• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 1, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 95
    As Obi-Wan Kenobi once told me, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." Good advice when thinking your way through Echochrome's frequently mind stumping, addictive I-think-my-IQ-just-went-up-10-points, levels.
  2. Echochrome is the epitome of great puzzle design in that a few simple rules are used to create a challenging and rewarding experience.
  3. I'm a sucker for puzzle games, and there's no doubt that Echochrome is easily one of the best I've ever played.
  4. Incredibly distinct and interesting, priced right at $9.99, and is absolutely worthy of much more attention.
  5. The simplicity of the Echochrome’s look is slick and the puzzles are imaginative and well designed.
  6. 90
    A remarkably spare looking spatial puzzle game, Echochrome delivers challenging gameplay and innovation. As a truly unique experience, Echochrome is hard not to recommend. A dash of Lemmings with a whole lot of M.C. Escher, I think the latter would be proud.
  7. 86
    Echochrome is one of those puzzle titles that doesn't come along very often, but immediately strikes a chord for its unique gameplay and incredible depth.
  8. This game will not have you glued to your PS3 or PSP for hours on end, but it is refreshing.
  9. There are times when a level can seem absolutely impossible until something just clicks, and the game's simple approach to delivering it all is infinitely helpful in that regard. Rather than distracting, you're encouraged to sit back and concentrate, and the result is an incredibly original, thoroughly engrossing take on a visual puzzler.
  10. Although it's a bummer you can't download and saver others' puzzles, for 10 dollars, you're more than getting your money's worth here.
  11. Echochrome isn't just for smart people who adore the classical violin music that plays in the background, but it is for people who enjoy brainteasers and puzzle games.
  12. 85
    The game is basically an interactive optical illusion. [Issue#169, p.90]
  13. Echochrome has a particular appeal that won't go unnoticed.
  14. The most refined puzzle-action game on PS3. Hugely addictive. [June 2008, p.72]
  15. A literal expression of the phrase, "What you see is what you get."
  16. Overall, echochrome is one of the most unique puzzle games to come out in a while.
  17. It's certainly mind-bending at times, but also relaxing. With a level editor in tow, there's more than enough here to warrant a purchase.
  18. An oddity that provides richness and balance to the softwre library. [June 2008, p.96]
  19. The design and concept of Echochrome is so simple that it seems easy to play. And it is: you can see all puzzles in one day if you try hard enough. Still, it requires some thinking and it's a surefire hit with puzzle-fans.
  20. Whoever is enthralled by its fantastic presentation will have a blast with the game. At the same time, its concept isn't simple and might be too much for some. Make sure to at least try the demo.
  21. The PS3 game is superior by virtue of its additional online features and sharper visuals, but no matter which version you choose, you won't be disappointed.
  22. Games like Echochrome only come around in a great while, completely devoid of anything controversial, yet full of gameplay and challenge that other games wish they had.
  23. 80
    There's a lot to like in this simple and bizarre little game, with the potential for limitless content and a good variety of mazes already available.
  24. 79
    If you want a minimalist, surreal mind-bender to challenge your sense of reality then welcome to the world of Echochrome.
  25. Ultimately Echochrome is a concept wrapped up in a game - its minimalist design philosophy paired with new mechanics will win it praise from the games-are-art crowd.
  26. Its artsy nature may not appeal to everyone, but there's no denying its many charms. For a paltry 10 bucks, it's a good value and an original experience.
  27. 75
    It might seem like this review is a long list of complaints, and it is, especially regarding the time limit. But they're an assortment of small annoyances in what's otherwise a splendid puzzle game with a minimalist approach. And the ability to create and share your own mind-bending scenes encourages some homegrown M.C. Escherism.
  28. For every moment of epiphany, wide-eyed with an awareness of a resolution, there's an equal number of blunderingly hapless wins, falling or jumping accidentally to new and advantageous positions. [June 2008, p.89]
  29. Worse for the game's long term prospects, the ability to toss yourself round corners and into awkward spaces is too difficult to master, because even with the ability to change camera rotation speed, precision is difficult to attain.
  30. No-one’s going to argue over a couple of quid really, and if you’re looking for a lateral thinking puzzler, there can be no doubt that Sony has brought another unique product to the ever diversifying PlayStation Network. Just try not to fall off the edge.
  31. It's cool, confident and well made, and occasional clipping snag aside it's a clever little game, but it's as minimal it looks and probably the single most niche PSN game available right now.
  32. Good idea but it's not as clever as it likes to think. No one likes a smart arse. [July 2008, p.82]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 2, 2014
    good concept, flawed execution. While, the music is relaxing, the game is not. I bought this game to relax, but the experience was just frustrating and for the wrong reasons. The controls just did not seem responsive and to work as intended. Could have really been a great game with better design and more polish. Full Review »