Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 10 out of 14
  1. Look at this game as a collection of linear puzzles as opposed to the poorly constructed and under-evolved adventure-type creature it is, and you may be able to glean a little entertainment in the wake of titles like In Memoriam. If you love the genre. Maybe.
  2. Couple that with major bugs, sloppy typos, and a painfully slow pace, and you get a mess of a game that feels more like punishment than fun.
  3. 30
    There are some brief fun moments, but they are far outweighed by the frustration of bugs, the lack of a compelling story and some convoluted puzzles.
  4. All up, Cypher was disappointing. But I did feel a sense of accomplishment when I had finished, albeit with some help.
  5. I'd have to use both my fingers and toes to tally up how many times the character suddenly materialized through a wall, or walkway, or big lethal spike-thingy, and so on.
  6. 22
    One of the worst games I ever played. It doesn't feel or handle like an adventure game, yet it is marketed as such. The interface is terrible, the puzzles rely on chance, and the action sequences are very frustrating. To make matters worse, the game suffers from severe clipping problems, frequent crashes to desktop and show-stopping bugs.
  7. The execution however was so deeply flawed I don’t know why it even shipped.
  8. The mess of a control scheme, stilted animation, and poor transitions obviously shows that Daydream Software must have been daydreaming when it decided to leap into the world of 3D. [Feb 2004, p.85]
  9. Possibly the worst adventure game of 2003, guaranteed to piss off both adventurers and twitchers.

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