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  • Summary: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of theSakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Dec 2, 2020
    100
    This game is the perfect mix of an RPG, 2D Platformer and farming simulator that you can find. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin looks and sounds great and has a great story that will make you care about all the characters.
  2. Jan 4, 2021
    90
    The realistic, in depth elements of rice farming combined with honing fighting skills plus surprising character revelations and development make Sakuna of Rice and Ruin a magnificent game. Sakuna's personal growth is a pleasure to watch. Her reason for living is tested to the limit, she learns to serve others rather than herself, and has to make a sacrifice that she would not have made if faced with the same decision at the start of the game. The balanced emphasis on farming and fighting provides a great variety of tasks to undertake, providing dozens of hours of fun. The delay in the game's original planned release was worth the wait.
  3. Nov 9, 2020
    87
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has a beautiful story with an atmosphere typical of Studio Ghibli and offers a gameplay that reminds us of what we can find in Rune Factory, perfectly mixing exploration and resource management to result in a very good game.
  4. Nov 9, 2020
    80
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin seamlessly blends 2D platforming action with 3D farm management. There’s a great amount of depth to both the farming simulation portion of the game as well as the more action-oriented 2D portions.
  5. Nov 9, 2020
    80
    The biggest mark against Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is that this is a game which requires you to love it in its entirety. You cannot play this game solely as a farming simulator or solely as a platforming action game; you have to be willing to fumble through the rice farming as you do the platforming you’re much better at. Or maybe fumble through platforming to get back to that hardcore rice farming sim you wanted, to be fair. I don’t know your life. But the whole thing is presented with such care, patient attention to detail, and downright love that it’s impossible not to enjoy the heck out of this game. It’s the sort of game that I highly recommend to people who may naturally only be inclined to one side or the other of this particular melange, because you might find yourself enjoying it more than you expected. Sit back, relax, and let the game soak over you. Take a breath. Plant the rice. Watch the water. Don’t ruin it.
  6. Nov 9, 2020
    75
    Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin delivers a remarkably in-depth set of mechanical systems. The interplay is impressive, even if the execution is somewhat flawed.
  7. Nov 9, 2020
    70
    If a quirky action game with RPG progression and relaxing agricultural activities seems like your kind of thing, trust your gut on this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Nov 17, 2020
    10
    Most undervalued farm simulation game!

    You definitely need to try this game

    I did it for 6 hours Without knowing the time is passing
  2. Feb 21, 2021
    10
    i got the game two days ago and lets just say, that this game has been one of the most original ideas i have seen so far, the rice mechanic isi got the game two days ago and lets just say, that this game has been one of the most original ideas i have seen so far, the rice mechanic is weird but necessary, at first a player would think that is a sidequest, but is more different than you think, the rice mechanic is the only way your mc (sakuna) can level up, mix that with vallinaware awesome rpgs and you have a recipe worth of a hidden gem Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2020
    10
    Best hybrid ever, what i enjoyed most 2020. The balance between the two modes had me wondering what i liked the most. Masterpiece.
  4. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    I preordered sakuna as soon as available.the character design is so cute so lovely,sakuna's action is smooth,she runs .the english voiceI preordered sakuna as soon as available.the character design is so cute so lovely,sakuna's action is smooth,she runs .the english voice acting is almost as good as runefactory4,bu......t,i think the cut scene does not need full voice acting,more effort of voice acting should be put to monters and daily dialogue with NPCs.and when jump in village,sakuna should have voice Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2021
    9
    Sakuna is a unique experience that won't tickle everyone's fancy, but for those that it speaks to, it is an absolutely incredible game that isSakuna is a unique experience that won't tickle everyone's fancy, but for those that it speaks to, it is an absolutely incredible game that is like no other. At its heart, the game is two halves pressed together; on the one hand, you have a meticulous and detailed rice farming simulation and on the other, a deep and rewarding combat-heavy action platformer. Yet however silly that may sound, it's like the discovery of mixing peanut butter and chocolate together. And the best part is that one cannot exist without the other in Sakuna.

    Nothing that you do in this game is a waste of time even if it may be time-consuming. That's how deeply-integrated all of its parts are. You cannot succeed at the action without a successful farm. You cannot have a successful farm unless you're out there gathering the right stuff for fertilizer and tending to the weeds. You cannot survive unless you ensure your belly is full and you're eating the right stat-boosting dinners every night with the very components you just hunted for. Everything you do inevitably leads to increasing Sakuna's stats.

    The best part, however, is that the game hardly tells you how to go about this. While you can easily go out and wiki the game to hell, its design is deliberate and entirely about learning and growing organically as a character and as a player. Put aside your min/maxing for a spell and experiment, figure out how things work or hunt down scrolls that give you what you need to know. You will initially be lost because Sakuna herself is initially lost. She's a spoiled brat, told to go tame an island of demons with no idea how to survive. Similarly, you're thrown into the game with about as much a clue as she has about how to get stuff done. But over time, you will learn and you will get better and you will discover new things to make yourself even stronger, build better weapons and tools and skills. It's an incredibly rewarding experience if you allow it to be.

    Sakuna is not a game about hitting the ground a winner. The intent is for you to grow as she grows and I think the game succeeds marvelously at this. You are so tied to your stats (which come from your farm) so even if you know what to do, you still have to earn it. It's a game that will burrow into the deep recesses of your mind and take over your waking thoughts if you get bit by it. Regardless of what platform you play this on, if any of it interests you, then you will find yourself falling in love with the game before you know it.
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  6. Nov 16, 2020
    8
    For starters, Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin is a very well rounded RPG. This game is uniquely portrayed as a side-scrolling platformer and aFor starters, Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin is a very well rounded RPG. This game is uniquely portrayed as a side-scrolling platformer and a farming simulator. While a side-scroller at heart Sakuna has a little something for everybody. It's visually appealing, well written and most of the characters are quite likable. The main encampment in which you live and work has a warmth that wraps around you the more your adventure progresses. Aside from the gorgeous side-scrolling there is a farming simulator too. It takes some getting used to when planting the rice as the controls come off slightly awkward at first, however, once you get this feature down it can be a ton of fun! The developers did a seamless job tying the farming to Sakuna's upgrading. The music has a nice, fitting flow and strides along beautifully while corresponding to the lush environments. Sakuna gives you the feeling of, the more you give the more you get and it's very fitting as you often feel a sense of accomplishment. You get a lot for your dollar in this unique little package. Is it perfect? No. But it's pretty close and it deserves your time especially if you can appreciate the Japanese culture the game transfuses so well. Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2020
    1
    The game is a cross between Muramasa Demon Blade and Haverst Moon, all meshed into a beautiful traditional japanese folk setting, the gameThe game is a cross between Muramasa Demon Blade and Haverst Moon, all meshed into a beautiful traditional japanese folk setting, the game polishment is overshadowed by terrible compressed voice over in the Switch version. It's really jarring looking at the beautiful game with that bad VA audio quality, is just RUIN the whole atmosphere. Expand

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