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  • Summary: Set out on an emotional journey through the bittersweet lives of two people where memories come alive and time bends to your will. Lose yourself in moments of happiness and overcome every hardship as you relive your life’s story. A story of joy and sorrow. A simple story.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 11, 2019
    100
    Arise: A Simple Story provides heartfelt storytelling and stunning visuals that will make anyone fall in love.
  2. Dec 8, 2019
    100
    Arise: A Simple Story on Xbox One is a brilliantly devised game and it’s been a huge pleasure to play. It’s a splendid wordless story with a perfect amount of gameplay hours for the price, and it’s right up there with the very best games I’ve played this year.
  3. Dec 11, 2019
    88
    Even with some stumbles, Arise is a game that knows what it wants to communicate, and does so with delicacy and sensitivity. I’ve found individual scenes coming back to mind frequently since I completed the game, most notably the moving sequence that closes the game. Accept the dilemma of a few bad jumping sequences, and push toward the emotional core, as this simple story has a lot of wisdom to share.
  4. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    Arise: A Simple Story is an exploration game, platforms and puzzles in which Piccolo Studios invites us to know the life of our protagonist after his death. Through beautiful and hard-working scenarios we will advance controlling the time and environments at will to solve the different challenges that are presented to us. Varied in mechanics to the same end Arise: A Simple Story knows how to tell a story without making use of a single note or audio, still knowing how to reach the hearts of the players.
  5. Feb 6, 2020
    70
    Arise: A Simple Story is a game that coasts on its gentle visual language. It’s a good option for those looking for a family-friendly game.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jan 28, 2020
    70
    Despite its issues, there’s no question a lot of love has gone into Arise. This is a deeply personal story of love and loss, a point hammered home by affecting end credits where the team leave little messages of gratitude for their loved ones. Though this pumped-up OAP may stumble along the way, his time-tweaking quest ultimately rises above. [Issue#186, p.74]
  7. Dec 2, 2019
    60
    Ultimately, while Arise: A Simple Story has some wonderful ideas, it’s let down by unenjoyable gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    Brilliant! Very interesting gameplay, 4D puzzle platformer (3D + time control).
    Music and art style are simply stunning.
    One of the best
    Brilliant! Very interesting gameplay, 4D puzzle platformer (3D + time control).
    Music and art style are simply stunning.
    One of the best games this year.
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  2. Dec 22, 2019
    9
    Arise: A Simple Story - Do you love the atmospheric games? The ones that only thing you have to do is move and solve lilttle puzzles but atArise: A Simple Story - Do you love the atmospheric games? The ones that only thing you have to do is move and solve lilttle puzzles but at the same time you can relax and smile? Arise Simple Story is your game then. We are taking the control of an old character and playing the game depend on his memories Not all the memories can be happy as you can imagine even most of the memories we got
    the sad ones because they have bigger impacts on our minds. You are going to see that a lot in this game emotionally. Make sure that you're not crying because of the story line and you'll think same way
    this game is a rollercoaster of a story and puzzle platformer.
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