The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition Reviews

The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition is ranked in the 28th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2022

Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.

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5 / 10
Sep 23, 2022

The Tomorrow Children is a weird, unwieldy game that had me sighing at just how obtuse it is while still somehow simultaneously entranced. The social action concept is a strong one though moment-to-moment gameplay will quickly become too much of a grind for most players. Hopefully it can find a new audience but, at the very least, it will help rehouse those fans who adored the original release and mourned its server shutdown.

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6 / 10
Sep 6, 2022

Unfortunately, the game's issues run a bit deeper. Like the 2016 version, the gameplay is stiff, slow, and rather dull, and sometimes it's unclear precisely how to proceed. Inventory space is a near constant headache. Building up your town is hard work, which is probably intentional but isn't very fun — especially when giant monsters unceremoniously wander over and destroy your buildings. Fighting back can feel futile and isn't particularly satisfying, either. It's tough, because there's great potential in its collaborative, common goal nature, and Phoenix Edition really does make many improvements to the overall experience, but its cold, repetitive core holds it back.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2022

Your experience with The Tomorrow Children will vary, especially if you don't get any players visiting your space. But when everything clicks like a well-oiled machine, there's a strange sense of appeal here that makes it intriguing enough.

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75 / 100
Nov 16, 2022

The Tomorrow Children is endowed with a very particular aesthetic – strange at times, but with an identity of its own. There is a certain satisfaction in building a village from scratch with just the fruits of one's labor, but alone, the journey is far more boring. The game excels when it's enjoyed with other players, but unfortunately the community isn't large or very active at the moment, so the player experience may be compromised.

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