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  • Summary: Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action-adventure game set in ancient India. A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny? To rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    The theme, gameplay, and the excellent visuals in Raji: An Ancient Epic make for a fun session every time you fire it up. The limitations are minimal, and the very few critiques I might have are not major detractors. This is a good game and worth a playthrough.
  2. Sep 4, 2020
    80
    Despite some technical issues and a story that ends too quickly, Raji: An Ancient Epic is a great narrative-driven game that's worth playing.
  3. Oct 5, 2020
    80
    Raji: An Ancient Epic is a beautiful adventure unlike anything we’ve likely seen in video games, let alone the Switch. The gameplay itself is of a strong if unspectacular standard, but it’s the design and the experience which you’re paying for here.
  4. Aug 30, 2020
    70
    Raji: An Ancient Epic is a strong debut for Nodding Head Games but it’s just a shame there isn’t more of it. It brings a respectful take on Hindu and Balinese mythology, one which has a strong narrative hook that invests you in Raji’s personal adventure whilst offering enjoying gameplay. Though it suffers from some unfortunate technical issues, this is one journey we still recommend experiencing, especially if you're a fan of the genre.
  5. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    While not without its flaws, Raji: An Ancient Epic is a competent and enjoyable debut from Nodding Head Games that leans on some video game classics for its mechanics and combat but blends them with Hindu iconography and Balinese mythology to give it oodles of character.
  6. Sep 11, 2020
    70
    A video game can get a lot of mileage out of a novel setting and a fetching art style.
  7. Aug 21, 2020
    45
    Raji; An Ancient Epic has a lot of potential and a unique style and story, but seems to be actively working against the player’s enjoyment in many ways. While the first level is enjoyable, the rest of the game is plagued with performance issues and incomprehensible design decisions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Oct 29, 2020
    10
    Set in a beautiful environment, the game is like nothing i have seen before. Amazing sound track, cant wait for the OST. Story and characterSet in a beautiful environment, the game is like nothing i have seen before. Amazing sound track, cant wait for the OST. Story and character development could have been better. Also would have loved it in hindi audio. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2020
    10
    The game looks pretty and the gameplay is peppy. The level design, acrobatics, and combat system and the enemies are quite diverse. IndianThe game looks pretty and the gameplay is peppy. The level design, acrobatics, and combat system and the enemies are quite diverse. Indian folklore and art style adds to the uniqueness of this game. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2020
    10
    The game as a cultural property or art. Here you will find excellent bright combat, dynamic puzzles, and everything else that is in otherThe game as a cultural property or art. Here you will find excellent bright combat, dynamic puzzles, and everything else that is in other games. But what is really valuable is the absolutely delightful environment, admirable murals on the walls, immersion, and amazing Indian mythology. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2020
    9
    It's a awesome game I like it the only thing , I didn't like were some bugs in the game
  5. Dec 21, 2020
    8
    Short and sweet, fun for an adventure game (which I usually don't play) and I would recommend it if you have the money.

    Pros: Absolutely
    Short and sweet, fun for an adventure game (which I usually don't play) and I would recommend it if you have the money.

    Pros:

    Absolutely loved the storyline, it was simple and straight to the point but also felt mythic at the same time. It did not need novel quality writing, it was a story about a sister trying to be reunited with her brother and fate throwing a wrench in that throughout the whole series. It's an adventure game not an RPG after all.

    The synopses of Hindu myths were actually really fascinating and I never found myself so inspired by any game. They chose really fun stories that got me interesting in reading up on more Vedic mythology as a whole, just out of curiosity and piqued interest.

    The gameplay was easy to master and I felt engaged for the most part. It paced itself well and progressively got harder throughout 90% of the game. The final boss was a little easy but otherwise it felt like appropriate pacing. I enjoyed the mixture of staying on the run and fighting, it reminded me of the old run and gun games I played as a kid but also like a classic hack n slash at the same time.

    I enjoyed the banter between Durga and Vishnu. With Vishnu basically being dismissive of Raji until she does something to benefit him and then he was on her side.

    The aesthetic of it, especially the cutscenes when it went into like paper doll mode was phenomenal. The scenery itself was beautiful and I found myself inadvertently exploring everything I could. I rarely go for the achievements but I got 80% of them all done just by being curious about the world around me. I wanted to find all of the orbs and I think I only missed 1 somewhere. Most of them were very easy to find. I only got lost at 1 part but that was only briefly, which is saying something since I have a terrible sense of direction. The music was pleasing and I just wanted more of it in my life.

    The boss fights (on in the case of Naga not really a boss fight but a boss encounter) were fun and had enjoyable mechanics. I especially loved the Rangda fight. The encounter was challenging at first but when you figured out her move set it felt easy enough to make you feel like you accomplished something.

    Unlike the other users, I did not experience even an ounce of lag or any framerate issues. Optimization was fine and I have an old piece of crap computer.

    Cons:
    The graphics are not very great, but it feels stylized enough to overlook its short comings. Gave me old school vibes of playing on the X-box when I was a kid.

    Weird camera angles at times made some of the platforming a little harder than it needed to be. That might have been the purpose, but there were a few (but not a lot) instances where it was a problem.

    Controls and combat are not intuitive but easy to get the hang of. Just not the best design for the PC and maybe it would have worked better with a controller.

    A couple of bugs, one is when one of the flying demons did not spawn. Easy fix, I just had to exit and relaunch the game and it fixed itself. Another is on the jungle level where you're clinging to trees and vines, in which there are a few parts you can pass through the world and die. It's not much of an inconvenience though since you come back exactly where you were before you made the jumps anyways.

    The story is a bit short, and it felt like everything went above and beyond until the last area where you're in the desert. It felt like the devs just ran out of ideas and started throwing tough mobs at you. Wouldn't have been a problem though if was longer. The ending itself was a little rushed feeling and that's probably my biggest complaint of the game since I enjoyed its storyline and aesthetic. I wish there was just more to the final story itself. I also just wish the game was a little longer in general with more weapons and levels.
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    All-in-all I'd give it an 8.5/10 if I could so I will settle with an 8, since I can't justify the 9 due to the few minor issues I had. Overall it was a fun experience and I felt like it was worth the money. It's rare that I walk away from a game feeling inspired about a whole foreign culture and wanting to read more about it in the way Raji did for me.
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  6. Oct 1, 2020
    6
    Overall, I think this is a super cool game idea, and I got really hyped for India's mythology and that the game studio is based in India. ItOverall, I think this is a super cool game idea, and I got really hyped for India's mythology and that the game studio is based in India. It really reminds me of the Prince of Persia on PC that I played when I was young. This is both in a good and negative perspective because the movement and controls over Raji's main character are not smooth like in Prince of Persia on PC back in the days. The stiff movement made me put down the game after just 2-3 days, even do the storyline made me want to finish it. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2020
    0
    just dont buy this trash. dont spend your money on this **** worst game ive ever played.

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