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Arise: A Simple Story (2019) is a narrative game about an old man living in a pre-agricultural tribe. He has just been cremated and as get travels to the next life, begins a pilgrimage of revisiting memories of his life.

As the memories change so does the landscape. From childhood to adolescence, falling in love, partnership and trials. You progress through these metaphorical worlds by running, jumping and solving puzzles. There's a different twist on these interactions in each location.

Sometimes you need to control the damage from an earthquake to find a safe path forward. Other times you switch between different times of his life and manipulate time puzzles to proceed. The logic is straightforward but you do need some patience to navigate the platforming.

This combines to tell a touching story about the passing of a life and how friendship and other people are an important part of that.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Arise: A Simple Story 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Platform game with Action, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. This game features scenes in which creepy, shadowy figures attack the player. The overall setting and atmosphere of these scenes are dark and moody and accompanied by music and sound effects that strengthen a feeling of dread. These scenes are likely to scare young children

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Arise: A Simple Story usually costs £4.99 to £17.99.

Arise A Simple Story Definitive Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99

Arise: A Simple Story

XBox Store Xbox One £15.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.75

Arise: A Simple Story: Definitive Edition

Switch Store Switch £17.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/12/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Platform (Action, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Piccolo Studio (@Piccolo_Studio)

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