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  • Summary: Regaining consciousness you smell the damp. Opening your eyes you see the stone walls of the chamber flickering by the light of the fire; you stumble to your feet and kick a helmet clattering across the floor. Slowly the ache in your head begins to subside and you notice the beginnings of aRegaining consciousness you smell the damp. Opening your eyes you see the stone walls of the chamber flickering by the light of the fire; you stumble to your feet and kick a helmet clattering across the floor. Slowly the ache in your head begins to subside and you notice the beginnings of a passage. After a few steps the darkness consumes you. Returning to the safely of the fire you see a LIDAR scanner on the floor - a trigger press results in a faint glow coming from inside the helmet. You put the helmet on, adjust the beam-width and proceed into the abyss. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Perhaps what’s most impressive to me is how effectively lean Scanner Sombre is. The entire game is only three hours. Mechanically speaking there isn’t much you do outside of using the scanner to solve puzzles, find your way, and outwit foes. However, the foreboding atmosphere and where its plot ultimately leads is satisfying enough that its gameplay and storytelling are compelling. Whether you’re coming across a new upgrade for your LIDAR or slowly mapping out a spooky tunnel and inching toward danger, Scanner Sombre is a consistently spooky and somber game that’s worthwhile for those who want to scratch that horror-adventure itch.
  2. Apr 26, 2017
    80
    A beautiful but short-lived expedition that left me wanting more of its best ideas.
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    Jun 23, 2017
    70
    A beautiful technicolor journey into darkness. [Issue#188, p.83]
  4. Apr 26, 2017
    65
    Scanner Sombre is a gimmick game, and I honestly say that without any ill intent. Its gimmick is beautiful and engaging and kind of amazing. To its credit, Scanner Sombre is seemingly aware of the limitations of this because it's brief enough to not wear out its welcome. However, the kaleidoscopic interior decorating is a means to an end, and that end just isn't as thrilling as what's in the mind's eye.
  5. May 25, 2017
    65
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. May 3, 2017
    65
    Scanner Sombre is a quick, beautiful and melancholic distraction with an interesting twist, but its main puzzle is navigating the caves, which can become confusing and frustrating due to everything being made of the same beams of light.
  7. May 19, 2017
    41
    Sorry, Introversion. But this is nothing more and rather less than a simple try to fill Dear Esther’s footsteps, while the art design as the only really interesting element is underutilized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 8, 2020
    10
    This game playing on a regular computer is kinda average, but playing in VR is amazing. I usually have to stop and take a break when playingThis game playing on a regular computer is kinda average, but playing in VR is amazing. I usually have to stop and take a break when playing anything in VR for more than 30 minutes, but I went through start to finish and had a blast. I agree with the walking simulator aspect of it, and see why people might be turned off, but it is a fantastic experience playing it in VR.

    Non-VR, 6.5/10
    VR, 10/10, must play.

    Agree, not really any replayability (new game+ gives you all the upgrades at the start, and all that changes is you can now see something at the beginning you couldn't before (I can't say because it would be a spoiler). But a great experience in VR.
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  2. Apr 30, 2017
    9
    This game caught me unaware. Very simple, very short yet so immersive. The ambiance, the story, the music makes this game a very unique andThis game caught me unaware. Very simple, very short yet so immersive. The ambiance, the story, the music makes this game a very unique and refreshing experience that wll leave player under lingering impression and craving for more. After finishing I still catch myself asking "what would happen if..." (no spoilers!). Fans of Amnesia and Penumbra should not be disappointed as this game gets creepy pretty soon (in a good way, nothing like Outlast 2).
    So... Is it worth full price? I don't think so, it's a little too short but you should grab it on sale without hesitation!
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  3. Dec 2, 2018
    8
    Conversion of Scanner Sombre to VR is amazing, It feels like the game was initially designed for it(except for the very first part, where youConversion of Scanner Sombre to VR is amazing, It feels like the game was initially designed for it(except for the very first part, where you can get stuck in a tent). Stylish visuals convert to 360 format without any noticeable loses in resolution. And great sound design makes ordinary VR teleporting feel like actually stepping. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2018
    7
    It's NOT a game like most other.
    You don't shoot.
    Don't loot. Don't do whatever new games make you do. You simply explore and move
    It's NOT a game like most other.
    You don't shoot.
    Don't loot.
    Don't do whatever new games make you do.
    You simply explore and move forward. And once you are done with the game, you don't restart the match but think about its meaning.
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  5. Jun 6, 2020
    7
    A unique walking/exploration sim + has beautiful & creepy moments + unique gameplay mechanic + less boring than normal walking sims +A unique walking/exploration sim + has beautiful & creepy moments + unique gameplay mechanic + less boring than normal walking sims + immersive VR mode - constantly crashing in VR (mostly at the end) - only teleportation movement in VR Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2018
    6
    While it's not a bad little "waling simulator" with some minor platforming as such, there is not really much game play there to keep youWhile it's not a bad little "waling simulator" with some minor platforming as such, there is not really much game play there to keep you involved and can be played in in 2 hours comfortably. No replay ability, nice atmosphere and interesting setting but only worth it at a cheap price. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2018
    0
    Literally unplayable. I have nothing connected to my PC besides a mouse, keyboard, and a controller, and even if I unplug the controller ILiterally unplayable. I have nothing connected to my PC besides a mouse, keyboard, and a controller, and even if I unplug the controller I can't even select the menu options. Even if I'm fast enough to click "new game", all I see is green and the camera constantly spins upward. If I try to correct my view the game crashes. Garbage. Expand

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