• Publisher: Level 5
  • Release Date: May 16, 2013
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Jun 3, 2013
    53
    It’s initially interesting, but the asking price is very high for such a basic and short-lived game.
  2. May 28, 2013
    50
    Something like Amnesia: The Dark Descent's horrible, instinct-suppressing requirement to run away, hide and not even look at your tormentor could have worked well here, giving The Starship Damrey that dash of genuine threat necessary to maintain the tension conjured by its early scenes, without burdening the game with unnecessary combat.
  3. May 23, 2013
    80
    A wonderful 3DS psychological thriller that details the journey through the emotional turmoil of a ship in distress.
  4. May 23, 2013
    67
    The Starship Damrey is an intriguing and atmospheric sci-fi thriller; it fails to deliver an interesting adventure game, as its gameplay is linear, easy and derivative, but it can be recommended for those who want a good story, a couple of scares and a great atmosphere.
  5. Jun 26, 2013
    45
    Two-and-a-half hours of trundling around Damrey's bland corridors left us severely disappointed. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  6. May 20, 2013
    65
    We've got mixed feelings. The adventure is indeed interesting, but it's also quite simple and easy and there are some control-related issues we would like to see fixed. Anyway, if you like what it has to offer, it's worth a try.
  7. May 21, 2013
    60
    The game is at pains to highlight its lack of tutorials or explanations, but outside an intriguing opening, its conundrums are unlikely to leave you stumped for long, a result of the ship's compactness and the robot's inability to carry more than one item at once.
  8. Jun 28, 2013
    20
    A few hours ambling around this vapid environment is far too long. [Issue#136, p.113]
  9. May 30, 2013
    55
    The Starship Damrey is, in the end, more a missed opportunity than a terrible game: strange design choices, clumsy gameplay and a steep price tag don't do justice to the great atmosphere. Try it again, Level 5.
  10. May 19, 2013
    60
    Despite being entertaining in its own way, The Starship Damrey ultimately fails to provide a hardcore, old-school adventure as promised. There's potential for an even more expansive campaign, which I hope Level-5 explores one day -- if Liberation Maiden can get a sequel, so can this! For now, rein in your expectations.
  11. May 30, 2013
    70
    The Starship Damrey is a wasted opportunity. The plot is great, but the gameplay is far too limited. The adventure gamers will be disappointed. Recommended to fans of science fiction and those who grew up with the Alien movies.
  12. May 23, 2013
    60
    The new work by Level 5 created a lot of expectations in us when first listening to the developers commentaries. Unfortunately, while it is clear that the developer tried hard to fulfill this high expectations, they didn’t succeeded. The game itself, even if good enough, loses the novelty and the authenticity of the other Level 5 works. It is just a tiny, simple, good adventure. Nothing more, nothing less.
  13. May 30, 2013
    65
    The Starship Damrey is a fun little experiment. Do not expect too much and you will probably appreciate the interesting story.
  14. May 20, 2013
    70
    We expect this to be a divisive title, and it could do with a little extra content, but delivers exactly what it has promised, and is unapologetic as it does so.
  15. 70
    That narrative itself is scattered throughout journals and archives accessible through the main menu, and discovering just what went wrong on the Starship Damrey is half the fun. It's filled to the brim with twists and humor, but I really would have loved to see the game fleshed out a bit more.
  16. May 31, 2013
    40
    I certainly appreciate the game existing on the eShop, but unfortunately, The Starship Damrey needed to have better storytelling and a better payoff to make the download worth it.
  17. Jun 30, 2013
    70
    While the launch price of $8 feels a dollar or two too high, I definitely enjoyed the game (when I wasn't stuck) and felt satisfied when it was over. I would recommend it to players interested in the genre, and especially to those who prefer puzzles with a foothold in actual logic. Players interested in elegant, small-scale design might also learn a thing or two from this tasteful interstellar jaunt, as well.
  18. There are two games here: the one you've been led to hope for and the one you play. It's not so much a valiant effort as a nice idea that never got used.
