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  • Summary: Sam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up, returns to his hometown Basswood, West Virginia, for the funeral of his best friend. Understandably depressed and bitter, he feels completely out of sorts and out of place... But when he wakes up in his hotel room with a bloody shirtSam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up, returns to his hometown Basswood, West Virginia, for the funeral of his best friend. Understandably depressed and bitter, he feels completely out of sorts and out of place... But when he wakes up in his hotel room with a bloody shirt and no memory of his whereabouts the previous night, he embarks on a twisted investigation to find the truth.

    FEATURES:

    * Play a Thrilling Investigation -- Recall your memories and find the truth by exploring the dark undertones of a small town in West Virginia.

    * Embark on a Compelling Emotional Journey -- Sam's quest is also one of redemption in his journey to find himself again and heal his wounded heart.

    * Direct Sam's Fate -- Your choices and values decide Sam's place in life as you shape his relationships with the Basswood's inhabitants.
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Twin Mirror - Official Gameplay Trailer | Paris Games Week 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. Feb 11, 2021
    85
    While the premise of a small town beset by dark secrets is far from original, thanks to an intriguing story with some decent twists, interesting and well-written characters, and improved investigative gameplay, DONTNOD manages to deliver another compelling experience with Twin Mirror.
  2. Dec 1, 2020
    80
    Twin Mirror won't win any awards for creativity or interesting narrative choices, but it's strong themes that tie the entire experience together make it well worth the price of admission.
  3. Dec 1, 2020
    70
    Twin Mirror is DONTNOD's most experimental work in a long time, though it also pales in comparison to previous outings.
  4. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 17, 2021
    70
    In all aspects it’s a run-of-the-mill adventure game, but there’s one thing to be said for it: it’s not a pamphlet. For once, Dontnod stopped talking about politics and focused on making a detective game. [Issue#251, p.58]
  5. Dec 1, 2020
    65
    Without being unpleasant to follow, the escapade in the psychological thriller of Twin Mirror does not manage to engage the player enough in its stakes to be completely unforgettable, even if the amateurs of the genre should still find what they are looking for.
  6. Dec 1, 2020
    60
    An annoying protagonist and a moralising undertone that prevents the player from making real decisions themselves undercut an otherwise thrilling story.
  7. Dec 1, 2020
    40
    Twin Mirror has some great ideas, including a visually and narratively appealing Mind Palace system, but the weakness of its main character and its "tell don't show" method of storytelling drag the whole endeavor down.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. Dec 2, 2020
    10
    Ótima historia, como sempre, a dontnod arrasando em seus jogos. Os gráficos estão cada vez mais aprimorados e a trilha sonora linda demais.
  2. Mar 24, 2021
    9
    Dontnod shows a evolution in this game, is short but good. And it not has forced inclusivity hehe
  3. Dec 2, 2020
    8
    People saying that the game is a walking simulator: are we playing the same game? You have tons of interactions, the Mind Palace etc ... andPeople saying that the game is a walking simulator: are we playing the same game? You have tons of interactions, the Mind Palace etc ... and besides that, every game from DONTNOD can be labeled as an "walking" simulator. Yes, it's not your usual DONTNOD game where you have superpowers .. but just bashing the game for absolute no reason is not cool. It's not that typical episodic game, however you have 4 different endings. Also, stop saying that the characters have no depth / we don't get info about them, you have your journal, you get tons of info's there for every character BIO. Graphics look really good and realistic comparing to the other games from DONTNOD. I say it's definitely worth a play. Stop being driven by Critics reviews, you may like it despite them don't. For 30$ is a steal .. really enjoying the game and what has to offer, and I'm hoping DONTNOD will do more games with Sam. Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2021
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first DONTNOD game I've played was their very first release (I think) Remember Me, which I greatly enjoyed, and felt the narrative was pretty strong as well. I got Life is Strange on presale, something which I almost never do, and didn't regret it. DONTNOD indeed built a reputation of a storytelling empire of a sort, but having tried recently their Vampyr and Twin Mirror - I'm not sure the recent titles up to the task.
    I've purchased Twin Mirror some time after release thanks to an Epic coupon, I've already seen it got average reviews but the trailer really got me and it all seemed pretty interesting.

