Sleek rhythm game Sayonara Wild Hearts was announced at The Game Awards 2018, but alas, only for the Nintendo Switch. It also appeared on PlayStation 4 and iOS devices when it launched in September this year, and received positive reviews all round, but of a PC release there was no sign. This unfortunate oversight was corrected earlier today, when Sayonara Wild Hearts appeared very suddenly and without warning on Steam.
Sayonara Wild Hearts is a “pop album video game”, which the Steam listing clarifies as “motorcycling, skateboarding, dance-fighting, laser-shooting, swordsmanship, and 200mph heartbreak.”
“As a young woman’s heart breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams and leads her across a highway in the sky, where she finds herself: the masked biker called The Fool.” it says.
“Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and search for the harmony of the universe, hidden within the heart of Little Death and his cursed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64.”
It might not be the most practical game description ever (I was kidding with the “clarifies” thing) but it hints at the very fantasy and dreamlike nature of the game. On the other hand, it There’s really not much to know: it’s a beautiful, high-speed neon rhythm game with a surprisingly good electropop soundtrack that was named Apple Arcade Game of the Year.
My very first opinion is that it looks ready to live up to that billing. I only have about 20 minutes (just a bit of a crash course to see what it’s all about) but so far I’m really impressed. The mechanics are simple enough – collect hearts, press the button when you’re supposed to, don’t crash – but the presentation is absolutely excellent: GamesRadar called it “a masterpiece of sight and feel.” sound”, and at this point I’m not inclined to argue at all.
It’s also on sale: for the first week of release (so until December 19), Sayonara Wild Hearts is $10/£8/€9, 20% off the regular price, or a bit more for the edition of the soundtrack. (Which, for the record, is what I would recommend using – the music is really good.)