Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 20, 2020
    91
    It’s all pretty low stakes, and it’s extremely low stress. But that’s the point — it’s designed to be a relaxing game you can finish in a single sitting. It’s not about the change the world, but it should be enough to put a smile on your face…and yes, maybe just make you want to go camping.
  2. Aug 13, 2020
    85
    Wide Ocean, Big Jacket is a brief experience, perhaps 90 minutes including extra scenes recently added via patch, but it’s just the right length for delivering a richly-colored snapshot into the lives of its subjects, and as a memento of this brief camping trip where four people connect, it’s just perfect.
  3. Feb 23, 2020
    80
    The game captures place and feeling through honing in on things that are singular, small, and warm.
  4. Feb 12, 2020
    80
    Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a short story in video game form. With relatable themes and a cast of flawed yet lovable characters, this slice-of-life experience is worth a look for any fan of narrative-driven adventures.
  5. Feb 4, 2020
    80
    The stakes aren't high, and given how ridiculously high the stakes often are in video game stories, I appreciate the humble slice-of-life premise. Still, I would have liked to see a little more ambition – something to wrap a bow on an otherwise pleasant present. I ended Wide Ocean Big Jacket feeling good, and it resonates, but at the same time, it's not necessarily an experience that will stick with me.
  6. Mar 3, 2020
    79
    Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a game about what happens in between the life-changing moments. About how everyday interactions and conversations are interesting in their own way. It’s a memorable experience built around relatable characters, fun dialogue, and clever gameplay moments.
  7. Feb 24, 2020
    70
    From a gameplay standpoint, Wide Ocean Big Jacket is an extremely simple game - with 'game' put between the biggest quote marks imaginable. As an experience, though, this is something else entirely. Turnfollow's tiny adventure is basically a funny, and occasionally very sweet, slice-of-life tale of four people enjoying themselves in the woods, while also dealing with some serious matters, but not in a very serious way. It's not a narrative-driven game. It is vacation in video game form - and only the good parts are included.
  8. Feb 5, 2020
    70
    If you're looking for a relaxing, calm, amusing short story, Wide Ocean Big Jacket should be a perfect choice to help pass the hour.
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  1. Feb 16, 2020
    It’s enough to make you wish there were more games like it.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 28, 2020
    8
    A tiny piece of interactive fiction, way more "fiction" than "interactive", and little more than one hour long. In that hour, mostly occupiedA tiny piece of interactive fiction, way more "fiction" than "interactive", and little more than one hour long. In that hour, mostly occupied by dialogue, Wide Ocean Big Jacket tells a nice little story about growing out of childhood. It does that with an extremely lightweight touch that will leave you with a smile on your face. Although it deals with serious themes such as parenthood and relationships, this game is never on the nose, and never takes itself too seriously.

    To be clear, Wide Ocean Big Jacket can hardly be called a "game". It's in the same category as "Florence": a short story narrated through the medium of interactivity. However, it's better than Florence at grasping that elusive bittersweet feeling of a slice of life passing by. It's hard to play this game without situating it in your own childhood, so that each little vignette fades to the colors of a cherished memory from your pre-teen years.

    The authors struck a perfect tone with this thing, and I'm looking forward to their next work.
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  2. Feb 5, 2020
    10
    A brilliant walking simulator that broke my expectations. Deeply human dialogue, nice atmosphere, nice graphics, and what turns out to be theA brilliant walking simulator that broke my expectations. Deeply human dialogue, nice atmosphere, nice graphics, and what turns out to be the most immersive camping game I've ever had ends up to be the best game of this year so far for me. Full Review »