Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    Telling Lies easily falls into the category of my top-three FMV titles, the others being Her Story and The Shapeshifting Detective. Its downright genius use of a computer interface allows a remarkably in-depth narrative to shine. The difficulty level means you'll spend hours upon hours in front of your screen... but quite frankly, the time passes as though it were minutes. It's a deep rabbit hole, but worth the trip regardless.
  2. Sep 23, 2019
    90
    With a few extra features Telling Lies, the game, would be perfect. As a narrative experience experiment it is, however, utterly unmatched and deserves to be talked about for years.
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    The result is a self-propelled investigation that gives you the feeling of making connections and discoveries entirely on your own. It’s hypnotic, and while it has little replay value, other than to marvel at the fact that videos watched early in the game can mean something completely different once you’ve uncovered protagonists’ back stories and true motivations, it’s utterly gripping while it lasts.
  4. Aug 21, 2019
    90
    Telling Lies an ambitious expansion of Her Story’s ideas, which makes for an engrossing—but sometimes messy—experience.
  5. Aug 21, 2019
    90
    Telling Lies is a game defined by the individual’s own terms and parameters, rewarding the wide spectrum of curiosity of anyone willing to put the time and thought into its mysteries.
  6. Sep 12, 2019
    80
    Telling Lies is one of 2019's best games but still stands in the shadow of its predecessor's achievements. It earns major props for acting, writing and excellent implementation of FMV. Minor demerits for an untidy denouement.
  7. Sep 9, 2019
    70
    Its not easy stepping in the footsteps of Her Story. Telling Lies is great when it comes to quality, but it seems Sam Barlow bit off more than he can chew when it comes to the scale of the game.

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