Percentile Rank

Sayonara Wild Hearts is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Eurogamer

Top Critic

Recommended
Sep 17, 2019

Maybe this is perfume, following the shape of the breeze. From top-note to drydown, vividly here and then vividly gone.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 23, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts feels like the perfect game to relax to just before going to bed, with hopes of washing my dreams with the pink-purple colors of a neon sunset, surrounded by beautiful people who fight as if they’re falling in love.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 18, 2019

It’s undeniably cool, and if it’s not your thing, then Sayonara Wild Hearts is like, whatever. It wants to take whoever does love it and ride off into the neon sunset with them.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 9, 2020

I think Sayonara Wild Hearts reminded me of all the cool things I’ve liked over the years, because it’s not saying anything deeper than “Cool things are ****** great, and being cool is great too.” Which is fine. It’s all said in this incredibly alluring wash of pink and blue and purple, this brief flowerbloom of a game, this stylish, inescapably cool thing that references Tarot without, you know, trying too hard about it.

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Scored Reviews

TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 17, 2019

Truly incredible, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a pop-culture gem that celebrates music and games in a passionately individual way. There has never been anything else quite like it, and if you have even a passing interest in gaming’s inherent value you need to play it. And then play it again.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 27, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is the kind of game which opens my eyes to new possibilities that games can provide, and I’m desperately awaiting this style of design to properly take off.

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Luis Alamilla
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019
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Daily Star
Oct 13, 2019

Don’t sleep on this one, it’s a trip.

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Digital Chumps
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 10, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a perfect experience. It may not last long, but it will certainly draw you in with its story, keep you there with its variety of gameplay, and then bring the entire experience together with its amazing visuals and music.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Short, sweet, and simple, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a package of positivity, with music and visuals that will sure to win anyone over.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

It’s an experience unlike many others; magical, memorable, and full of heart.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is easily Apple Arcade's first "killer app" and a must play if you're a subscriber, interested in music games, or just want to try something new. The synergy between the visuals, gameplay, and music raises the bar for the genre.

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GotGame
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2020

Don’t let the short length of the game fool you, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a genuine, heart-filled blast. The music has the potential to send you through waves of bliss and make your spirit soar.

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COGconnected
92 / 100
92 / 100
Sep 29, 2019

Aside from its length, Sayonara Wild Hearts is basically a perfect rhythm game.

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Game Revolution
Game Revolution
Camden Jones

Top Critic

Sep 17, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a fleeting game, yet, like the best records, is worth flipping over, restarting, and putting on repeat once it wraps up its last track.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 18, 2019

Everything works in concert in Sayonara Wild Hearts. It's sublime.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

A beautifully made score chaser which has that rarest of things - a soul. Sayonara Wild Hearts isn't just a game, it's an emotional band aid that feels like a warm phantom embrace. Absolutely essential stuff.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 14, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is an interactive art product that combining game elements and a digital representation of the future. The small length of the gameplay is compensated by incredible dynamics and vivid emotions that you experience during the walkthrough. And this is a great achievement in the world of soulless clones, social projects and serious dramas.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 18, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is the video game equivalent of Prince: it's extremely short and its journey maybe ends a little sooner than you'd hoped, but it packs so many varied and beautiful ideas into its brief life and masters so many different styles that even though there's a real disappointment it's over so quickly, what it did give you will remain with you for an extremely long time. A true creative masterpiece.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 27, 2019

Visually marvelous and musically infectious, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a unique experience unlike almost anything else out there. It may not be for everyone, but for a certain audience, it's going to be dynamite.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 2, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a hallucinating journey through a short but intense game world that plunges the player into a neon cyberpunk aesthetic coupled with a fantastic soundtrack and delivers an effort that would be close to perfection would it not come to an end just when the experience feels like it's reaching its climax.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 24, 2019

Let it be known that one needs to really play Sayonora Wild Hearts in order to truly experience it.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

It's the absurdity and wonder of some Eurovision performances made playable. Like a good record from a band I like, I'll spin this game often. That makes the secrets beneath the surface more appealing as Sayonara Wild Hearts might be one of my favorite music albums of the year in addition to being a killer video game experience.

