Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Nov 20, 2019
    90
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is stylish, involving, exciting and despite its animal characters – or because of them – harrowingly humane, a gripping pastime for any mystery buff.
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    85
    Blacksad is a thrilling adventure with interesting and multi-faceted characters, a great visual style and an atmospheric soundtrack.
  3. Dec 16, 2019
    82
    The voice acting and music add to a great atmosphere that will certainly draw you in and you won’t be able to help trying to figure out “whodunnit” before the game finally lets you put all the pieces together. It’s a fun game with a few quirks… but if you like detective adventure games then this may just be right up your alley… just be careful it’s not a dark alley with mobster goons!
  4. Dec 30, 2019
    80
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is a great first step of famous noir cat detective into the world of gaming. Even though your experience will be riddled with graphical bugs and some unoriginal design choices, the story and characters will buy you and take you for a fun detective ride for a few hours.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jan 14, 2020
    79
    Pendulo carefully handled Blacksad’s transition from comics to game format, so fans of the original series will feel right at home, and those who haven’t read the comics yet – well, they should, to get a better appreciation for Pendulo’s work. [Issue#242, p.58]
  6. 76
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is an adventure that moves away from the classic point and click structure, but it's far from perfect in the ambitious game design. That said, Pendulo Studios game is pleasant to play and overall unmissable by fans of the original comic.
  7. Nov 22, 2019
    75
    A nice idea for an adventure game, set in a very interesting world that is based on the great Spanish comic of the same name. Blacksad: Under the Skin has many good qualities, like its noir atmosphere and story, alongside some negatives like its pacing issues and a few technical problems.
  8. Nov 13, 2019
    75
    It is in the performance where he falters, with a slow, frustrating rhythm and a development that lacks polish, which sometimes dissuades the player from wanting to move forward.
  9. Nov 19, 2019
    72
    The cumbersome control passages also disturb the flow of the game rather than doing anything for Blacksad.
  10. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2020
    70
    There were moments when I really enjoyed the game. I especially liked the animal cast and the creative way in which the developers play with the detective story genre. [01/2020, p.50]
  11. Dec 20, 2019
    70
    Although marred by some technical issues at launch, as well as some poorly-implemented action sequences, the charm of this world and pull of its story are enough to make Blacksad: Under The Skin an engaging adaptation of the popular graphic novel series.
  12. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Behind a problematic launch, there’s a good game with a great story. It tries to do more things than it should, but overall it’s worth your time.
  13. Nov 13, 2019
    68
    Unaware of its absurdity, Blacksad: Under The Skin fails at much of what it attempts.
  14. Dec 5, 2019
    65
    There's a shimmer of something good in Blacksad: Under the Skin. Even though it is standard detective noir material, the story remains engaging enough that newcomers to the series might be encouraged to seek out the original graphic novels afterward. The core gameplay mechanics work well, since they feel like an upgraded version of the formula established by Telltale Games. Issues like slow movement, pregnant pauses, and finicky hotspot detection deflate any enthusiasm the game may foster. If you can live with this sort of thing, then Blacksad is a good adventure game, but others who mind these issues might want to wait for future patches to address these concerns.
  15. Dec 1, 2019
    65
    Blacksad might bot be the thing that we expected it to be, but it is still a good choice for adventure fans, at least for a few hours. There is nothing specifically wrong with Blacksad, but some minor issues, a bit of a slow tempo and of course tons of bugs hurt the overall experience.
  16. Nov 18, 2019
    65
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is a true adaptation of the comic album series created by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido but delivers an overall frustrating experience due to technical issues.
  17. Feb 17, 2020
    64
    Blacksad is painfully derivative, but it’s not so bad as it seems at first impression. It’s a pity that this intriguing, smart, mature story with colorful characters in an unusual world will never get the attention they deserve because of numerous bugs and horrendous controls.
  18. Nov 19, 2019
    60
    Blacksad: Under the Skin has a pleasantly engaging story and fine, if somewhat repetitive, game play mechanics. Unfortunately, the end result just did not seem to be a finished product. Significant patch work will be needed to do justice to the story.
  19. Nov 12, 2019
    60
    The pace of the narration is too slow, plus there is an avalanche of bugs, glitches and technical problems that contribute to undermining the experience.
