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  • Summary: Perception is reality. In this mind-bending first-person puzzler, you explore a surreal dream world and solve impossible puzzles using the ambiguity of depth and perspective.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 5, 2020
    90
    A truly one-of-a-kind take on first person puzzle games, Superliminal may not be the longest game on the market. But what it lacks in length it makes up for in ingenuity.
  2. Sep 24, 2020
    85
    Superliminal truly feels like a whimsical dream – it might base itself in mundane reality at first, but it doesn’t take long before that goes out the window and fantastic elements start to flourish, and I already wish I could experience it again for the first time.
  3. Jul 27, 2020
    80
    Superliminal is a lesson about perspective on life. You can look at a situation and try the same solution over and over again. But if you take a different look at the situation at hand, you may find a new perspective. In that new perspective, you can find a new solution that can create a more favorable outcome. As a metaphor for transforming inane frustration into gratifying solutions, Superliminal was a profound experience. One of its particular moments stuck with me. It tells the player, “The problem is not that the problems we face can’t be solved: the problem is that we become so afraid of failure that we refuse to see our problems from a new perspective.” 2020 has been far from normal, but as Superliminal suggests, you could look at it from a different perspective.
  4. Jul 16, 2020
    80
    Superliminal is a great puzzle experience, full of smart ideas that are richly realized. The game's playful use of the first-person camera and clever perspective manipulation puzzles take video game tropes and mechanics most players will be familiar with and wring something truly fresh out of them. Superliminal achieves its clear central aim--it offers up some genuinely fresh perspectives on what first-person puzzle games can do.
  5. 80
    Superliminal is a great puzzle game with soul. There’s tons to do besides the nine levels on offer, especially when you go looking for collectibles.
  6. Apr 12, 2021
    80
    Overall Superliminal is a great puzzle experience, and you feel throughout it that the developers had fun putting it together. This is a dream therapy that actually works, being funny and creative at the same time.
  7. Jul 23, 2020
    70
    There's more here than just brainteasers, though. An understated narrative moves with you, again taking cues from Valve's seminal puzzler, but doing enough to stand by itself. Tonally, the game shifts between light and dark, dipping its toes in comedy and horror in equal measure. There are some surprisingly tense moments throughout the short runtime. This story element somewhat takes over as you get towards the end, and while it's a shame the puzzles lose steam, it all culminates in a surprisingly profound message. It might not push its core concept to the absolute fullest, but the overall experience is a charming and enjoyable one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jul 12, 2021
    10
    This isn't a game, this is pure art, this is an experience I think everybody should be part of. It's deep, but still fun and with a bit ofThis isn't a game, this is pure art, this is an experience I think everybody should be part of. It's deep, but still fun and with a bit of eerieness thrown into the mix. Every puzzle makes you think in a different way compared to the previous ones and you always get unexpected results when you think something is going to happen. If you want to play any puzzle game, play this one. You won't regret it. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2022
    10
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  3. Aug 29, 2020
    10
    You're playing through someone's art. You're brought along for the ride. And as far as what was envisioned, I love it. People who say that theYou're playing through someone's art. You're brought along for the ride. And as far as what was envisioned, I love it. People who say that the game wasn't long enough or that it was missing polish forget that this was a project rooted in passion--and it shows. This is one of those games that are going to stay with me for a long time, based solely on the message alone. It is a fantastical and surreal experience that has been captured beautifully on screen. Expand
  4. Dec 27, 2020
    9
    This game was great. The puzzles were fun for the most part and were rarely frustrating.
  5. Mar 24, 2021
    8
    A fantastically entertaining game that gets the mind working, I played right through this game in one sitting and never got bored once.
  6. Jan 27, 2021
    7
    Superliminal is a solid take on the concept of perspective in a puzzle game. Though very short, the game never feels like it falters inSuperliminal is a solid take on the concept of perspective in a puzzle game. Though very short, the game never feels like it falters in quality, with each level introducing new mechanics to add to the complexity of the puzzles.

    I've seen many compare this game to The Stanley Parable or Portal, and it's undeniable that Superliminal takes inspiration from them. However, this seems mainly surface level stemming from its tone and puzzle design. The game never feels clever enough to reach the heights of those other games. The story is bland, focusing mainly on the player escaping a recurring dream state. This mainly feels like a way to explain the reason for this world existing the way it does. However, there are some good moments of humor, especially in level design. A favorite of mine is the fourth level, Blackout.

    Additionally, the game is really easy. The only puzzle I had trouble with was in Labyrinth, the seventh level. Most of the game, the mechanics brought up in a level will generally only be used in that level, which is a little disappointing. For example, the cloning mechanic introduced in level five is only really used in that level. I would've liked to see more of a mixture of concepts in later levels, which would've made the game more challenging, in my opinion.

    However, there is a caveat to the difficulty, and that's if you're a completionist or not. The collectibles in this game are devious, especially the chess pieces. Your playthrough will likely triple in length if you decide to find everything without a guide. I personally recommend trying to find as much as you can, as the placement of these collectibles provide even more rewarding puzzles to solve.

    Overall, Superliminal is a worthwhile, if not slightly disappointing, experience that most people would enjoy. Good 3D puzzle games are rare, and I'd like to see the folks at Pillow Castle do more stuff like this in the future. The PS4 version seems really stable as well, I didn't have any problems with it. I picked it up while it was on sale, but if you have the funds and you enjoy these types of games I would recommend picking it up as soon as you can.
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  7. Jan 6, 2021
    2
    Do not buy for more than 5$ This game could have been great but: Bad controls Poor level design Pretty ugly Very short That kind of game needDo not buy for more than 5$ This game could have been great but: Bad controls Poor level design Pretty ugly Very short That kind of game need to be precise. Expand

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