Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Incredibly distinct and interesting, priced right at $9.99, and is absolutely worthy of much more attention.
  2. From our perspective, echochrome is easily the best downloadable game currently available for PSP.
  3. Fascinating perspective-puzzler with stylish presentation and a high addiction-factor - unique!
  4. Puzzle fans, even those who are skeptical, shouldn't hesitate to make this their next PSP game.
  5. There are certainly plenty of addictive puzzle games about, but the PSP has never seen one like this. It may not look like much, but believe me once you start playing Echochrome then you may never put it down again.
  6. The stages walk that thin line between difficult and frustrating, which sometimes forced me to shut off the PSP and take a little break from the game because I only had one more goal to reach, but no visible way to get there. Then again, this could just be the fault of my weakness at the game. Thankfully, after each stage, I’ve had a feeling of satisfaction, so I haven’t had a point in time where I’ve not looked forward to a free moment to lay my hands on Echochrome.
  7. 85
    One of those puzzle titles that doesn't come along very often, but immediately strikes a chord for its unique gameplay and incredible depth.
  8. Among typical gamers, though, the primary audience is going to consist of those who like something very strange to look at while hopped up on psychotropic drugs, or want to try and understand the minds of those who are hopped up.
  9. Echochrome is a complex and fascinating combination of M.C. Escher’s paintings, the Rubik-cube and knot riddles, combined with an elaborate gameplay. All in all, it’s a very felicitous game, simple yet unfathomably deep. This game is a must have for all true puzzle freaks.
  10. Echochrome has a particular appeal that won't go unnoticed.
  11. A literal expression of the phrase, "What you see is what you get."
  12. games(TM)
    Every moment spent with Echochrome is a refined and edifying one. [May 2008, p.109]
  13. It's certainly mind-bending at times, but also relaxing. With a level editor in tow, there's more than enough here to warrant a purchase.
  14. 80
    Echochrome is one of the most inventive games available not only on the PSP, but anywhere. For somebody looking for something new in the puzzle genre, you can't really go wrong with this one.
  15. With easy to learn concepts and simple, straightforward gameplay, Echochrome will have you defying the laws of gravity in no time.
  16. The design and concept of Echochrome is so simple that it seems easy to play. And it is: you can see all puzzles in one day if you try hard enough. Still, it requires some thinking and it's a surefire hit with puzzle-fans.
  17. Ultimately Echochrome is a concept wrapped up in a game - its minimalist design philosophy paired with new mechanics will win it praise from the games-are-art crowd. However, some gamers may find the mechanics and puzzles fairing on the esoteric side.
  18. Overall, echochrome is one of the most unique puzzle games to come out in a while.
  19. Echochrome is a unique experience that's easy to recommend.
  20. A good puzzle game that disappoints with its many faults, but can and should be appreciated for it's unique gameplay.
  21. 75
    This game will certainly appeal to true puzzle fans. It is a refreshing change of pace for others and EchoChrome fits perfectly on the PSP platform. However, it is definitely not recommended for late night playing as these addictive and brain-taxing puzzles will keep you up for hours.
  22. The PSP-version of Echochrome“offers more than the one on PS3. If you have both platforms at home and logical thinking amuses you, try the PSP-Version, rather than loading down the PS3-game.
  23. Edge Magazine
    For every moment of epiphany, wide-eyed with an awareness of a resolution, there's an equal number of blunderingly hapless wins, falling or jumping accidentally to new and advantageous positions. [June 2008, p.89]
  24. Echochrome is a puzzle game featuring simple yet cleverly designed puzzles. The graphics are, like the puzzles, simple and perfectly suited for the gameplay mechanics. Echochrome utilizes angles to challenge you in a plethora of levels, and automatically downloads new for you if you’re connected to the internet. There are some flaws to be found, but if you’re into puzzles this is a great title.
  25. Great puzzle game for those who want to stretch their grey cells. The artwork is fabulous, the level design devious - it has everything you need to while away a rainy weekend.
  26. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    A very peculiar game that takes advantage of the five rules of optical illusion to build puzzles and challenges. The minimalistic design and classic music gives it some personality, but it can become quite frustrating in long sessions. [Aug 2008]
  27. AceGamez
    The thing that stops it short of the perfection it's aiming for though is that it's like a magic trick. Initially you'll stumble around, stunned and trying to take in how it all works, but as soon as you get it, you cross that invisible line from audience member to magician, and, while the pleasure of the ingenuity remains, the magic is gone.
  28. 'Niche' doesn't come close to describing the bizarrely pretentious Echochrome, which positively oozes self-importance from every pixel and line of code.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jan 19, 2017
    Two things you'll notice when you play "Echochrome" for the first time; the minimalist design and the great soundtrack. I'm pretty sure evenTwo things you'll notice when you play "Echochrome" for the first time; the minimalist design and the great soundtrack. I'm pretty sure even if you never cared about classical music before, this might be for you. But "Echochrome" is not a music game, but a mind game, yet the music really creates the atmosphere with the black white design that runs very smooth and flawless. The puzzles start easy to get used to the controls and become step by step, more and more difficult. Although there is a certain time limit, the game itself is relaxing while being challenging. You don't have lives, you simply try again on the current level. This is truly a classy game, art and something new. If you are restless, all about graphics, action and unlocking achievements, this game is not for you - but I'd recommend it anyway, because you should try it. ;) Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2016
    Simple en un principio pero desafiante a medida que lo vas jugando. Me gusta el hecho de que use las ilusiones ópticas como medida para pasarSimple en un principio pero desafiante a medida que lo vas jugando. Me gusta el hecho de que use las ilusiones ópticas como medida para pasar las pantallas. Me gustaría ver mas adelante una versión en colores y con usos distintos para este. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2019
    Una joya de PSP, con una jugabilidad, musica y graficos muy innovadores y sobresalientes. Aunque en niveles posteriores puede hacerseUna joya de PSP, con una jugabilidad, musica y graficos muy innovadores y sobresalientes. Aunque en niveles posteriores puede hacerse repetitivo, frustrante, careciendo ademas de modos de juego y de la posibilidad de transferir niveles de forma online como si se podia en la version de PS3. Ademas el tutorial es horrible, siendo capaz de perder en el y muy poco explicado, con una camara que ademas no se puede mover completamente y un menu principal confuso y una jugabilidad poco intuitiva. Sin embargo, a pesar de todo esto se recomienda totalmente. Uno de los mejores juegos de puzzle jamas hechos. Full Review »