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Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

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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: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Nov 16, 2016
    10
    I adore this game. The most powerful thing inside is making choices. I have to say the game really succeeds at immersing you into itsI adore this game. The most powerful thing inside is making choices. I have to say the game really succeeds at immersing you into its dystopian world. Also, the visual concept is just fantastic.

    Recommended for everyone who grew up in the C.I.S/post-soviet space d(^_^)z
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  2. Nov 16, 2016
    10
    Вы – управляющий дома, который… ШПИОНИТ за жильцами! Вы ставите жучки, обыскиваете квартиры, прослушиваете телефоны. Вы собираете компромат иВы – управляющий дома, который… ШПИОНИТ за жильцами! Вы ставите жучки, обыскиваете квартиры, прослушиваете телефоны. Вы собираете компромат и строчите доносы. Или… Возможно, у вас есть другой выбор? 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. Feb 2, 2019
    9
    I rarely play modern strategies, but for some reason this game attracted me. And it was not for nothing that in this game "democratic" RussiaI rarely play modern strategies, but for some reason this game attracted me. And it was not for nothing that in this game "democratic" Russia and the CIS were perfectly shown. As for the gameplay, it seemed to me monotonous and a little bit annoying. The graphics are nice and not repulsive. The soundtrack supports the atmosphere of hopelessness and doom. The game is worth your attention. Expand
  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. Apr 30, 2018
    7
    By and large the quests do flow in at a decent pace so you’re only rarely left at a loose end with no pressing matters. But occasionally thisBy and large the quests do flow in at a decent pace so you’re only rarely left at a loose end with no pressing matters. But occasionally this does happen and it’s a little off putting when it does as the game’s theming only really works when your character is over burdened with worries and demands. Thankfully this doesn’t occur too often and Beholder generally piles on the worries and horrible moral choices throughout the experience. Beholder is a satisfying, darkly comic trip down a morally dubious rabbit hole and will be a delight for anyone who wants to see what their ethical limits are. 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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