Percentile Rank

Smoke and Sacrifice is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

45%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
B-
B-
Jun 6, 2018

Despite some of the aggravations, Smoke and Sacrifice is a fascinating entry into the Switch lineup, and is worth a look for players pining for a crafting-based action RPG on that system.

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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Feb 5, 2019

The game uses a similar style of art to Don't Starve, only there's colour, and a whole slew of gorgeous animations to go with it. It's a gorgeous, if somewhat bleak (due to the Underworld) game packed with lots of nice little touches and a beautiful hand-drawn/animated art style. What begins as a simple exercise in survival turns into a story about a parent and her child, and the love a mother has for her son. Sure, there are survival elements and the need to craft and create bigger/better things so that you can extend your ability to survive as well as explore more places to unravel more of the plot. But there's a real heart here to the game, and this is where Smoke and Sacrifice shines the brightest.

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Scored Reviews

Switching Worlds
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is fantastic. It's not often where a game comes along and uniquely pieces together elements quite well both visually and from a gameplay standpoint in a genre not occupying much of the gaming scene at the moment. It's beautiful and fun to play. Dozens of hours can be had. There are clever ideas implemented such as how the crafting system is handled. Both character progression and enemies are rightfully balanced. There's a lot to take away from Smoke and Sacrifice when it comes to what we should expect in the future. The only slight issue players have to deal with is the inventory, but if you can handle that then the rest is pure excellence.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is like a fine cigar, a slow burn from start to finish. It can be very challenging at times, but the reward is worth it once you complete a quest that seems impossible. The intricate crafting and compelling story only compliments the beautiful art direction. Smoke and Sacrifice is a single game that beckons to becomes a series.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 9, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is an involving, vast and well crafted game that joins RPG elements to those of survival horror to create a world that is both beautiful and disturbing to explore, coupled with a long and compelling lifespan and an impressive degree of interactivity with the surroundings. One of the most original and significant games of this generation on the Nintendo Switch.

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COGconnected
89 / 100
89 / 100
May 30, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice get a lot of the things we love about this genre right, with the added bonus of playing a protagonist with clear goals and motivations. It also teaches players a lesson with every death.

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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

Smoke and Sacrifice is a beautifully drawn survival game with an emphasis on its interesting story. For me, it felt like a ‘survival-lite’ game, as it didn’t have any intense survival aspects other than finding components and crafting your way to victory, but that was great for me as I prefer them like this. At times, the game may feel like it’s ramped up the difficulty, especially if you go off the recommended path, but nothing felt unfair or impossible – You just have to master the controls and upgrade your gear. It truly is a stunning game which will challenge you and have you coming back for more, regardless of how many times you perish to the horrific creatures within the smoke!

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

Looking for a survival action-RPG that has an excellent story? You really don’t need to look any further than Smoke and Sacrifice. With eye pleasing graphics, excellent sounds, and an engrossing atmosphere you just can’t go wrong. Will you be so kind as to help Sachi find her child and possibly save her world in the process? If you do, you may just feel like a better version of yourself!

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

In the end I really appreciate what Smoke and Sacrifice set out to do and how well it generally executed that vision. While survival games typically have played out, for me, as being merely for their own sake the added purpose behind your character’s survival being for the sake of finding the truth about the fate of her child I found compelling. Each step I’d take to get closer there would be more demands and the drive to overcome those obstacles felt much more personal than it typically does. While there’s some tedium, which is somewhat common to the genre, and handheld mode isn’t ideal it is still a compelling game that plays quite well.

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GameSpace
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

ll said and done, I think Smoke and Sacrifice is a game that's worth your time and money.

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TrustedReviews
May 30, 2018

Survival games were in need of a shakeup and Smoke and Sacrifice appears to be the game to do it. More than just a title of crafting and cooking, you'll find yourself rooting for Sachi while still appreciating the satisfaction that can come from a battle for survival. This is a game that's brimming with heart and emotion.

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GameSpew
80%
80%
May 30, 2018

It's hard not to fall in love with Smoke and Sacrifice, simply because it is a beautiful game.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 30, 2018

A dark and twisted fantasy RPG which uses elements of survival games to great effect, Smoke & Sacrifice is a beautiful piece of indie software. Tonally and physically challenging, the artistry on display sets it apart from its peers, creating a foreboding world that's well worth being drawn into.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Smoke and Sacrifice is a dark and compelling adventure that deserves to be played

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 22, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is a tough and challenging game with lots to do to be able to survive. The difficulty curve might get in your way here and there at some points, and the lack of tutorials is definitely not for everyone, but if you give this one a chance I'm sure you will not be disappointed.

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GamesRadar+
May 31, 2018

A sometimes grotesque, always engrossing take on the survival game, woven together with a twisted tale, weird weapons, and giant, charging porcupine pigs.

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Gamefa
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2019

After only a few minutes of playing Smoke and Sacrifice, You would easily recognize tons of similarities between this game and other dark survival games like Don't Starve. Still, because of it's unique story and narrative and also it's remarkable art design, Smoke and Sacrifice have it's own unique identity. Smoke and Sacrifice could be much more enjoyable if it wasn't for some technical issues, inventory management problem and more importantly gameplay repetition. but on the end Smoke and Sacrifice deserves a chance to prove itself as a good, enjoyable survival game. If you are looking for a nice survival game with RPG elements and beautiful story, Smoke and Sacrifice is worthy to experience.

