Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. CD-Action
    Dec 4, 2018
    70
    Semblance’s ace up the sleeve and key mechanic is the ability to deform environment, and in my opinion it does not work ideally in a puzzle game. I often felt like I was cheating, as if I forced a cubic block into a round hole in a kids’ shape sorter, and it fit, because it was flexible enough. This feeling often robbed me of satisfaction one should derive from solving a puzzle. [10/2018, p.50]
  2. games(TM)
    Sep 6, 2018
    70
    A delightful reshaping of the puzzle platformer. [Issue#204, p.76]
  3. 70
    There are plenty of things Semblance does well: It adds new mechanics as you progress, forcing you to strategize attempts to reach an Essence; it maintains an overall a casual experience while gradually increasing the difficulty; and it has a great atmospheric visual style. A great pick if you’re looking for a quick, neat platforming fix.
  4. Aug 2, 2018
    70
    Semblance is a cool little game which invites you to experiment in various ways. Sadly, it’s way too short and there are some annoying bugs all over the place. But still, it’s a very interesting game.
  5. Aug 1, 2018
    70
    Semblance is a charming platformer with a very unique concept and very well executed. It has some flaws, but it’s a game fans of the genre should, at least, try.
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  1. Jul 25, 2018
    Semblance is a clever, intriguing world of likable, entertaining challenges.
  2. The glitchiness is my only hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Semblance. But it’s vital that you know I’ve had a thoroughly good time with it. Not just because the puzzles are so smartly designed, but also the cartoon graphics are a complete joy, and the music is some of the best unobtrusive ambient pleasantness I’ve heard in a long while. This is a properly good debut from South African developer Nyamakop, and a genuinely interesting take on puzzle platforming.