The Longest Five Minutes Reviews

The Longest Five Minutes is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9 / 10
Feb 12, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes condenses the overall JRPG experience into bite-sized chapters that are a joy to play. Going over your memories leading up to the final boss fight is a very interesting way of framing the way a JRPG would usually play while turning the whole thing upside-down and then turning it round and around, giving us a game that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. This is a great game from NIS America, and I look forward to seeing what other quirky games they give us this year on Nintendo's hybrid console.

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90%
Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is a very fun release from NIS America that is perfect for the Nintendo Switch since you can play the game in short burst at home or on the go and put the console in sleep mode to quickly carry on as soon as you have some free time, or you can play for longer sessions if you feel like it. The game's art style and music are great, and the gameplay mechanics and interesting story will keep you busy until the end. I'm very happy about what NIS America has done with this release, and I look forward to seeing what else they bring to the Nintendo Switch this year.

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Scarlet Bell
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes throws you back to your first RPG experience, and toys with what you remember. Pushing you through the same trials as its hero, you come to feel a great sense of empathy with its characters; and come to appreciate the joy memories bring.

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8 / 10
Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes uses a truly gripping concept, throwing the classic RPG formula on its head by having you put the pieces of an already existing story together as you go. While the combat and general gameplay are almost too easy-going, the story, characters, and overall aesthetic had us always wanting more, never wanting to put the game down. The asking price is perhaps a little steep for the amount of content available, and the strange take on a usually well-understood genre may throw some players off, but there is an indescribable charm that is worth exploring here.

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Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is a love letter to the genre that wants you to remember that you're meant to enjoy the journey in a JRPG, too, and I certainly walked away from this game with a renewed appreciation for the spirit of adventure in these games itself.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

Given the Switch's propensity for roguelikes and exceedingly long, story-driven games, this is a minor miracle. Not every game has to be a seven-course meal; sometimes you just want a light snack. On that front, Longest Five Minutes delivers.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Aerosmith once said, "Life's a journey, not a destination", the Longest Five Minutes places you at the destination and then proceeds to show you the key parts of your journey up until this point. The game plays it very safe, other than the memory recalling aspect, all other aspects of the gameplay are your standard JRPG mechanics with nothing new thrown in there – however, it is very enjoyable and the humour had me laughing out loud on quite a few occasions.

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8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes looks and plays like an RPG from yesteryear. However, it’s superb soundtrack, entertaining writing, and unique plot progression makes it a great game to check out. It is on the very easy side though – you won’t find much depth or strategy in the combat system. It’s great for RPG beginners.

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8 / 10
Mar 30, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes may falter in the lack of difficulty that it poses the player with, but the game will upend your expectation in how absorbed you will become in the story that it unravels. It is the central cast’s squabbles, funny one-liners, and the weight of the mental and emotional burden placed upon them that allows the game to stand out among the increasingly crowded Nintendo Switch library. With unpredictable surprises keeping you second-guessing what will happen next, it delivers an experience worthy of your attention that will linger in your memory for a long time to come.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
7.6 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

An entire JRPG trimmed down to the length of a single afternoon, The Longest Five Minutes brings a Memento-esque experience that plays around with the plays with the concept of time and the fallibility of our own memories.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes features a beautiful story, although its gameplay mechanics are too simple for a game of the RPG genre. Definitely worth a try if you own a Switch and love the RPG games that have good stories.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

Calling The Longest Five Minutes a deconstruction of 8- and 16-bit RPG tropes is only half-true, as it turns around and reconstructs those same tropes by journey's end. Still, it's a brisk and amusing adventure that knows how to play to its strengths.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is among the more creative and engaging RPGs in a very deep-pocketed genre, though does feel limited at times

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7.3 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes has the allure of a JRPG, yet hiding an interesting and quick visual novel experience that might entertain some players. An interesting gaming experience, but not deep enough for JRPG fans.

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7.3 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is a nostalgic RPG japanese game 8 bits style, that doesn't apport too much in gameplay terms, but have a enjoyable chiptune soundtrack and a good sprites works

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7 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is an interesting RPG that has a non linear story with some interesting classic JRPG mechanics that also suffers due to some tedious design decision.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

The Longest Five Minutes is almost the standard definition of an RPG, brought to life with one of the most exciting storytelling techniques for any Switch game. It's a good entry point for those looking to try out NIS America games or RPGs, and interesting enough to keep the attention of more hardcore fans. But without leaning too heavily into the novel flashback dynamic, The Longest Five Minutes doesn't bring much more to the RPG table.

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7 / 10
Mar 19, 2018

With its very well written plot and concept that will easily find echoes with the minds of the players, this is a game that encourages exploration and identification with oneself and even if the combats could be more compelling and the price seems high, The Longest Five Minutes is without a doubt a very positive contribution to the catalog of the Nintendo Switch.

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7 / 10
Apr 2, 2018

The Longest 5 Minutes sports an interesting presentation to a basic RPG plot, and despite some shortcomings is worth a look.

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70 / 100
Feb 14, 2018

With a twist on the amnesiac protagonist trope, The Longest Five Minutes brings an unprecedented premise, but it doesn't save the game from blending into the crowd.

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