Oninaki is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

IGN
By T.J. Hafer
Top Critic
7.4 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2019

Oninaki is a gorgeous and entertaining, if slightly clunky, RPG that isn't afraid to explore some heavy themes in novel ways.

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Eurogamer
Top Critic
No Recommendation
Aug 22, 2019

One good idea isn't enough to make a good game - not unless you put a bit of love in the building blocks that surround it. Many JRPGs have that heart, the same one that mellows you even to their most ridiculous qualities. Oninaki, on the other hand, comes across as loveless.

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Easy Allies
Bradley Ellis
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019
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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2019

Combat is fun on a basic level, but repetition and a lack of evolution blunt that over time. The story and setting also fail to live up to their initial promise

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GameSpot
Top Critic
5 / 10
Aug 24, 2019

Oninaki's fascinating world and beautiful visuals promise a lot, but frustrating action-RPG combat and awkward story presentation keep its potential from blossoming.

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USgamer
iew by Nadia Oxford, Staff Writer
Top Critic
Aug 23, 2019

Oninaki is a likable RPG. Its story and setting are interesting, and the Daemons you collect to help you fight are cool. Unfortunately, bashing through uninteresting swarms of high-HP enemies puts a damper on the fun. Oninaki is still better than Tokyo RPG Factory's previous games; the studio seems to be moving in the right direction. If it can get past its extended growing pains, it'll be a contender someday.

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

I'm emotionally torn on Oninaki because there's so much to like here: it has a lot of great ideas, it just doesn't execute them all as well as it should. Maybe Tokyo RPG Factory should look at changing their formula and scaling down to tighter 10 hour adventures. By cutting down the scale they can focus on what they do best.

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Aug 21, 2019

It isn’t often that a game truly succeeds as art, but every part of Oninaki goes back into its core motif and that’s why it is an essential action RPG.

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8 / 10
Sep 13, 2019

Once you fall into the groove, Oninaki is greatly enjoyable, even if it initially falls flat because of its repetitive combat. The story heads to dark places surrounding the central theming, occasionally in a ham-fisted way, but still manages to have emotional impact. Ultimately though, Oninaki is a gem of a game if you're persistent in putting in the work. Tokyo RPG Factory have done it again

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80 / 100
Aug 21, 2019

Oninaki is a solid-action JRPG that experiments lightly with the foundations of the genre creating a world with personality and appeal. The game does not disappoint by mixing tradition with novelty.

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6 / 10
Aug 21, 2019

Oninaki has big goals, but it isn't able to follow up on them. While it has an exciting premise and even some cool systems to explore, it ends up mired in the sameness other games in the genre have.

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7.4 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

A nice classic action-jrpg, but nothing more. Oninaki give some hours of fun but offer a very little game experience.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

A classic RPG that works well but it's not great on every aspect of its gameplay.

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Aug 22, 2019

Oninaki proves that Tokyo RPG Factory is not simply built on nostalgia and definitely has the chops to make a captivating modern RPG.

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

A brave choice at something different by Tokyo RPG Factory finds a game that's good but crying out for new ideas

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GamingTrend
David Flynn
Top Critic
50 / 100
Aug 26, 2019

Oninaki has one foot in the grave while the other doing a pleasant tap dance. It has an interesting story held back by bland characters and filler, and its gameplay can feel great when you're not getting pounded in the face and stunned to death. Unless you can find it on sale, I'd skip this one.

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Guardian
Top Critic
Aug 29, 2019

This role-playing adventure's interesting, haunting premise can't stop you wanting to fling your controller at the wall

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GameMAG
Top Critic
7 / 10
Feb 4, 2020

Fight with crowds of enemies with slow progress through the levels over time gets boring. But the plot can hold you back. And although it is not a real revelation, it can offer several unexpected surprises.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2019

Oninaki is my favorite Tokyo RPG Factory game to date, with its gorgeous art style and melodic music and its more appealing storyline. It may be far from perfect, but it is certainly worth a look if you fancy a slightly different take on a well-established genre.

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6 / 10
Aug 27, 2019

All in all, Oninaki falls short of being a great action RPG, but it's not without its charms. An intriguing world and story keep things afloat, while an addictive character progression system distracts from repetitive dungeon crawling. This definitely isn't Tokyo RPG Factory's best game, but it is an interesting diversion. With a little more depth, a sequel would be a tempting proposition.

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