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  • Summary: Perception is reality. In this mind-bending first-person puzzler, you explore a surreal dream world and solve impossible puzzles using the ambiguity of depth and perspective.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Aug 13, 2020
    90
    A surreal trip through an Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape, Superliminal delights and surprises with level after level of inventive, bizarre puzzles.
  2. Nov 26, 2019
    85
    A refreshing and inventive addition to the puzzle genre.
  3. Dec 16, 2019
    80
    It might not be the toughest puzzler out there or the most highly polished, and it is true that some puzzles do tend to repeat themselves. None of that matters, however, because this is such a thoroughly unique experience that everyone should taste. The first day this came out, a clip of it went viral and reached the front page of Reddit. It wasn't a speedrun or glitch or anything like that. It was just someone playing the game. That's the kind of novelty this title has, and it is absolutely worth your time to go out and experience it for yourself.
  4. Nov 22, 2019
    75
    When Superliminal’s mechanics work, I felt like I was participating in a magic trick, but when they didn’t I felt like the developers were playing a trick on me. I was both amused and frustrated while playing Superliminal, but didn’t think much about the game after its credit’s rolled. Like a fading dream, Superliminal is also a bit ephemeral.
  5. Nov 18, 2019
    71
    Superliminal has a fantastic concept, but its puzzles are quite irregular. Some of them are excellent, while some others are not very inspired. If you like this type of first person puzzle-based adventure, though, you should give it a try.
  6. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Superliminal is an interesting work creating an engaging atmosphere, able to capture the player and accompany him, almost unconsciously, towards the end of the journey. And the finale moral will leave a mark in many players.
  7. Apr 19, 2020
    47
    A soulless Portal copycat built around a cool gameplay mechanic, which would have flourished in a game by Double Fine or Valve. Superliminal has more originality than other copycats (see The Bradwell Conspiracy), but it’s absolutely devoid of substance and leaves you indifferent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    This game is simply mind bending and amazing. It’s like portal, but more about experiencing rather than puzzle solving. Your way of perceivingThis game is simply mind bending and amazing. It’s like portal, but more about experiencing rather than puzzle solving. Your way of perceiving the environment will never be the same agin after finishing this game. Gameplay wise, the only mechanism is the forced perspective, it’s very tricky to explain to someone but amazingly intuitive. This level of innovation although is not quite Portal level, it’s definitely good to see from floods of similar 3A titles these days. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Simply the most unique and awesome experience I've head in a video game! Must play for anyone who's looking for smth mindblowing!
  3. Dec 28, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is probably one of the best games I have ever played. The concept and the visuals and the gameplay and the surprisingly emotional message at the end are everything. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2020
    8
    If you are a visual thinker and have high spacial intelligence you are going to love this game. Short but full of mind bending and funny notes.
  5. Feb 8, 2020
    8
    Portal meets The Witness. You solve puzzles where there are 2 basic mechanics: 1) when you pick up an object, its physical size will depend onPortal meets The Witness. You solve puzzles where there are 2 basic mechanics: 1) when you pick up an object, its physical size will depend on where in the scene you drag it - while the size of the object on the screen stays the same, 2) certain objects may first exist just as distorted pictures on walls, possibly even scattered across several 3d surfaces - when you look at them from the correct spot, they visually align, and you can create the 3d object.

    Pros:
    - the novel mechanic of "physical size derived from render size on screen"
    - the novel mechanic of 3d geometry looking like something else from the direction where you'd approach it, and other ways of visually deceiving the player for a fun effect
    - some humor in the voice messages scattered throughout the levels

    So-so:
    - overall the game reminds Portal which is a double-edged sword: it feels familiar but you also expect some crazy story with colorful characters but instead the story is somewhat bland

    Cons:
    - levels feel a bit too repetitive, probably because there are too few 3D models which get recycled over and over.
    - somewhat laggy mouse. I don't know what engine they used or what it is exactly but the cursor doesn't immediately follow your mouse movements - as if the cursor were rendered in the scene, and frame rate were low

    Overall, Superliminal is more live than The Witness but doesn't reach the cult status of Portal. 8/10
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  6. Nov 22, 2019
    6
    Game with great potential that hasnt been used. When I bought this I thought its gonna be a puzzle game with levels like in portal or otherGame with great potential that hasnt been used. When I bought this I thought its gonna be a puzzle game with levels like in portal or other games. Well, start is very addictive, but later it gets worse and worse. At the beginning we are solving puzzles then we are just walking around, the story is really shallow and it is supposed to be a "woke" game (like do something with your real life etc). The worst part of this game is that, there is no easter eggs, the game is very linear. You can basically finish it in 1,30 hours. I dont recommend buying this game for full price (20$). It is not worth spending 20$ on a game where there is no graphic options and there are still several bugs. Overall it is worth checking but not for 20$. Expand
  7. Jul 31, 2020
    0
    Pure genius, very relaxing and chilling experience , had a bad day a work ? had a bad day at school? just play this game. ( ALL) and iPure genius, very relaxing and chilling experience , had a bad day a work ? had a bad day at school? just play this game. ( ALL) and i guarantee that you will feel much better. Expand

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