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A Short Hike Review

Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.


In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find seashells and even buried treasure. In return you’re given greater stamina and tools with special powers so you can make it to the top of the mountain. And that’s just the start.

Claire the penguin-like-character is visiting her Aunt, who lives and works in a provincial park. Jump, climb, and soar through the various regions of the park. Meet other folks along the way, some of whom are dealing with their own problems. Find hidden tools and treasures to prepare for your ascent to the peak. A Short Hike is a relaxed but sincere expression of the peace and simple joy of a walk in the woods.
  • Explore the island any way you like. Choose your own path to follow and see where it leads you. You never know what you might stumble into!
  • Hike at your own pace — there’s no need to rush to the summit! Take your time fishing along the river banks or swimming by the lakeshore.
  • Collect hidden treasures to reach new heights. Try taking a dive off the mountain peaks to soar above the forests.
  • Chat with the other hikers you meet along your route. You might be able to help each other out!
  • Listen to a lush original soundtrack by Mark Sparling that progresses dynamically as you explore the wilderness.

On Nintendo Switch, A Short Hike adds a new set of islands have been discovered along the northern shore, where you can go to find the local rental shop. From there, you can take out a motorboat to cruise along the waters of Hawk Peak Provincial Park in style! This update will be available for free to PC players of A Short Hike as well.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Adam Gryu (@AdamGryu)


Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


A Short Hike usually costs £6.29.

A Short Hike

Switch Store Switch £6.29
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. YOu can play in 4k on PlayStation 4 Pro, PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


There's an option in the game to adjust the size of the pixels which is designed to help with motion sickness. There is a little bit of screen shake at the peak of the mountain when the updraft starts.
Our A Short Hike Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:

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