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  • Summary: Everyday life is gone. An organic artifact that fell from the sky inexplicably transports you across the universe. You're in a place called Hunrath, with pieces of earth scattered within an alien landscape. Nobody’s here - well... almost nobody. Explore, uncover, solve, decide. This is yourEveryday life is gone. An organic artifact that fell from the sky inexplicably transports you across the universe. You're in a place called Hunrath, with pieces of earth scattered within an alien landscape. Nobody’s here - well... almost nobody. Explore, uncover, solve, decide. This is your story now. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Sep 7, 2016
    100
    Obduction is a masterpiece of its genre.
  2. Aug 24, 2016
    90
    It’s a special thing when a game gifts you a superior experience without traditional or prescribed story mechanics, and from that perspective Obduction prevails completely.
  3. Sep 15, 2016
    90
    However weak the ending is, it was the journey that made the biggest impression on me. In that regard, the game is positively sublime.
  4. Aug 24, 2016
    80
    Myst's spiritual successor Obduction drags its heritage into the modern age with aplomb, though the puzzles aren't quite as fiendishly hard as Riven's.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Nov 7, 2016
    80
    The gripping story and a thrilling atmosphere are combined in the adventure game, which is thrown from the top only because of a few illogicalities and its running-too-much. [Issue#267]
  6. Sep 1, 2016
    76
    A beautiful, if simple, puzzle game that remains faithful to Myst without feeling dated.
  7. Sep 1, 2016
    20
    Obduction feels like a game that belongs in the 1990s with a modern-day coat of paint. If you haven't played an adventure game since then, you might be pleasantly surprised, but I'd have rather spent my time replaying Firewatch, Oxenfree, or any number of other quality adventure titles instead of this buggy mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Aug 24, 2016
    10
    OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I'm incredibly impressed by Obduction, Cyan has done it again! The game has the familiar myst-like feeling that brings
    OVERALL IMPRESSION

    I'm incredibly impressed by Obduction, Cyan has done it again! The game has the familiar myst-like feeling that brings me right back to my childhood when I first got to explore the Myst Island and I had no idea why I was there and what was going on, arriving in Hunrath has the exact same feeling. It also brought me back to taking my first steps in The Cleft and Minkata in Uru (even the footsteps sound suspiciously alike). Except this time things are alien, even eerier, even more beautiful, even more awe-inspiring, even more confusing.

    The game feels like a more matured version of the Myst games; you can tell that the developers have taken everything they learned from the previous games and with that experience (and perhaps the wisdom gained with age) have crafted a story that has a new kind of depth - where puzzles are not just intricate parts of the environment, as was the case in the Myst games, but that feel truly handcrafted with purpose by different civilizations, puzzles that takes it one step beyond the Myst games in how they merge with the setting.

    PERFORMANCE

    I have a GTX 660 graphics card, i7 2600k processor, 8gb ram, SSHD, and Windows 10 x64 which basically puts me at minimum spec with my graphics card and above recommended with processor. The game is pretty well optimized provided I play on low settings with the exception of textures that I put on medium. I experienced a few lag spikes and long loading screens here and there but nothing major or that I can't live with but it definitely seems the game is graphics intensive.

    That said, I get the feeling this game would still be playable with a graphics card one tier below mine but it's hard to say so don't take my word for it. The graphics aren't super amazing on low settings with some pixelation, especially with the shadows but it's still a fairly pretty game. If you really care about good graphics for your gaming experience I would suggest playing this game with the recommended or above specs, I believe at that level this game will be absolutely astonishing.

    PROS:

    * Myst-like
    * Fun unique mechanics
    * Beautiful graphics, textures, sounds etc. the ambience is just superb
    * Nostalgic moments and great easter eggs
    * A riveting and unsettling story that leaves you guessing throughout
    * Pretty well optimized for the most part but not perfect with minimum spec graphics card
    * Good mix of easy, medium, and mind-boggling hard puzzles that make you want to rage quit in a good way like good old Riven. A couple of things are pure evil and I think the devs had a little bit too much fun torturing us poor Hunrathians but at the same time it's kind of funny in hindsight.
    * Great to play as a family or with multiple people to help solve puzzles. While the rating says 10+ it's probably okay with adult supervision under that, but that's just my opinion. I think the Cyan games in general are great educational tools for problem solving, patience, and out of the box thinking.

    CONS:

    * Occasional lag spikes with minimum spec graphics card
    * Occasional long loading screens
    * a few minor glitches/bugs here and there but nothing major and most are hardly noticeable, a couple of small slightly irritating mechanics but again nothing gamebreaking.

