Wavetale Reviews

Wavetale is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2022

Wavetale is a simple adventure with a sweet story, featuring satisfying traversal, although it never steps out of its comfort zone.

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Dec 17, 2022
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8 / 10
Dec 11, 2022

Wavetale is only four hours long and can be too one-note for its own good, but a captivating world and resonant story make it worth playing all the same.

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74 / 100
Dec 11, 2022

The platforming and level design in Wavetale is fantastic. You can easily fly up buildings in style due to the responsive controls. Even though the objectives are similar throughout, the areas are well-designed to make each island refreshing. While you can overlook the lackluster and rigid combat, the performance issues are harder to ignore. Screen tearing and pop-ins are frequent and hinder the experience. However, fans of games like Solar Ash and The Pathless will still enjoy the game.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2022

It's truly a blessing that Thunderful Games has brought Wavetale over to all modern platforms after Google put Stadia in the tomb. Wavetale tells a heartfelt narrative filled with beautiful visuals and a soothing soundtrack in an open world experience that's short and sweet.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2021

With pleasant visuals, beautiful music, and gameplay that most gamers will be able to autopilot through, Wavetale offers a fun way to while away a quiet afternoon.

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6 / 10
Dec 12, 2022

Wavetale is a gentle, easygoing game that suits players who don't want to strain themselves, as its quick runtime ensures the play doesn't dry up. We enjoyed skidding around on the ocean and swinging from great heights with our grappling hook. We only wished the camera movement and other mechanics were a little smoother. The game is nonetheless pretty fun – after all, it's hard not to enjoy surfing through a picturesque, water-filled landscape. While we've played far better games, we felt like this short title was still a good one to dip your toes into.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2023

Wavetail encourages you to explore to its fullest a beautiful aquatic world, with fluid animation that makes for thrilling action and a profound story that reinforces the importance of community and compassion.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 12, 2022

With Wavetale, Thunderful have managed to put a unique spin on post-apocalyptic worlds through its joyful tone, characters, style and more, making one want to spend as much time in it as possible and discover every sight to see.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2022

A hearty journey that remains tonally consistent despite its joyous mechanics, with its pointless combat and customization not being enough to drag the experience down.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2022

If you can forgive the odd technical issue and you’re happy to sink into a rhythm of somewhat repetitive missions, Wavetale offers up an enjoyable five or six hours of laid-back gameplay. Its stylish and smooth traversal remains an absolute joy from start to finish: whether you’re skating along the water’s surface or jumping through wind tunnels, you’re going to have a smile on your face.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2022

While many of the lesser combat encounters can feel repetitive and somewhat meaningless they're punctuated by some much more compelling boss battles. The characters are charming and learning more about Sigrid and the world around her is legitimately engaging. While a few technical hiccups trip up select areas, the net experience as a whole is one of the more legitimately fun and unique games I've played through this year.

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8.1 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2022

I'm thoroughly impressed with Wavetale as it completely surpassed my expectations by being one of the most beautifully captivating indies that I've ever played. Even though it's a tad short, I can definitely see myself playing through it again and again.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Dec 18, 2022

Wavetale is a fun adventure that's spoiled by repetition and some technical issues.

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Lee Mehr
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2023

While Wavetale's elegant surfing/platforming foundation is engaging, choppy waters within its design & storytelling keep it from being a huge splash.

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5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2022

A 3D platformer that can grab you at first with the graceful water scrolling, but unfortunately doesn't go much further. Even some bugs, bad performance or broken physics at the end.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Dec 11, 2022

Wavetale’s interesting storytelling, beautiful world, and solid exploration are unfortunately held back by its shallow combat.

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4 / 10
Dec 11, 2022
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8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2022

Despite being far from being a flawless title, especially when it comes to graphic performance, easy challenges and low combat variety, Wavetale manages to easily captivate through its narrative. Alongside charming art direction and agile gameplay, these features make Sigrid's journey capable of offering a rich and fun experience on the open seas.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2022

Wavetale has the adequate duration for what it is: a fluid and agile adventure with an involved story and unexpectedly elaborate for the time it has. The combat fulfills a purely marginal purpose and the technical limitations do not follow the fluidity pattern, but are harmless enough to be highlighted in the context of a game of outstanding humanity and beauty.

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