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Anodyne
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Anodyne Review

games xtreme
12 September 2013
  • Summary: Anodyne takes the gameplay and visuals of older Zelda titles and put them in a surreal story in an ever-changing landscape. Poor controls let down the rest of the game, but it's still enjoyable.
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Hooked Gamers
1 May 2013
  • Conclusion: Anodyne is a game that, despite one very problematic gameplay element, manages to play with a tried and true genre and create something new and exciting. It lasted just long enough to make me wish that it had ended earlier, and the card collecting feels like its sole purpose is to extend the game,...
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Overall 8
8.0

Anodyne Review

Gamezebo
23 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Describing the indie creation of two-man team Sean Hogan and Jon Kittaka requires more than a single comparative line, and much more to understand it. I’m still working on understanding it. But the experience of Anodyne is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening set inside a Hieronymus Bosch triptych.
  • Pros: Excellent hit detection makes combat, puzzle solving, and exploration a joy. Beautiful and unique environments, characters, and puzzles. Atmospheric and gorgeous soundtrack.
  • Cons: Painfully challenging at times, with extremely short invincibility after damage compared to enemies’. Jumping challenges require frequent pixel-tight jumps to the point of frustration. Even with nexus fast-travel, difficult to find your way around the overworld and remember where dungeons are loc...
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Overall 7
6.5

Like Zelda, but pretentious

Destructoid
17 April 2013
  • Summary: Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy this game, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled. How we score: The Destructoid Reviews Guide
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Anodyne

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
16 April 2013
  • Summary: Anodyne’s blend of surreal images and retro graphics appealed to me when I saw the first trailer but I only managed to find time to play through the game this weekend. I’m glad I did.
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Overall 8
7.5

Anodyne Review

Game Debate
29 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Anodyne is a top-down, 2D dungeon crawler and while trying to get into it as much as possible, the game often fails to make any sense whatsoever. After hours of play and being little to no clue about the game direction the player is tempted to simply quit.
  • Pros: Okay-ish Combat, Satisfactory Puzzles
  • Cons: Thin Story, Music, Visuals
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Polygon
18 March 2013
  • Summary: Anodyne 's combat is designed around its mechanical simplicity: you hop around to avoid attacks and whack bad guys with your broom. Success is based entirely on your ability to read enemy patterns and dispatch the baddies accordingly.
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Expert Review

Calm Down Tom
14 March 2013
  • Summary: Anodyne is a top down 2D dungeon crawler for the PC, Mac, and Linux. The game is at heart a 16 bit styled clone of the 2D Zelda games. If you have played Link’s Awakening DX then you will feel right at home with this game.
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Overall 8
8.4

Anodyne review

PCGamer Online
13 March 2013
  • Summary: It stays close to its inspirations and risks growing repetitive, but Anodynes darkly surreal atmosphere is gripping.
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Unreality: Anodyne Review

True PC gaming
6 March 2013
  • Excerpt: The influence of drugs in our culture is a polarizing topic, bound to bring the worst out of both sides. Yet one agreeable truth to their usage in creative projects is that it allows storytellers to weave cathartic, mind-bending dreamscapes.
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