Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a great puzzle game that you might be tempted to dismiss as being unoriginal. If you make that mistake, you will be cheating yourself out of a memorable experience.
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    A great puzzle game, Magrunner challenges you step for step. The difficulty gradually gets more difficult and it takes a while before you see the end screen. With some rooms being without any addition, it feels a bit empty sometimes.
  3. Oct 7, 2013
    Have you heard from a little game called Portal? The guys at 3AM Games sure haven't, because Magrunner is almost an exact replica of the Valve's award-winning masterpiece. The portals are replaces with magnetism and the level design takes it's from Ctulhu mytology, but other than that, it's pure Portal from start to finish. [Aug 2013]
  4. 80
    A great addition to a family of the Portal games. Instead of Portal Gun you play with an electromagnetic glove, and you break a sweat while working out your progress. [Issue#232]
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    While the execution misses in a few areas, Magrunner is a fun game that's worth your time if you're looking for an action-puzzle game.
  6. Jul 8, 2013
    Forget the rumours that Magrunner is just a cheap copy of Portal. That's a lie. In fact, there is no comparison to any title. This is simply one hell of a greatly thought-out puzzle game.
  7. Jun 28, 2013
    Fans of both Portal and other puzzle games should really take a look. For $20, players will get a good seven to eight hour game that tells a decent story and offers up some pretty challenging game play puzzles.
  8. Jul 29, 2013
    It lacks Valve's charm but this magnet-based puzzler is more attractive than repulsive. [Sept 2013, p.72]
  9. Jun 28, 2013
    Quotation forthcoming.
  10. Jul 4, 2013
    It's not going to make history, but if you like puzzles, action and Lovecraft, this is a game you should try.
  11. Jul 2, 2013
    Magrunner does scratch an important itch, though: it gets the first-person puzzler genre, and it provides a new and dynamic set of mechanics that feel just different enough from other games in the genre.
  12. Jul 2, 2013
    Portal is still the champion in the category of ‘first-person puzzle games’ but Magrunner enters the ring without shame. The idea of infusing a futuristic puzzle game with horror elements (Cthulhu!) did not work out that well, but the problems for the player to solve are clever and demanding. [CD-Action 08/2013, p.78]
  13. Jun 25, 2013
    Dark Pulse may owe heavy debts to Portal, but its combination of magnetism and Cthulhu make it an enjoyable game in its own right.
  14. Jun 26, 2013
    Powerful ambiance, interesting storyline and good puzzle's design. Magrunner: Dark Pulse it's an remarkable adventure puzzle game but it's not perfect. Maybe the sequel will be better.
  15. Jul 5, 2013
    Portal versus Lovecraft? Sounds intriguing. Unfortuntaly subtle horror is not Magrunner’s strength. But the puzzle and leveldesign is solid enough to entertain.
  16. Jul 30, 2013
    There is some "good fun" within Magrunner, that kind that only a puzzle game can give.
  17. Jun 27, 2013
    Portal's influence is on evidence at every turn, but Magrunner still retains quite a bit of individuality, enough at least, to not come off as another clone. Still, the certain something is missing from this, which I found mainly to be down to the game not playing the horror card more decisively.
  18. Jun 24, 2013
    Magrunner: Dark Pulse may be a modest game, but it's a nice game nevertheless. In spite of a story which doesn't really matter and a "Chtulhu touch" underused, Magrunner does well with his gameplay and it's enough to give us some good moments. And forgive the weakness of the last part of the game.
  19. Jun 24, 2013
    Starting from the interesting idea of creating a Portal clone set in the future, with some elements taken from H.P. Lovercraft, Magrunner ends up as a funny game but nothing more. A good chance to create something different, only partially accomplished.
  20. Jun 25, 2013
    A solid game, but one that feels like a testbed for something much better - once the designers have the guts to fully chart a new path instead of relying on tried and Aperture Science-tested concepts we’ve all already seen played out.
  21. Jun 21, 2013
    As it is, there are too many frustrations, and I didn’t feel compelled to keep playing on the merit of the puzzles alone. You will get a lot of hours out of it for your money though, along with an engaging storyline.
  22. Jul 1, 2013
    Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a good puzzle game with a strange plot which catapult the player in the world of Cthulhu. It seems an episode of South Park.
  23. Jul 26, 2013
    Never-quite-stellar puzzling fare punctured by erratic physics and makework. The scenery is nice, though.
  24. Aug 6, 2013
    Yet another game inspired by Portal. Magrunner looks stunning, but there is not an ounce of what made Portal so fun.
  25. Jun 27, 2013
    What it does differently, it squanders, like the psychological horror aspects that devolve into indifference and annoyance. Even Cthulhu is rendered an inert set piece. The game looks gorgeous. Sometimes the puzzles are great. Sometimes the atmosphere is impressive. Unfortunately, Magrunner fails to live up to the sum of its best parts.
  26. Sep 25, 2013
    Thematically undercooked, but this clever puzzler does feature progressively exciting level design. [Oct 2013, p.85]
  27. Jul 12, 2013
    Ultimately though, what makes Magrunner a mediocre experience is that it feels padded. Halfway through the game, the magnetism mechanics stop being entertaining, but there’s still half a story to tell.
  28. Jul 1, 2013
    There’s no shame in derivation, and Magrunner applies its Portal-like mag-glove idea with confidence. A worthwhile, if unoriginal, addition to the first-person puzzle genre.
  29. Jun 25, 2013
    Magrunnner’s story is confidently told, and it’s a welcome point of divergence in a game that’s too in thrall to the title that popularised this genre. The Mag Glove’s no less capable of sustaining a game than the Portal Gun – it’s quite possibly better suited to experimental, player-authored solutions. But it needs its own game, not just to be inserted into the framework of another.
  30. Jul 30, 2013
    Magrunner: Dark Pulse completely and unabashedly rips off the Portal franchise. It does make a vain attempt to add its own elements but just feels too cluttered.
  31. Jul 11, 2013
    So many times during this review I quit the game just because I couldn't be bothered to solve a puzzle, only to realise I had to keep playing to give it a fair shot. My opinion would start to sway a bit more positive, then I quit again for the lack of care. Which says everything about Magrunner: Dark Pulse really.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    I'm so sick of stupid shooters, this game is a fresh air for my lights and a great trainer for my brains.
    Will recommend Magrunner to
    everyone who likes to think, puzzles are really nutty, can't wait to get to the last levels. Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2013
    This is a really great puzzle game. I don't really like the story, but everything else is pretty cool! Music, levels, graphics, Cthulhu=), all of this is done well.

    I think this game deserves 9
    Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    You can't help but compare this to a certain other game, to the extent that it may as well be called "Magrunner: Progeny of Portal." I don't intend that as an insult though. While the comparisons are too obvious to ignore, Magrunner offers it's own unique take on the genre. If you are a fan of Portal, this is a reasonably priced game that will feel familiar enough, but give new challenges. Full Review »