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  • Summary: OneShot is a surreal top down Puzzle/Adventure game with unique gameplay capabilities. You are to guide a child through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun. The world knows you exist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Games Master UK
    Feb 18, 2017
    91
    Thought-provoking, innovative, and haunting, OneShot is immmersive in a totally unique way. [Feb 2017, p.80]
  2. Dec 7, 2016
    90
    OneShot pulls players in with poise and wit in a way most games can only dream of, offering up the best an adventure game can offer. With a character that can easily be understood and cared for, OneShot creates an unforgettable adventure while hiding secrets that could very well be missed. What awaits in OneShot is well worth anyone’s time.
  3. Jan 2, 2017
    85
    It’s short, but worth every second of your time. This version is somewhat more forgiving than the original, much to my disappointment, but the visuals, atmosphere and narrative come together to create a particularly impressive experience.
  4. Dec 21, 2016
    80
    A completely unexpected wonder. Its use of witty dialogue and strong focus on characters can easily rival that of Undertale. The story, though slowed somewhat by one or two finicky puzzles, will pull at your heart strings constantly. You definitely won’t want it to end.
  5. Dec 28, 2016
    70
    If you're looking for a great story, give OneShot a try. It won't give you many choices, but those you have will really matter. It's aimed at a certain audience, but this audience will love it.
  6. Dec 15, 2017
    70
    Imagine a world without light. Imagine being the saviour of that world. Become the messiah and resolve puzzles to accomplish your objectives. OneShot has innovative mechanics that transcend the game screen and uses your own computer to offer you clues.
  7. Nov 29, 2018
    70
    By its very nature, OneShot‘s persistent world experience is incredibly difficult to distill into words accurately, but those who dig quirky or emotional tales and don’t shy away from something completely different should seriously consider taking this particular plunge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Apr 26, 2017
    10
    I can confidently say that OneShot became one of my favourite videogames. Nay, this is not just a game, it's an "experience"!

    Games such as
    I can confidently say that OneShot became one of my favourite videogames. Nay, this is not just a game, it's an "experience"!

    Games such as Undertale, To The Moon and now OneShot too made me love indie games more than ever before. There are indie games that can accomplish more than "AAA title games made by highly paid developers"!

    I have only two problems with this game:
    - It's short...
    - You don't get to know the characters "deeper". As Himeji said:
    "(...) the characters aren't very deeply developed, aside from Niko, the protagonist alongside the player. Their interactions start to become interesting, but are very brief, and you'll never see those NPCs again, making their short development almost pointless."
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  2. May 8, 2020
    10
    This game is just amazing. It`s more than a game. The musing and sound are amazing and the main Character, Niko is just so cute and you willThis game is just amazing. It`s more than a game. The musing and sound are amazing and the main Character, Niko is just so cute and you will love him/her at the end of the game. The story is exciting and mysterious and the puzzles are not too difficult. If you´re stuck it´s probably because you haven´t explored the whole area or not talked to every NPC. And some puzzles forces you to think out of the box. But the best thing about this game is that it breaks the 4th wall in just an amazing and unique way. I´m not going to spoil how but i was very surprised in a positive way.
    But this game also has downsides. It´s rather short (My full and blind playthrough took about 7 hours) and if you hate puzzles I think that this is not the right game for you. And don´t expect an Open-World.
    However I still think that this game is amazing and I highly recommend this to everyone especially during a Steam Sale. The price is 10€ and 5€ during sales (I believe that the price for USA/UK is also 10 Dollars/Pounds but I could be wrong)
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  3. Jul 3, 2020
    10
    Truly a game with a unique presentation, that is with its flawless soundtrack and writing. The world-building within this game is phenomenal,Truly a game with a unique presentation, that is with its flawless soundtrack and writing. The world-building within this game is phenomenal, an underrated work of art I wish many will experience. Expand
  4. May 9, 2018
    9
    This game is really wonderful, if you like resolving puzzles, meet carismatic people, this is your game, i would recommend to buy it for 5$.
  5. Apr 17, 2020
    9
    A hidden masterpiece that (un)fortunately didn't received all the attention it deserved due to being overshadowed by Undertale (don't get meA hidden masterpiece that (un)fortunately didn't received all the attention it deserved due to being overshadowed by Undertale (don't get me wrong, UT is a masterpiece too) in it's period, but even today it's still a great game that I highly recommend to play especially if you are into games with a meta narrative like I do, because this game has freaking NAILED this type of narrative.
    Now, I don't want to go too much in detail because I'm lazy and I don't want to heavily spoiler the game, so I'll sum up with pros and cons (yes, this game has cons, of course).

