Percentile Rank

Arise: A simple story is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 2, 2019

In another level, I continuously switch between late fall and the depths of midwinter, controlling the old man as he crosses rivers and lakes. Ice floes can only be used as platforms in the extreme cold, but if he fails to jump back to the warmer season at every opportunity, he freezes to death. He is brave, but vulnerable.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 3, 2019

Arise is worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a game like Journey or Gris, or if you just want to explore a magical world while listening to an emotional soundtrack.

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Scored Reviews

PlayStation Universe
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

A beautiful adventure that will stay with me forever. Arise: A Simple Story is one story told through amazing animations played through a beautiful world, accompanied by a soundtrack that makes this game a masterpiece in every piece of its design.

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Thumb Culture
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a special game and it deserves your attention. The narrative, although like the title suggests is ‘simple’, how it’s told is not, and the game deserves to be lauded for this. The puzzles are fun with suitable challenge allowing you to progress through the game and experience the unique chapters with a smile on your face. If you’re a fan of artistic indie titles such as Brothers: A Tale of two Sons, Rime and Limbo then do yourself a favour, and check out this game. Not only does this game get the rare Thumb Culture Platinum Award, it’s also a game of the year contender!

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Player.it
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

A little and warm pat to heart of platforms games.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story tells a charming narrative with a beautiful atmosphere in both its design and soundtrack. Controlling the progression of time forward and backward is frequently used in unique ways to keep gameplay delightful.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story creates an entire package whose diverse gameplay, beautiful environments, and touching story make for a fully immersive and unmissable experience.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2020

This is simple story about life, but with great narrative style.

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Gamerweb.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2019

One of the biggest surprises this year and and the great debut of the Spanish studio. Arise: A Simple Story is a beautiful artistic game that also offers interesting storie and challenging gameplay.

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MonsterVine
Dec 2, 2019

Arise offers a beautifully crafted narrative in the skin of a 3D puzzle platformer. Though it’s not a game-changer, Arise manages to excel in everything it offers to the player providing a well-refined experience.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a delightful mix of stunning visuals, sounds, and engaging story. But there's also a satisfying game underneath to enjoy too.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2019

Even with occasionally questionable jumping sequences, this emotionally fraught journey is a potent statement on the nature of love, memory, and loss

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GamePitt
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story has done something no other media has done to me in quite some time, send me on a rollercoaster of emotions. The game’s environments are visually very pretty and often quite quirky, while the musical score is truly moving and compliments the game perfectly. While the time manipulation concept is nothing new, it is done very cleverly and makes for some interesting platforming sequences. Platforming precision may be a minor irritation but it doesn’t impede the overall experience in the slightest.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is true to its name and offers both function and form, which is why I'm so anxious to see what Piccolo Studio has next in the pipeline. It's a pleasant surprise to help cap off a great year.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 2, 2019

Even without much dialogue or long, extensive cutscenes, Arise is able to tell us a simple story that is vibrant and rich, bringing us an unforgettable and emotional experience.

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: Simple Story is a delicate and touching adventure. Briefly intense, but this is the story of Chiunque.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a success, it is a great experience with heartwarming story and beautiful melodies. recommended.

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BaziCenter
8.5 / 10.0
BaziCenter
Hashem Habibian

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2019

Arise: A simple Story is a wonderful and colorful journey that shows us that video games can be more than plain entertainment, and they can actually give us some lessons for life.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2020

Arise is largely filled with strengths that result in exactly what it promises to deliver: a simple narrative that also happens to be incredibly moving.

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Flickering Myth
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

A beautiful, creative indie platformer that’s held back from classic status by its infuriatingly imprecise controls. The sumptuous journey is still very much worth it, though.

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TheReviewGeek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

While it may be simple in concept, Arise: A Simple Story delivers a real showstopper when it comes to its gameplay, offering up an innovative blend of aesthetic splendour and strong themes. It’s a beautiful, poignant journey not to be missed and one of the best games of the year.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 6, 2019

Piccolo Studio's debut leaves a game that will linger in your mind for long, a simple adventure in its form, but with a message as beautiful as painful. One more example that videogames are a great medium to transmit a message and, as Journey and similar games, they are playable poetry. If you like this kind of offerings, go get it without doubt.

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The Games Machine
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a puzzle platform game with a soul. It's a beautiful and touching trip through the emotions of the protagonist and the player. Even if short and without words, Arise can say a lot to the heart.