    I'll start by saying I think the graphics are stunning, perhaps excluding the character models - Twin Mirror's surroundings look incredible and it was very eye-pleasing to explore the various environments, especially the "Mind Palace", which is a sort of alternative realm inside our protagonist's mind, I thought it looked very elegant and beautiful, especially on the very last stages of the game.

    Unfortunately, the rest is simply not as good. The general story was OK, but the characters were mediocre at best, down to annoying or simply redundant. The dialogues felt really dull and awkward at times, not to mention incredibly unbelievable.
    What bothered me most is that towards the end there's some extensive "traveling though our hero's mind" section where he sort of confronts his alter-ego and we get some weird revelations of his childhood, etc.. This whole part felt like having a great potential, yet it felt completely irrelevant to the big picture, very sudden and misplaced, and also led to the conclusion and last scenes of the game - which also made me realize how short this game was!

    Gameplay consists mostly of going around and talking to people, this got slightly the Life is Strange touch to it, and it wasn't completely bad, but LIS somehow still felt like it had more depth and substance to it, while in here it felt like the game is reduced to walking simulator, most of the time.
    The additional "gameplay" layer in this case is some sort of investigation-mode where you need to gather clues and reconstruct some past scenes, or alternatively diagnose a present scene to determine what to do next. While I personally actually enjoyed this scenes (they kind of reminded me the memory-alteration scenes from Remember Me, which I quite enjoyed), I feel like they failed to add that much substance to the game and that many players would find them boring. It also felt like they weren't such a major part of the game as I'd like.

    Of course, the 'choices matter' gimmick is still here, not surprisingly the game itself is mostly linear and the choices matter very little throughout. The strategy here is that most of the "consequences" of your choices are seen only in the "epilogue-ish" scenes. While this is not done too badly, this feels a bit cheap and some artificial way to just make you feel like you're making important choices.

    I actually felt the variety of endings was impressive enough. Of course, it all comes down to the very final choices you make at the very last stages of the game, but there are actually about 5 different scenarios which may play out, with even a slightly different gameplay, depending on some of your very last choices. I think, for once, this was actually done well.
    The down side of course, was that I had very little motivation to go through the slow scenes once again WITHOUT ANY OPTION TO SKIP DIALOGUES, and to figure out the rest of the endings.
    I preferred just watching the whole thing on Youtube and appreciating it through someone else's efforts..

    All in all, I'm not regretting for playing (and paying..) this game, and while it's not completely bad, this is far from DONTNOT's best work.
    I do think this is vary ambitious to make games like this nowadays, so I'm still appreciating their works and I still have a lot of faith in DONTNOD, and hoping that their next titles would be a little more on track of their earlier releases.
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  5. Dec 3, 2020
    6
    Although tad predictable, the story's enjoyable. It's visually beautiful but with subpar facial animations and couple of visual glitches butAlthough tad predictable, the story's enjoyable. It's visually beautiful but with subpar facial animations and couple of visual glitches but nothing game breaking.

    It sometimes looks like Control in some scenes, which is the only notable thing about it. Voice acting is forgettable. Soundtrack is unexceptional unlike Life is Strange by the same developer which is one of the things that elevated the franchise from good to great.

    Overall it's not their best work and you can get better interactive games for similar price (Dark Picture Anthology), I'd recommend waiting for a sale.

    6.5/10.
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  6. tdl
    Jan 24, 2021
    5
    It's your typical stereotypical story about a run down town and a whodunnit but it feels very mediocre. The mechanics of the mind palace andIt's your typical stereotypical story about a run down town and a whodunnit but it feels very mediocre. The mechanics of the mind palace and imaginary friend seem to just be there to hide the fact its a very boring story.

    Where's the challenge? The only real puzzle you are going to come up against in this game is the fishing bag lock and even the solution is mere feet away from you!

    The cinematic direction is nice but without a challenge or a substantive story whats the point? It's one of those games where you know what's going to happen even before it happens. It's that predictable of a plot.

    Boring start. Anticlimactic end and very forgettable characters. And to think this game from the same makers as Life is Strange? Don't buy at full price but maybe play it when its on sale as its competent enough to keep you occupied for a few hours at least.
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  7. Dec 4, 2020
    0
    Bruh... another Dontnot trash game. It would be better if they had continued LiS instead of creating this crap.

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