• Publisher: Playism
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2021
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Umurangi Generation is a first person photography game in the shitty future. Set in Tauranga Aotearoa off the back of an impending crisis you are a courier for the Tauranga Express. Throughout the game you will unlock a variety of lenses and equipment.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 5, 2021
    100
    A game as unexpected and compelling in its message as in its moment-to-moment challenge.
  2. Jun 11, 2021
    95
    Umurangi Generation: Special Edition is a thrilling dive into a world on the brink of collapse, and a singular gaming experience that will stick with you long after you put it down, made only better by the included DLC and quality of life upgrades on the Switch.
  3. Jun 25, 2021
    95
    Umurangi Generation defines itself by its ability to make self-contradiction work in its favor. It’s a joyful romp and a painful trap. It’s colorful, zesty, and empowering, and also bleak, confining, and debilitating. The way it weaves these opposite traits together into a cohesive whole allows it to be potentially life-altering. It has permanently changed the way I see video games, the real world, and myself. It wouldn’t have been able to do that if it weren’t so perfectly imperfect.
  4. Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Umurangi Generation is fantastic gamification of photography and a unique narrative experience. Tauranga Aotearoa is like a palpable memory after sweeping through its points of interest and history. It feels like a game made for the Switch - but while the port successfully emulates photography action, issues with image quality and controls would leave certain players to prefer the PC version.
  5. Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Under its bleak red skies, Umurangi Generation is scrappy at times, but it's also a bold photography sandbox game that isn’t afraid to fill each frame of your lens with stark warnings of a world at crisis point. It’s more than a game about capturing a good shot, but captures the very times we live in.
  6. Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Overall, Umurangi Generation on Nintendo Switch is one of the biggest surprises in recent years for me. I definitely regret not playing it sooner on PC. If you enjoy sandbox style games with lots of replayability, photo modes, and photography, this is the game for you. It is best played on PC thanks to the technical issues but I’d be lying if I said this isn’t one of my favorite games of 2021 on Nintendo Switch. Hopefully it does well enough to get a physical release.
  7. Jul 6, 2021
    60
    Short, but impactful. Interesting, but flawed. Umurangi Generation Special Edition is a photography-centered experience that is sometimes weird, sometimes contemplative, but thoroughly unique.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 17, 2021
    9
    While it's pretty short this game packs a lot of punch. It's fun exploring environments and trying to photograph everything I need to, fittingWhile it's pretty short this game packs a lot of punch. It's fun exploring environments and trying to photograph everything I need to, fitting a lot in with the right angle and frame.

    This game also nails environmental storytelling and I found myself very curious to learn more about the state of the world. If you're ok with something that will just last a couple of hours and you're interested in something different then umurangi generation is definitely worth a look!

    Edit : Turned out there were extra levels left. I think it's a dlc pack that came as part of the game. It adds a couple of extra hours and some really cool environments to explore! definitely adds to the value of the game in my opinion. Would strongly recommend checking this one out :)
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