Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    Regardless of all its faults, I still believe Mortal Shell is a solid game. It transcends itself from being another Dark Souls imitation to an excellent game based on true inspiration. This is all the more impressive once you realize that a small studio of fifteen people developed a game with such high quality. Mortal shell is a remarkable love letter to FromSoftware’s Staple series, and its asking price of $29.99 is just an added reason for why Souls fans especially should be picking up this game.
  2. Aug 24, 2020
    Whether by choice or due to the small size of the development team, Mortal Shell is highly concentrated action, focused on giving players that uniquely Souls-like experience of challenge, mystery and eventual mastery.
  3. Aug 17, 2020
    Mortal Shell does a lot of things right when it comes to being a “Souls-like” game. It nails its environmental and character designs, its combat feels satisfying, especially when I found the build that worked for my playstyle, and it’s difficult and unrelenting. I found a lot to chew on with Mortal Shell, even if it wasn’t necessarily apparent in the first few hours. Though not quite as polished as I would have hoped, for a game developed by such a small team, it’s quite an achievement.
  4. Aug 17, 2020
    Mortal Shell’s scope ends up being a more significant net gain as it offers a brisk Soulslike experience without trying to overwhelm players with content for content’s sake. Satisfying, versatile melee combat doesn’t hide behind a tedious grind yet it still has a fulfilling progression system. Areas aren’t gigantic, but have a distinct look and meaningfully change around after you kill the boss. All of its inventive ideas may not be immediately apparent and mean it could easily be mistaken for yet another hackneyed Dark Souls clone destined to die in the digital bargain bin. But Mortal Shell‘s innovation is there once you dig just beneath its hardened exterior.
  5. Nov 19, 2020
    Mortal Shell offers a souls-like with a dark story, innovative gameplay, and great graphics quality that will overwhelm fans of this genre. Its short duration and its limited variety in some aspects leave you wanting to see a second chapter.
  6. Aug 25, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a true love letter to Dark Souls and feels like a distilled version of the From Software masterpiece. Unique mechanics serve to separate it a bit and enhance the experience, but there is nothing here that will sell a person that just downright dislikes Souls games. Available for a modest $30, though, I strongly recommend it to any Souls fans or anyone who has ever been interested but hesitant to pull the trigger.
  7. Aug 31, 2020
    You miss Dark Souls? You yearn for Bloodborne 2? Then give Mortal Shell a try. It is not as brilliant, but delivers more than solid entertainment for Souls fans.
  8. Sep 17, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a small-scope Soulslike that serves as a tight, lean, but short experience.
  9. Aug 31, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a true love letter to the Dark Souls franchise. A game that takes the playable core from the FromSoftware's titles and, rather than changing it, builds around it to keep an experience that really feels true to the Dark Souls origin.
  10. Aug 20, 2020
    Mortal Shell is the first soulslike to understand the true essence of the genre and, therefore, deserves a place above any other exponent not developed by From Software. Despite its weaknesses, it's one of the most exciting, well executed and beautiful soulslikes I have played in the last decade.
  11. Aug 18, 2020
    The best Dark Souls clone so far features a number of interesting new ideas and also offers an experience that is easier to acclimatise to for new players.
  12. Aug 17, 2020
    While Mortal Shell does nothing to reinvent the Soulslike wheel, it still manages to bring many of its own ideas to the table while invoking the feeling, mood, and brutality of previous Dark Souls games.
  13. Aug 17, 2020
    It may seem daunting and punishing, and it is. But its visual beauty and aesthetic has me compelled to explore more of this world and the Shells that inhabit it.
  14. Aug 17, 2020
    With beautiful environments and plenty to discover, Mortal Shell is a compelling world to explore. After a steep learning curve, its combat is challenging but fascinating, and with a great sense of reward once you master it. It might be a little too similar to Dark Souls in terms of overall tone and style, but it brings enough new ideas functionally to make it stand out from the crowd. Ultimately, this is a great entry into a demanding sub-genre that fans won't want to miss.
  15. Aug 17, 2020
    More in line with From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice than a traditional Soulslike, Mortal Shell offers a short and sweet take on the hardcore action RPG formula by focusing the player to harden up and push the offensive in order to create the perfect defense.
  16. Aug 18, 2020
    Mortal Shell is more than a husk of tired Souls-like tropes - it tries to do something different and does so with ardor for its source material.
  17. Sep 7, 2020
    An intriguing world and challenging, varied gameplay make for a worthwhile experience. If you're a fan of the Soulsborne games, you'll most definitely like this. There are, however, some annoyances, chief among which the low number of savepoints and slow walking speed of your character.
  18. Aug 31, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a reimagining of what a Souls-like game can be. Although it's not a near-perfect game, it pushed the boundaries of what a smaller studio can do. Through all of its hiccups, this dark RPG brings unique mechanics and heavy combat to a different level, but leaves behind some important features that would've improved the experience altogether.
