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  • Summary: On the afternoon of April 4th 1999 Sammy Pak went missing. That night, a video of her last known moments was uploaded online. All of your friends excitedly watched as she is pulled from an elevator by something. otherworldly.
    This is a story about what happens when you look for someone
    On the afternoon of April 4th 1999 Sammy Pak went missing. That night, a video of her last known moments was uploaded online. All of your friends excitedly watched as she is pulled from an elevator by something. otherworldly.
    This is a story about what happens when you look for someone who cant be found and the strange things you invite into your life when you go to forbidden places.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 85
    The ambition and scope of this lengthy indie epic is impressive, taking big swings and, despite the numerous inspirations, carving its own distinct path. If you want your Japanese-style RPG to do to New Jersey what Shin Megami Tensei does to Tokyo, then YIIK is the closest you’ll ever get.
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    80
    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is a dazzling explosion of stylistic presentation and compelling strangeness. This might go down as “EarthBound for a new generation,” and much like EarthBound, the quality is difficult to score, since it is based less on the precision of design and more on an intangible, heartfelt payoff. While some gamers may not see anything special going on here, YIIK will likely really resonate with some players. If a Weird Stuff RPG appeals to you, strap in and prepare for a wild ride. Surreal themes aside, if you’re simply looking for an RPG experience on the Switch with far-out visuals, YIIK should satisfy your turn-based desires.
  3. Jan 16, 2019
    80
    Despite a few wonky issues with combat at times, YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG more than succeeds in delivering a fascinating and unique tale that isn’t afraid to get bizarre and humorous while still making you sympathize with its cast and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Between the quirky visuals, stellar soundtrack and fun gameplay, Ackk Studios managed to polish the gameplay of late ’90s polygonal games while not losing sight of what made RPGs from that era fun.
  4. 60
    YIIK is an ambitious little RPG with an intriguing premise and engaging battle mechanics that is ultimately let down by some poor pacing and a very unruly inventory management system. In a game where stats matter so much, this is a pretty big issue to have. Regardless, if you can see past its flaws, there’s a kooky game here with a weird but wonderful plot and a lovable cast to enjoy.
  5. 55
    I wanted to like YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG a lot more than I did. There’s some rich creativity in its style, and the music is worth a listen even outside of playing. However, a lot of the fresh ideas with the battle system and Mind Dungeon simply don’t respect the player’s time. When I’m sighing after accidentally bumping into an avoidable enemy, that’s a problem.
  6. Jan 16, 2019
    55
    There's a fantastic game buried somewhere here, but its merits are clouded by a plethora of bad design choices, uneven writing, and a protagonist who nobody in their right mind would ever want to spend any time with.
  7. Jan 16, 2019
    35
    Even beyond this bizarre hurdle, the whole game is designed to impede you. The money you earn can't be spent on anything useful. The experience you gain never leads to you getting stronger. The battle mechanics make every fight as slow as possible. Even clicking on chests and items comes with a short delay. YIIK frustrates me so badly I feel like I personally offended the creators at a party or something, and this game is their revenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 23, 2019
    10
    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is one of the most essential experiences any gamer can have. While yes, it takes inspiration from several classic gamesYIIK: A Postmodern RPG is one of the most essential experiences any gamer can have. While yes, it takes inspiration from several classic games such as Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda, it carves its own path in an original story, creative design choices, and outstanding contributions from several great musicians, such as Toby Fox, Calum Bowen, Michael Kelly, Niko Tsakalakos, and various others, along with one of the head developers, Andrew Allanson's own contributions, to make an outstanding piece of art that captures the essence of life unlike any other game. Voices from different inrernet personalities such as Kirbopher and Yuriofwind, and many others, make for a great entirely voiced dialogue. While still being very fresh to the gaming scene, there are a few bugs, but nothing that pulls from the experience the game offers. There is a puzzle at one point that felt a bit of a mess in my opinion, but probably would be a lot more easier and streamlined had my copy of the game not had some sort of flaw in the code (which had caused an item not to spawn correctly, and thus i spent an hour or so looking for the solution that wasnt there). But altogether, this game has been what ive yearned for for ages; a game that perfectly and poetically inspires you to follow your heart. I was even quickly emotionally attached to a character i had only just met, and didnt care for too much! By far one of the best games I've ever played. Expand
  2. May 31, 2021
    10
    If u are looking for a positive review here, you are in the wrong place. Not gonna talk about politics, don’t care, not gonna talk about theIf u are looking for a positive review here, you are in the wrong place. Not gonna talk about politics, don’t care, not gonna talk about the art style, is up to you if you like it or not (is not a jrpg with beautiful characters tho)
    What I really wanna say about the game is that it has one of the worst combat system ever, and slowest paces ever. Regular enemies are usually damage sponges, that u have to kill using the few options of attacks that every character have. They took the “undertale” microgame battle system and made it somehow more slow, more repetitive and boring. You will hate the combat on this game after the first hour of gameplay. You will not feel more powerful as you progress, all the new mechanics that you can unlock get old after the 3rd time u use them. On top of that there is nothing amazing about the history, the writing is borderline stupid and seems made by pre teenagers.
    Conclusion, how the f*** managed to made a game that has a slowest and more boring battle system than any early FF or DQ, yet making a script and a history that no one will get invested at any point. Nothing fun, epic, heartbreaking or catastrophic happens in this game at all.
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  3. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    An unique RPG a billion times better than Octopath Traveller, amazing soundtrack, visuals and original and addictive gameplay, must have forAn unique RPG a billion times better than Octopath Traveller, amazing soundtrack, visuals and original and addictive gameplay, must have for any Mother fan Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2019
    7
    YiiK is a game that’s very rough in a few places but also very charming. The writing is very Scott Pilgrim-esq with a main character who’sYiiK is a game that’s very rough in a few places but also very charming. The writing is very Scott Pilgrim-esq with a main character who’s openly pretentious and childish and grows through the events of the game. The art is very eye-popping, uses lots of color without being too over-bearing. The main gripes I have with this game is its speed. Loading times feel a little to slow going in and out of battle and the micro games for each character can end up feeling too slow. I hope much of this will be fixed in an update.

