Autumn’s Journey Review

Autumn’s Journey is the latest in the visual novel range from Ratalaika Games, this time developed by Apple Cider. Naturally, some easy cheevos are on offer here, but is there more to this title than that?

The story follows the world of Ishtera and its two races: Dragonkind, who have lived there for eons, and the Heavenkind, who have recently appeared.

Auralee, an aspiring knight from the farming town of Berri, stumbles upon something unexpected during one of her patrols. After a rather inelegant introduction, Kerr states he’s really an Earth Dragon. Whether he likes it or not, Auralee is now involved in his mission to regain his dragon form. Along with some help by a fellow dragonkind named Ilmari, their journey begins..

I almost feel the story is secondary here though to those easy achievements. The full 1000g can be attained quickly and I suspect that’ll be one of the driving factors for those who play it.

If you’ve read my previous review – Language of Love – you’ll know that I wasn’t keen on that title for the lack of input I had. Autumn’s Journey at least has a leg up on that title though, in the fact I had a couple of choices to make! There are also three endings to see which is a nice touch, though this is still pretty sparse for what I’d like to see in a visual novel title.

If you take the time to read everything the title has to offer there is apparently over 41,000 words in all. This might make replays less repetitive to an extent, but even that impressive sounding number might not hide the same scenarios popping up over and over.

That said, the story is fairly cute and there is some cute looking animation to go with it. Seeing as the story is the sole reason (outside of cheevos) to play though I won’t go into more detail here so as not to spoil it.

It’s not much of a game though, and this is where I fall down on it; with only about three choices to make (and the same number of endings) unless you really want to invest the time in a lot of reading then it may be over far quicker than you might like.

Conclusion

Fans of visual novels might get an hour or so of enjoyment out of Autumn’s Journey but I’d like to have seen more choices factored in to give the tale some variety. I found myself getting bored pretty quickly with the story on offer. As it is, an easy 1000g is most likely the best reason to get this.

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This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.
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Good
  • Easy 1000g, less than 10min if you ignore the story
  • Cute animation
Bad
  • Not many choices to pick from to branch your story.
  • No voice acting
2.3
Awful
Gameplay - 2
Graphics - 3
Audio - 2
Longevity - 2
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For me it started out on PC, back in the Wolfenstein 3D and Commander Keen days. Now I play across all platforms, but I'm gaming every day, mainly on xbox. I'm easy going, with a full-on achievement hunting addiction, but you mainly can find me getting my fix on Apex Legends (Caustic FTW) Gamertag: nuttywray

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