A Short Hike

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

96%

Critics Recommend

Based on 23 critic reviews
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Essential
Aug 12, 2019

A quest to find phone signal leads to a glorious game of exploration and reconnection.

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8 / 10
Aug 19, 2020

An utterly charming and perfectly paced mini-adventure that packs in more character, emotion, and sense of wonder than most 30 hour epics.

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9 / 10
Sep 1, 2020

With gentle, idyllic charm, A Short Hike is a delightful vignette about the joys of hiking and meeting new friends.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2019

A Short Hike is far from perfect, but it absolutely is unique and worth your time. It's also super fucking rad, and I love it. Warts and all. If you're looking for something different, and you don't mind the price of admission, I think this is more than worth the price of entry. It may not be perfect, but life never is, and that's fine and beautiful in its own way.

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8.8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2020

A small gem that tells the story of its developer and let player experience a short-yet-incredibly fascinating adventure.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2020

A Short Hike is a delightful experience: simple, contained, collected in ambition, yet so rich in character and emotion. Thanks to a very valuable artistic direction, a level soundtrack, brilliant controls and remarkable writing, Adam Robinson-Yu's small great experiment proves to be a bon-bon of gameplay style: the trip that anyone should give themselves (also because the cost is literally that of a pizza ...) at the end of a strange and different summer. Unmissable, see you up there, at the top.

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70 / 100
Jan 21, 2020

Twee as it is, it’s an achievement that shows how a familiar video game form can be made into something more quiet and unhurried than one might be used to; personally, I’m all for that.

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10 / 10
Aug 29, 2020

A landmark game for all ages. Don't miss this one.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2020

A Short Hike is a game the whole family can love. It's an homage to classics while still very much it's own release. There is much to explore, fun characters to interact with, and the entirety of the title just had me smiling. Carve out a couple of hours in your day, curl up with some 'Strawberries and Toast,' and give A Short Hike a play. You won't regret it.

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B+
Dec 2, 2020

Though A Short Hike doesn’t bring much new to the table (many elements will feel similar to Journey, Celeste, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing, or Stardew Valley), the game combines familiar mechanics so well that A Short Hike, despite a few small drawbacks, is a well put together, relaxing game you shouldn’t miss out on.

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