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  • Summary: Baba Is You is a puzzle game in which the rules of the game can be changed during gameplay, leading to surprising and unique interactions. In this tricky puzzler, you don't just make the rules – you are the rules!

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Baba Is You - 10 Minutes Of Solving Puzzles
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Aug 28, 2019
    95
    You've never played a puzzler like this before. [Issue #39 – May/June 2019, p. 27]
  2. Mar 20, 2019
    90
    Going from frustrating, to enlightening, to comical and back again to frustrating, all in such a short span of time. To incur — revel in even — all these emotions, yet still be so consistently intriguing and engaging an affair marks Baba Is You down as one of the year’s most thoughtful and entertaining releases thus far.
  3. Apr 5, 2019
    90
    A brilliant puzzle game with simple yet ingenious mechanisms, a ton of levels and many options how to win. If only it was a bit more consistent in the application of its rules...
  4. Mar 24, 2019
    85
    Baba Is You is a real UFO in the puzzle games genre, and brings with him a wind of freshness. Despite its sober graphics, it unveileds all its depth thanks to its mechanics. A true unique experience.
  5. May 24, 2019
    80
    Baba Is You is like a compilation of gift shop brain teasers; they’re not for everyone, but some people can’t get enough of them. And while it may sound like just another sketchy smartphone game, it’s surprisingly one of the most unique puzzlers you can find on the Switch and the way in which it encourages you to break its rules and create your own ones is refreshing and unique. Its sudden difficulty spike and lack of a hint system could easily discourage some from continuing, but if you enjoy a good brain teasing, you could easily spend hours getting lost within Baba’s puzzles. Just make sure to take a break or two, or you may forget which Baba is you.
  6. 80
    Baba Is You has a cutesy exterior that serves only to fool you into thinking it won't be the most difficult puzzle game you've ever played.
  7. Mar 24, 2019
    70
    Baba is You is among the most seriously arduous games of its kind I’ve played, and when its rules are clear and its instructions legible, it’s gratifying in a way only hardcore suffering can be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Mar 27, 2019
    10
    Baba Is You is a fantastic experience for fans of the Problem-Solving Puzzle Genre. Buyer beware, however, that the game knows its niche andBaba Is You is a fantastic experience for fans of the Problem-Solving Puzzle Genre. Buyer beware, however, that the game knows its niche and sticks extremely closely to it. Those who go in with the craving of maddeningly brain-busting puzzles will have something to satiate them for quite some time. Those who do not will find nothing of value here. For those interested by this premise, I would encourage to play the game, going in knowing as little else as possible, as a puzzle experience is easily compromised by spoilers. For anyone else, I share my thoughts about this experience.

    Let me start by saying that Baba is You is a game that is not afraid to go all-in for its niche audience -- a bold decision that I have nothing but respect for. The game wastes no time selling its premise, and defining what kind of experience it is going to be. It goes through its core concepts and removes the training wheels within less than an hour. Then, it keeps things fresh by introducing new rules and mechanics within those rules to learn and master. Puzzles are presented as single-screen levels, all of which can take less than a minute to execute, but most have the potential leave the player stumped for upwards of an hour.

    Puzzles themselves are designed with a mentality of problem-solving in mind. The player is encouraged to experiment, iterate and approach things scientifically. The more the player discovers about how the rules work and interact with each others, the more likely they will be to figure how to solve a puzzle quickly. Noteworthy, however, is that most puzzles aren't so strict as to have one, concrete-bound solution. This is especially true early on, and even results in each player approaching the midgame with entirely different cognitive toolkits. No two player is bound to have the same experience with the game -- something uncommon for a puzzle game, but nevertheless a welcome trend in the problem-solving subgenre.

    The graphics may seem amateurish and questionable, but to me there is no doubt that the Lo-Fi aesthetic is a perfect fit for such a game. Every token on the puzzle grid are represented in their simplest possible form - a shape, and a color. This makes levels easy to parse, regardless of how many things are moving, transforming, and happening. Had it not been this way, it would have been easy for it to cause an over-saturation of information that would distract from the challenge. The music also employs this minimalist philosophy, with each track using a small set of instruments. The compositions are quite brilliant and enchanting, but more importantly, they are easy on the ears and can be listened to for hours.

    Baba is You isn't a game for everyone -- far from it. But if you have a puzzle game itch to scratch, then this game is one I can recommend with all my heart.
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  2. Mar 27, 2019
    10
    game is hard
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    good If you're looking for challenging puzzles, this game is for you. Many stages are brutally difficult, and figuring
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    If you're looking for challenging puzzles, this game is for you. Many stages are brutally difficult, and figuring out the solutions yourself is immensely satisfying. Break the rules, literally.
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  3. Mar 18, 2019
    10
    I love how many of the levels in this game seem completely impossible before finding the right solution. Both the graphics and the music areI love how many of the levels in this game seem completely impossible before finding the right solution. Both the graphics and the music are very cute too, and this game is a ton of fun to play with a friend. Playing this game is a really cool experience over all. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2019
    9
    Baba is You is a simple puzzle game that functions on a basic concept -- words. If you know anything about this game from promotionalBaba is You is a simple puzzle game that functions on a basic concept -- words. If you know anything about this game from promotional material, odds are you already know how to play. Over the course of the game you will consistently wind up surprising yourself with solutions to puzzles that initially seem entirely impossible, and although it doesn't change itself up very much in concept over the course of the game, it will occasionally throw new words into the mix that will totally change the way you approach a given level. With an idea this great, you don't need anything else. If you are interested in a bizarre and challenging puzzle game, this is a great choice, and is entirely worth the purchase. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2020
    9
    Baba is You is a great puzzle game with minimalistic but beautiful graphics. Graphics are made out of pixels, but it seems perfect for thisBaba is You is a great puzzle game with minimalistic but beautiful graphics. Graphics are made out of pixels, but it seems perfect for this little gem. This gem of a game brings out the full potential and creativity of our brains!
    It contains way more levels than I anticipated I would see in it and also, with time comes new rules and the game gets a lot harder (I have it from the day one and I struggle with some levels to this day). I reached "THE END" sign unintentionally without completing every level, so I will get back to those puzzles. It seems that I have only 14 more levels to 100% the game, but I played it long enough to write a review, I think...
    Nice compact graphics combined with clever puzzles and a nice mechanics of creating the rules and rewinding time. It's a game which gives us pleasure after achieving something within it. "Baba is You" might have burned my last braincells, but I'm glad I got to play this game.
    I'm going to beat more puzzle in time, but for now I have to recultivate some new braincells for next puzzles.
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  6. Aug 17, 2021
    8
    Baba is you is the most creative yet truest-of-form puzzle game I've played to date. I'm well familiar with both 2d and 3d puzzle platformersBaba is you is the most creative yet truest-of-form puzzle game I've played to date. I'm well familiar with both 2d and 3d puzzle platformers the likes of Inside, Limbo, Portal and so forth, but I've never really found myself drawn to a puzzle game with a sole focus on the puzzles. Baba is You is puzzles for puzzle lovers, that's all it wants to be and that's all it needs to be. I like taking on maybe one or two puzzles per day, inbetween busywork or just to wind down. The inventive core puzzle mechanic of building and breaking code-like rules provides a wealth of potential for new and innovative mechanics, both in the introduction of new ideas or building upon old ones, which is what any good puzzle game should seek to create. Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2020
    0
    So bad and boring game, horrible graphics, 0 work from the developers... Dont buy this game.

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