Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

55%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews
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65 / 100
Dec 10, 2019

I do think Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is worth a gander, just don’t expect a swan song of a tale or gut punch metaphor about early America. Enjoy it for it what it immediately offers: a fun series of tiny vignettes and discoverable characters to unwind with. Forget the rest.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

An inspired attempt at something new, like an Americana graphic novel read through at a snails pace. The lovely meditative quality to the gameplay eventually becomes somewhat frustrating because of repetition, the limitations of the concept and how much the player can interact with the characters and stories. Regardless of these shortcomings, anyone looking for some fresh ideas in their games should give it a try.

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5.5 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a simple game about traveling the USA while listening to and telling stories.

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Recommended
Feb 28, 2018

A continent-sized anthology of American campfire tales that will keep pulling you in deeper, once you acclimatise to its slow pace.

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58 / 100
Mar 2, 2018

There are beautiful and tragic scenes, songs, and passages to find in WTWTLW's journey, but they're spread far too thin.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2018

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine shines with its incredible voice work, well-told stories that take on lives of their own, and many profound moments

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6 / 10
Feb 28, 2018

A unique game about collecting and trading stories across the American Dust Bowl doesn't give much room to craft your own story in the process.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine celebrates storytelling but loses the plot

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Feb 28, 2018

On the surface, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine seems like it has a recipe for an incredible game. It stretches the lengths of what story-driven, Twine-like games can accomplish in scope—thematically, narratively, and in terms of the dozens of writers from different cultures and backgrounds behind them. And yet, the game's onerous pace and the way it relegates the stories you collect to flash cards ends up doing a disservice to the game's strengths.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2018

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is an excellent exploration of stories and the meanings we place upon them. It's a road trip game through the American landscape that's punctuated by astounding writing and entertaining encounters. There's nothing quite like it, and it's doubtful that there ever will be.

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