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Jason Oda, tinyBuild
Jun 18, 2020 - Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S
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PC Invasion
6 / 10
4.5 / 10
7 / 10
4 / 10
Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5
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Waking Trailers

Waking | Launch Trailer thumbnail

Waking | Launch Trailer

Waking: Announcement Trailer | Xbox & Steam Summer 2019 thumbnail

Waking: Announcement Trailer | Xbox & Steam Summer 2019

Waking Screenshots

Critic Reviews for Waking

Waking tries to take the best of many different genres but creates a horrible mess of clashing, ugly parts.

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Waking is a fascinating experiment that tries, but ultimately fails, to combine two radically different ideas together. Less would certainly have been more here, as the clunky and overly confusing action parts get in the way of the interesting narrative and psychological aspects. While I was drawn in by the central conceit and the use of meditation, the end result is more likely to leave you in a coma than drag you into the light.

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I recommend Waking to any player, of any skill-level, looking for a unique, emotional, and personal experience.

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PC Invasion

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6 / 10
PC Invasion

Perhaps with a couple of in-depth quality-of-life updates, Waking can be something special. For now, the reality is its unique narrative is held back by some fundamental design oversights.

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Waking tries to be a very unique experience, but all it manages to do is be way too long, frustrating, and unintentionally hilarious

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Piotr Kohnke
7 / 10.0

Waking is a game that attempts to be two very different things, and for the most part, it succeeds quite well. If you're willing to devote a little bit of time to learning its quirky systems, you're in for a potentially rewarding experience. An experience which encourages you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go back into your memories.

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Amir Ali Ghobadian
4 / 10.0

They say never judge a book by the cover, as whats inside almost always is better than whats outside. In Waking's case however, the only pretty thing is the cover. Shallow and broken gameplay? Check. Bad controls? Check. Poor visuals? Check. Innovations?. Nowhere to be found. Worth a shot? Probably not.

Review in Persian | Read full review

As long as you are entirely truthful and lay bare your soul to the title, Waking is by far the most deeply personal, deeply moving experience in video game history.

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