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8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    95
    Sagebrush pulls you into the life of a cult by forcing you to follow the story of someone who survived one. Perfect Heaven – and its impact on its members – feels organic and like cults that have lived in times before it. Its pixelated animation style gives you the feeling that you’re exploring the ruins of someone’s memory and the tragedy that followed.
  2. Aug 26, 2019
    80
    Strictly as an adventure-type videogame, Sagebrush is as simplistic one can get. As an experience, though, it's an unforgettable journey to the bizarre world of religious fanaticism, and, more specifically, suicide cults; one with an incredibly immersive, hair-raising atmosphere, in great part courtesy of its incredibly fitting, 32-bit era visuals, and minimalist approach to sound. If a fan of short, narrative-driven, psychological thrillers, this is a must-buy.
  3. Dec 9, 2019
    72
    Sagebrush is a title with a very attractive story that stands out in all its sections. If you like titles that create a good atmosphere from beginning to end, even if it lasts only a few hours, do not hesitate to play this game.
  4. Aug 29, 2019
    70
    Sagebrush is a short narrative-driven experience that uses storytelling to great effect. Set on the site of a horrific mass suicide, players learn the story of the Perfect Heaven cult’s rise and demise at the hands of founder Father James.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. Nov 3, 2019
    8
    Sagebrush is a 1st person walking simulator game where we have to investigate a farm where there was a cult where the members committed massSagebrush is a 1st person walking simulator game where we have to investigate a farm where there was a cult where the members committed mass suicide. The game has many religious references and shows very realistically what happens in these places. The graphics are very nostalgic, but at the same time very beautiful. The puzzles are very simple, like pick up a key from a person's trailer, use a tool on it, etc. But it is essential that the player pay attention to the recordings, notes and diaries he finds, as in the case of cassettes, they can only be heard once. The story is very interesting, but the game could be longer (it only takes about 1h or 1h and 30 minutes). Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2021
    8
    Good game! Interesting story! Religious cults are horrible! They mess people’s minds! The game takes you there into the state of mind of whatGood game! Interesting story! Religious cults are horrible! They mess people’s minds! The game takes you there into the state of mind of what happened and why. Expand
  3. Jan 24, 2021
    8
    Sagebrush is a diamond in the rough, exhibiting conceptual genius but screamingly lacking polish. As an atmosphere-heavy, plot-drivenSagebrush is a diamond in the rough, exhibiting conceptual genius but screamingly lacking polish. As an atmosphere-heavy, plot-driven horror/mystery 1st person adventure, it is at once thrilling and compelling, with creepy twists on a familiar cult massacre narrative and a progressive day-to-night transition that greatly heightens the mood. The storyline is quite linear, but that's not uncommon in point-and-click adventure games. The real problems lie with the clunky item detection, which forces you to aim awkwardly at the screen all the time, but also with some minor lapses in atmospheric storytelling. The mines section appears particularly lifeless without any ad hoc music or SFX and there's a bothersome clownish quality to the cult leader's characterization that impairs the game's overall aura of menace. Graphics are dated, but that's hardly a problem considering that Sagebrush is both a dramatic and visual throwback to 1990s America. The playthrough, however, is quite short, with very little replay value. Just think of it all as an immersive foray into a very clever B-movie, dim the lights and plug in your earphones for a couple of hours to really embrace the enthralling experience of going back there. To a place of misguided fate and torturous penance, of which the game offers a worm-ridden but distinctly cathartic slice. Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2020
    7
    Sagebrush is a short and sorta sweet game, but it might prove to be a tad bit too short for some, and the story isself is nothing mindblowing.Sagebrush is a short and sorta sweet game, but it might prove to be a tad bit too short for some, and the story isself is nothing mindblowing. However, for the low asking price, I don't believe that these 2 detriments are severe enough to deter you from trying this game out. Sure, it's not gonna win any beauty contests, but again, for the price of entry, this game isn't going for AAA looks, nor was it intended to so so. If looking into this game, or interested in it, the Nintendo Switch game page for it does a decent job of conveying the whole premise and the major points of it. Please ignore the user contributed score of 0, as such a thing is completely asinine. I assure you that this game does not deserve a 0. Almost no game, no matter how bad, could really deserve a 0. My goodness. Anyway, for further reference or details,please make sure to read proper reviews of this game as can easily be found further on Metacritic. My review is not one to go into much depth, but to merely impart to the readerthat this game is worth playing for it's asking price, so long as you don't expect your mind to be blown by an amazing story, or to be looking at some stellar graphics. Thank you for your time, and happy gaming :) Expand