - this is just pure beauty all the way through. One of the best games I've ever played hands down. Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2021
    10
    This is one of the most underrated games on Switch. This game is fantastic and hard. I hate Celeste or other games that trying to by hard, butThis is one of the most underrated games on Switch. This game is fantastic and hard. I hate Celeste or other games that trying to by hard, but this one is absolutely fantastic. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2019
    10
    A masterpiece, nothing less. Give it the time and dig into the Rain World Wiki though, because there is almost no handholding provided in the game
  5. Jul 10, 2022
    9
    When i first got the game I played it for one hour, and thought it looked cool but it was too hard. Then I watched a video about the entireWhen i first got the game I played it for one hour, and thought it looked cool but it was too hard. Then I watched a video about the entire game and its areas and its thorough detail. That inspired me to play it again and it was amazing. I loved the pixel art and the terrifying moments of tension. The controls are not for everybody because the only actually interesting movement option the game shows you is the lunge and its pretty limited. One thing that I hate myself for is watching that video of the entire game because I imagine playing the game blind and discovering the beautiful and terrifying world of rain world. The game is also very vague at times of what you have to do I didn't have that problem because of the video, but i can see why people would be confused of what to do. In the end I still think this game is a masterpiece, and im very excited for the downpour dlc. Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2019
    8
    I have some mixed feelings about Rain World. Part of me loves it to bits, but part of me also curses some of the gameplay hell it put meI have some mixed feelings about Rain World. Part of me loves it to bits, but part of me also curses some of the gameplay hell it put me through.
    On the negative side, this game just does not give a crap about giving you a truly enjoyable experience. That was clearly the intent of the game designers, and it works to a degree, but often leads to some painfully stressful gameplay moments. Almost every enemy in the game kills you in one hit, checkpoints can be ridiculously far apart at times, and due to the random nature of how enemies and level-traversal can work, losing progress can be very disheartening. Death is a surprisingly punishing mechanic in this game, and yet it comes very often, swiftly, and straight-up unexpected at far too many times. I will go as far to say that there were a handful of levels towards the second half of the game that had flat-out bad design, because the developers refused to give you the necessary information or tools to succeed in some very tough/obtuse challenges.
    On the positive side, Rain World offers an incredibly unique and mystical experience. Its visuals, story, music, and atmosphere are some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing in a game. There are plenty of moments in the game where you discover something new, and these moments are usually underscored by haunting, lovely, minimal music tracks. The gameplay, despite my gripes earlier, is still very well crafted as well. Exploration, risk-taking, and experimentation is rewarded and there are many fun and brilliant interactions to be had with the many creatures in the world. The ending is also probably one of my all-time favorites in a game; it's one of those crazy, abstract visual spectacles that lingers with you. The pixel artwork is hands down the best I've ever seen, and the enemy and character designs are all great, fluid, and memorable.
    These things I have mentioned elevate the game to something higher than just a platformer; it's an experience. Strictly based off of gameplay, I would give Rain World a 6 out of 10. Based off of story, visuals, presentation, and atmosphere, I would give it a 10/10. As a whole experience, it evens out to an 8/10.
    Rain World is an absolutely fantastic game held back by some periodically rage-inducing gameplay. It still always found a way to keep me going and wanting to experience more in spite of that, though. Recommended to those who love weird, abstract gaming experiences.
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  7. Jun 5, 2022
    0
    This game makes you want to break your Switch over your face. Seriously, don’t buy it. While the graphics and aesthetic and atmosphere andThis game makes you want to break your Switch over your face. Seriously, don’t buy it. While the graphics and aesthetic and atmosphere and music are laudable, the controls are incredibly frustrating to the point where playing this game is basically self-harm. Everything good about Rain World is completely invalidated by the un-fun, on-rails, main-character-handles-like-a-shopping-cart difficulty. I love hard games like Dark Souls and Celeste – but those titles have a sense of payoff and accomplishment. Here, you just control a pathetic slug who keeps dying over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over, replaying the same screens again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. Reading the previous sentence is exactly what the game feels like. Keep your money and watch a 25 minute speedrun ... AND MY GOD, I wrote everything above before viewing the ending. This game completely abandons its own “small creature vs nature” premise at the conclusion, making the player endure navigating the sperm cat through quasi-mystical realms that are so dark and blurry you cannot even comprehend what is happening. Save yourself from this self-important nonsense. You only have one life. Don’t spend it on Rain World. Expand

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