Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 14, 2018
    90
    A game that needs to be played in an old school manner and -ironically- is all the better for it. The story is the main focal point and luckily the game does not disappoint in this department. In fact, we feel everybody should experience it - it really is that special. From an audiovisual standpoint there is nothing worth noting in particular but don't be deceived: Forgotten Anne is an original and beautiful title that deserves every minute of your time.
  2. May 11, 2018
    90
    Forgotton Anne has thrilled us in every possible way. Its story is packed to the rafters with charm, amazement, tension, and doubt. The gameplay satisfies in every key area with challenging puzzles and skilful platforming, and it’s these mechanics that get to accommodate a gorgeous art style which will live on long in our hearts. You need to experience Forgotton Anne for yourself, because the package as a whole is really quite special.
  3. May 11, 2018
    85
    A fusion of East and West that will leave you breathless precisely for the agility and simplicity with which they intertwine different forms of art.
  4. 85
    Deftly combining platforming, puzzle-solving and a non-linear narrative, Forgotton Anne is a uniquely beautiful experience that everybody should try.
  5. Aug 12, 2018
    80
    Forgotten Anne isn’t revolutionnary in any way but still, it finds a good balance between narration and gameplay and brings the player in a unforgottable journey.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    While stiff in some ways, Forgotton Anne is gorgeous, and has one of the freshest and most charming worlds and story we've seen in a long while. It'll definitely linger in the memory. [Issue#150, p.92]
  7. May 27, 2018
    80
    Forgotton Anne tells a wonderful story about the importance of memories, the feelings and some modern problems of our society. Artistically wonderful, the game is a bit too guided and offers simple puzzles.
  8. May 23, 2018
    80
    A charming audiovisual experience, supported by a rich playable system despite having some shortcomings.
  9. May 14, 2018
    80
    A bizarre mix of weighty subject matter and cartoon presentation that somehow works perfectly in portraying a morally complex world and its characters.
  10. May 11, 2018
    80
    While it may not be adding tricks at every turn to the platformer genre or making a name for itself with its minimal puzzles, Forgotton Anne will surely win many over with its gorgeous, animated visuals and more importantly, its sense of wonder.
  11. 80
    A visually striking puzzle platformer with a great plotline and excellent voice acting.
  12. May 11, 2018
    80
    The way it develops a detailed world, full of unique and interesting characters, while keeping the central story compelling and surprising, is remarkable, especially in such a short period of time.
  13. 80
    Engaging puzzles and colorful personalities set to a negative landscape make Forgotton Anne a delightful tale that is accessible to anyone vaguely interested in the genre.
  14. Jun 26, 2018
    75
    Puzzles provide an opportunity for creativity and critical thinking, but not all puzzles were needed or even made sense, which left feelings of confusion more than anything else. Despite its flaws, Forgotton Anne has such fantastic qualities that may charm you to overlook these inconveniences.
  15. Jun 10, 2018
    75
    It’s a wonderful story with unique characters and enthralling illustrations. The story would have been better as a linear plot unmarred by gimmicky decision points.
  16. May 15, 2018
    75
    It's aimed at people who's looking for a video game experience rather than a traditional video game, and that's precisely its main strength. Supported by a great presentation, it's a story worth discovering.
  17. May 11, 2018
    75
    A gorgeous 2D adventure game with light puzzles, platforming and branching narrative choices. Some design decisions slow the pace down negatively, but the story and the reveal of your decisions have devastating impact.
  18. Games Master UK
    Jun 17, 2018
    73
    Creative storytelling, great design, and middling gameplay make a memorable, yet flawed, adventure. [July 2018, p.76]
  19. Aug 6, 2018
    70
    ThroughLine Games made the right call in keeping the anima puzzles and platforming elements relatively simple, as well as not allowing Anne to die. These decisions ensure a steady and progressive flow, keeping the spotlight on the game's greatest strengths. With that said, considering how gorgeous the animation work is, it's a shame that the platforming itself feels somewhat cumbersome, and not particularly fluid. Regardless, this is an excellent side-scrolling adventure.
  20. Jul 13, 2018
    70
    A beautiful, yet sadly dystopian game. Unfortunately, the playing itself is the least funny part of the game. It’s a must-buy for fans of the Ghiblian-style animation, for others an interesting probe into your own conscience. It’s an enjoyable experience, however you do have to overcome the bad controls during jumping passages, fortunately the game doesn’t have many of those.
  21. May 11, 2018
    70
    Capturing the essence of classic animated films, Forgotton Anne is a gorgeous game to look at and tells a whimsical tale of forgotten things come to life. As lovely as the style is, it also affects the substance of the game, with the low frame rate animations leading to awkward feeling platforming and some puzzles that are rough around the edges. If you can look past the flaws, there’s still a rather lovely and charming tale here to explore.
  22. May 11, 2018
    65
    Forgotton Anne tries so hard to look and feel great. The first part is easily accomplished, the second one not so much as the game strives to be an emotional, imaginative adventure, but fails to communicate with the player all the way through.
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  1. May 11, 2018
    Deftly written and designed, Forgotton Anne is proof that seemingly small, simple things are well worth treasuring. [Recommended]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. May 17, 2018
    10
    Don't know what's wrong with these users giving this game bad scores without telling why