  19. Aug 23, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a soulslike that knows how to create the right atmosphere. The combat system is interesting, innovative in some ways, but the game still suffers from some technical problems that can arbitrarily vary the difficulty of the game, from time to time.
  20. Aug 22, 2020
    Souls-like fans have an interesting indie approach to the formula. It has some obvious shortcomings, but it also adds some original features that work well.
  21. Aug 17, 2020
    Without fundamentally upsetting the codes inherent in Souls Like, Mortal Shell knows how to adorn itself with a personality of its own, as much thanks to its system of discovery of objects as of combat, which manages to largely compensate for the absence of parry posture with mechanics of hardening, determination and counter-perfect perfectly interwoven.
  22. Aug 19, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a great debut for Cold Symmetry, but it's not a perfect game. It has awesome ideas with the shells, but it is also an opaque world with no clear story.
  23. Sep 29, 2020
    While there were many aspects of Mortal Shell that I didn’t care for, the bits that worked for me really worked. The final product is far from perfect and I’m not sure that I’d even recommend it to anyone except the hardest of soulslike hardcores, but beneath the underdeveloped ideas and questionable design choices is a pool of talent bound for bigger and better things — Cold Symmetry’s work shined brightest when it veered away from standard Souls, and I’m interested to see them take it further.
  24. Sep 13, 2020
    While Mortal Shell’s story, volume of content and RPG elements all disappoint, it’s Dark Souls-like close-combat battle system is of great quality.
  25. Sep 12, 2020
    Mortal Shell is another Dark Souls clone with nice graphics, interesting ideas and good combat mechanics. On the other hand, there's a problems with hitboxes, enemies are too slow, and it lacks epic bosses and spectacular battles. However, among other Dark Souls clones this game looks really unusual and worthy.
  26. 70
    Mortal Shell brings some new ideas to the Souls' formula. The Harden mechanic is excellent in its versatility and item familiarity gives you a reason to use your items. The exploration can be a struggle thanks to the convoluted layouts and reliance on stacking enemies but the boss encounters, where it's just you and the combat mechanics, are the highlight.
  27. Aug 23, 2020
    Mortal Shell has a bunch a great ideas, stellar gameplay and a truly interesting universe, but ends up feeling more akin to a short and easy prologue than anything else.
  28. Aug 17, 2020
    The combat system in Mortal Shell will test the skills of those who have conquered Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and the experience of these new battles might be worth the price of admission alone. That brilliance is weighed down by other issues, though, as the rest of the game tends to make things a bit dull for the player. Mortal Shell has seeds of greatness, but it struggles to live up to its potential, resulting in a mixed yet worthwhile experience for fans of the genre.
  29. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 21, 2020
    You can’t help but feel that Mortal Shell is a fan-made mod for Dark Souls – however, it has accordingly low price. It also shows promise: a few more tries, and Cold Symmetry could make something really good. [Issue#248, p.34]
  30. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 18, 2020
    Despite tweaks to the formula and some interesting ideas, Mortal Shell is tired and familiar while also much less than its inspiration. This Dark-Souls-like should stay dead. [Issue#180, p.77]
  31. Aug 17, 2020
    Mortal Shell is a enjoyable Dark Souls-like, with a few good ideas and a charming dark fantasy world but the execution is clearly not perfect.
  32. 60
    Unfortunately, Mortal Shell just feels like a bad Dark Souls game, while I enjoyed it initially, the more I played the more it wore away my enjoyment. The few unique features it has do make the game feel slightly unique but its world-building, combat and enemies pale in comparison to its inspiration. The bad AI and other small issues do little to complement what could have been an enjoyable title. There are far better games in the genre.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 197 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 197
  1. Aug 20, 2020
    Someone could make this in Dreams and release it for free and it would be the same or better. The worst souls-like to exist. The combat andSomeone could make this in Dreams and release it for free and it would be the same or better. The worst souls-like to exist. The combat and movement is the worst I've ever seen and the areas are legit just vast and completely tasteless with about 2-3 enemy types and the same repeated assets. Offensively boring, and I don't like throwing around the "PS3 game" saying, but this is justified the graphics are so bad. Same for movement Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2020
    The game is phenomenal the world is immersive the innovative mechanics it introduces are note worthy the team behind it is really talented andThe game is phenomenal the world is immersive the innovative mechanics it introduces are note worthy the team behind it is really talented and i can't wait to see more of them all the things it offers. The loading times are kind lengthy though its the unreal engine 4 fault though. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2020
    Probably the best souls like game I've played. A lot of work has been done for such a small company. It was fun to play, it was difficult toProbably the best souls like game I've played. A lot of work has been done for such a small company. It was fun to play, it was difficult to play. The sword feels heavy. The game is worth paying attention to. I recommend it! Full Review »