Top Critic Average
Beautiful and creative, but controls and design issues often drag it from challenging to frustrating.
Despite some good ideas and a cool art style, Aaru's Awakening falls short of being a dream platformer.
If you can retrain your brain to these unorthodox controls, Aaru's Awakening offers some fun platforming moments
Aaru's Awakening is gorgeous to behold and a chore to play.
A fine game which presents a grueling challenge, Aaru's Awakening is perfect for the player who thinks 2D platform games today just aren't difficult enough.
I loved the art style of Aaru's Awakening, I loved the story premise it had, and I loved teleporting. I did not love the rest of the gameplay decisions along the way.
Aaru's Awakening is a beautiful frolic into a world of nightmares and imbalance: championed by its hand-drawn art style, compulsive level of difficulty and thrilling sense of achievement.
Lumenox's first game is a treat for the eyes, but a clunky and often frustrating teleportation system weighs down the experience.
[M]any could say I just suck at the game, and I would agree with you, but I know my way around a platformer, and Aaru's Awakening has the makings of a good one, but is bogged down by poorly implemented controls and some choice level design. Only the hardcore of players will get into it, and even then they will have controller breaking thoughts while playing it.
There are already a ton of platformers to choose from on both of Sony's current home consoles, but the good news is that Aaru's Awakening is free to anyone with PlayStation Plus for the time being. If you fancy something artsy and with some challenging gameplay, then we think that you should consider giving it a shot. Everyone else will want to pass on this one.