    this game is fantastic debut game from
    Don't know what's wrong with these users giving this game bad scores without telling why

    this game is fantastic debut game from througlinegames , grafic style is amazing , great puzzles, story , and have replay value because of the actions you can take
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  2. May 15, 2018
    9
    Have you ever wondered what happens to the things that you lose? Eventually you stop looking for them and forget about them entirely. In mostHave you ever wondered what happens to the things that you lose? Eventually you stop looking for them and forget about them entirely. In most cases, those things are never to be seen again, as if they’ve been transported to another world. Imagine if that world involved the forgotten objects becoming sentient, similar to those in Beauty and the Beast. If you can manage that, then you’ve got a start on what to expect from this.

    In Forgotton Anne you play as Anne, the Enforcer and one of the two humans that are in this world, and you serve under Master Bonku. His goal is to build what is known as the Ether Bridge, a way back to the real world. He serves as your father figure, having raised you for as long as you can remember. Of course, things aren’t always so simple, as not everyone is on board with the plan to go back to the Ether. As with any movement or ideology, there is always a resistance of sorts that rise up against it, even if their reasoning doesn’t make sense.

    The game begins with the rebels attacking the Tower’s (home of Anne and Bonku) power source and damages the way in, with a scarf finding his way into Anne’s room. It’s here that Anne is tasked with the choice of taking away the life of the scarf, or letting him go. This is the first decision you are tasked with making in the game, and you’ll find many more throughout your time exploring this world. Whether these are deciding to kill the inhabitants or simply deciding a particular dialogue option, each decision you make carries consequences, and what you choose to do will change the way you are viewed.

    Playing through this for the first few minutes, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Whispering Willows, with its handcrafted aesthetic and changing of the game’s view to solve puzzles. But it becomes apparent early on that this is something altogether different, with a sweeping story and a charming cast that feels very much alive thanks to the wonderful voice work and stellar soundtrack that made me think I was watching an animated film at times. The camera work and transitions are some of the best you’ll see in 2D games, and all of the animations in addition to the world itself make this a visual spectacle you need to witness.

    While the story is fairly predictable with two potential outcomes at the end of the story, it doesn’t take away from the execution of the narrative. The characters are wonderfully imaginative, and both sides of the fight have a sense of humanity and purpose once you’re far enough along. After completing the game you are able to go back to different parts of the story and make different choices, clean up collectibles, and see a different side of the game. It also offers the ability to collect the many skill based trophies the game has to offer.

    The genre of this at first glance is a 2D puzzle based adventure, but platforming and skill soon become a factor as well. None of these elevate to levels of frustration, and the game is easily beatable within a few hours, but it’s a very welcome change from what I had expected. Many of the puzzles involve using your Arca, a device that stores energy and the very thing that makes the forgotlings fear you as it allows you to distill them, or take away their very life and use it for puzzle solving. These often times involve transferring the energy to different outputs, and ask you to use switches to change their pathways. You also have a set of wings that require you to have a full store of energy to use, which essentially doubles your normal jump height and distance.

    The game is very inclusive for players, as you keep a diary of the events that happen, keeping tabs on the story and giving hints into what you’re doing next. Anne will also have an inner monologue if you have trouble, such as reminding you of something you were given previously when attempting to figure out a password. It’s not said immediately, but after attempting to solve the puzzle and failing to do so, she makes mention of it. Admittedly, I don’t like having hints like this given so early on as I like to work through things myself, but it’s hardly an issue. There was also one instance where I walked into a building and I continued seeing the outside of it instead of the inside. Walking out and back in fixed this, so this is far from a game breaking bug.

    It’s hard not to judge things at a glance, so when a game looks drop dead gorgeous, chances are it’ll get more plays than something that looks like an Atari 2600 game. But in today’s world, there are plenty of good looking games that are absolutely atrocious. Luckily, Forgotton Anne is not only gorgeous on the surface, but tells a beautiful (albeit familiar) narrative with an eclectic cast and concise gameplay. Do not pass this up if you have the chance to play it; it’s an experience you won’t forget.
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  3. Jul 29, 2018
    10
    The animation and the visual are amazing! The ending is so beautiful too The game play is pretty simple and nice I felt like watching a niceThe animation and the visual are amazing! The ending is so beautiful too The game play is pretty simple and nice I felt like watching a nice anime movie :D Full Review »