  20. 60
    Fans of the graphic novels may very well be able to stomach the flaws in Blacksad: Under The Skin, but I worry curious newcomers will find the experiential cost of entry too much to stomach.
  21. Nov 10, 2019
    58
    In terms of true adaptation, Blacksad: Under the Skin is quite successful. The story is gripping and well written, with colorful characters, especially thanks to the voice-over and jazzy soundtrack. But in terms of gaming, the gameplay is heavy, the setting is sad, the glitches unbearable and the investigation mechanics too linear, making us want to watch what seems to be a better feature film than a good game experience. This adventure, although full of choices, treats you like a spectator.
  22. Nov 18, 2019
    55
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is plagued by tons of technical issues and weak character designs, the story is interesting and could be enjoyed, provided you could neglect its technical shortcomings.
  23. Dec 15, 2019
    50
    I imagine there are some big fans of the Blacksad stories that will get more out of this game than I did. But for everyone else, it'll only remind you how sad it is that we'll never get a sequel to Telltale's The Wolf Among Us.
  24. Dec 9, 2019
    50
    I really wanted to love Blacksad. The noir story is quite compelling, being in the spirit of comic books. Alas, not so compelling as to overlook the severe technical issues which fester the title. This is a game that would have been better if it had been delayed a little further. Wait for much needed patches before trying it out.
  25. Dec 3, 2019
    50
    While Blacksad: Under the Skin shows a lot of promise in its story, world and a couple of neat gameplay mechanics that help put you right in Blacksad’s shoes, it unfortunately suffers when it comes to the execution. Be it clunky pixel hunts, an awkward interface or a myriad of potential glitches, the end result comes off as a bit of a janky, unpolished mess. Pendulo isn’t exactly a perfect developer, but this may end up being their weakest work yet, at least until future patches can improve things. For now, though, best to just turn down this case.
  26. Nov 26, 2019
    50
    Blacksad: Under the Skin works, it's a solid detective game that serves up a case worth cracking, a charismatic lead whose character you can shape in meaningful ways, and an investigation method that successfully wraps you in a brown trenchcoat. But when it doesn’t work you'll find yourself bogged down in the tedium of traipsing around another uninspired location, searching for that final wayward hotspot, and the atmosphere is sucked out of the room.
  27. Nov 15, 2019
    50
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is a twisty whodunit that is unraveled by more bugs than you can count.
  28. Nov 11, 2019
    50
    Despite its affinity to the original comic books, Blacksad: Under the Skin is way too weak on a technical point of view to keep the adventure interesting until the end. Meanwhile a serious update to correct all the visible flaws, only the true hardcore fans should jump in.
  29. Dec 10, 2019
    40
    Blacksad’s potent atmosphere and several good ideas are completely overshadowed by tons of awful mistakes, terrible controls and zero player impact on the story. This is a huge disappointment - and I’m a fan of the original comic.
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  1. Overall, despite all the frustrations, I enjoyed being a broody detective cat. I just wish the game itself was as strong as the story it was trying to tell.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 53
  2. Negative: 7 out of 53
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    Игра напомнила мне The Wolf Among Us, в дешевом исполнении. Я прощаю им кривое управление,порой слишком большие паузы в диалогах, и неуместныеИгра напомнила мне The Wolf Among Us, в дешевом исполнении. Я прощаю им кривое управление,порой слишком большие паузы в диалогах, и неуместные лицевые анимации. В конце концов это не Mass Effect: Andromeda. Я скучал по таким играм, простым и затягивающим. Бюджет у игры не большой, и хочу хоть чем-то помочь разработчикам в дальнейшем создавать что-то подобное. Но с учетом ошибок и не доработок в проекте. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2019
    6
    Великолепная стилистика,музыка и атмосфера в целом.
    Но: геймплей уж слишком скуден, управление топорно, так и критические баги мешают
    Великолепная стилистика,музыка и атмосфера в целом.
    Но: геймплей уж слишком скуден, управление топорно, так и критические баги мешают спокойно играть.
    О вариативности во всех смыслах можете забыть.
    Геймплей 3.5/10
    Графика для стилистики 8/10, графика в обычном понимании 5/10
    Сюжет 7.5/10
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    9
    Awesome game that is very close to the comics, good gameplay and awesome graphics, love it.