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Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

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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: 35 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 5 out of 40
  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. Dec 12, 2020
    10
    A hidden gem. A really well made game which stands out with its 4th wall breaking aspect.
  3. Nov 1, 2019
    10
    this game haves 2 versions so they will be here both but separated but both have the same basis:

    You are the guide of Niko in a dying world
    this game haves 2 versions so they will be here both but separated but both have the same basis:

    You are the guide of Niko in a dying world where a frail light bulb its the only hope of everything going back to the good days instead of an eternal night

    Steam version: First of all no permadeath so you can replay it of even finish it in more than one go but there is more.

    This game is really immersive sometimes it stops feeling like a game and it becomes a whole emotion or experience.

    Beautiful artwork it may be a pixel graphics game but any cinematic will charm you.

    Experience and what to expect: You will be a guide, you will have control over Niko's actions and you will get to love him in the depths of your heart, you may cry or smile and you will certainly feel the pressure and anguish of some of your actions but you will feel at ease. It destroys the 4th wall and draws you to the game world

    Personally: i am not a fan of history based games, i tend to skip it like i did with bioshock but this one is beautiful, the soundtrack now haves an emotion linked to it, and i deeply care about this game.

    Important note: be sure to ask in the community anything that bugs you, you may be incorrect and discover a new part of the game that you wouldn't had if you enclose in the frustration.

    Any indie page that is not steam:

    its made with RPG-maker so the inventory its pretty lame and it breaks some immersion.

    Experience: interesting, deep and most importantly YOU can really screw this up. a sense of responsibility and it will make you care a lot, all the character feel like they act natural towards everything helping a lot to the inmersion.

    i strongly recommend this game (especially the steam version) but i cant say much because this is one of the games that if you don't go blind to play it it is not the same good experience
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  4. Sep 18, 2021
    10
    This game changed my life, I love the story, OST, puzzles and of course the characters. It's a masterpiece, go play it.
  5. Mar 12, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just for the record for me this game gets a 10 out of 10 but due to the fact it doesn't have combat i can see how some people might not like it but the rest is great.

    Pros:
    -The Characters: The characters are great, characters who were just there in the original are now fully flashed out.
    -The story: The story was amazing it has you build up a great connection with the main character just to STAB you in the feelings at the end which brings me to.
    -The endings: There is NO definitively "good" ending, through out the WHOLE game the main character (Niko) sleeps in beds where you can close out the game safely once you reopen the game it shows you a vision where you get to see Niko's life before this how kind his mother was and how happy he was. he also keeps saying how he wants to go home through out the game making the ending choice very difficult, I won't ruin it for you here but trust me it left me thinking about it for 3 days afterwords at least.
    -The Music: The music is depressing yet calming and there's plenty of it i fully recommend it.
    -The Puzzles: A lot of the puzzles in Oneshot are very logical there won't be any dumb solutions like ... using a music sheet on a pan I guess.
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  6. May 11, 2021
    9
    an underrated masterpiece. i got introduced to this game via some undertale players recommendation
    good art GREAT story and good puzzles the
    an underrated masterpiece. i got introduced to this game via some undertale players recommendation
    good art GREAT story and good puzzles the problem this game mostly have is because of its puzzles one puzzle made me search it in google and we didn't get to see more of some character
    there are some puzzles which is breaking-the-4th-wall they are really enjoyable but i wish there were more of it (i think it have about 4 or 5 of them)
    pros
    +GREAT story
    +good character especially niko
    +some really funny jokes
    +good puzzles (especially the special ones)
    cons
    -one puzzle is bad and make you search it in google
    -i wish there were more special puzzles
    -we don't get to see more of some character
    soundtrack gets repetitive
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  7. Jun 30, 2017
    2
    I was hoping this game would be interesting like Undertale, but the breaking-the-4th wall aspect is implemented in an incredibly dull andI was hoping this game would be interesting like Undertale, but the breaking-the-4th wall aspect is implemented in an incredibly dull and boring way. It's a single-trick gimmick that's kind of lame. Expand

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