The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

CIRCLE Ent.

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
70
Top Critic Average
Based on 3 critic reviews
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The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

Rating Summary

Based on 3 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

Based on 3 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCMay 17, 2018
Nintendo SwitchApr 4, 2019

Developer: CIRCLE Ent.

Genres: Arcade, Action

A highschool gang leader Ringo Ishikawa trying to live through his last autumn before graduation. With his best friends.

You should play it if:

1) You're fond of good stories with strong dialogues (especially about growing up)
2) You're a fight games enthusiast (you'll get your hands on some unique brawl mechanic and I promise you'll be satisfied)
3) You're into some yakuza-delinquent aesthetics

Basically, the game is an existential open world beat'em up with some school sim elements. It has a little of everything: a town to explore, day-night cycle, npc on their schedule, battle grinding, school grinding, mini-games (ping-pong, billiard, video-poker, video-game console with one game...) and so on.

But the main thing is the story I'm trying to tell. And I designed the game to make you feel this story. So it's not about rival gangs, or taking over turfs, or anything. You just live there and feel. And that's all.

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Reviews

Pure Nintendo

5 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo

While the concept of an open world beat 'em up set in high-school sounds interesting, the way it was executed is far from perfect. Furthermore, the entire world feels meaningless, as there is no way to easily tell what time your classes begin, and where they are. It is also difficult to know where each building is in the world because The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa lacks a map/compass feature. If you are looking for a unique beat 'em up, and are willing to manage it's user experience issues, then this is a perfect game for you.

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Digitally Downloaded

Digitally Downloaded

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is one of the best examples of subversion within the brawler genre since the mighty Lollipop Chainsaw.

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NintendoWorldReport

7 / 10.0
NintendoWorldReport

I was honestly very frustrated during my first couple hours, but gradually I started to appreciate the slow burn that is The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa. Without question, it will not appeal to everyone, and the lack of tutorials, hints, and information is definitely frustrating. All that said, though, it’s a unique and interesting experiment wrapped up in a cool, pixelated graphical style and an atmospheric soundtrack that suits the game perfectly.

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