Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2015
    90
    A quiet game within which burns a fierce revolutionary spirit. [July 2015, p.114]
  2. May 23, 2015
    90
    Sunset is a complex and adult video game full of facets, which deserves the title of art work.
  3. Jun 8, 2015
    86
    The world of this game is full of story, art and drama, but waives hurry, judgment or putting the player under the pressure of an ideal decision. Instead you get a beautifully crafted world that gives you the feeling of a virtual existence.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 9, 2015
    85
    A flawed, but hugely intriguing experiment in interactive storytelling. Despite the somewhat clunky writing and binary choices, what Sunset does in terms of atmosphere, world-building and theming is very much worth exploring. [Sept 2015]
  5. Jun 23, 2015
    85
    What starts out as merely unpacking boxes, very quickly begins to feel like more of a private peek into someone’s life.
  6. May 25, 2015
    85
    Sunset might ultimately be an unsatisfying game but the only way for a player to decide how he feels about it is to play through at least 15 days as Angela and see whether he starts to fall in love with her story.
  7. May 21, 2015
    84
    The game hangs like a pendulum, waiting for the player’s hand to send it this way or that, to pass through the darkness of civil war, and cast their own meaning—like sunlight—upon the action.
  8. Jun 24, 2015
    80
    The game will rob your identity, embroil you in a spicy relationship and expose you to a great danger. Sunset is one of the few games that you are not playing, but directly experiencing. Despite some imperfections, fans of the powerful stories should not miss it.
  9. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    Tale of Tales is famous for their art meets games projects and those are not always as accessible. Sunset changes that, because you can pick it up easy. It offers a solid, clear story, without losing its power.
  10. May 29, 2015
    80
    It could look like a "domestic life simulator" at first, but there's much more beneath the surface. It's a love and war story that happens in a small apartment, told in an unique way.
  11. May 25, 2015
    80
    It's one of those games you either love or hate, and we really enjoyed it. It's a more adult-focused experience, deep and different, but you should try it before buying it.
  12. May 22, 2015
    80
    Taken slowly, Sunset is a beautiful, fascinating experience.
  13. May 20, 2015
    80
    It's a unique take on the war-based theme, and will evoke your inner voyeur, dazzling in its moments of exposition as well as its suggestive junctures.
  14. May 19, 2015
    80
    Sunset creates a beautiful and sometimes-unnervingly artificial platform for the alienating role-play bound up in employer-employee relationships, staged against a backdrop of historical revolution that threatens to spoil it.
  15. Jun 9, 2015
    75
    Sunset isn’t like many games you have played before. While it has some pacing issues at times, the game’s portrayal of its themes and narrative are intimately personal and, wholistically, deeply effective.
  16. Jun 6, 2015
    70
    I'd be hard-pressed to think of a game that tackles class, race, politics, and Capitalism so effectively with a light touch. Unfortunately, their attempts to replicate the drudgery of blue-collar labor might have been a bit too effective—certain sections of Sunset had me feeling absolutely listless.
  17. May 26, 2015
    70
    Though the story is peppered with periods of inactivity that are detrimental to the pace, Sunset acts as a thoughtful, pensive walk through social themes and struggles not often explored in this medium.
  18. May 29, 2015
    68
    Sunset's themes, setting, and plot are plenty interesting, but the player's interaction with them feels incongruous.
  19. Sunset is that rare game that endeavours to challenge players to be entertained by something other than action.
  20. May 21, 2015
    62
    Sunset survives as the antithesis of contemporary narrative construction, but lacks the confidence and vitality to thrive inside of its admirable periphery. It's all support with little regard for structure.
  21. Jun 29, 2015
    60
    Completing a task is only a matter of finding the thing in the apartment and clicking it. It's a terribly mechanical design, and the process of merely playing is, at times, glitchy and shaky. But the experience of Sunest is role-playing that goes both ways. And it's rich.
  22. May 27, 2015
    60
    Sunset has big ideas. At all times we have understood what Tales of Tales wanted to convey, but unfortunately, in few moments we’ve actually felt it. And there’s nothing more dangerous in a work than catching the creator's intentions rather than succumb to his deception and let yourself be fooled by its story.
  23. May 22, 2015
    60
    Sunset is refreshingly original in putting players in the role of a housekeeper, but with poor instructions and no real choices, it never meets its ambitions.
  24. Jun 23, 2015
    58
    The gorgeous soundtrack and clever use of lighting in the environments cannot conceal the fact that the game is written to accommodate only one particular playstyle, whilst offering the illusion that a different path is possible. This results in wild inconsistencies between player agency/actual gameplay and the protagonist's monologues and eventual culmination of events, making us feel like outside observers, instead of active participants. For the right, extremely limited demographic, Sunset could provide plot-related thrills but for the vast majority of players, this will feel like an exercise in style who lost it's way.
  25. Jun 8, 2015
    58
    Sunset has some great elements, especially in terms of diverse characters and intriguing subject matter, but that doesn't excuse its shortcomings. As beautiful and contemplative as the writing is, I spent too much of the game frustrated by glitches and bored by exploring the same surroundings.
  26. Jul 8, 2015
    55
    Sunset struggles with pacing, technical performance (movement is a tad wonky and it can run sluggish), and a disconnect between how its lead is written and, occasionally, what she does, player depending.
  27. Jul 29, 2015
    50
    It becomes an overbearing checklist of simplistic social commentary. [Issue#163, p.109]
  28. Jul 13, 2015
    50
    An overcast day in gaming history.
  29. Games Master UK
    Aug 18, 2015
    43
    An interesting idea lacking the interaction or writing to make it anything other than a labour to get through. [Summer 2015, p.69]
  30. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 21, 2015
    42
    While everything of interest is taking place on the streets, we stay indoors and clean up stuff. [Sept 2015, p.83]
  31. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 21, 2015
    40
    Highly intelligent concept was successfully transformed into an equally intelligent game, but the collaborating developers failed to pack it into a great game.
  32. Aug 17, 2015
    31
    In Sunset, Tale of Tales decided to construct something that looks like a traditional game instead of their usual half-abstract interactive installations, and then it became clear – oh my God, these people have no talent for making games at all.
  33. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    30
    The game is so amateurish that I’m not sure whether its few good moments were intentional or incidental. [08/2015, p.53]
  34. Jun 25, 2015
    30
    Uninteresting and monotonous story, repetitive, minimalist gameplay, poor acting and complete lack of emotions.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 65
  2. Negative: 44 out of 65
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    1
    Not sure why anyone would give this positive reviews, this has to be one of the most meaningless pretensions boring games created, the are noNot sure why anyone would give this positive reviews, this has to be one of the most meaningless pretensions boring games created, the are no gameplay mechanics no reason why you would want to play, this is like someone give you asbestos or lead paint and saying its a game Full Review »
  2. Jun 16, 2015
    1
    Absolutely rubbish. I did like the look of the game however Game play is what matters and I took some peoples advice on wait till you're aAbsolutely rubbish. I did like the look of the game however Game play is what matters and I took some peoples advice on wait till you're a good bit into the game like about 12 -15 days and I believe it's the worst advice. Just don't get it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 1, 2015
    1
    First of all; Don't buy this game. Why? Because the developers had the thought that because it didn't get much sales, that gamers should, andFirst of all; Don't buy this game. Why? Because the developers had the thought that because it didn't get much sales, that gamers should, and I quote this directly from their Twitter "...May you die in the same agony that you caused to thousands of defenceless virtual animals.". So they are saying that if you are a gamer, they hope you die a horrible death. 1/10 Don't buy it. Full Review »