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  • Summary: Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person mystery adventure based on exploration and logical deduction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    Lesson of purpose and purity of game design. All the technical and game principles are subject to great narrative and an experience you will not forget. [Issue#291]
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    95
    This is a game I can not stop thinking about. I think about it at work -- either remembering crazy moments I didn't see coming, or reflecting on recently discovered information and its implications. This is absolutely a "thinking man's game," and it's one that I hope other developers (or Mr. Pope himself) decide to ape and expand on. Despite the fact that this isn't a detective game, I've never felt more like a dick.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    92
    The creator of Papers Please offers us a modern classic again.Return of the Obra Dinn uses an original and personal narrative in a development that makes us feel like true detectives. Visually it is an exercise in retro love and good taste. Lucas Pope delivers us one of the games of the year.
  4. Oct 19, 2018
    90
    A beautifully constructed and powerfully atmospheric mystery that you really have to work to solve.
  5. Oct 26, 2018
    90
    An artistic manifesto of overflowing power.
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    86
    Although a weak ending and a frustrating lack of tutorials up front limit Pope's latest release, the vast majority of his work more than makes up for these setbacks. Whether you're looking for something truly unique, thick vibes, or an excellent mystery, Obra Dinn is for you.
  7. Dec 2, 2018
    71
    There is no thrilling story, colorful characters or allure of the high seas. Instead, Return of the Obra Dinn is a bold, massive puzzle, an exquisite workout for your 'gray cells'. Unfortunately, the innovative gameplay mechanic gradually loses its appeal and excitement towards the finale, and I had to muster my willpower in order to beat the game in one go.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72
  1. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    The art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzleThe art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzle mechanics of this game. Some of them get really hard at the end. To me, this game is worth 20 dollars. I spent more on not so feature-rich games at $60+. I strongly recommend this game if you like murder mysteries with a puzzle element. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2020
    10
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    Return of the Obra Dinn - 9.9 / 10 - {I recommend more than the size of the seven seas, you need to play at least once in your life}
    The game
    Return of the Obra Dinn - 9.9 / 10 - {I recommend more than the size of the seven seas, you need to play at least once in your life}
    The game is [Mysterious, Atmospheric, Challenging, Engaging, Artistic, Unique, Impressive]

    => Pros:
    + Complex history of unraveling;
    + Atmosphere with unique and tense graphic art;
    + Unique research dynamics;
    + Everything is mysterious;
    + Each character is unique and has its own story;
    + Exceptional soundtrack;
    + There is a possibility of the replay factor after zeroing the game, because the player forgets everything after a few months;

    => Cons:
    - There is a small range of information that is practically impossible to find by the scenes accessed, and you need to go on the basis of "guessing" until you get it right, which is a minimal problem compared to the masterpiece that this game is as a whole;

    => VERDICT:
    The Verdict is that Return of Obra Dinn is one of the best games ever made in history for several factors, having a unique art, an immersive atmosphere that will involve you a lot in the scenes, a perfectly characterized soundtrack, and a story of countless mysteries that wins over many series and films. The dynamics of exploring the scenes of death, the photos, and navigation of the book, everything is so well done that it makes this game not just any masterpiece, but a that should be marked in history, like Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It will make you use your ability to deduct at all times, and
    makes you understand what it is like to be a detective like Sherlock was, but on a ship, where there is only you, your book, your "special" compass, and a sea of ​​mysteries ranging from the shallow to the most obscure.

    The point is, are you able to get on that ship with nothing, and leave with everything? Only you can find out, so embark on Obra Dinn, and discover what the depths of the ocean hide from us all.
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  4. Sep 3, 2019
    9
    Impresionante experiencia este "simulador de detective". Te obliga a estar completamente concentrado para descubrir todos los detalles que lasImpresionante experiencia este "simulador de detective". Te obliga a estar completamente concentrado para descubrir todos los detalles que las escenas esconden. El estilo visual a mi me ha parecido incómodo de jugar por los contrastes de oscuro/claro que al final cansan la vista, pero comprendo la elección. Consigues que un juego con gráficos sin gracia tenga muchísima personalidad, y además ayudas al jugador a centrarse en los datos importantes. Superdivertido descubrir la historia que esconde. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2021
    9
    The best puzzle game I have ever played (and I hate puzzle games in general).

    Pros: * Perfect 1bit art style. In general, that's a game
    The best puzzle game I have ever played (and I hate puzzle games in general).

    Pros:
    * Perfect 1bit art style. In general, that's a game made by a single artist who had both a singular vision and a knowledge of his craft. (Lucas Pope did the story, the music and programming all by himself.)
    * You feel like a real detective (even more so than in Her Story which is also great). Also, I didn't google anything to complete the game. It was very satisfying to solve everything by myself.
    * It runs on my M1 Macbook as a breeze.

    Cons:
    * none
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  6. Nov 23, 2021
    8
    The Return of the Obra Din is wonderfully creative and at times, maddenly confusing. I am no Whizz at puzzle solving (though I'd like toThe Return of the Obra Din is wonderfully creative and at times, maddenly confusing. I am no Whizz at puzzle solving (though I'd like to think I'm no dunce either), but Obra Dinn hits the sweet spot of being tough but reasonable for most of its puzzles.

    You are tasked with identifying a whole ship's worth of people and how they met their untimely demise and in this game, everything is a clue. You are forced to look out for minor details that can give you vital information. Sometimes you will notice what a person is doing to figure out what their role is, sometimes you have to notice what room they were in at a certain point in time. There is also the subject of accents which does give an indication of where they are from, unfortunately for me, I am unfamiliar with many European accents and so that line of deduction was largely out of my reach. Still, this is an ingenious way to create puzzles and it makes you feel super intelligent when you work out the identity of a person based on a detail that seem small, but easily noticeable once you figure out what you are looking for. Sometimes the game can feel a bit unfair though. I remember how I got stuck on one character in particular because of a comment made by one of the characters that totally mislead me (and most players I suspect) and there wasn't much that would later alert you that you were misled.

    The art style is also something to comment on as it is quite unique and works to give the ship and the tale that it tells with this dark atmosphere. I'm a fan of it as it is much more memorable than the high fidelity look many games try to achieve. Overall, this is a game that is worth checking out if you're into puzzles that require deductive reasoning.
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  7. Nov 7, 2018
    0
    can't change the controls... unacceptable... can't play with the default ones.
    thank god for refunds

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