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  • Summary: Observation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma inObservation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma in discovering what is happening to the station, the vanished crew, and S.A.M. himself. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 13, 2019
    90
    Overall it’s a fresh change from the standard jump scare, or shooter mechanic that we have so much of today. It’s a compelling story and one worth putting some time into puzzle solving to uncover. The game is pretty forgiving and not too taxing so if you like a bit of problem solving in a sci-fi setting, this might be just up your alley.
  2. May 21, 2019
    90
    Observation is grander than Stories Untold, more ambitious by half, but equally fascinating and inventive. It’s a pastiche of science fiction new and old but knows when to lean into expectations and when to subvert them, and its approach to mechanical realism is so uncompromising it becomes an artistic statement instead of mere mimicry. I’m already curious what’s next.
  3. Jun 12, 2019
    85
    While Observation isn’t perfect, developer No Code has managed to create something truly unique. It’s a word that’s used way too often, but I’ve never played anything quite like it. Some will find the gameplay a little restrictive or the lack of handholding frustrating, but the challenging puzzles and compelling narrative create an unforgettable experience. If you favor a good thrilling story with replay value then you shouldn’t miss out on Observation.
  4. May 21, 2019
    80
    No Codes's new production is a narrative adventure that allows you to play as the AI of a space station. A wonderfully written thriller with rich storytelling and background.
  5. May 22, 2019
    80
    Regardless of a few dry spells, it’s where this seven-hour adventure takes you that’s most compelling. It isn’t a branching narrative, but there are multiple layers to how events unfold, and the game puts you in the middle of complex situations without over-explaining them, making them just as bewildering as if you were really there. It’s well worth grabbing a pair of headphones, turning out the lights, and seeing where this dark tale leads.
  6. May 22, 2019
    75
    Obversation is a weird little game. With little means, it dares jostle the player and has a good balance between its unique gameplay and its sci-fi scenario. A true UFO.
  7. May 28, 2019
    50
    Observation is undeniably beautiful, but it is also vapid and shallow. An interesting premise is let down by simple puzzles and awkward controls. While the game does have some interesting ideas, the execution fails to stick the landing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Apr 17, 2021
    10
    The game is about role playing. Its an atmospheric experience. Its enjoying a story rich environment. The puzzles are to keep you somewhatThe game is about role playing. Its an atmospheric experience. Its enjoying a story rich environment. The puzzles are to keep you somewhat busy in your roleplaying experience. There is no death, no challenge or wrong doing in this game. I wish more developers would focus on this type of approach, it felt like an interactive movie. It was a great take on science fiction and a very immersive experience in space. Highly recommended and definitely a breath of fresh air from the same old experiences on the gaming market. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2020
    10
    This is one of those games that is tailored for a very specific taste. And I love it!

    The strength of studio no_Code, and of Observation by
    This is one of those games that is tailored for a very specific taste. And I love it!

    The strength of studio no_Code, and of Observation by extension is the ability to tell abstract stories through complex puzzles. That with the oppressive, thriller-esque pacing of the narrative makes for the tensest 6 hours you may ever experience!
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  3. May 24, 2019
    9
    Great game! I understand than many negative reviews are for Epic Game Store. Well, also not supporting that policy, but the game is really good.
  4. May 22, 2019
    9
    (SPOILER FREE Review: This game is best experienced when you know nothing about it.)

    Entirely from the point of view of the computer, this
    (SPOILER FREE Review: This game is best experienced when you know nothing about it.)

    Entirely from the point of view of the computer, this is a different type of FPS sci-fi thriller. In fact This is more of a puzzle game than anything else, but it is a thriller that keeps the momentum going all throughout by making some intriguing twists and dark turns.
    Your main responsibility is protecting Emma. The lonely astronaut who's stuck in this space station with you. She talks to you throughout the game asking for your assistance, and then you assist her. that's it, that's pretty much the game in a nutshell.
    Your only way to interact with the world is through a computer screen BIOS and cameras. Unlock hatch, turn a switch, operator a laptop etc. At on point you get into a sphere drone and get to fly around the station. But you never interact with the world in any other way than through a computer BIOS screen.
    The sound's and computer modules style reminded me the most of Alien: Isolation. Just like all sci-fi thrillers there's a hint of ALIEN in here. But only in some stylistic choice here and there.

    The only down side is there might be some moments where you can get stuck on because you may not know how to complete a certain task. I did twice. Those can be frustrating, but then looking at the solution online- the answer was always staring me right in the face. I just didn't see it.

    Overall this is a great experience.

    It's not a long game you can finish the whole thing in one sitting.
    ***Definitely check it out if you're into these types of games.
    *And especially now as the EpicStore sale is on, because you can pick up the game at almost 50% off. Well worth it.
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  5. Jul 18, 2020
    8
    I like the story. This game very different gameplay ı think. It feels like movie. I didn't like searching from outside episodes.
  6. May 21, 2019
    7
    Cool story. 80's, Space Odyssey, Alien look. Graphics are awesome. A little slow paced sometimes. Great game. 7 out 10.
  7. May 30, 2020
    3
    Boring, slow, uninspired story punctuated by completely unrealistic and unnecessary "puzzles" that involve slowly panning the camera aroundBoring, slow, uninspired story punctuated by completely unrealistic and unnecessary "puzzles" that involve slowly panning the camera around and having to remember patterns. Given that the protagonist is a an AI from a few years into the future, the slowdowns are silly and just serve to elongate the process. I probably got about half-way through and I do not know that I will be able to force myself to return. Expand

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