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Softpedia
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2019

Otherwise, if you can get past the fact that you need to “craft” rather than “combat” your way to the finish line, Smoke and Sacrifice is a pleasant experience that will keep you occupied for 15-20 hours.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is an ambitious survival, but not enough. The chance to stand out with the adoption of a fascinating story is wasted in the repetitive quests that will lead us to the ending. Solar Sail production manages to propose astounding visuals, but fails in trying to entertain us with shallow survival mechanics and a disappointing combat system.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is a good game once you know what you're getting into. It is an adventure with clear objectives but a slower pace due to the amount of collecting and crafting involved. It's also a much easier survival game to digest, since you aren't monitoring too many meters at one time. Tying it together is a captivating presentation and a narrative that is as dour as it is fascinating. Although the Switch version suffers from some hitches in areas, the game should still be experienced by genre fans.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

Heart-breaking story of careworn mother in grotesque underworld with tons of recipes, crafting and strange universe.

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Paste Magazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

The story, mechanics, lore and aesthetic are all fantastic, but some simple tweaks, like improvements to the mission notes, would balance the crafting and survival aspects enough to make them less of an impediment to completion. That being said, whatever effort you put in to finish Smoke and Sacrifice will be worth it. It's flawed, but it's a step in the right direction for survival crafting games, and I hope to see others in its genre take the same initiative towards aesthetic and narrative in the future.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 31, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is an attractive take on the survival genre with a diverting story examining our reliance on fossil fuels and class-dependent economies. Juggling your gear is more finicky than it should be, which is disappointing when inventory management is such a fundamental part of the game. However, if you're prepared to keep on top of things, and you have the fortitude to brave the oppressive smoke, there's plenty to enjoy in Sachi's quest and the core crafting loop.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2019

Overall, Smoke and Sacrifice ends up feeling like a little bit less than what it was advertising, but it's still a fun experience.

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Geeks Under Grace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is a title I am conflicted about. I love the art direction and foreboding atmosphere with clever crafting mechanics, but the poor combat gameplay and unforgiving difficulty are frustrating. If you're intrigued by the premise though, it is definitely worth checking out.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jun 15, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice tells a compelling tale of a mother searching for answers after being forced to give up her son. While the game's gorgeous art brings its grim world to life, its story is ultimately undercut by poor pacing and vague objectives. Smoke and Sacrifice shines in concept, but falters in execution.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 14, 2019

An enjoyably distinctive survival game, in terms of gameplay, visuals, and an unusually affecting story.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 12, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is yet another worthy entry in the survival genre. While it isn’t the best one, it certainly has a lot going for it and is a still a cracking little title. It has an impressive overarching story which is rare in the genre.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 22, 2019

Smoke and Sacrifice is a visually splendid survival RPG that has a strong narrative and a well designed and implemented resource system. The PS4 version is also a great port of the PC version, the control system feeling natural and intuitive. The repetition and bland fetch quests, coupled with hit and miss combat (pun intended) however, mean that getting to the games best moments can occasionally feel like a slog.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

If you're looking for an indie RPG that tugs at your heartstrings, Smoke and Sacrifice is that game. Sachi fights her way through the unknown, scavenging for tools and food. She pushes past the obstacles in her way driven to bring her lost child home. A mother's perseverance and strength give me those Kleenex commercial feels. It'll take about twenty hours to complete the story and side quests, which is a good length for an indie game of this scope. And those of us who get emotionally invested in games like these might want to have something comforting at hand. My go-to: a giant bag of M&Ms and some good Japanese whisky, neat.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 17, 2019

Smoke and Sacrifice is a good addition to the survival genre, from its compelling storyline to its amazing design that engrosses you in a bleak world run over by monsters. The only thing Smoke and Sacrifice seems to falter in is its clunky and outdated combat and daunting crafting system. A beautiful aspect that distinguishes the game from other survival games is the narrative that focuses on motherhood. If you like titles such as Don't Starve, then this is a decent alternative.

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IGN Spain
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice is a beautiful handcrafted game with a solid game loop that fails to deliver an intense story filled with very similar and poorly designed quests.

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2018

Smoke And Sacrifice is by no means terrible, but while its asking price may be lower than other known RPGs and its story is at its core interesting, its gameplay can at times also be just as fundamentally lacking.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
PlayStation Universe
Alan Strawbridge

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

A nicely designed Steampunk action adventure underpinned by an intriguing story line, Smoke and Sacrifice is hampered by repetitive world design, an excess of unnecessary crafting and a fighting mechanic which just isn't as much fun as it should be.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 11, 2018

Go to hell and back to save your son in this gorgeous, flawed story-driven survival game.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 24, 2019

An amiable crafting game with an interesting story of parental devotion — let down by flawed combat and generic area design.

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AbsoluteXbox
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jan 15, 2019

There’s nothing ground breaking about Smoke and Sacrifice. That said, it takes some tried and tested tropes and ties them together in an effective and entertaining package.

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Wolf's Gaming Blog
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Jan 22, 2019

With a more unique crafting system or stronger combat or more emphasis on the story Smoke and Sacrifice could have really been something special. As it stands, though, it’s a fun little adventure.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

5 / 10
Jun 26, 2018

It will be hard to remain interested in Smoke and Sacrifice for more than a handful of hours. By then most will realise that what started as an emotive journey, ends up being an endless series of unbalanced crafting, unexciting exploration, and controller-breaking, clunky fighting.

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GameGrin
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2019

There are good ideas here, but I wouldn't say the game is worth playing. Even if you are a survival game nut or seriously invested in long, drawn out stories, I'd probably recommend against grabbing this one.

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TechRaptor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2018

Rote, uninteresting and devoid of narrative pathos, Smoke and Sacrifice never compels or engages enough to offer more than a few moments of potential.

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Screen Rant
Jun 1, 2018

Smoke and Sacrifice hits the Nintendo Switch, offering a survival and crafting sim with a surprisingly dark story, but also endless busywork

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