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  • Summary: Discover what it's like to be the Universe in this interactive nature simulation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 6, 2017
    100
    It is the rare game that may push you to want to lead a better life.
  2. Mar 22, 2017
    90
    Everything strips out what typically drives us towards the types of games we play. There’s no objective, rules, or scores; there’s just Everything. It presents a toy-box that’s there to simply be fun to play with and, potentially, something that’ll get you thinking about your own life and how you fit into this bizarre universe that we’ve all found ourselves in. It’s not without faults, some parts of the tutorial segments can be unclear or a bit slow for my liking, but none of that detracts from the wild journey I went on. Everything is odd, thought provoking, and quite unlike anything else I’ve ever played.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 14, 2017
    90
    Weird yet wonderful, baffling yet beguiling, silly yet symbolic, this is a piece of art to make you appreciate the amazing absurdity of its creation. Safe to say, it's worth 12 quid. [June 2017, p.92]
  4. Mar 23, 2017
    80
    David O’Reilly’s Everything is quite the experience and journey to undertake. It’s simple, yet deep. It asks you to think about ‘just being’, but encourages you to explore the thoughts and emotions of other beings in the game. It’s a lightly addictive game that will have you staring at your television for hours and leave you wanting to keep the experience alive for no particular reason other than to keep going, which could be a metaphor for any living creature struggling to know the how and why they exist.
  5. The few hours I spent with Everything were far from wasted. It is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that will lead most players to think long and hard about the universe and their place in it. Any game that can do that – and especially one that does it with such panache and fearless ambition – earns my stamp of approval.
  6. Mar 28, 2017
    70
    Everything is a unique and experimental simulation of the universe, supported by philosophical thoughts and interaction outside the box.
  7. Apr 19, 2017
    50
    A nice, weird walk and a philosophical lecture, both unfortunately ruined by how hard the game drives its point home. Everything would be cleverer if it wasn't seemingly trying to be so clever.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 23, 2017
    10
    What is Everything? Well, according to Alan Watts, I am Everything. You are Everything. And I wouldn't even know who Alan Watts is if I didn'tWhat is Everything? Well, according to Alan Watts, I am Everything. You are Everything. And I wouldn't even know who Alan Watts is if I didn't buy and play this game. Everything is a journey about Everything. You can be anything you want to be. Including an army of fifty foot penguins. So because of that last reason, I am forced to give this game a perfect 10. If this wasn't helpful at all, it is probably because Everything cannot be explained. I am eight hours in and am planning to play al least a dozen more. Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2017
    10
    This is a game where the less you know about it before playing it the more revelatory the experience will be. For that reason I'm not going toThis is a game where the less you know about it before playing it the more revelatory the experience will be. For that reason I'm not going to go into detail about the contents of the game, except to say its unique, amusing, wise, cosmic and very much worth your attention. Expand
  3. Jul 7, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Loved this game... Experiencing the world as different things/critters, and dancing together... Mind you I went into this knowing what it is getting at (you are everything and everything is you, interconnectedness of beings, etc), so is not strange to me or if you already had some exposure to this experience through meditation, etc. I found it really relaxing and really liked Alan's narration and how each recording connected with the next. The game exposes limits of materialism which many people are stuck in currently and I think it is trying to shed light on this issue. The game is an attempt at expanding one's consciousness which I feel is something we need more of! What a great job and thoughtfully executed. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2018
    9
    Everything a new way of playing games not as entertainments but as totally new and meaningful experiences. At first this game created by DavidEverything a new way of playing games not as entertainments but as totally new and meaningful experiences. At first this game created by David OReilly which has received a ton of awards, seems another time waster dumb grass simulator, but as you scout its fundamental dynamics the clock stops moving as you enter a new type of meditation while becoming everything, because you guessed, that’s the only objective.

    There is not a lot of things to be said about the graphics of the game as they are not the point of it anyway, so I’m going to review them fast: They are nor bad nor realistic, but this cartoonish style makes everything look decent without having a lot of impact to the performance, despite sometimes you can get some lag spikes when you arrive to the galactical stages.

