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Birthdays the Beginning

Arc System Works, NIS America, TOYBOX Inc.
Jan 19, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

35%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
5 / 10
Polygon
6 / 10
GameSpot
5 / 10
Destructoid
8 / 10
IGN Spain
6 / 10
IGN Italy
6.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Birthdays the Beginning

Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

The designer behind Harvest Moon returns with a game that frustrates as much as it fascinates.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Despite the many obvious flaws there's a mesmerising quality to the game's artificial worlds, as the gameplay itself creates a surprisingly palatable form of edutainment.

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Birthdays the Beginning is about as exciting as watching paint dry – even if you get to pick the colors

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Birthdays the Beginning is cute and nostalgic but there's not much depth

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The ambitious-but-flawed Birthdays the Beginning is packed with charm, but suffers from a clunky interface and confusing systems.

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Even though certain design elements aren't as streamlined, fleshed-out, or user-friendly as they could have been, part of me is just thankful Birthdays even got greenlit. Niche as it might be, I've wanted something like this for years, and despite my admittedly high expectations, I still came away impressed. I hope the game is able to find an audience, because it so clearly deserves one.

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Birthday the Beginnings may be fun but it also has a very plane gameplay. A game that may be fun for the usual management players, but with a very modest visual look.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Birthdays: The Beginning is a nice simulation game with a really cute art direction, which fans of the genre and people who seek a relaxing gaming experience will probably enjoy. Unfortunately it has its flaws, like poorly detailed graphics, slight frame rate drops and clunky controls, that we hope will disappear in the next titles of the series.

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