Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 21, 2019
    100
    If you are a fan of point-and-click RPG, hilarious storytelling, or you would like to try a point and click for the first time, then you really can’t go past this game. It is brilliantly written, carefully designed and put together; and most of all, seriously brilliant satire.
  2. May 29, 2019
    90
    Hats off to Artifex Mundi for having guts to make a diversion into point-and-click adventures. Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love could easily have been a leftover turkey that wasn’t tasty even the first time it was roasted, but it sticks its landing right through to the very last scene. Despite being an indie title, the game is crafted deceivingly professionally. That’s especially highlighted in the script that has been properly edited to sharpen its impact with only minimum slack. In these days of mostly grim entertainment, it was so liberating to laugh with the game and be constantly amused by its many wonderful twists and turns.
  3. May 24, 2019
    90
    Chock-full of gorgeous, great-sounding set pieces and characters, the hilarious Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love presents a witty commentary on Cold War era politics within a story and gameplay that anyone can enjoy.
  4. Jun 24, 2019
    85
    Irony Curtain is a satirical point and click with plenty of nonpolitical humor that’s a pleasure to play. The art style is great, and the humor manages to be a good mix of political satire, references, and great jokes. Irony curtain is an excellent time if you are looking for a relaxing point and click with great atmosphere.
  5. Jun 13, 2019
    85
    Α gorgeous blast from the past, Irony Curtain is a tribute to all of the 90s comedy adventures, with an intriguing spin of adding a self deprecating humorous view behind the curtain of an unknown cold-war state.
  6. May 22, 2019
    80
    Overall though, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka is a unique triumph, a game that offers a fresh take on a well-trodden genre that’s far funnier than a game about communist history has any right to be. It manages to feel incredibly polished without losing that distinctive indie touch; the feeling that you’re playing a distinctly authored experience that hasn’t been focus-grouped to oblivion. Be prepared to think outside the box, but make sure you check out this beautifully constructed and often hilarious adventure that’s sure to delight anyone who loves a good point and click game.
  7. May 21, 2019
    80
    A clever, well-written appreciation of classic Point-and-Click Adventure games that should definitely be checked out by fans of the genre or anyone looking to recapture that Lucasfilm nostalgia
  8. May 20, 2019
    80
    Irony Curtain is a fun game with a lot of heart. You can instantly tell just how much care and attention went into its creation. This ultimately results in a game that’s well-written, well-designed, and confidently wears its satirical tilt on its red sleeves. For me, the brilliant writing was just enough to stave off the tedium of some puzzles. If you are nostalgic for point and click games of old, Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love is worth a look.
  9. May 29, 2019
    79
    Artifex Mundi flex their point-and-click muscles for the first time, delivering simple riddles and a comical tone in a neat package. While aiming to be satirical with its wonderful art (homage to The Curse of Monkey Island/Deponia games), it does not avoid the pitfall of being too preachy. The latter results in one-dimensional characters who are narrative simplistic vessels to the moral of the story.
  10. 70
    Although I didn’t connect with most of Irony Curtain’s writing and references, I can see how someone would. If anything, the point-and-click puzzling style is good enough here to warrant a try.
  11. Aug 7, 2019
    68
    If you’re not a member of the Communist Party and you do not feel nostalgic whenever someone mentions USSR, the journey to Matryoshka will bring you 10-12 hours of fun. Although it’s a bit disappointing that the writers missed an opportunity to turn this light comedy into a satirical study of a person’s fate in a totalitarian state where cult of personality reigns over all.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. May 25, 2019
    10
    Instant classic :) Humorous, well written, clearly made by people with passion for classic point & click games. Highly recommended piece ofInstant classic :) Humorous, well written, clearly made by people with passion for classic point & click games. Highly recommended piece of gaming art! Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2020
    10
    Beautiful satire that shows very well how a communist/socialist country really works out to be in the practice (that comes from an ArgentineBeautiful satire that shows very well how a communist/socialist country really works out to be in the practice (that comes from an Argentine whose country is plagued by socialism, which is basically the game but replacing the almighty leader with politicians in general). The protagonist is pretty charming and the plot itself is incredibly well put-together so that if you pay attention you can see what's going on from an early stage of the game.
    The only flaw I see is duration, I would've liked to have experienced more of this game's awesomeness
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  3. Sep 19, 2019
    6
    It could be much more. The adventure has the technical foundation to be great but it falls short at achieving anything more than an "ok,It could be much more. The adventure has the technical foundation to be great but it falls short at achieving anything more than an "ok, playable". The main problem with the game is that nothing is spectacular, expect maybe the design of the art and the outline of the story. The puzzles are either extremely easy or uninteresting (and a couple are kinda nonsensical if the in-game help system isn't used), the characters are usually boring and banal with their dialogues and monologue being often extremely predictable and the details of the story not that great, for the most part at least.
    In general, all in all, the game is "just ok", nothing is totally terrible, nothing is totally great (expect maybe the aesthetics of the art and the big picture of the story) but for the most part it's mediocre for what a great adventure really needs: great story details, great characters, great puzzles, a captivating story.
    Would I recommend. MAYBE to die-hard adventure game fans but it's definitely not a great game to introduce someone else to point and click games.
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