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Apr 16, 2019

Inkle's follow-up to 80 Days is an archaeology adventure like no other.

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88 / 100
Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault communicates the beauty of assigning meaning to symbols, and thus the people who wrote them.

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Apr 17, 2019

A fascinating, fantastical world let down by plodding pacing.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2019

Heaven's Vault features great characters, exciting places to discover, and a thrilling mystery to piece together

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6 / 10
Apr 16, 2019

An ambitious narrative adventure that mixes fun lore with fiddly mechanics.

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Unscored
Apr 16, 2019

For a game that revolves around the beauty of languages, it’s a disappointment that Heaven’s Vault can’t find the right words to express itself.

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Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault may have one of the most well-realized video game worlds ever, with your curiosity and personality molding your story through the Nebula. Whether you're fascinated by history or just by a personal sense of duty, there's a lot to love about Heaven's Vault, even if the clunky movement and frustrating sailing sour the overall experience.

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TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault is a fantastic narrative experience that offers a genuinely mature and intelligent take on science fiction and the interactions between technology and religion. Superbly realised characters, fascinating architecture, and a wonderfully detailed new language to decipher combine to make this a truly original and rewarding game. It's a shame that the sailing is so repetitive, but Heaven's Vault will reward fans of slower paced and meditative games.

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Unscored
Apr 16, 2019

The thing is, the problems are there. I don’t know if I can recommend this to someone who isn’t a word nerd. But at the same time, what Inkle have achieved in Heaven’s Vault is tremendous. I don’t know what to compare it to, because there isn’t anything.

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9.5 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2019

A totally unique odyssey that immediately envelops the player in a richly detailed universe ripe with intriguing lore and some of the finest storytelling on PS4, Heaven's Vault is an essential odyssey for all to embark upon.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault is a puzzle game you haven't experienced before. From its engaging story to its engrossing fictional language and puzzles, this is a game that feels rewarding in a way that no other game has done before.

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5 / 10
Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault will satisfy budding archaeologists and linguistic fanatics in fits and starts, but the overall experience that brings those mechanics together leaves a lot to be desired. Alongside technical frustrations and tedious movement between locations, this is hardly a game we can recommend with any sort of confidence.

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Apr 16, 2019

The game is ambitious for its translation mechanics and its big-picture look at the evolution of culture through the ages.

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7 / 10
May 7, 2019

A markedly different approach to adventure gaming; while it won't be for everyone, Heaven's Vault will undoubtedly attract a cult following.

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Belinda Morris

Top Critic

4 / 5.0
Apr 26, 2019

All in all, this game was quite fun to play and discover the secrets of the ancient language.  I enjoyed the freedom of choice and the flow-on effects of those choices.  This is a game for anyone who is interested in adventure games – it definitely would appeal to a wide-range of players.

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7.7 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2019

An intriguing game for graphic novel fans with a lovable old style art design.

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Apr 17, 2019

Heaven's Vault is rough around the edges, but its sense of discovery and self-fulfillment are unparalleled thanks to its commitment to player agency and its unique language-translation mechanic.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2019

Heaven's Vault manages to make me look forward to learning a new language, which is something I honestly never thought a game could do.

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5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Exploring the lost ruins of ancient civiliyation is not as much fun as it should be.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 4, 2019

Heaven's Vault is an unusual game about exploring ruins of ancient civilizations and learning their language. It's easily described as an 'archaeologist-linguist simulator', which has interesting plot, many nice dialogs and tons of moons to visit. Get ready for great and memorable adventure!

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