  19. May 27, 2013
    50
    While the final explanation shows that, predictably enough, there’s more going on than meets the eye, it’s more short story than novel. In terms of both story and gameplay it’s hard to find much to recommend about The Starship Damrey, but there’s nothing really wrong with it either. It’s a curiosity, interesting enough while being played, and then it’s over.
  20. May 24, 2013
    65
    It is atmospheric, it is intense and mysterious. But it is also too simple and too linear. A solid adventure for 3D-detectives.
  21. 70
    The Starship Damrey achieves many of the goals set by the producers. Despite losing some meaning within the narrative and causing a little disappointment as a survival or space horror game, it still is an interesting proposal, especially for its low price.
  22. Jun 26, 2013
    50
    The Starship Damrey is a solid little adventure title, marred by a limited scope thanks to its origins as part of a three-in-one retail package that never came to light, a low budget, poor control choices and a story that shows potential but is not fleshed out enough to make players really care about the final outcome.
  23. May 22, 2013
    70
    However, the game never really delivers much of anything. It feels more like an experiment in narrative presentation than an actual video game, and while I think there is no inherent problem with the design philosophy of The Starship Damrey, the reality is that it just isn't very exciting to play.
  24. May 30, 2013
    50
    There's some good moments and interesting concepts in here, together with the low price point, they counter some of the shortcomings a bit. Still, this is never more than a mediocre and ultimately a bit boring adventure-game, that lacks esprit and character.
  25. Jun 12, 2013
    50
    The Starship Damrey is a short but enjoyable space mystery that could have been so much better if it allowed you to puzzle through the enigma yourself.
  26. May 30, 2013
    80
    While conservative, The Starship Damrey is a reminder that stimulating the imagination of the player is the most efficient tool that a developer has.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 17, 2013
    9
    A game of Mystery and Suspense, this game will keep you both intrigued and on edge for it's entire duration (However short that may be). YourA game of Mystery and Suspense, this game will keep you both intrigued and on edge for it's entire duration (However short that may be). Your visit on the Starship Damrey is wrapped in mystery from the moment you wake from cold sleep and discover you are alone and trapped in your Sleep Capsule. With nobody around, you have to take it into your own hands to escape. However, along your way, you take it upon yourself to unravel the mystery of how the titular starship ended up in it's dark, mysterious, and sometimes frightening state. This game is all about suspense and atmosphere, with a few jump scares sprinkled it just when you are starting to get comfortable with the low hum of electronics that make up the ship. It is these scares that remind you... you might not be alone after all, which is as relieving as it is terrifying.

    As good as it is, it is a bit on the short side, making it a good story to curl up with for a couple of hours before bed. Priced reasonably, it is a must have for suspense and adventure game fans alike.
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  2. May 2, 2014
    6
    I wanted to like this game, I really did. But despite the fantastic atmosphere and nice buildup, there's very little payoff. The game onlyI wanted to like this game, I really did. But despite the fantastic atmosphere and nice buildup, there's very little payoff. The game only lasts 2 hours at most, the story is rather tame. And it was really not worth the price. Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    8
    The Starship Damrey is a bite-sized horror game from Level-5, which has brought us many good games in the past such as the Professor LaytonThe Starship Damrey is a bite-sized horror game from Level-5, which has brought us many good games in the past such as the Professor Layton series on the DS, and Rogue Galaxy on the Ps2. The game, while steep in price, will only last you a handful of hours in gameplay, but it left a good impression on me after playing it in full and finding out the whole story. You begin in a locked cold sleep chamber. Unable to move, your only option is to use a group of remote controlled robots to try and get out, and possibly solve the mystery of why you are in the capsule in the first place.
    The game has a few twists and turns, and a small amount of extra content in the end if you collect all 20 of those pesky space leeches, which in all makes the make have very little replay value if you get everything on your first playthrough.

    My suggestion would be to have a group of friends throw in some money and share the game over a few days to get the best experience. That way you can avoid the steep price, for only a few hours of enjoyment. Either way, it is still a good attempt at a puzzle/horror game on the 3ds and I would love to see a more detailed and upgraded sequel with plenty of more content.
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