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  • Summary: You’re a State-installed Landlord in a totalitarian State. You must spy on tenants, peep, eavesdrop and profile! You must report on anyone capable of plotting subversion against the State.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Feb 9, 2017
    90
    Beholder is a management sim and a moral quandary all in one. It’s easy to become consumed by the lives of Carl Stein and the apartment dwellers he’s been hired to spy on, with a story full of twists, turns, and terrible fates.
  2. Nov 6, 2016
    85
    Beholder is a moral dilemma, an investigative adventure game, a strategic management simulator and an utterly gripping dystopian thriller all at once. In spite of its difficulty, it will simply not allow you to quit before reaching one of it’s multiple, bleak, heart-breaking endings. The atmosphere of oppression and state-run terror is palpable. A game for our times.
  3. 80
    While replayability may not be the strong suit the price and the narrative definitely warrant several hours of play time.
  4. Jan 9, 2017
    77
    Beholder is a fairly unique game of spying, decision making, and disaster avoidance. The story of a secret rebellion uprising against an authoritarian government has been told many times before, but at least government controlled property landlord is a fresh perspective on things. It won’t take you that long to complete, but it doesn’t outstay its welcome, and you’ll have a good time balancing all the things that need doing for those few hours.
  5. Dec 22, 2016
    75
    Beholder delivers a tough experience from the narrative standpoint, and a challenging gameplay. The player will face hard choices, and will have to live with the aftermath of its decisions every single time. The graphic is appealing, though sometimes it feels like the burden that the player has to carry - especially with the high number of quests given at the same time - can be a little discouraging. However, this is an original and suggested game.
  6. Jan 3, 2017
    72
    Beholder is able to make us feel guilty and stressed thanks to its atmosphere of oppression and extremely hard decisions. A great option if the player is seeking something different.
  7. Feb 7, 2017
    50
    Beholder is based on a strong concept, and it has moments that land well, but it’s also held back by repetition and an unexciting script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. Feb 10, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Beholder - this is the game that makes you immerse yourself in this plot. I like the scripting approach, because right after the good news, something sad is going on. This makes the characters with German and Czech names imbued with the plot. Warm lamp games maximally managed to show a totalitarian and anti-utopian state and convey events and life of creativity. As for the game, you are the manager, your task is to keep track of the residents. The whole character of the gameplay is that we play for an official from the lowest layers of the ministry and the state apparatus. The main characters are typical people offended by life on the state from Russian literature. This story of a "little man" with the name Karl, directly penetrate my ministerial soul. As much as possible thought out endings, which I counted in the region of 11 pieces. And despite the jokes, say in achievements, this is a harsh, but at the same time native game. And all these prerequisites for the USSR make us grin, but also simultaneously flare up, as it was in reality. Glory to the wise leader! Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2016
    10
    Игра отличная. Более чем стоит своих денег. Происходящее затягивает, атмосфера прекрасна. Начал играть до патча, который добавил легкий режимИгра отличная. Более чем стоит своих денег. Происходящее затягивает, атмосфера прекрасна. Начал играть до патча, который добавил легкий режим и новые директивы, и ощущения от прохождения в первый раз просто непередаваемые. Действительно напряженно, тревожно, а когда узнал цену за лечение и обучение детей - просто выпал в осадок со своими 3к - как-будто я реально Карл, и мне действительно срочно нужно в несколько крат умножить свое благосостояние, иначе борода. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2016
    10
    This game is like Paper, please on steroids! Great art, awesome story and new gameplay. The atmosphere of dystopian world is so dark you canThis game is like Paper, please on steroids! Great art, awesome story and new gameplay. The atmosphere of dystopian world is so dark you can feel it. Worth to try out! Expand
  4. Dec 22, 2019
    9
    Одна из лучших игр с "серой" моралью: здесь нет хороших или плохих выборов, а есть возможно лучшие и возможно плохие. Советую всем.Одна из лучших игр с "серой" моралью: здесь нет хороших или плохих выборов, а есть возможно лучшие и возможно плохие. Советую всем.
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    easy to understand but hard choices have to be made, kind of moral game, clearly inspired by 1984 by G. Orwell and the message is strongereasy to understand but hard choices have to be made, kind of moral game, clearly inspired by 1984 by G. Orwell and the message is stronger knowing that the developpers are russians. Expand
  6. May 8, 2018
    7
    It is pretty stressful trying to keep you and your family afloat by screwing over pretty much everybody who dare live in your building. It's aIt is pretty stressful trying to keep you and your family afloat by screwing over pretty much everybody who dare live in your building. It's a solid 7. It's a cool concept and it executes it well I just think there is a ceiling on how good a game can be with this as your game loop. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2017
    0
    Right-Beholder...I want to love it, but I think that there is more style than substance here at the end of the day...
    I rarely review the
    Right-Beholder...I want to love it, but I think that there is more style than substance here at the end of the day...
    I rarely review the games I don't like enough, because I feel what we as gamers like can be so subjective and I want to encourage gaming as much as possible to help grow the industry and community that I love so much - but I can't honestly recommend this game to everyone - even the niche that it speaks to may be more than a little underwhelmed.
    Beholder asks you to do little-but very repetitively; making the quandry of gloomy morality something for you to deal with as the dystopian world you occupy spirals out of control. However, while this may sound enticing, it is not really represented in the game well-it becomes a simple question of family happiness over moral virtue as you spy on your neighbours. The character issues that it raises as you frantically try to spy on every room in your house are really resolved in your own conscience rather than in game-which is far too predictable over time. It had such potential, and may yet-but the formula is not exercised as broadly as it might have been.
    To the positive, it is a stylish little number-sound is intentionally minimal and depressing and each character interaction is concise and brief enough to keep you moving between options. the graphics are evocative and simple-this game doesn't need to tax any system, and indeed, I could see an iOS/android port as a potentially optimal way to play this title - especially given the increasingly frantic movement from room to room to install, loot or otherwise spy on a neighbour.
    I can't recommend this at full price, but it is probably worth a run at sale or bundle price to determine personal enjoyment - I am still willing to give it another few hours of my time, but I think that sums up the title perfectly-a niche experience that doesn't demand much, but doesn't reward as much as you'd like.
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