Birthdays the Beginning

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews
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8 / 10
Jan 18, 2018

If you're a fan of sandbox games, then you should definitely check out Birthdays the Beginning. It's a quirky, colorful and fun sandbox release with a ton of lifeforms to create and capture, giving you dozens of hours of gameplay for your purchase. There have been a couple of patches to the game to rebalance things, and the Platinum will take you “forever” since you'll need to basically keep your PS4 running for months, but don't let that get in your way since the overall experience is great.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

Ironically, the only thing holding this game back is a lack of evolution.

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7 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Birthdays the Beginning is a really challenging game to describe in just a few sentences. It blends some genres and will undoubtedly be a divisive title as it is a slow burn that often provides more of a passive experience than an active one. The thing is - I find myself enjoying the time spent with it more often than not, despite some of its flaws.

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5 / 10
May 22, 2017

Birthdays is a fantastic idea on paper, but suffers from some very poor execution that hinders the overall experience.

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Daniele Dolce

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7 / 10.0
May 21, 2017

Birthdays the Beginning could be the love child of Minecraft and Spore, evolution merged with sandbox in its purest form. It's an interesting idea, at least in theory, but you're gonna need a lot of patience and dedication to fully appreciate it.

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3 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

I wouldn't recommend Birthdays the Beginning to anyone. Its biggest problem is badly done tutorial, which doesn't help in understanding this complicated game. Beside original idea for gameplay, there is not much worth seeing.

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5 / 10
May 19, 2017

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

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6.5 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

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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May 15, 2017

The game is worth it if sandbox creation games are your thing. On the other hand, if you’re like me and felt you would get this game based on your love of Harvest Moon only, that would be like comparing apples and oranges, and this may be a skip.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2017

Birthdays the Beginning looks promising but most of the expectations did not meet when you start playing. Being their God was not easy and for me that was the only thing keeping me alive in the game, I could have died from boredom later.

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