AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected

Aurelien Regard, Playdius, Plug In Digital

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
59
Top Critic Average
21%
Critics Recommend
Based on 15 critic reviews
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AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

59

Top Critic Average

21%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCFeb 13, 2019
Nintendo SwitchFeb 7, 2019
Xbox OneFeb 8, 2019
PlayStation 4Feb 5, 2019

Developer: Aurelien Regard

Publishers: Playdius, Plug In Digital

Genres: Roguelike, Adventure

Welcome to a feel-good FPS! A colorful adventure combining action, negotiation and rogue-lite elements. You play as a kid that is neither a hero nor a warrior. Yet with the power of friendship, you will overcome every obstacle in your way! Choose your path through the levels, uncover the light-hearted story, and above all, recruit allies. All the wacky and powerful characters you meet can be played in first person, and it’s up to you to find the right answers to get them to join your team! Idiotic workmen, MYSTERIES FROM OUTER SPACE, ODDBALL FRIENDS, AND FAST COMBATS AWAIT! Journey around a colorful world featuring unique visuals, with 2D characters living in a 3D world. Unravel a funny and light-hearted story, with just the right pinch of rogue-lite elements. Befriend and play a large variety of quirky characters, all against the backdrop of the anime-themed soundtrack composed by Kazuhiko Naruse!

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AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected - 10 minutes of Gameplay

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Just a few weeks ago I wrote about how I wished more games would embrace the absurd, and that’s exactly what Away: Journey To The Unexpected set out to do. It succeeded, but oh boy did it fail.

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Wonderful presentation, fun abilities, and a good sense of humor help buoy Away along, but it's disappointingly light on content and has no real replay value.

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Away: Journey to the Unexpected tries to do a lot at once, which is a tall task for a game mostly built by just a pair of people. Ultimately, its strange direction lends to the charm of it all, but it's also clear the game is lacking in a few key areas — namely, shoddy combat and inconsistent level randomization. Still, it was billed as a "feel-good" indie and I'd have to agree. Despite its faults, I'm happy to have played this weird game.

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Away: Journey to the Unexpected begins as a fun and lighthearted romp with a few very unique wrinkles to its gameplay. Unfortunately, this quickly unravels and is severely hampered by poor design choices that sour what was first an enjoyable experience.

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