    Pros:
    -Niko (The Not Cat), the main protagonist, is one of the most likeable characters I've ever seen in a videogame (and it's really cute, too);
    -Great soundtracks, maybe a little bit too short especially for some parts of the game, but still really nice to listen while doing puzzles and following the story;
    -Graphics simple but gorgeous with really good drawn cut-scenes;
    -Slow pace but since it's an entertaining puzzle-story driven game it's perfectly fine to play;
    -Game mechanics are fun to play with, especially the item one which you've to combine items in order to progress or equip a specific item to unlock new dialogues and interactions;
    -Unique and mind-blowing 4th wall breaks I never saw in a videogame before (not even Undertale) that perfectly goes along with the story;
    -Perfectly done environments that clearly shows you how the world is really decaying, combined with the general melancholic tune the soundtracks have;
    -Nice looking npcs and main characters in general;
    -Challenging and interesting puzzles, not too easy and stupid but not too difficult either;
    -Well designed and big but not dispersive maps. Everything will connect at some point;
    -Addicting (emotionally too if you're that type of player like me), interesting and detailed story that not only uses the 4th wall break mechanic to it's finest, but it immerse YOU, The Player, to the point you're just the second protagonist alongside with Niko. In the end you'll probably cry.

    These are all the pros I can recall now.

    Cons:
    -Limited and tile by tile only movement, both respectively meaning that you can't walk diagonally if not by doing a zig-zag type of movement (which it could be quite annoying at times because some parts of the game require you to move diagonally) and pressing a movement key even for a split second will result in Niko moving from a whole tile to another one, so no precise movements. All of this can sometimes give the feel that there's input lag;
    -Even tho it's explained a little bit why later in the game, it's quite sad that we can't get to know more about most of the characters;
    -A map. A FREAKING MAP PLEASE. Not necessarily a minimap like those in GTA and similar games who tells you everything, but at least one that when you discover a place that you can't interact with yet because you miss an item, it marks that place for you so you can come back easily and not get lost when you obtain that missing item. I managed to loose an hour in The Barrens in my first run because of this. I know there's fast travel but still a map assistant wouldn't hurt the game experience;
    -The photography puzzle is too subject-specific IMHO, like if you don't know at least the basics of that subject (which is totally possible, I don't know anything about photography) you would end up searching on Internet for a solution.

    And these instead are all the cons I can remember, which even if there are a few, they don't hurt the experience that much and are forgivable.

    In the end, should I suggest this game? Absolutely YES.
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  6. Mar 28, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very good game, the way you get attached to the protagonist, the 4th wall breaks and the interaction makes you have so much love for it and have such a good time that you actually feel sad when it all ends. The fact that the game doesn't have battle mechanics don't make this game worse, it's still a very good game. The main story is a very good experience, the emotional ending was really good until the bonus chapter was added. This was the only part that the game lost some points here, the new true ending is actually good, but it's a little bit cliche, and the fact that you don't have to make a hard choice kinda takes out some of the emotion. But still, very recommended game... Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2017
    4
    This game does not live up to its potential.
    Cons:
    - Lackluster characters. The relationships feel hollow and pointless. The only slight
    This game does not live up to its potential.
    Cons:
    - Lackluster characters. The relationships feel hollow and pointless. The only slight exception is the main character, but even then they're mostly a puppet that simply says yes to everything you tell it to do.
    - Lackluster music
    - Lackluster story
    - No real consequences to your choices
    - This is not an adventure game at all
    - It only takes 3-4 hours to play through everything
    - There are blatantly unfinished aspects and areas that the developer claims will be added in later.

    Pros:
    - They do some interesting "meta" things.

    Other than the meta elements of the game, there's really not much going for it. It's an OK game, but I certainly can't give it more than a 4/10. It only took me 4 hours to play through it.
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