Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. A supremely wonderful adventure game with some dark subject matter. Though it has some faults, they are very small and don't really detract from the great story. Get this if you love a good mystery adventure.
  2. It’s great to see a horror-themed game that goes more for the cerebral end of the spectrum rather than straight the jugular, but there are a few moments where you might not want to step into a darkened area or find out what’s happened to a character you’ve befriended.
  3. There's a lot to love about Daemonica, from the overwhelming sense of despair that permeates the sad town you explore to the unique methods used to conduct your investigations.
  4. Daemonica isn't perfect but it certainly made me want to play, which is a lot of what you want from a game. Its dark side appealed to mine, and for me, its strengths overpowered its flaws. Its final rating might not be the same as yours (isn't that always the case) but reflects how much fun I had over a few very lengthy and absorbing playing sessions.
  5. While Daemonica isn’t going to be for everyone, those looking for an entertaining and well written title will have a good time with it.
  6. Much of the gameplay in Daemonica is cerebral but it can be a rewarding experience. However, once you've found the killer, don't expect much in the way of replay value.
  7. In all, Daemonica is a stylish game which falls short in only two ways: length and difficulty.
  8. Will Daemonica single handedly revive the adventure game genre? It won’t. Because Daemonica is set in a single town, it doesn’t have enough real estate (literally and figuratively speaking) to really expand into an epic adventure.
  9. Daemonica does just enough right that I would very much like to see it blossom into a franchise, with each subsequent release improving on the gameplay elements that need polish while retaining the excellent writing and mood.
  10. A decent little game with an interesting and unique storyline, as long as you don’t mind the slow pace and excessive amount of required reading.
  11. 70
    Nothing in Daemonica stands out as particularly weak, but aside from the main character traversing into the land of the dead to talk to murder victims, there's little of particular note.
  12. 70
    It's not a cheap knock off and it's not the best game by any means, but it's certainly a nice little diversion for the hardcore adventure enthusiast.
  13. We like Daemonica for its refreshing variations on tired themes, and a sincere attempt to introduce a nifty potion-mixing element into its chilling story.
  14. A reasonably enjoyable game that aims to appeal to adventure and RPG fans, but one which never fully capitalises on its potential.
  15. Daemonica is not the kind of RPG that will appeal to most hardcore gamers. [July 2006, p.77]
  16. For those looking for perky puzzles and an array of dazzling environments, look elsewhere. But for the player with the patience to explore a rich story and meet lots of shady characters, Daemonica can be a dark, creepy pleasure.
  17. This Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Columbo meets Medium concept shows potential, but, in the end, Daemonica only creates disappointment. [Sept. 2006, p.75]
  18. A solid adventure game that could have had some of its elements scaled back (dialogue for example) and some of its lesser used elements (fighting, alchemy) increased.
  19. Despite its attempts to add a unique spin to the genre, Daemonica is generally a tedious and unappealing adventure game.
  20. An average idea made even worse by the poor execution. [Aug 2006, p.81]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JamesW.
    Apr 22, 2006
    This game heavily reminds me of those text adventure games from the early 1980's, in which you have to find the right specific combination of inane clues to progress. The graphics in this game are essentially window dressing: this is an infocom adventure. Full Review »
  2. DonT.
    Apr 5, 2006
    Dark moody soundtrack fit beautifully with the depressed village. Top down view worked well for me, soemthing different in an adventure game. The main character out Grissoms Grissom! A medieval CSI who also talks to the dead. Who thinks these things up?? I love it! Full Review »
  3. MarkC.
    Apr 4, 2006
    Loved it! Finally a horror game that plays with your head and doesn't rely solely on cheap 'jump out and scare you' tactics. I really hope there a sequel... Full Review »