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  • Summary: Explore the inner workings of deserted factories in search of data cassettes that contain boundless virtual worlds. Collect more tapes and explore more worlds and you'll soon discover new methods of traversal and control that will take you farther than you'd ever expect.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Nov 22, 2016
    In one sense, Small Radios, Big Televisions is a short, poetic exploration of humanity’s descent into virtual reality to escape the apocalyptic reality it’s created for itself. In another sense, the game is merely a brief environmental puzzler, thick with atmosphere, style, and enigma. Like any great art, it doesn’t tell players how to interpret it, but instead offers a layered, polysemic experience that can (unfortunately) be just as easily dismissed as appreciated.
  2. Nov 15, 2016
    Everybody’s gone to some kind of rapture in Small Radios Big Televisions. It’s a rapture devoid of physical labor or mental exertion, but one of technological transcendence. It’s a game of sensible puzzles, though a few still stumped me. It’s a game owning its simple art style, but assembles itself in broad strokes with bold geometry. And it’s a game of meditative musicality, though willing to occasionally strip down my senses or hit rewind on my complacent ears. Small Radios Big Televisions is short, but it takes you deeper, once you stop working so hard for it.
  3. Nov 20, 2016
    Small Radios Big Televisions is strange, but it absorbs you and won't let you go till you finish it. A dark story, well-executed (although simplistic) puzzles and a quite original art style.
  4. Nov 21, 2016
    Small Radios Big Televisions isn’t a bad game by any means, its beautifully animated style, coupled with a synth led soundtrack, creates an amazing environment in which to explore its well-thought-out puzzles and interesting level design. At times though, it just lacks direction.
  5. Jan 17, 2017
    Small Radios Big Televisions is a good game to wind-down and play after a tough day. That is, until it starts to turn on you and needlessly stresses you out.
  6. Dec 5, 2016
    Small Radios Big Televisions is an interesting project and those keen on trying it out should either wait for the game to go on sale or watch a Let’s Play on YouTube. With no real challenges to test your mettle and a game length of just under two hours, it doesn’t come with much staying power. It might be more fun as a VR game, given the premise and the places the cassette tapes reveal. Either way, there is little more to the game outside of it being a “Hey, check this out” experience.
  7. 30
    I spent every minute in Small Radios Big Televisions waiting for it to become enjoyable, and then before I knew it the credits had hit. There was no magic moment where everything clicked, nor did the worlds I was viewing ever become something more than just a cool visual. This may be an audiovisual treat, but there’s absolutely no substance backing it up.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Jan 30, 2017
    Small Radios, Big Televisions is a first person FPS adventure story driven game that has some light puzzle solving elements to it. It entailsSmall Radios, Big Televisions is a first person FPS adventure story driven game that has some light puzzle solving elements to it. It entails in finding out why are there building still operating but no sign of life and the only clue to find out what happen is to find cassette tapes that contain the clues of what is going on. This game from Adult Swim Games and Fire Face is a great game that should be played by all, however the game does not have any type of hand holding as it is meant to be played as the gamer to discover themselves what to do in the game. I would honestly say that if you are a fan of this type of game then this is a great title to have for your digital library, however also keep in mind that the game is only 4-6 hours long and unless you got all of the collectables to help you progress in the story there is not much that is in the game after it is completed. I have written a full review on our family friendly video game review site for more in dept review.