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Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 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: 34 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 5 out of 39
  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. Feb 21, 2021
    10
    A truly beautiful and moving experience best experienced while knowing as little about it as possible, go give it a try.
  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. Aug 20, 2018
    9
    If you’re looking for an absolutely gorgeous story, unique world building, lovable characters, and a powerful atmosphere all packed into aIf you’re looking for an absolutely gorgeous story, unique world building, lovable characters, and a powerful atmosphere all packed into a very small package, OneShot is an absolute must. The soundtrack works wonderfully for creating an atmosphere (Eleventh Hour was a particular standout to me). An important note: the story is very, very much worth experiencing BLIND. Don’t look up story spoilers, and you’ll find this game pulling on all of your heartstrings.

    The gameplay itself is simplistic (outside of a few special puzzles), but it was entertaining for the time I spent on it. It’s only a few hours’ worth of material, anyway, so I feel it’s worth playing for the story alone. This game had a lot of love put into it, and it will forever hold a place in my heart. Honestly... it changed the way I look at the world a little bit.
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  6. Nov 16, 2019
    9
    Sono basito. Letteralmente. Il fatto che questo gioco non sia noto a livello mondiale e che non abbia un punteggio superiore a 90 suSono basito. Letteralmente. Il fatto che questo gioco non sia noto a livello mondiale e che non abbia un punteggio superiore a 90 su Metacritic mi disarma.

    Questo gioco è un'esperienza unica, che ciascun videogiocatore degno di chiamarsi tale dovrebbe provare almeno una volta... Inizialmente il giocatore si ritrova spiazzato, totalmente confuso dall'ambiente che lo circonda e la surreale atmosfera, fattore determinante in un iniziale calo del giocatore all'interno di Niko. Niko.
    Diamine, quanto è toccante questo gioco. Nella mia esperienza videoludica, solamente una volta ero riuscito ad instaurare un tale rapporto con un personaggio, trovandomi a scervellarmi per ore su scelte morali non indifferenti.
    Una colonna sonora che merita, seppur non eccelsa, gameplay innovativo e coinvolgente al massimo, comprendente la risoluzione di enigmi tramite l'utilizzo del PC. Come punto a sfavore, ho trovato che tutti i personaggi al di fuori del protagonista siano troppo poco caratterizzati: passano troppo in secondo piano. Certo, ciò favorisce l'introspezione e l'accrescimento del rapporto con Niko, ma secondo me sarebbe stato migliore un maggiore approfondimento sui personaggi secondari.
    Trama che culmina in un finale stupefacentemente commovente ed intenso, che ha fatto in modo che One Shot salisse sul podio dei miei giochi favoriti.

    Dategli una possibilità, saranno i 10 euro (quasi) meglio spesi della vostra vita
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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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