Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 90
    Sea of Solitude is a game of suffering and altruism, of lights and shadows, of terrible errors and courageous teachings. The work of Cornelia Geppert and Jo-Mai Games is without any doubt a game worth playing.
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    80
    Sea of Solitude plays with your emotions. It’s not a brilliant game, but that’s not really the point. This is all about the story, all about the introspection. And those work perfectly.
  3. Jul 10, 2019
    80
    Sea of Solitude is a tremendously moving and well-thought out narrative adventure that nails story and art direction and offers solid gameplay, but could have better voice acting and a longer overall length.
  4. Jul 9, 2019
    80
    For those that have argued that videos games are not art, I would hold Sea of Solitude up as a shining example to the contrary. There is no easy way to summarize my experience with SOS, it was incredible, challenging, insightful and memorable.
  5. Jul 5, 2019
    80
    This has clearly been a work of catharsis for its designer, blending the two to say something personal and important. By opening up about the lived experience of depression and focusing on the causes rather than the solutions, Cornelia Geppert and the team at Jo-Mei have created something that truly resonates.
  6. Jul 8, 2019
    75
    Sea of Solitude stands out as heartfelt, almost painfully sincere, so much so that I hesitated to actually put a score on this review at all. It felt almost crass to do so, like being allowed to read a relative's diary, only to give it a thumbs-up or -down. Though engaging gameplay and meaningful messaging aren't mutually exclusive in games, Sea of Solitude is squarely one of a growing number of titles that challenges the notion that "fun and entertainment" should be a game's main priority in every case.
  7. Jul 5, 2019
    75
    Sea of Solitude has touched me, despite all the criticism.
  8. Aug 2, 2019
    70
    Though its gameplay isn’t very deep, Sea of Solitude is a beautiful, at times poignant adventure that will linger with you long after you’ve left it in your wake.
  9. Jul 8, 2019
    70
    Sea of Solitude offers a short and deeply personal journey for those who are willing to sail over some incredibly dark waters. Sea of Solitude definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but those who enjoy video games for their artistic value and their story will find a lot to love in this game.
  10. 70
    While minimal features and a noticeably short playtime offers an experience that is almost fleeting, its tragic story and heartfelt message leaves an everlasting impact.
  11. Jul 15, 2019
    66
    Sea of Solitude dives into a broad range of mental issues and treats them carefully enough to be both educational and emotional. It’s just a pity that the bland gameplay drowns out some of its best parts.
  12. Jul 12, 2019
    64
    Sea of Solitude is a gorgeous adventure that knows its way around mental illness, but doesn't make great use of the medium to tell its story.
  13. Jul 15, 2019
    60
    Sea of Solitude doesn’t quite hit the mark. Gameplay-wise it is boring, the story overexplains too much and isn’t as interesting as it thinks it is. The idea behind it all, however, is great, exploring the concept of being lonely and taking the issue of depression seriously.
  14. Jul 10, 2019
    55
    A clearly personal story told in a bland repetitive 3D platformer with padded gameplay, terrible voice acting, and no subtlety.
  15. Jul 5, 2019
    55
    By trying to say too much and do too much, the work is dispersed and the adventure is diluted.
  16. Edge Magazine
    Jul 20, 2019
    50
    There's definitely a kind of magic to discover here, but Sea of Solitude too often breaks its own spell. [Issue#335, p.116]
  17. 40
    A title that aims high, but is severely undermined by clunky controls, painful camera movements, and confusing, cartoonishly over-the-top story elements.
  18. Jul 5, 2019
    40
    Not even striking art direction and sincere storytelling can save the unfortunate nature of Sea of Solitude. Marred by dull action and, at worst, frustrating sequences, Sea of Solitude ends up feeling like twice the length of its runtime. Those monsters and that world sure are gorgeous though.
  19. Jul 14, 2019
    20
    I don’t mean to make light of someone who’s obviously — maybe too obviously — writing about things that make her sad. I get it. But being sad doesn’t make your poetry worth reading. I’m sorry, I know that’s a dick thing to say, but I’m not your therapist. I’m not even your friend. I don’t know you.
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  1. At the heart of Sea Of Solitude is the idea that all emotions can have a positive or negative form — love can be twisted to be something unhealthy or saddening, for example, just as being alone can be quiet solitude or debilitating loneliness. I’ve no doubt that Sea Of Solitude might seem facile to some people, but that just means it isn’t for you. I think it’ll probably be for a lot of other people.
  2. Jul 5, 2019
    The kind of story Sea of Solitude is trying to tell is deeply ambitious. It's the kind of game that might take an indie studio numerous attempts, even with the support of a giant like EA. Sea of Solitude may have drawbacks, but at the end of the day the game is still a stunning accomplishment. It's still a world I enjoyed spending time in.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 49
  2. Negative: 15 out of 49
  1. Jul 9, 2019
    10
    My biggest fear was that the gameplay only serves as an "attachment" to tell the story and in a fact of that the game is "only" a hiddenMy biggest fear was that the gameplay only serves as an "attachment" to tell the story and in a fact of that the game is "only" a hidden walking simulator: I was convinced of the opposite.
    Sea of ​​Solitude is a wonderful game, but you have really wanted to give it a try (please play it in one or two sessions) cause the game is not for everyone. It deals with difficult topics like depression, anxiety and trauma in a very serious yet genre-friendly way. Also, the story is told in a very direct way, which is in my opinion very rare in the indie game field. Some journalists where writing, that a subtler approach would have been better, but for me, the way the studio choose to tell the story of "Kay" is precisely the strength of Sea of ​​Solitude. They are naming the problems so that everyone can experience it, even if he/she doesn't know it from their own lives.
    So, if you're ready to go on a journey where you can learn a bit about problems, fears and feelings, then this is the game for you. The look and the atmosphere are very unique and contribute to this wonderful experience.
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  2. Jul 6, 2019
    10
    The gameplay is good,the mechanic to avoid the "whale" is very good,the characters are incredible and this game have a beautiful message toThe gameplay is good,the mechanic to avoid the "whale" is very good,the characters are incredible and this game have a beautiful message to all the people about depression,so i liked so much this game Full Review »
  3. Jul 10, 2019
    10
    This is a special game with a lot of heart and an interesting topic. The game has a few flaws but is definitely worth playing for the greatThis is a special game with a lot of heart and an interesting topic. The game has a few flaws but is definitely worth playing for the great art and atmosphere alone. Full Review »