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  • Summary: Only If is a surreal first person adventure-puzzle game. You play as Anthony Clyde, who, after a heavy night of partying, wakes up to find himself in an unfamiliar bed with no memory of the previous night's events.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Jul 27, 2014
    Only If, for all of its conflicting ideas, is still worth playing, and considering it’s free to play on Steam, you really have no excuse not to. Just try not to think of what could’ve been.
  2. Jul 30, 2014
    It will cost a couple hours of your life to finish Only If, and that price is too high for the few fleeting, interesting concepts buried in the wreckage.
  3. Aug 8, 2014
    At times it seems like Only If might actively hate its audience, that it resents being played at all.
  4. Jul 29, 2014
    Buggy behavior and clunky locomotion make it a mechanical failure, leaving the story and themes to make good where gameplay could not. Alas, irredeemable characters and loathsome dialogue aren't appropriate pillars upon which to erect a substantial tale.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    I have to take a minute to address some of the negative and mixed reviews on this game. First, I would like to address Sockbutler's review,. In his review he states:"Unclear rules and a complete lack of understanding of what you have to do." He goes on to explain it's probably because he;s dumb. However, In my opinion, he's is not dumb. Sock's just isn't a good listener. You see, the way the puzzles work in this game are in the form of riddles -- that you need to listen to in order to solve the puzzles. So when you play this game just listen and you'll be alright. Now, lets talk about bugs. You have to keep in mind that this game is free, and to say the least, This game is no more than a project/experiment of a truly 'up and coming' developer. At no point of me playing this game, did I feel like I wasted my time. In fact I found this game truly charming, funny, dark, and very well written. That said, this game stand very well next to game like MYST, and it's free and developed by one person. So give this game a try and find out for your self weather or not this game is bad or good. Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2014
    one of the best games i have ever played. i dont know why i enjoyed the game sooooo much. i loved it, and would pay 50 $ for it. its so simple, u will love it, but may be frustrating at times, because the hints are almost non-existent. voice acting is very nice, but i'd love if the game had subs. Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    I really don't understand the Flak this game has gotten. The graphics are stunning, the story is completely unpredictable, the voice acting is great, and the perspective is incredibly realistic. You DO feel like you're on an acid trip. You DO feel trapped and cornered. The game is additionally incredibly deep, with heavy symbolism about overcoming life's obstacles. Their were difficult parts, however none of them were unfairly difficult. For example, one room many people were stuck in hinted at the answer 3 times. I really love the non-linear puzzle style. I can honestly say that the puzzles were so subtle that it didn't feel like a puzzler, and that is where much of the criticism has come from. I can honestly also say that I came out of the game enjoying life a lot more than before I played it, and very few games have achieved that.

    In a way, the lack of clear rules and obscure game play is this game's greatest strength, not it's greatest weakness.

    One more thing. Stop complaining about getting stuck at parts, you got stuck like that in portal 2, and NO ONE complained there.
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    The game itself is not bad but feels like it's not worth the time you lose playing.

    Ah, the camera will continuously swing left to right to
    a point that I had to stop playing after one hour because I almost threw up.

    Probably would have been a 4, but I'm giving +1 because it's a free to play indie.
  5. Aug 9, 2014
    I found this game to be mildly entertaining but mostly annoying. Within the first scene i already had to revert to Google to find my way, and in one particular scene it had an absurdly short time limit to preform the particular task. This game to me was extremely frustrating. On top of the ridiculous game play and mechanics(who types commands into a fps) the story was kinda creepy. it was also mildly annoying that you had to remember the name of the level you where on and there was no real save function. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2014
    This game... infuriated me. Unclear rules and a complete lack of understanding of what you have to do. It's probably because I'm dumb... but my god. Granted, I did play for 20 minutes. But I kept thinking of the phrase "Ain't no body got time fo dat". And it's true. Ain't NOBODY got time for this. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2014
    I felt like I was going to throw up with the constant camera swaying. If you let someone play this you should be arrested for negligence. The 'puzzles' can come down to walking around clicking & hitting E on every surface & item to 'solve'; button mashing. It's impossible to tell if you've made a correct choice at times, so can spend half an hour wandering around when the game won't advance any further. Only made worse by the 'game' actively not allowing the player to skip or quit during it's repetitive, mandatory, lengthy voice overs. The audio is badly done; some sections I can barely hear what's being said & have to turn it up so much that the other sounds (like explosions) are ridiculously loud, which is also odd for a game that relies on audio clues. I like puzzles & games that are different, so was considering a score somewhere around 1 or 2 for the attempt, but I suspect the 10/10 reviews & suggested price of $50 are from the developer themselves. It's unfair to call this trippy because tripping is actually fun. This is... a headache. Expand

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