Lost Ember Reviews

Lost Ember is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
PC Gamer
Top Critic
90 / 100
Nov 26, 2019

Lost Ember is a wonderful, unique, and unforgettable experience with a love for nature.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Nov 27, 2019

Too many glitches, too few truly memorable moments, and an overabundance of wombats prevent the game from becoming a truly majestic beast.

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6 / 10
Dec 2, 2019

Lost Ember is a great looking game that provides a number of different ways to play and explore its world. However, there are too many distracting performance issues that need addressing to improve its playability.

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8 / 10
Dec 6, 2019

Lost Ember is an experience that will stick with well past the credit roll.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

An incredibly relaxing experience, with a great story to tell. Exploring the breathtaking environments as adorable animals is consistantly satisfying. The voice acting does detract from some moments, but Lost Ember's charm and beauty is undeniable

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80 / 100
Jan 12, 2020

Lost Ember ties a fun, original gameplay concept to an enjoyable, if a bit unremarkable, story. It will feel too thin for anyone approaching it looking for any amount of challenge, but if you're willing to just enjoy the journey and let the story wash over you, Lost Ember is a singularly enchanting experience.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jan 8, 2020

In addition, certain restrictions, such as the level of flight of birds or the inability to explore the towers of a forgotten civilization, cause a slight disappointment. Otherwise, the game from Mooneye is a beautiful meditative adventure in which you can enjoy a unique environment, feel the power of nature and learn the tragic story of two heroes connected by one important secret.

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4 / 10
Dec 9, 2019

Unless you're curious about the narrative, we'd beware of the dog in this case.

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84 / 100
Dec 7, 2019

Lost Ember is defined by its exuberant art style, musical score, and narrative. It tells a simple yet coherent story and gives you just enough at each memory to make you want to press onwards and learn what happens next.

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8 / 10
Nov 22, 2019

Lost Ember departs from typical video game fighting and puzzle-solving to tell a heartfelt story through the eyes of its animal protagonist. Thanks to its stunning art direction and obvious love for its subject matter, it offers a genuine emotional payoff despite having some elements that still feel undercooked.

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6.5 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2019

The hard-hitting emotional narrative, beautiful score and pleasant visuals were just enough to drag me through a game that was at times, not fun to play. Technical issues ranging from freezing to death loops soured what could have been a very fun and touching exploration game. I did enjoy my time with it but the issues I had did take a few points off the overall score. Perhaps wait for an update before purchasing.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Lost Ember is a game that wants you to take your time and take in the beauty around you, and it absolutely nails these goals. The entire design of the game is used perfectly to awe-inspire the player, and give them the chance to explore at their own pace.

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4 / 10
Oct 5, 2020

Lost Ember attempts to be an artistic experience, yet struggles to be an enjoyable game. The story is uninteresting and predictable, the gameplay is boring and sometimes frustrating, and the huge performance issues on Switch makes this game close to unplayable at times. While there is clearly potential here, Lost Ember fails to deliver on nearly every front. There are plenty of other artsy games on Switch to pick up over this one.

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Dec 9, 2019

Lost Ember offers a compelling journey through a beautiful landscape, seen from the eyes of various creatures, while searching for lost memories.

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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

Lost Ember clocks in at about six hours per play, depending on your particular style. That's a pretty decent amount of time for you to experience the story and get to know all the types of wildlife available. Add on a couple more runs to find all of the hidden items and I'd say it is well worth the $29.99 US price tag. If you're a fan of games like Journey and What Remains of Edith Finch, make sure to check out Lost Ember ASAP.

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Justin Woo
Top Critic
5.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

The game's mechanics betrays its core premise of exploration and the weak environments are allergic to wonder. Lost Ember's story isn't the only thing that feels like it's happening in the past tense.

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3.8 / 5.0
Nov 25, 2019

Still, Lost Ember is a cute game that has a fair amount of variety. As long as you go in looking to play as cute animals and explore you'll have fun. Those looking for a deeper or more complicated experience will likely be disappointed, though even looking at the backgrounds can be relaxing. Toss in some performance issues and Lost Ember is fun and in some cases interesting but likely not something that will appeal to most people.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2020

Lost Ember provides players with an open world to explore through the viewpoint of various animals. And although it can be effective, its high price and downgraded graphics mean the Nintendo Switch may not be the best way to play it.

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The Digital Fix
Posted by Georgina Howlett
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2020

Lost Ember is a visually stunning game with a breathtaking world to explore. These features, as well as its beautiful soundtrack and engrossing narrative, make it a must-play indie - but its constant performance issues really hold it back. It is worth fighting through them, but be aware that your immersion will consistently be broken.

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7 / 10
Dec 24, 2019

It's very apparent that Lost Ember is a labour of love; one that forgoes any sort of depth and complexity in gameplay for the sake of beautiful presentation and an interesting story.

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