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Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in the Void a place where mortal's souls go before death - a middle earth of life and death. The player has a chance to survive the Void sparing their soul and even their life- the tool they have to do this is The Colour. The Colour is the only food for the dying souls in The Void, every soul feeds off it and every soul is desperately struggling for every drop they can find, as this is the only means to save their souls and return to mortal life. The player needs to use his wit and fast thinking to determine the colours needed to escape the realms of The Void. [Mamba Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A solid "A" for innovation and delivering it in the highest professional manner.
  2. It's a very slow game. But The Void has really got under my skin in a way no game has for a long time, and it's totally recommended. [Christmas 2009, p.95]
  3. An astounding world, and a flagship for the imagination and capability of independent game developers. [Christmas 2009, p.94]
  4. The Void is a strange emotional experiment, with a complex gameplay.
  5. Titled as an action-adventure, this game is not typical. The best way to describe it, is like a modern art picture. You’ll find bizarre and beautiful elements and it his hard to understand, what the game is telling the player. The plot takes place between life and death and the melancholical spoken dialogues are good performed. So if u like to play around with uncommon gameplay, the void is a nice try.
  6. I did not get nearly as far into this game as I would want to for a review. I simply couldn't. I tried for long enough. Yet I am completely unwilling to say this a bad thing - I'm certain this is a brilliant thing for the right person. Which is why I hope I've brought you to a place where you can make that decision for yourself.
  7. Crippled by unavoidable errors. [Issue#91, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Jan 8, 2013
    10
    An absolutely amazing game. It is not just a game, it is a work of art. The story, while sometimes confusing due to potentially randomized phases of storytelling based on which path you took, is genius and can keep you theorizing for hours, and that's one of the best things. Unlike all the commercial garbage these days, this game doesn't serve you everything on a silver plate. You need to try to understand the story your own way, as there is no theory that can be proven true. It keeps a dark and melancholic atmosphere thanks to beautiful and surreal environments and an even better, largely electronic, soundtrack. Gameplay is, at it's core, resource management and the game is unforgiving of mistakes. You will feel mortal, you will feel the need to rationally spend your resources and if you make mistakes, you will die. Maybe in a couple of minutes, maybe in several hours of playtime. Some people may hate this, but I love how hard and engaging the game is. It is a game you will love for it's artistic quality and hard gameplay, or you will hate it because of that. It's entirely up to the player. Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2014
    10
    Perfect game! But not everyone will be able to understand it as it is, in its form is more philosophy)
    sorry, that is not the full version in
    Steam.
    I do not advise people who only like shooters and murder
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  3. Jan 18, 2013
    10
    As people have said the game is quite unforgiving, and it's pretty much impossible to complete it on your 1st try. The worst thing you can do is to keep this from playing because you are going to miss an unique masterpiece. The game is more of a work of art than regular video game like CoD. It's actually not hard at all once you know the mechanics behind game world. To truly enjoy this game I'd suggest you read beginning of a faq to understand the basic mechanics - it won't spoil any of the story and it will make the game much more enjoyable experience.

    Other than that, the game is absolutely awesome. It's definitely not for cod kids of your average gamer, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone younger than 20. I wouldn't call the gameplay bad, but the strongest points of the game are it's music, story and atmosphere. You HAVE to use your brain while you play this game, not to win but to understand what the **** is going on. If you play it like brainless fps you'll be missing 90% of what makes the game awesome. If you don't like it you're probably too shallow person to appreciate it's deepness.
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  4. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    You'll scratch your head the whole way through this game thinking "WTF", but it is worth the journey. Although there is gameplay, it is really much more of an artistic experience than a goal-oriented game. It boasts a gesture-based skill system, tons of skill unlocks, intense resource management, a dozen or so unique boss battles (which may not be intense gameplay, but are fascinating regardless), and a great deal of surreal, disturbing, and frequently unclad imagery.

    The endings (there are many to choose from) seem dissapointing and unfinished compared to the fullness of the rest of the game. Don't expect to feel satisfied when you reach one. But the journey getting there is a strange, twisted, and worthwhile roam. Set aside some time and give it a try if you're in the mood for some contemplative enjoyment.

    Oh, and be warned that you Will be reverting to earlier save files and/or restarting at some point, so just accept that this is par for the course. Although not rushed, the resource management is brutal, and you'll want to come back and try different things out at times just to see what else could have happened.

    Good luck!
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  5. Nov 13, 2013
    8
    More challenging than fun to get through a few sisters. The mechanics really suck so don't expect any freebies in the void ever!!! Some may call this frustrating and I may never get through the void, but at least it wasn't boring. The story is very interesting. The alien landscape stylized. The npc models are incredibly realistic and deserve applause. Makes you wanna play it over and over again to see what happens. How powerful you become. This because the game play is so relentless. I give an 8 because no perfect but 7 is just too low. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2013
    8
    The concept artist of this game deserves a nobel. Seriously. It's a beautiful game full of immersion and deep thinking. When I first entered Uta's room... God.
    It's hard to learn, you need to read some guides, but in the end it's an enjoyable experience, very far from what "indie games" pretend to be instead of the overpriced and incomplete sketchs they are. I look foward for other games of this company.
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  7. Aug 13, 2012
    3
    The Void is a resource strategy game pretending to be something else, but it is so unique and beautiful that you'll force yourself to play it even after you realize that you're planting "color" and farming trees.

    By design, you must play the game through several times and deduce the economics of "color". Like a classic adventure game from the 1980s, an early mistake on the first level will kill you much later, and you'll have no idea why.

    Needing to rotate game saves and spend a day learning game mechanics is boring, and drawing the glyphs is too hard and just not fun. Ice-Pick could have had a blockbuster in the The Void if they did some basic play testing.
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