    CONCLUSION

    Would I recommend this game? Absolutely. If you love puzzles, mystery, eerie atmospheres, casual exploration, and an immersive environment - you do NOT want to miss out on this game. If you are new to the genre this game will be a great example of a stellar casual adventure puzzle game. If you care a lot about graphics play on recommended or higher spec. Overall, very much worth every penny. 10/10
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  2. Aug 30, 2016
    10
    "Think, again." the trailer tells us, and that's exactly what this game calls on you to do. If exercising your grey matter on perplexing yet"Think, again." the trailer tells us, and that's exactly what this game calls on you to do. If exercising your grey matter on perplexing yet fundamentally logical, well thought out puzzles isn't your bag- then this game isn't for you. If you DO like exploring fantastical places, and solving conundrums that range from simple to complex to nailchewingly detailed, then Welcome to Hunrath.

    On top of being visually and musically stunning, Cyan has taken the unique in the gaming world step of providing a point & click movement option, not only for the Myst nostalgia factor, but to allow players with inner ear issues, vertigo and other motion-sickness causing issues to play the game. Given the sheer number of games released that are impossible to play for people with things like VIMS, Obduction is a breath of fresh air.
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  3. Aug 30, 2016
    10
    I have waited a long time for another Cyan game to come along and I am happy to report that the wait was not in vain. Obduction brings theI have waited a long time for another Cyan game to come along and I am happy to report that the wait was not in vain. Obduction brings the same wonder, exhilaration, and satisfaction as Myst, Riven and Uru. I am taking my time and savoring my explorations and the challenges of the puzzles. Way to go, Cyan! Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2016
    10
    Every moment I have played so far reminds me so much of the amazing sense of wonder and discovery I had when playing Myst and Riven. TheEvery moment I have played so far reminds me so much of the amazing sense of wonder and discovery I had when playing Myst and Riven. The graphics are amazingly beautiful and I was pulled in from the moment I started. Can't say enough good things about this gorgeous game! Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2016
    9
    My wife and I got the game thru steam today, played for a while. Its very similar to Myst and Riven as far as puzzles go. Enjoying it so far,My wife and I got the game thru steam today, played for a while. Its very similar to Myst and Riven as far as puzzles go. Enjoying it so far, You have to like exploring and searching. Its late here so will continue tomorrow. Expand
  6. Jul 1, 2017
    8
    I've always enjoyed the Myst games and this was a worthy successor. The environments are varied, detailed and beautiful, just like any MystI've always enjoyed the Myst games and this was a worthy successor. The environments are varied, detailed and beautiful, just like any Myst game. The exploration is great, with an integrering story to dig into in order to learn what the place is about and what is going on. The puzzles are not too easy, and not too hard, and you feel real satisfaction making your way through them. No story related bugs what so ever and the plot progresses in a nice organic way.

    My only complaints are that the teleportation is slow. I realize that they are in place to mask a loading screen, but frankly, I'd prefer that to those flickering spots, especially since you have to teleport a lot at one point of the story. A little something to read - an interesting fact or a little tidbit about the plot - would greatly improve that particular issue. Also, the camera movement "stutters" when the game loads new graphic which can be a bit disorienting at times and I've experienced one or two crashes too many to give this game a higher score. Some improvements stability and efficiency would be welcomed.

    However, despite its issues Obduktion is a great game! if you're a fan of Myst, you'll like it for sure. Go explore :)
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  7. Sep 20, 2016
    0
    Let me paint you a picture of why this is a bad game. One 'puzzle' in this game is remedial, it's essentially just an average board ofLet me paint you a picture of why this is a bad game. One 'puzzle' in this game is remedial, it's essentially just an average board of Pipe-Mania, nothing special. This puzzle, if you had all the tools in front of you to solve it, would be completed in ten minutes. Instead, they purposefully obfuscated it and separated the controls by loading screens. They also separated how you could view the puzzle by more loading screens. On top of that, you're forced to take pointlessly long walks (for minutes at a time) and endure more loading screens just to reach more 'pieces' used to solve the same puzzle.

    Whereas a good puzzle game will give you everything you need in the same area, this is more like a point & click. Except that imagine you had to walk for a few minutes to go get multiple objects because your inventory could only hold one at a time, now imagine that this point & click adventure had loading screens that could last for up to ten minutes for every time you had to trek back. That's what it's like.

    So, instead of being able to solve this puzzle in ten minutes (because it really is a remedial puzzle), it'll take you hours of trekking along, going through loading screens, more loading screens, more trekking, more loading screens, more loading screens, more trekking, more loading screens, more trekking, and then it glitches out! Yes, this is a puzzle that's so bad it can glitch out and become unsolvable, and that's lead to some... fiery threads on the forums, that's for sure. You can actually end up in an infinite loop of loading screens and long walks.

    Essentially, they managed to create a first person Skinner box puzzle. It's going to addict people to it to solve it and see what's past it. It's almost Candy Crush Saga but in first person. It's truly remarkable, but also horrifying. If you like grinding, feel free. And the game, in general, is just broken, uninspired, and has many more Skinner box elements to trick the weak minded. I'm not weak minded, so I just let it rest. I have better games to play. I don't appreciate Skinner boxes.
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