When it comes to pixel art action-adventures the normal standard that is compared against would be The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. What’s typically more impressive is when games forgo the comparison, simply delivering a fantastic experience with their own sense of style. That’s what Eastward has really done, somehow feeling familiar with its smart two-person puzzle designs, evolving character capabilities, and consistent surprises as you make your way along your journey. If you’re interest is mostly in keeping things moving and full of compelling combat you’ll likely be a bit disappointed, as there’s a very slow and deliberate pace to the game, but if you keep moving along your patience will be rewarded with consistent quality in the form of engaging puzzles and what’s often a touching story. While I’ve played a fair number of well-made action adventures that have helped several hours pass with solid play, Eastward really stands out above the bulk of that crowd as something with more ambition, polish, and an essence all its own that makes it something special in the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [9.0]