Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 20, 2020
    90
    Below is a unique experience that blends some of the most popular gameplay mechanics seen this generation into a hauntingly beautiful and ferocious journey of death, redemption and survival. Even with the new Explore Mode making the game more accessible, Below’s obtuse nature won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but the process of discovering and mastering the game’s numerous systems is a vastly enjoyable one.
  2. 80
    Below is an accomplished dungeon crawler with the very welcome addition of explorer mode. By no means perfect, but wonderfully atmospheric with a lovely Jim Guthrie soundtrack.
  3. Apr 9, 2020
    80
    By listening to players and critics alike Capybara improved the game design on basically every level, with the result of Below finally being the good game it could have been the first time around.
  4. 80
    There is such a thing as being too hard and the original version of Below proved that, but there’s also such a thing as second chances and Explore mode has managed to turn Below into a game everyone can enjoy, and without compromising its original vision.
  5. May 13, 2020
    75
    There’s no denying that they’ve nailed the atmospheric feel of this game, and every second I spent playing it was appropriately spooky, but it also didn’t give me much of a reason to get to the end beyond the challenge itself. If you’re someone who can revel in the challenge, who can savor it and use it to fuel you towards the conclusion, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here. If you can’t find that, then I think you’ll struggle.
  6. Apr 16, 2020
    75
    Exploration Mode adds replayability and a much needed respite to players who didn't feel right with the strict timing of the original game. Now is a good time to give Below a second chance.
  7. Apr 7, 2020
    75
    Below is an incredible and artistic journey, but not a great rogue-lite. The PS4 version brings the Explore mode: a good way to enjoy the game, but unable to correct its problems.
  8. Mar 30, 2020
    75
    Under its air of independent play, Below contains an adventure with unexpected richness and especially without concession.
  9. May 10, 2020
    72
    Below rises as a experimental roguelite with charming graphics and exquisite soundtrack. However, its mechanics quickly become too demanding for inexpert players.
  10. Apr 23, 2020
    70
    Below is a niche title if there ever was one. Beautiful, haunting, and downright demanding of the player, it's a game of little victories. Explore mode is only moderately easier, but it does make this a bit easier to grasp for those who aren't particularly adept at dungeon crawlers. However, the price of death feels too steep, and it's hard to recommend Below to anyone who isn't a diehard fan of the genre. It's very good, but definitely not a good first dungeon crawler.
  11. Apr 20, 2020
    70
    Below is a roguelike that excels at making players truly feel like they’re a lone adventurer on a dangerous island filled with secrets. I liked its simple, colorful art style, its music, and atmosphere, but the gameplay pushed me away.
  12. Apr 14, 2020
    70
    This new version of Below is "more of the same", but, at the same time, it offers something different. With a clear separation between Survival Mode and Exploration Mode, the game now has something appealing both for gamers looking for an extreme challenge, and for those who want a slightly more bearable experience.
  13. Apr 7, 2020
    70
    An atmospheric roguelike action-adventure that misses the magic of previous Capybara games because of its steep difficulty curve and repetitive design.
  14. 70
    A maddening eschewing of basic exposition makes Below feel like something of an arrogant work - but ultimately it wields a tremendous audiovisual aesthetic and weaves an interesting, if not an always thrilling, take on the roguelike adventure template.
  15. Apr 7, 2020
    60
    Unfortunately, neither mode really does a good job of giving you a real reason to progress deeper. The combat, though weighty and satisfying, gets monotonous fairly quickly. The motivation to explore is almost entirely up to you, as the game really doesn’t see fit to tell you much. Yes, the environments are gorgeous, but Below winds up having the opposite problem of many games, in that there isn’t enough hand-holding. We found ourselves constantly craving more information, only for Below to not provide it.
User Score
4.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Apr 21, 2020
    9
    Its one of the best games I have ever played.
    It flips the common focus of rogue-likes (the ones with ASCII graphics) in complexity of
    Its one of the best games I have ever played.
    It flips the common focus of rogue-likes (the ones with ASCII graphics) in complexity of mechanics to atmosphere and mood. The basic mechanics of rogue-likes are there, but the mood and mystery are the focus here.
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  2. Mar 7, 2021
    3
    This game is appalling in gameplay, plot and sound design (or lack thereof). The gameplay is hyper-simplistic and yet can't even do that wellThis game is appalling in gameplay, plot and sound design (or lack thereof). The gameplay is hyper-simplistic and yet can't even do that well with it's poorly timed animations and unforgiving mechanics. It tries to match many rogue-likes with the ideas of crafting and discovery, but instead provides zero inventory management (apart from grab and drop) and lacks a basic recipe system wanting you to use pen and paper to track what you did previously. The soundtrack is there and yet it feels so part of the background that it is entirely unremarkable and goes by unnoticed and could be substituted with grunts and sword slashing sounds and feel just as unmemorable. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone. Full Review »