    Overall if you enjoy quirky western Earthbound rpgs like Lisa, Undertale, and Omori you may enjoy this.
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  5. May 31, 2019
    7
    YiiK: A Postmodern RPG is a unique, quirky game that feels like a love letter to many things while at the same time attempting to exploreYiiK: A Postmodern RPG is a unique, quirky game that feels like a love letter to many things while at the same time attempting to explore themes not often touched upon.

    In YiiK you play as Alex whose just finished college and returned home. Upon returning he quickly discovers that there are things about his reality that don't seem quite the same as he remembers before college. Soon he is set on a path to lead down a rabbit hole deeper than any conspiracy ever could take him.

    As suggested in the name the game is an RPG. There's a unique story to be found here for sure (possibly even more as the secret third ending has yet to be found). Unfortunately I feel like the game suffers quite a bit mechanically. The balance is fine but with combat based on Wario-Ware style minigames things get confusing quick. Unfortunately there aren't any demos or examples of the different attacks so you have to stumble through and figure them out on your own. I also feel as if some of the abilities fall flat and aren't even worth using. That being said, combat is really the weakest part of this game. I feel like the story holds up quite well and the world is interesting and unique enough to engage the player with the tried and true carrot on a stick that promises to answer what the heck is going on here. The environments are very well designed as well as being spectacles to look at.

    Lastly the music is pretty stellar. Maybe some tracks will fall flat for you, but after spending 30 hours I can't think of one I didnt like at least a bit.

    I think overall I'd give this game a solid 7/10. Give it a try! For $20 I feel like you get what you pay for. Follow me @DakTalk on Twitter

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  6. Jul 11, 2019
    6
    It has a LOT of fails and I wouldn't recommend it by the price, but with this done.
    The game has a unique art and music, that for me is very
    It has a LOT of fails and I wouldn't recommend it by the price, but with this done.
    The game has a unique art and music, that for me is very good. There are hidden secrets worth looking for, and the progression of the game is not bad, the art and sound helps a lot with this. The exploration is really nice, the camera play tricks with you and, not showing the prize, but giving indications that there's something there, sometimes there's nothing, but that's the magic of playing with your camera, if you always have a reward, then none of then would be interesting to look for.
    The game lacks a map, and a list of sidequests, this is very anoying and I hope they gonna fix this in the future, but still the map is small and there's not many sidequests, so is not that bad after all.
    Another point that's bothering me somehow is that this game should be placed in the early 2000's, no in the end of the 90's, most of the dialogues would be more interesting and makes more sense, in fact, all in the game, about the dialogues seen to be something my generation would say in the early to mid 2000's, maybe 2005 would be a better choice.
    Also, the story is in a thin line between I just don't care and this is getting me anoyed, it's not bad, but I fell is out of place and most of it is in fact useless for the development of the game, remember, this is not a game about story.
    Now mechanics, it's a traditional jrpg, nothing new, nothing out of place either, it's good, it works fine, but it's nothing special. Now my final considerations, if you can ignore the story, it's a good jrpg with an awesome art and music, if that's what you've looking for and the price drops down someday, buy it.
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  7. Jun 6, 2019
    0
    YIIK is the worst game ever made. Truly a disgrace to gaming and art as a whole, the entirety of my experience with this game was wrought withYIIK is the worst game ever made. Truly a disgrace to gaming and art as a whole, the entirety of my experience with this game was wrought with a reverie of agony at the hands of its story, characters and gameplay.

    Featuring actual plagiarism, the story of YIIK is a cacophony of elements taken from a figurative million other stories mashed together, beaten with hammers, glued together, and then treated as if it were an original experience. YIIK reaches and far exceeds the critical mass of pretentiousness while in reality being nothing more than the mindless incoherent babblings of an infant.

    The gameplay of YIIK can be summarized as wasted time. Fights can regularly take up to twenty minutes long. The reason for this isn’t because the combat is difficult or requires any thinking. No, the game wastes your time regularly because it wants you to play a mini-game every time you attack and defend. These mini-games are very simple and add nothing to the game. Not only are they not fun, you have to do them over and over and over again. Goodbye time. Hello misery.

    The characters in YIIK are all terrible, but the main problem is the main character, Alex. Alex is a truly detestable person. An arrogant, spoiled, selfish assshole. On top of that he loves to hear himself talk, and talk, and talk. Alex constantly monologues about pretty much everything that happens, and he does it with the same insufferable attitude described above.

    This game is the antithesis of fun, it’s frankly disgusting. There are zero redeeming qualities to this game. If you were considering playing this game, please do not give this fraud of a developer any money. Driving nails into your eyes would be a more productive and fun use of your time.
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