Arietta of Spirits

Red Art Games, Third Spirit

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
68
Top Critic Average
38%
Critics Recommend
Based on 8 critic reviews
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Arietta of Spirits

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 5Aug 20, 2021
Xbox Series X/SAug 20, 2021
Nintendo SwitchAug 20, 2021
PlayStation 4Aug 20, 2021
Xbox OneAug 20, 2021
PCAug 20, 2021

Developer: Third Spirit

Publisher: Red Art Games

Genre: RPG

Arietta of Spirits is a charming adventure game with emotion-filled narrative, no-filler gameplay, and fast paced combat. The game tells the story of Arietta and her family, visiting their Grandmother's cabin for the first time after her passing away a year prior. However, the family trip takes an unexpected turn when Arietta meets a mysterious new friend and gains the ability to see strange spirits that inhabit the island. -Explore a mysterious island with lush forests, murky caverns and dark secrets -Beautiful retro-styled pixel graphics and inspiring original soundtrack -Meet fascinating characters and discover the deep lore -Fight a wide range of enemies in reaction based combat -Easy to approach game mechanics, suitable for everyone

Arietta of Spirits Critic Reviews

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Arietta of Spirits just isn’t enough game. I’d say it’d be perfect for very young adventure game enthusiasts, lacking any cryptic puzzle-solving, or difficult combat, but the hitboxes are just too unfair. Fans of old-school 2D adventure games might find some enjoyment here, but only a few hours’ worth. Just expect something a little less Link To The Past, and a little more Twisted Tales of Spike McFang, and players should be fine. If you are looking for an excellent 2D top-down adventure game, and all you’ve played all the Legend of Zelda titles, check out the modern classics Blossom Tales or CrossCode, or the PS1 gem Alundra

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While it may be a little on the short side, Arietta of Spirits is an enjoyable experience. Overall, there's not much to fault here - an original story, beautiful visuals, fitting soundtrack and engaging gameplay. What it lacks in length and replayability, it makes up for with it's charm and solid execution.

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In essence, Arietta of Spirits plays out like a pleasant introduction and first chapter of a larger story yet untold. It has a protagonist who is easy to root for and the framework for development into a larger scope story, broader cast of characters, and a larger variety of combat tools that this game currently lacks. Arietta of Spirits keeps those issues from becoming more glaring thanks to a brisk game length, but I hope her next adventure is a tad more, well, adventurous.

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If you're a pixel enthusiast and enjoy classic games like the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, you're sure to love Arietta of Spirits. It has an awesome heartwarming story and tries to be like a classic SNES adventure game and it succeeds well at doing so.

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