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Noisy Pixel
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

While the journey is a little short, with its unique premise and gameplay, and unbelievable soundtrack and visuals, Sayonara Wild Hearts is the best and most unique endless runner I’ve ever played. It’s a beautiful work of art that needs not only to be played but also listened to and remembered for years.

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Gamerheadquarters
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a simply stunning and lovely experience, with heart pulsing music driving the action.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 24, 2019

Sayonara is an experience first and game second, so it is not one that should be played if you are only interested in the high scores, but if you take the game as a whole, then it can be deeply rewarding.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2019

If you're looking at Sayonara Wild Hearts as a game, then it'll remind you of a very forgiving arcade game. There are some extra modes designed to challenge those who are chasing high scores, and the zodiac wheel is good for those who want to earn some Trophies for solving brain teasers, but the game's forgiving nature and short length mean that it is easy to reach the game's ending. Instead, the game wants you to look at it as a catchy pop album that you'll want to return to, time and again. With the gameplay, graphical presentation, and music coming together so well, that's exactly what you'll be doing.

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New Game Network
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 26, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a joy to play. It's a visual thrill ride and the music will have you bopping in place while you zip through the levels. The scope might be small, but the action is big and ridiculous. And while the story isn't its strongest aspect, the themes of heartbreak, anger, and forgiveness give the game an emotional center.

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IGN Spain
8.3 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a wonderful half music album half video game, which leaves us wanting much more thanks to its great approach and execution. If you like video games, give it a chance.

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Spaziogames
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is really difficult to describe: it's an unique audiovisive experience and we believe that any fan of pop culture should try it out.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Nadia Oxford, Staff Writer

Top Critic

Sep 17, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a quick but intense ride through a landscape that's been made dangerous and jagged by broken hearts and pop music. Its unusual style makes the road hard to see from time to time, but people who love Simogo's games will love riding with The Fool.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is what you'd get if Robyn ran the Grid from Tron. A stunning collection of music, action, heart, and radiant setpieces, it's easily one of the most inventive and unpredictable games of 2019. And it could have been one of the best too if only the developers had made the decision to present this album as a whole upfront rather than take players through it track by track.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts isn't particularly long, but the catchy pop score and variety of levels give you a decent challenge.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 18, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts is much more than the rhythm game it looks like : it is a whrilwind of visuals and sounds, where electro-pop music depicts a wild chase, sets in a neon-looking city. As short as it is intense, this experience is like no other, and find its inspiration in many genres. Like a good LP, it will plays over and over, until you know it by heart.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2019

The true beauty of Sayonara Wild Hearts is simply enjoying the exceptional music and getting lost in the visuals. Mistaking this for a simple rhythm game is to do it a disservice. It may be less than that in terms of gameplay, but it’s a hell of a lot more in terms of audiovisual accomplishment.

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IND13
Jan 4, 2020

It’s hard not to recommend Sayonara Wild Hearts, simply because it works so well as both an album and a video game. Step aside music videos, we’re doing music video games now.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
Kyle Hilliard

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts' music and art combine for a stirring, unique experience.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

Wild Hearts is a game with a ton of charm, but it left me wanting more. It feels like it could have made the leap from good to great with some relatively minor additions and tweaks.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts crackles with style, but is an ultimately inconsequential ride

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Despite its short length, this is still very much a trip worth taking.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 28, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts will certainly mesmerize you with a stunning audiovisual trip that will take your breath away, but at the same time it can also be a limited experience in terms of gameplay and interaction. It might not even be a proper video game, but instead a glorified music visualizer built around an obscure and fascinating representation of love. It's all very pleasing and undoubtedly worth celebrating, yet not so easy to universally recommend at 20 literally cents per minute.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 4, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts has moments of brilliance, but too often, movement and timing issues disrupt its enchanting aesthetic.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Sayonara Wild Hearts' is gorgeous and packs an incredible pop soundtrack, but the actual levels the music accompanies never feels as natural as its audiovisual splendor.

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