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  • Summary: The blunt disappearance of a close friend encourages J.J. to go look for her on the strange Island of Memories. You can’t die on this nightmare island, even if you’re seriously injured. No matter how many times J.J.’s brought back from the grips of death, she drags her mangled body deeperThe blunt disappearance of a close friend encourages J.J. to go look for her on the strange Island of Memories. You can’t die on this nightmare island, even if you’re seriously injured. No matter how many times J.J.’s brought back from the grips of death, she drags her mangled body deeper into the woods to find her friend. Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Oct 19, 2018
    90
    The Missing's self-harm mechanic is deliberately uncomfortable and inscrutable, as the disturbing process clashes with its bizarre, often humorous results.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    The Missing is smaller and more mechanically conventional than Deadly Premonition or D4, but its components remain focused on distinctly a Swery game: a dark, idiosyncratic experience that tells a deeply personal story that's as confronting as it is sincere. It is absolutely not for everyone, but as the game reminds us, there is nothing wrong with that.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is an evocative, offbeat adventure with a sinister yet imaginative gameplay hook. Its story suffers slightly from subpar voice acting and an eagerness to tell more than show, but for the most part this is a dark, strange and utterly compelling journey into the tortured mind of its main character, and one absolutely well worth taking.
  4. Oct 21, 2018
    79
    The Missing is a good puzzle platformer, with inspiring atmosphere. The puzzles are good, sometimes a bit too brainy.
  5. Oct 17, 2018
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    A short, dark trip through the nightmare of youth; growing up, discovering yourself, and existing among a society that rarely understands. Sure to be a divisive title, there are those who will find The Missing overpriced and melodramatic, while others will be taken by its surrealist story of undying friendship, ironically becoming an indelible memory to those who dare to experience it.
  7. Oct 17, 2018
    70
    Swery's the MISSING is a touching game, with original thoughts behind a good and surprising plot. A mysterious and mystic adventure through classic puzzle-platforming. Sometimes is slow and unrefined but the good atmosphere deletes the pains of backtracking and dead times.

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  1. Nov 8, 2018
    10
    A wonderfully unique limbo-like that starts with girls kissing and ends with girls kissing.
    The mechanics are gross, don't buy if repeatedly
    A wonderfully unique limbo-like that starts with girls kissing and ends with girls kissing.
    The mechanics are gross, don't buy if repeatedly seeing a girl set herself on fire is a problem for you.
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  2. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    Game of the year in my opinion. The message behind it is beautiful. I wish everyone could experience what this game has to offer. The last 30Game of the year in my opinion. The message behind it is beautiful. I wish everyone could experience what this game has to offer. The last 30 minutes of this game is pure art.

    This game is made with the belief that no one is wrong for being what they are.
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  3. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    The Missing is a must-play game with intense emotional resonance. Its story and characters are executed extremely well, and I would say thatThe Missing is a must-play game with intense emotional resonance. Its story and characters are executed extremely well, and I would say that the message is one of the strongest I've seen in a game in years.

    This game is very "Swery," which goes for better and for worse - the controls are kind of bad, the production values aren't always great, and the puzzles can feel clunky; but don't let that hold you back. It is 1000% worth experiencing.
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  4. Oct 13, 2018
    10
    This game is fantastic. From the art direction to the story I am in love with it. The music is also spot on.
  5. Oct 29, 2018
    9
    The only game that has ever made me ugly cry. No surprise for a SWERTY game, the story is the highlight and I highly suggest avoidingThe only game that has ever made me ugly cry. No surprise for a SWERTY game, the story is the highlight and I highly suggest avoiding spoilers. The gameplay is also unique and perfectly intertwined with the narrative. The story literally would not be the same without the rather gruesome self harm mechanics. I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea but it's easily my game of the year. Expand

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