Sayonara Wild Hearts Review: Dream pop synesthesia in a portable package
Wild hearts never die! Developed by Simogo, the indie studio you can never quite pin down, their latest project is the neon euphoria-fest that is Sayonara Wild Hearts. A banger-laden album delivered through the medium of video games, Sayonara doesn’t hide its clever emotional narrative and let the music speak for itself, which really would be enough! In fact, somehow it manages to blur the two storytelling methods together. You tap and swipe your way through the synesthetic levels whilst Queen Latifah narrates the gripping tale.
You’ll race along desolate highways, punching hearts and pounding the drum, becoming a complementary musical instrument to each level’s soundtrack. It’s a lot like Tetris Effect in that respect, where every turn and twist of the tetronomi is a flair-filled accent to the music you’re hearing. Much like a good album, it doesn’t drag on too long, and peppers you with a variety of influences, from heart-wrenching emo synths to blood-pumping dubstep.
It also just oozes a sense of cool that is easy to get lost in. You aren’t always on the back of a motorbike, dodging obstacles and chasing your foes: things can get surreal, absurd and often incredibly moody as you swing swords, play on a head-mounted-devices and ride waves of puke to wrap up Sayonara’s exciting missions. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s a trip.
The Verdict – 5/5
– Reviewed on Apple Arcade
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