Sayonara Wild Hearts Review

"Pop, The Game"


October 2, 2019 at 1:52am
By Jason Stettner

This is a truly remarkable experience that is essentially a pop album, as a video game. That’s a strange thing to say, but it’s a meld of an audio dreamscape and some trippy visuals. You play as a woman that’s going through some emotional problems and then cosmic cards are thrown into the mix.

It’s quite an experience quite honestly, and one calming time. Calming in terms of the audio pumping, the game brings some action and is still somewhat soothing along the way. The game is also one that presents many different styles of actual gameplay. At times you’re riding motorcycles, other moments you’re skateboarding and you may very well get into a virtual reality situation as well later on. It’s all over the place, yet streamlined and it feels like a natural transition between levels.

There’s a rather surprising narrator guiding you along this path, and I’ll leave that as a surprise for this one. It’s quite an enticing time, as you continue to just smoothly play through the game. I honestly never wanted to leave and just easily flew through this one. There are listening options afterwards and some replay opportunities. This is due to the point system where you gain a ranking on each mission.


This is the type of game where you’re simply moving across lanes and occasionally using input options. You’ll move across multiple lanes collecting special items along the way and when the time comes, tapping rapidly to engage in certain situations. It’s a wild, fast moving and stunning thing to witness.

There are gorgeous visuals that are distinct, and always fresh as you continue to move through the game. The style of play is constantly changing, and you’re never sure what will come up next. If you’re ever having problems, the game does provide the option to skip certain sections after multiple fails. It can be somewhat difficult on the occasion, but nothing too hard.

There will be some boss fight situations, and those are just a wild time. To the background of all this action, is a pumping soundtrack that keeps the feelings flowing. When it comes to controls you can use a traditional gamepad or touch, I found the former to be easier for handling yet touch is fine as well.
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The Conclusion

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a simply stunning and lovely experience, with heart pulsing music driving the action. The audio that supports this game really is well done, and it helps add to the pleasing visual aesthetics.

Everything handles well, and again the visuals are just a treat in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed checking this out on the Nintendo Switch for a big screen display, as well as on my mobile device with headphones in.

There’s a good amount of gameplay to this, it was an easy going presentation and campaign. The story is also rather interesting, told through the narration and by the actions of the ongoing conflict. The gameplay is always changing, everything is fresh in this and it’s just a stellar time.

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Sayonara Wild Hearts Review on Nintendo Switch & iPhone XS
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Rating Overall: 9.0

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner