NAIRI: Tower of Shirin

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

70%

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4 / 5.0
Feb 15, 2019

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a colorful point-and-click adventure with a solid story you will sink into, but some of its puzzles will test your problem-solving skills till your brain taps out. Nairi’s tale isn’t over yet, so look forward to the next exciting episode when additional content becomes available!

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7.8 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2019

Nairi: Tower of Shirin is a wonderful graphic adventure that entertained me very well. The story always remains interesting and with the intuitive gameplay based on touchscreen or Joycon, everyone can enter the oriental game world. In addition to the charming characters scores the loving look and the atmospheric background music. The puzzles vary a bit in their level of difficulty, but by talking with other people and pondering is no mystery too difficult. A game for young and old and also suitable for the current cold season.

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Dec 31, 2018

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is mostly a nice adventure/visual novel game, but with a bit of an identity crisis and some really annoying problems. NAIRI would probably have worked out much better just as a visual novel, but is worth getting if you have lots of patience – and it’s on sale.

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7.9 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2019

I really enjoyed my time with NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, it felt like an interactive storybook with delightful puzzles. Visually, this game is up there with the most artistically beautiful games of the last 12 months yet it also has a decent selection of unique and interesting puzzles to help it stand up as a great game to play. I had a few mild annoyances with the UX such as the lack of a map/fast travel, no interactive highlighters, and it’s rather easy to accidentally click to move to another screen, but I still felt compelled to move on and venture further into the story. Despite the lack of voice acting, NAIRI: Tower of Shirin‘s narrative is funny and witty along with the overall story the further into the game you get. Don’t be put off by the lack of voices though, use your imagination and make the characters sound however you imagine them to sound.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

At its heart, Nairi: Tower of Shirin is a magical adventure. It contains quite serviceable puzzles and a solid set of character dialogue that should hold your attention for most of the narrative.

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7.1 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

I look forward to the inevitable follow-up and recommend puzzle fans to take a look.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2018

There’s something about Nairi that feels great that I can’t quite explain. The art and personality of its characters is consistently endearing, the puzzles feel mostly organic rather than forced or plain weird (at least by genre standards), and it’s simply satisfying to play. While not all aspects are perfect and there are spots where it can drag it still has managed to carve out a legitimate spot for itself among the many titles in this genre on Switch.

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3.5 / 5.0
Dec 18, 2018

Despite some flaws NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is an adorable game with solid point-and-click adventure mechanics and the potential for a great story, although the abrupt cliffhanger ending prevents it from being completely satisfying.

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7 / 10
Mar 2, 2019

While the journey is more important than the destination, the fact NAIRI lacks a traditional conclusion - leaving many arcs and themes in a resolution limbo - hurts the narrative considerably. Considering just how much the story focuses on Nairi as a character, a cliff-hanger ending that places emphasis on plot comes off structurally inappropriate at best. That said, the script, atmosphere, and puzzles all warrant at least one playthrough. Tower of Shirin might fall much flatter than it needed to thanks to a poorly realised ending, but NAIRI, as a whole, is a charming point-and-click with plenty of heart.

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8 / 10.0
May 10, 2019

Despite this, Nairi: Tower of Shirin remains a charming and engaging point-and-click adventure game. The story is conveyed well via good writing, with enough twists and revelations that make it feel like a children's show due to the subject matter and higher stakes involved. The puzzles are great brain teasers but also have the good sense to not fall into the trap of being difficult for the sake of it. Most of all, that art style is too attractive to pass up, with every character being extremely likeable. Provided you don't mind the cliffhanger ending, Nairi is a worthy pickup for adventure fans.

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