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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 21, 2020
    88
    Mighty Polygon unabashedly stands on the shoulders of giants with Relicta. The wheel is not reinvented but rather pleasantly spun around and flipped on its head. While further investment into the artistic aspects of this game may have helped clarify some of the issues with sameness and emptiness, the gameplay and narrative overpower these concerns. Puzzles pose just enough of a challenge to keep the player fascinated while the narrative, strong character, and world give the player incentive to progress. Throw in collectibles to round out the details, and you've got quite the adventure for the curious. With a $20 price tag, Relicta may have its shortcomings, but it's challenging, narratively compelling, and — dare I say it? — magnetic. If you enjoy the likes of Portal, get this game.
  2. Aug 5, 2020
    80
    With puzzles that will have you scratching your head for hours and a narrative that encourages you to do so, it’s a smart game that has just a few niggles that do very little to sour the experience.
  3. Aug 14, 2020
    78
    Relicta is a smart, well-designed puzzler. It provides a tough challenge that really forces you to carefully think about each move. It's not always perfect, but is a solid entry into one of my favorite genres.
  4. Aug 4, 2020
    78
    Relicta is a great puzzle game, which reminded us of Portal or QUBE 2. Each level is based on psychics, gravity and magnetism, and it also has a great sci-fi storyline. But it gets repetitive after some hours of play.
  5. Aug 4, 2020
    75
    Relicta is a game for those who love first-person puzzle games with boxes, switches and doors, that introduces its unique twist thanks to magnetism.
  6. 70
    Relicta is a beautiful physics based puzzler with sweary Indian ladies. It’s fine but prone to arbitrary puzzle solutions halting your progress altogether.
  7. 70
    Relicta tries to strike a balance between narrative and gameplay, but that balance ends up hurting the final experience by making the game a slog to go through and puzzles becoming infuriatingly complex in the second half. The story and excellent voice acting are a nice differentiator and the level of detail in the environments is impressive, but Relicta is a game that is hard to stick with in its second half if you don't have a guide.
  8. Aug 5, 2020
    70
    Relicta tries to strike a balance between narrative and gameplay, but that balance ends up hurting the final experience by making the game a slog to go through and puzzles becoming infuriatingly complex in the second half. The story and excellent voice acting are a nice differentiator and the level of detail in the environments is impressive, but Relicta is a game that is hard to stick with in its second half if you don't have a guide.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 22, 2020
    60
    Relicta, in a lot of places, seems to be a lot more adult-oriented than many other puzzle games. If you can live with the repetition and you really loved Portal, you should find something here to keep you engaged. [Issue@179, p.72]

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