Arise: A simple story

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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