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7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  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 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 andA 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 the most immersive camping game I've ever had ends up to be the best game of this year so far for me.
  3. Oct 29, 2020
    5
    The reviews made me think this game was going to be a lot more interesting than it was. It was kind of boring TBH. I didn’t like how I’d get stuck certain areas exploring. The dialog was eh. Didn’t seem like there was much of a point....
  4. May 31, 2021
    5
    So sad that this game is only 90 minutes. Definitely need to see more from these devs. Although it's short, the characters develope super obvious personalities that make it an immersive and memorable game. There's also a small option towards the end that gives you varying endings. Who doesn't love that?
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.