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  • Summary: You are a broken robot that accidentally falls out of a giant cargo ship onto a post-human Earth, now inhabited by robots. You have to get back to your ship before it’s too late. You are equipped with a Gravitize engine. It is used to create a separate gravity around yourself; this is theYou are a broken robot that accidentally falls out of a giant cargo ship onto a post-human Earth, now inhabited by robots. You have to get back to your ship before it’s too late. You are equipped with a Gravitize engine. It is used to create a separate gravity around yourself; this is the main source of your speed. Use this in downhills to accelerate. But be careful, using it uphill will slow you down. In addition to this the world is full of different speed boosts such as Enerjuice, which you can pick up and use to go faster. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 70
    Above all else, Defunct sells itself on an exhilarating sense of speed matched with excellent level design and exploration. It’s rare to find a game where simply moving around is as fun as it is here. Of course the game’s short length might deter some, but it’s genuinely interesting to see a developer run with the idea of a momentum-based platformer and nail the core mechanics.
  2. Sep 24, 2018
    60
    Defunct is a decent game that offers a fair bit of fun through its high-speed puzzles but also lacks depth.
  3. 60
    Despite its shortcomings, Defunct is still a mostly enjoyable little game. Though, it’s hard to determine if it has any real lasting appeal. Given its short playtime, if you do go through the trouble of exploring every level to the absolute maximum, you may be able to squeeze a handful more hours out of it. But, there really isn’t much to come back to after that. I’d say this is a game better picked up on sale if it ever drops below the $10 mark. Defunct is a fun distraction, but it’s hard to consider it to be any more than that.
  4. Feb 6, 2020
    50
    Defunct is a fast-paced and exhilarating experience, let down in places by camera work and the non-intuitive handling that it can cause. It’s a very short game, so check it out if it hits up an eShop sale.
  5. Aug 17, 2020
    47
    Running through different maps may sound like something fun. Sadly this is not the case of Defunct, something that makes it a game not very recommendable in the eShop. Its great lack of content is its biggest mistake.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 13, 2020
    9
    With its unique focus on flow and gravity, what could have been a rather so-so post-apocalyptic adventure game is made into a virtual skateWith its unique focus on flow and gravity, what could have been a rather so-so post-apocalyptic adventure game is made into a virtual skate park and possibly perfects that genre without intending to be part of it! Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2020
    8
    The game is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the vast openness of it's puzzles and the gravity mechanic is one hell of a rush once you get accustomedThe game is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the vast openness of it's puzzles and the gravity mechanic is one hell of a rush once you get accustomed to it. Although I wish there was at least something to collect at the various stalls, it was nice to not really no where I was going. Just that I was going. I guess that's all I really needed Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2018
    8
    While the price of the game may be asking a bit much for the amount of content this game comes with. This is a game im gonna keep coming back to
  4. May 3, 2020
    7
    I want to note that this game actually struck me in such a way that I specifically made an account on Metacritic to tell everyone howI want to note that this game actually struck me in such a way that I specifically made an account on Metacritic to tell everyone how wonderful I think it is.

    While not technically, graphically, or narratively impressive (at times it does indeed feel like a tech demo more than anything) Defunct shines a light on what modern high-speed exploration games could play like (I'm looking at you, modern Sonic), and it is important to remember that this is developer Freshly Squeezed's first and only game to date. DetectiveDonut's review seems to hint at the connection with the Sonic franchise, and also mentions that this game shines with potential- something I can corroborate.

    Not always executed perfectly, the gameplay mechanics need improvement and refinement but it is also worth mentioning that their theoretical simplicity is welcomed: each mechanic is easy to explain and easy to understand, even if not easy to execute (in the case of the Magnetize ability). At the end of the day, Defunct receives a positive-leaning 7/10 not because it is the most well-executed game out there, but because while it may or may not be derivative of the modern Sonic franchise, Sega is the one with a lot to learn from this simple Swedish-developed indie.

    A bit pricey compared to the amount of content in the game, I would recommend picking this title up while it is on-sale (at the time of this review it goes for literal cents on the Nintendo Switch eShop), but if it doesn't appear that strong savings will be a possibility any time soon and you have the small amount of cash to spare, this extremely short game is worth experiencing nonetheless and Freshly Squeezed is certainly worth supporting so that we might see what comes from them next.
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  5. May 6, 2020
    5
    The Game is Okay. The Level Design is way to opened and sometimes I got lost in the Level. Graphics are nice and the speed and the magneticThe Game is Okay. The Level Design is way to opened and sometimes I got lost in the Level. Graphics are nice and the speed and the magnetic ability is cool but it just speeds up the game. The game slows down on entering new levels and you can go through objects without getting hurt. The Music I never heard in the game and the sound effects are minor but decent. At a price of $15 dollars I fell like that's too much for a game that took me about an hour and a half to complete. I got mine for 40 cents during a sale. The game fells incomplete. 3D platforms are making a comeback but this game has little to stand out. I like the graphics and concepts of the game but the rest falls short in many ways like level design. I feel like $15 dollars is to much and I feel like a dollar for this game is enough. I feel bad for people who bought this game at $15 its not worth it. I rather play A Hat in Time or Yooka Laylee than this game. Expand
  6. May 4, 2020
    4
    Really good and fun mechanics, just waaay too short, finished in about an hour and a half
  7. Feb 13, 2021
    2
    This game feels barely finished. The perspectives are broken - if you go near a wall, the camera pans through to the other side, obscuringThis game feels barely finished. The perspectives are broken - if you go near a wall, the camera pans through to the other side, obscuring where you are... the controls are sluggish, the cutscenes plodding (but if you skip them, you’re thrust awkwardly into the action). It doesn’t feel like this should be on sale, even for a dollar or two. Expand

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