    The gameplay seems bland at first with the limited amount of actions you are given, but as the NPC’s beautifully share their thoughts with their point of view, maybe as a photon or a black hole, you keep growing as the “everything” you are, unlocking new abilities, like dancing, thinking or scaling yourself. This “thoughts” are sometimes as dumb as “I’m expecting to become a flower” from a seed, or the regrets of a porcini for being an imbecile and now in consequence is completely alone. Everything feels alive yet dead, while you keep wandering through all these environments. As you go on, you will unlock eventually the power of transferring to another object, either big or small, getting to now thus completely new environments, as you be so small to enter the microscopic phase as a sand grain or completely enormous as a nebula in space. Despite what I have said, it’s true that sometimes the game feels really slows and gets quite repetitive, and some may not see the strange dynamics it contains. But the meaning of all these arbitrary actions become unified with the sound.

    The music is given to you as a friend, a loyal fellow that will always keep you out of the real world, so you can really feel you are moving through icy lands or wandering through the vast of space. It makes the game much more immersive, which is an effective feature considering the main idea conceived by this game, coming up next. As you explore you may find audio files recorded from the philosopher Allan Watts and his seminars in 1965, the one who introduced the Eastern Philosophy (Like Buddhism) to the western world. What you have been seeing apart from the main review are some quotes I have transcribed of the game. At first, I wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying, until he talked about death. It really touched me, and I suddenly understood the single goal it has, made me finally see the game not as the little actions you do over and over but as everything as a whole. Unfortunately, this game can only be played once. There is a side game mode after you unlock all the abilities, but you won’t be capable to repeat the experiences you get in the first run unless you have the power to erase your own memories.

    So, if I haven’t made it clear already, this game is all about patience, discovering and freedom, you are literally thrown into the wild with almost no instructions apart from the word “explore”. It’s not a game for everyone but you should get it if you want to try something now. Considering all of this, for me this game has a 9, for what it accomplishes and how it transmits a new and fresh idea with absolute originality, despite it’s sometimes repetitive behaviours.
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  5. Aug 17, 2019
    9
    This is something more about how to see the meaning of life through the lens of Alan Watts philosophy.
  6. Mar 21, 2017
    8
    Everything
    One of the strangest and most relaxing games I’ve ever played.
    Everything is a game about everything about perspective, and it
    Everything
    One of the strangest and most relaxing games I’ve ever played.
    Everything is a game about everything
    about perspective, and it does perspective in a near perfect way...
    You can become anything and everything…
    rolling around as an animal, listening to the thoughts of other plants, animals and items…
    sing to them… bring them with you... dance with them…
    Ascend or descend into them…
    and depending how far up or down you go, the perspective of the world changes almost completely…
    the giant world is a blur when you’re running around as a lady bug or rolling around as a pinecone..
    And changes again when you’re a penguin, or a mammoth… even a continent…
    visit the ocean... the stars...
    become a star...
    become a planet... descend into that planet and explore its lands…
    find recordings in the world that make you rethink everything there is to rethink
    It was calming doing nothing but exploring and listening to and reading philosophy as I transformed..
    You’re also free to change into any item and anytime you’ve transformed into before... including bringing a planet into another planet…
    There’s not much to say about this experience other than its one worth having.
    Nothing to worry about here…
    No tasks... no enemies…
    just enjoy…
    I give everything
    a 7.5/10
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  7. Aug 16, 2019
    3
    This is not a game but a boring interaction of objects ...

    There is nothing to do in it you just change shapes, collect speech
    This is not a game but a boring interaction of objects ...

    There is nothing to do in it you just change shapes, collect speech bubbles and listen to junk about suicide and universal hypothesis. The Trophy for this is it is stupidly glitched and not possible to get. I have tried emptying the mind many times often while full.

    This is pretentious garbage a short experience ruined by glitched trophies and utterly boring premise there is nothing to do once you escape the tutorial and is so boring that they included an auto play feature.

    If you like boring lectures , stupid movement animations or for some reason what to watch junk move around for no reason this is something to love otherwise avoid this garbage. The fact that is has a huge section about suicide with zero warning is a huge flag for people with depression to avoid this junk.
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