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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 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. 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
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    Visually stunning! Your eyes will feast on the fluid, graceful movements of the princess as she makes her way through the abstract landscapeVisually stunning! Your eyes will feast on the fluid, graceful movements of the princess as she makes her way through the abstract landscape towards her next memory. The soundscape adds to the immersion beautifully. No guns. No scores. This is art. Enjoy! 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. Apr 28, 2017
    8
    Bound was a jaw-dropping experience for me. I mean, for all intents and purposes it's just a platformer with some heady story. A veryBound was a jaw-dropping experience for me. I mean, for all intents and purposes it's just a platformer with some heady story. A very compelling and well presented story, but it's still a platformer with a story. Nothing new here.

    However, to call Bound *just* a platformer really misses the point. I was blown away from the very first scene. Having the character you control... right... THERE. So many games pull you out of the experience by presenting a world through a window across the room. Not Bound. In Bound you are *IN* the experience. It changes everything! The sense of presence you have in the game world is just awesome.
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  5. Nov 8, 2016
    6
    Bound's art style is beautiful, and fans of this genre will surely enjoy the game, however compared to most other games out there, it offersBound's art style is beautiful, and fans of this genre will surely enjoy the game, however compared to most other games out there, it offers little to truly recommend

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  6. Jan 26, 2019
    5
    a fantastic game visually, the world is dynamic and has a unique artistic style, but everything else lacks. Boring linear gameplay and thea fantastic game visually, the world is dynamic and has a unique artistic style, but everything else lacks. Boring linear gameplay and the story failed to draw my attention. Played it when I couldn't sleep and it helped quite a bit.
    At the end of each stage you have to watch your character slide down a path for what feels like an eternity, and you can only rotate your camera. Then a cutscene plays. Could probably go to the gym, take a shower and go get food before the next stage starts.
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  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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