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Spaziogames
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a moving story about a man that relives the joy and the anguish of his past. Piccolo Studio's opera truly knows how to touch the soul of a player.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2018

Arise: A Simple Story is worth a go and worth your time and attention. It carries a heavy-hearted story that is backed by stunning visuals and few flaws.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2020

Arise: A Simple Story is another example of the excellent health enjoyed by the independent Spanish scene, capable of developing products (such as the aforementioned Rime, GRAY, Etherborn ...) that work in the playable, but also in the narrative, in the technical and artistic. If you are one of those who, like me, believe that the greatest emotions grow from the simplest stories, do not hesitate and embark on the adventure of love and death that this game poses.

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Game Rant
Dec 12, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story tells an emotional tale with some clever co-op gameplay ideas, but it may not always be engaging for the second player.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Mar 9, 2020

Likening this game to the movie Up, Arise: A Simple Story is much more than what its title lets on. It forces us to take a step back and analyze life. With its time control mechanics that manipulate the world in so many ways, platforming style of play, and its ability to tell a narrative story without dialogue, Arise is one of those games that makes you question whether small titles like this are becoming the status quo.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 2, 2019

By making a point of keeping things simple, Arise: A Simple Story excels in all the right places. Basic 3D platforming is elevated by the introduction of time manipulation, transforming the beauty of its locations into an interactable piece of art. And when its visual design is already this stunning, it makes for an experience that delights every sense imaginable.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 2, 2019

Arise tells a simple, yet moving story with beautiful graphics and incredible musical score. However, its gameplay sometimes tends to work against itself, despite its intuitive controls.

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JVL
16 / 20
JVL
Haltay

Top Critic

16 / 20
Dec 3, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is an invitation to travel that it would be a shame not to accept because too few stories are so emotional.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 6, 2019

In Arise : A Simple Story, everything seems simple. It's quite easy to play - even though controls are clunky - and quite easy to understand. But it's not easy to forget, as it is a superb and very emotional tale, with superb visuals, fantastic music and a very moving story - that will make you easily cry.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
PlayStation LifeStyle

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

In some ways, Arise: A Simple Story is perfectly named because it forgoes traditional dialogue or text-based narration for visual storytelling. However, through the inventive environmental game design that pushes the narrative forward to its well-realized and emotional conclusion, there is a complexity to Arise that left me misty-eyed by its affecting story of love and loss.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story, while being a simple game, has an immense amount of things going for it. Its time manipulation mechanic is well implemented and makes you want to explore each stage thoroughly. Its beautiful, soothing and very well made. I am sure most players will find something they like about this quirky little title, I for one, found a lot to like about it.

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Video Chums
Dec 4, 2019

Those who enjoy 3D platformers with a twist will love their time with Arise: A Simple Story and its gorgeous world.

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Noisy Pixel
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

...If you’re a big as of a sap as I am but not as fussy about controls, Arise: A Simple Story is well worth the time. It's a story that stayed on my mind well after the closing credits.

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Bazimag
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

Arise : A Simple Story is a simple game from both story and gameplay perspectives but it is this simplicity that makes all the different parts of it come together and make it a unique experience.

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IGN Spain
7.8 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

A title that is much better for its narrative than for its platforms. Luckily, everything works thanks to music and its graphic section.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is well worth the $20 and six hours you'll spend playing it. Even though it can't seem to avoid problems that plague your typical indie game, the artwork and level design are beyond worth the small investment.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Piccolo Studio's Arise: A Simple Story tells its tale with beautiful dreamscapes and time-altering gameplay, but fails to engage players.

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GameSkinny
Nov 30, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a gorgeous and touching tale of love and loss that nearly overcomes its constant platforming problems.

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Explosion Network
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 7, 2019

Playing Arise is often frustrating so I’d suggest being aware of that before playing it, but when the music, visuals and moments in the gameplay just mix perfectly it’s this colourful cocktail to pull on your feelings out of nowhere, because although it’s a simple tale, it’s one we can all relate to.

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Wccftech
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is a beautiful, moving experience I couldn't stop swearing at. The game delivers a lovely yarn and some clever level design, but clunky controls and an infuriating camera leave this platformer stranded in purgatory. Arise's story may be worth your time, but only if you're the patient type. Simple as that.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Ultimately, while Arise: A Simple Story has some wonderful ideas, it’s let down by unenjoyable gameplay.

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New Game Network
55 / 100
55 / 100
Dec 6, 2019

Arise: A Simple Story is pretty to look at, but the moment you have to start playing, it falls apart. A mish-mash of imagery, tone, gameplay, and narrative that seem okay on their own, but fail to come together.

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