A Short Hike Reviews

A Short Hike is ranked in the 96th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Jul 28, 2019

Developer Adam Robinson-Yu began developing A Short Hike when he was feeling burned out working on another project. It's fitting, then, that what began as an act of self-care for the game's developer has blossomed into a welcome respite from the modern world that everyone should experience.

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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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9 / 10
Aug 7, 2019

A truly special and intelligent game, one that takes its genre --the often infamous "walking simulator"-- to new heights.

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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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Unscored
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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85 / 100
Apr 14, 2020

The saying goes: big perfumes in small bottles. With its special and welcoming proposal, A Short Hike offers exploration, a stimulating environment, calm and a great charisma in its places, characters and situations. A simple-looking game that keeps a caring and loving engine under the hood of its experience of just over two hours, in a journey that many will want to extend and return in more moments, as happens with the special corners of our lives.

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4.5 / 5.0
Jul 13, 2020

A Short Hike stayed in my backlog for far too long, but the truth is, there wasn’t a better time than now to play it. With quarantine canceling many summer vacations, those of us trapped in urban jungles have likely been longing for the beauty of the wild outdoors. Even in its low-poly form, A Short Hike delivers on the experience, healing players in a way that only the feel of nature can.

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
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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8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2020

When you play A Short Hike to its fullest you receive a wholesome experience. This is a positive game with positive characters and positive metaphors that I will admit are a bit on the nose.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2020

It's perfect for new players, looking to play something for a short while, but also respects experienced players by giving them the freedom to play the game however they choose. The charm the game brings to the table is reason enough for me to return time and time again to this world. It's a feel-good zenlike game and I'm so incredibly happy that I can now return to this world at any time on the Switch. Finally it is only A Short Hike away.

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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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Liked
Aug 25, 2020

Chill, relaxed and, like the name suggests, short.

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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 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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Tucker Hazell
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2020

A Short Hike is a tightly-crafted, charming, and heart-warming game that comes in a bite-sized package for a delightfully low price.

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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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9 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2020

A Short Hike is short and sweet, just like a tiny chocolate bar. You know that each bite will be worth it, but the experience definitely lasts for a short time. Going beyond a "mere" video game, A Short Hike resembles a poem or an interactive work of art at different times, while still managing to be a legitimately fun game in the process.

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Loved
Sep 7, 2020

Although A Short Hike is — as the name suggests — a rather short game, its combination of humour and emotion captures the player in a way that many AAA games fail to. If you’ve got a spare $10 and a couple of hours to kill, definitely pick up A Short Hike for the Nintendo Switch!

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Loved
Sep 10, 2020

A Short Hike offers a wholesome experience for a small price. Though the game is short, it’s worth every penny. Put yourself in Claires shoes (do bluebirds wear shoes?) and explore this lovely landscape. Meet all kinds of characters and help them in their quest. Most of all: glide through the air, truly as free as a bird!

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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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