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  • Summary: Players use dance moves to traverse vast environments filled with platforming challenges in an introspective story that is revealed through powerful metaphor and imagery. [Plastic]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  1. 100
    Bound isn’t going to be an eSport, and doesn’t really care about that. Nor is Bound for people looking to unwind after a hard day’s work with passive entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with games being either of those things, but Bound is for a third audience; it’s for the people that want something thoughtful, meaningful, and intelligent.
  2. Aug 15, 2016
    80
    Bound is easily one of the most stunning games to release on PS4, and if you’re searching for something a little different I heartily recommend it.
  3. Aug 16, 2016
    80
    Unlike any other game on the PS4. Probably the most artfully executed game you'll experience this summer.
  4. Aug 15, 2016
    70
    Despite being a relatively-simple 3D platformer, Bound’s fantastic sense of movement and strange, dream-like world make it utterly unique. It’s a testament to phenomenal controls and sense of grace that I was able to set aside the camera and design flaws, and fully immerse myself in this strange, beautiful story.
  5. Aug 24, 2016
    70
    Movement here isn't just treated as a necessity of the gameplay, but as an expression of joy and healing.
  6. Aug 26, 2016
    67
    But, despite all its flaws, Bound is undoubtedly a celebration of the female form, both physically and spiritually. And, for that, it could be said to be a game better viewed as one to experience rather than to play, and the fact that it tries to encompass so many deep psychological metaphors in the videogame format is an ambition worth praising.
  7. Aug 26, 2016
    42
    It may be nice to look it, but it's not all that fun to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. May 1, 2017
    10
    An already great game becomes a reality bending future classic in VR. The art and ambition on display here -from the graceful ballet movementAn already great game becomes a reality bending future classic in VR. The art and ambition on display here -from the graceful ballet movement of the lead character to the psychologically heavy Jackson Pollock-like flashbacks- is a revelation in virtual reality. Reminiscent of everything from MC Escher to Pans Labyrinth, Bound conjures up some beautiful and sometimes fearsome scenarios. The game play is great, but its the amazing world that will stay with you. Frequently I'd put the controller aside to gaze at the stunning landscapes. In my book its one of the most interesting games of this generation, both visually and thematically. There's a free demo available, so give it a try. Highly recommended, especially in PSVR. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2017
    10
    i suggest to play this game on VR , both visual art and narrative have much more joy and emotional impact when you are there! the story is soi suggest to play this game on VR , both visual art and narrative have much more joy and emotional impact when you are there! the story is so personal and the art is kind of psychedelic so it's better in 3d 360 view. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2016
    10
    This game has an incredible beauty, each pixel and well used , the game despite seem boring and a lot of fun , the graphics are very good, theThis game has an incredible beauty, each pixel and well used , the game despite seem boring and a lot of fun , the graphics are very good, the story does not lack , the gameplay is simple and magnificent , my score is 10. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2016
    7
    A beautiful game with ever changing and shifting level design. With the tap of a few buttons you can perform balletic dancing/movement toA beautiful game with ever changing and shifting level design. With the tap of a few buttons you can perform balletic dancing/movement to progress through each level. Although beautiful to experience and watch the game itself feels like it's missing something. It lacks character and the same emotional intensity of some other indie titles. The story it's trying to tell is fairly vague. There are moments of wonder like the sections where you elegantly slide to the next part of the game. The sections where you have to piece together fragmented memories can become a little tedious. Sometimes the controls can be a little wonky and often you will find yourself falling to your death. A decent first game from Plastic and fair play to them for coming up with something a little bit different, might no be everyone but still well thought out game. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2022
    6
    It is a beautiful game, with a beautiful soundtrack. The best part of the game is riding the ribbon at the end of the levels; it feels veryIt is a beautiful game, with a beautiful soundtrack. The best part of the game is riding the ribbon at the end of the levels; it feels very good, and you get to see so much of the beautiful art. That is only a small part of the game, though. Unfortunately most of the normal gameplay is quite bland. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2020
    5
    Story is ok not unique
    Graphics and designs are perfect
    Gameplay is boring
    And it's not rewarding
  7. Jun 17, 2018
    2
    It looks nice (in the dream world) and the animations were fantastic...however, everything else was so boring that I almost fell asleep whileIt looks nice (in the dream world) and the animations were fantastic...however, everything else was so boring that I almost fell asleep while "playing". All you do is walk in this game. You walk through the same locations over and over until the end, that's it. Sure, there is a story of sorts, but it never drew me in at all. Especially because the story cut scenes and "game-play" sections were horrendous in game-play and in the way they looked. Don't recommend this at all. Expand

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