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  • Summary: Maquette is a first-person recursive puzzle game that takes you into a world where every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Mar 31, 2021
    80
    For anyone who has ever fallen in love or suffered heartbreak, Maquette will resonate. Yes, some puzzles were weaker than others, but those issues felt secondary to the masterful tapestry being painted before my eyes. Maquette is a poignant and rewarding experience that reminded me of some of my happiest moments, it forced me to stare straight at sorrow, and simultaneously reassured me that it’s okay to feel that pain.
  2. Mar 7, 2021
    80
    In its juxtaposition of abstract puzzles with domestic-scale storytelling, Maquette is more familiar, following the tradition of indie games that link high-concept puzzle-solving with romantic introspection. Like the relationship it maps, the game is at its most elegant and pleasing in the early stages, when its challenges are clearly stated and simply solved. Even so, the creative possibilities of this Russian doll world seem to extend beyond this brief, delightful exploration.
  3. Mar 1, 2021
    75
    Maquette has a strong narrative bolstered by top-tier voice performances and honest, relatable writing. The puzzle mechanics are unique and exciting, but the game is let down by signposting issues and obtuse design choices.
  4. Mar 2, 2021
    70
    Maquette has a great puzzle mechanic as its central hook, though it sometimes struggles with obtuse implementation and fussy controls. Nonetheless, the narrative arc of the young relationship at the center of the game is well worth a bit of frustration to experience. Some lovely visuals and music make playing Maquette that much more rewarding.
  5. Mar 9, 2021
    70
    Maquette stands out for an excellent love story that affects the aesthetics of the stage. It is very well written and excellently interpreted. It is fresh, natural, credible, and its development makes us want to move forward.
  6. Mar 8, 2021
    70
    Romantic relationships have their ups and downs, and players will likely go through the same experience with Maquette, which seesaws between satisfying and frustrating. Charming world design and bittersweet relationship observations are offset by a couple of opaque puzzles and patches of gameplay clunkiness (bad enough to force level restarts), which mar the overall sense of enjoyment.
  7. Mar 3, 2021
    40
    I was really hoping to be wowed by Maquette, but my time spent with it was not the magical, romantic experience I was hoping for. The bugs, overall wonkiness, and lame puzzle design annoyed me to no end. Especially when it would punish me by making me start a chapter over because it had broken itself. As a result, my already low tolerance of the love story between Michael and Kenzie grew to the point where I couldn't stand the couple. I would actively cheer when things went wrong because I didn't like them. The game seemingly wants you to feel like their relationship is one for the ages, but it just felt like a couple who had issues after the honeymoon period was over. It's a tale as old as time, but not one worth basing a game on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Mar 5, 2021
    10
    this game is phenomenon, it's perfect, sweet, unique, extremely enjoyable, it's a new thing in game industry. i do not understand whyyyy thisthis game is phenomenon, it's perfect, sweet, unique, extremely enjoyable, it's a new thing in game industry. i do not understand whyyyy this user's ratings is so bad!!!! this game deserves to be game of the year, seriously!! Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2021
    8
    Maquette is a simple and enjoyable puzzle game driven by a love story between two people. The narrative is simple and presented by great voiceMaquette is a simple and enjoyable puzzle game driven by a love story between two people. The narrative is simple and presented by great voice acting. There are some cliches, but is well written overall. The recursive scenery is beautifully crafted which serves as a visual metaphor for constructing the narrative and gives you a fun sense of scale. Placing objects in the small “maquette” and seeing it recursively generated outside is a cool effect and reminds me of that “infinite mirror effect”. The game plays with that to construct puzzles in a simple manner, there is not much variation on how you manipulate objects or place them, but is effective. I like how the game gives you no hint on what to do and encourage you to explore the scenery and try things out. It’s something that you’ll probably won’t be spending dozens of minutes to figure out what to do. And if you find yourself in that situation, you’ll feel lonely with the silence of the game. Don’t get me wrong, the game has a good well-suited soundtrack, but it’s played just in the beginning of each chapter, and then you will be hearing just the silent ambient noise. I thing they could have worked better on sound design.
    Overall, it’s a nice puzzle game that will not stress you out. A good game to play in a weekend and chill out. If you are a complectionist, you can easily do 100% at this game within four hours.
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  3. Mar 4, 2021
    7
    Recently finished the game, the story of the game is really good talking about a love story. the game itself is one of the hardest puzzleRecently finished the game, the story of the game is really good talking about a love story. the game itself is one of the hardest puzzle games I ever done even, this game would be a 10/10 if the game didn't make you look at tutorials and wiki pages. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2021
    2
    There is an interesting gameplay mechanic at the core of Maquette, though it's executed rather poorly. The challenge as a player is to get theThere is an interesting gameplay mechanic at the core of Maquette, though it's executed rather poorly. The challenge as a player is to get the maximum enjoyment out of this interesting mechanic while tuning out the narrative as much as possible. The voice talent makes a valiant effort to breathe some life into the script, but there's just nothing there. What we're left to experience is something like a very sweaty, uneventful scene at an amateur improv theater. Except in the case of Maquette, we must live with the knowledge that this is a fully scripted disaster. I mean this without exaggeration: it is not possible to create gameplay sufficiently enjoyable to counterbalance Maqeutte's voiceover scenes in which two flat characters quip tritely as a coloring book picture slowly fills in like a loading screen from the pits of hell. This is a game which would well and truly benefit from a complete excising of its narrative. Expand
  5. May 26, 2021
    1
    It almost feels like punching down to frankly appraise Maquette's merits. There is something interesting in the gameplay, but the game designIt almost feels like punching down to frankly appraise Maquette's merits. There is something interesting in the gameplay, but the game design is incredibly rough and the story is pure, unadulterated dead weight. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2021
    0
    This game works very badly on PS5 and PC. Even at 60fps, the feeling is that the game is not fluid. There are micro stuttering when moving theThis game works very badly on PS5 and PC. Even at 60fps, the feeling is that the game is not fluid. There are micro stuttering when moving the camera. Please do not launch games in this state. Expand
  7. Apr 11, 2021
    0
    Maquette is the century's least-interesting love story told through a very, very rough-around-the-edges puzzle game. I would only recommendMaquette is the century's least-interesting love story told through a very, very rough-around-the-edges puzzle game. I would only recommend this game to someone who is trapped on a desert island (and needs to work up the courage to kill themselves). Expand