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Eastward

Pixpil, Chucklefish
Sep 16, 2021 - Nintendo Switch, PC

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

IGN
8 / 10
Eurogamer
Recommended
PC Gamer
78 / 100
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
GamesRadar+
4 / 5
Game Informer
8.5 / 10
Destructoid
8 / 10
God is a Geek
8 / 10
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Eastward - Announcement Trailer


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Critic Reviews for Eastward

Eastward is a post-apocalyptic picaresque as charming as it is pretty, with simple action combat and puzzles that are accessible to everyone.

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A strong love for storytelling and the feel of games like Earthbound makes Eastward shine even where the gameplay flags.

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Worth playing for the atmosphere even though its pace and plot are uneven.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

The 2D visuals are absolutely stunning, but the simplistic action and pretentious storytelling undermine what could have been a true neo-retro classic.

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Eastward might fumble the ending, but that doesn't stop it from delivering a fantastic journey.

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Eastward crafts a cozy journey through fascinating and bizarre realms, featuring a memorable cast. While lackluster combat and a few repetitive puzzle styles tarnish the experience, it's still a ride well worth taking

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For as gorgeous as Eastward‘s graphics are, and as endearing as some of its characters become, and as much as I need its soundtrack on vinyl as soon as possible, it also falls short in some ways that leave its conclusion feeling a bit off. It’s one of the more promising debuts I’ve seen, and Pixpil has ensured I’ll be incredibly interested in whatever they do next. Eastward is something a fan of pixel art and good music, with a weakness for video game nostalgia, deserves to check out. It’s just also a journey that left me wanting a little more.

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Eastward is an enjoyable and arresting adventure, with memorable characters, likeable humour and a central mystery that keeps you engaged throughout.

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