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Generally favorable reviews- based on 298 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

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Inside - Official Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Aug 6, 2018
    100
    Playdead's INSIDE is masterful in what it sets out to achieve. It might not be Breath of the Wild in terms of its scope, or Super Mario Odyssey in terms of its level variety, but it provides a visceral and beautiful three hour long experience that is difficult to forget.
  2. Jul 12, 2018
    100
    Inside is a masterclass in minimalist design. Enthralling and enjoyable.
  3. Jul 15, 2018
    95
    Two years after its first release, Inside is still one of the best games ever made on this generation. Dark and oppressive, it’s full of well crafted puzzles that always show more diversity.
  4. Jul 5, 2018
    90
    Inside is a grimly beautiful platform-puzzler that, while brief, is packed full of jaw-dropping highlights. While its dark tone won't be for everyone, it's all been executed brilliantly, with gently taxing physics-based conundrums woven into a haunting wordless narrative.
  5. Jul 18, 2018
    90
    With a rich atmosphere, solid puzzles, good platforming, and a story that unravels in your mind as you play Inside is one of indie gaming's best titles. It's short and sweet, and it should be experienced by everyone who loves atmospheric and dystopian narratives.
  6. Jul 4, 2018
    88
    A deeply thought-provoking experience with a mystery that begs to be explored and is faithfully ported to the Switch.
  7. Jul 5, 2018
    70
    The Switch port of INSIDE is very solid and runs excellently, looking comparable to all existing versions. This is one of the better adventure style platformers that emphasises the visuals to get its point across. It always feels like Playdead could have done a bit more with the gameplay by making it longer and having more complexity to some of the puzzles. Most people will feel completely bewildered when it is all over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 64
  2. Negative: 6 out of 64
  1. Aug 25, 2018
    10
    INSIDE is both highly minimalist in its design, and meticulously detailed in its presentation. The sound design, background art, cameraINSIDE is both highly minimalist in its design, and meticulously detailed in its presentation. The sound design, background art, camera movement, and animations are all highlights. After playing through 4 times I am still finding new details, and I still have questions about the intriguing and haunting story told without any dialogue. The puzzles are engaging, but not as difficult as those in LIMBO. I found myself hardly caring about the game play as I was completely sucked into the world. It really does feel like an interactive piece of art.

    There are some great videos on YouTube from GDC presentations that go into the sound and world design of the game (search 'inside gdc'). After you finish the game they are definitely worth checking out if you have any interest in the technical aspects of the design :)
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  2. Nov 4, 2020
    10
    Perfect atmosphere, excellent puzle design. An excellent thriller. One of those jewels that make a strong argument for videogames as art.
  3. Aug 14, 2022
    10
    Beautiful, atmospheric, minimalist and tense. Sometimes all at the same time. At its heart, it's a great platformer. The puzzles are soBeautiful, atmospheric, minimalist and tense. Sometimes all at the same time. At its heart, it's a great platformer. The puzzles are so seamlessly woven into the narrative that you just kind of flow in and out of them. They manage to be challenging without being frustrating. The magic they've pulled off is that you start with no explanation, no tutorial, no hints. And yet, you're never left confused. You just start playing and it makes sense. The controls are perfect. Just the left stick and a couple of buttons.

    It's not the longest game, but it is 100% one of the best games I've played. The visuals are gorgeous. The sound design doesn't overwhelm. Instead, it sets up the atmosphere perfectly.
    I plan to replay this one many times.

    My advice if you're considering this game. Don't read any spoilers. Just play it and discover it for yourself. You'll be happy you did.
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  4. Aug 20, 2019
    9
    O jogo e incrível, a única parte ruim e que ele acaba. Possui uma atmosfera que combina muito com a proposta do jogo e uma história de difícilO jogo e incrível, a única parte ruim e que ele acaba. Possui uma atmosfera que combina muito com a proposta do jogo e uma história de difícil compreensão mas boa para criar diversas teorias. O port feito para o switch foi impecável e sem defeitos Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2022
    9
    An excellent game demonstrating how to tell a story through gameplay alone and how to teach the player how to play without tutorials, etc.An excellent game demonstrating how to tell a story through gameplay alone and how to teach the player how to play without tutorials, etc. Strongly recommended! Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    8
    Excellent game. Mileage vary but I'd say it would take 3 - 4 hours for first timers to complete the game so it is on the short side. TheExcellent game. Mileage vary but I'd say it would take 3 - 4 hours for first timers to complete the game so it is on the short side. The difficulty rises gradually in the beginning but ramps up exponentially in the latter parts of the game with some fiendishly tricky puzzles.

    It's moody, it's different, it's disturbingly serene. i couldn't put the game down once I got started - but the difficulties of the later stages kinda "forced" me to take a break especially when the developers string together many hard puzzles in sequence. Which is a good thing - otherwise most gamers would just breeze through and not breathe in the atmosphere and design of the game. Personally I do not believe there is much replay value given that it is a puzzle based game and the enjoyment is in cracking the conundrums. Once that is spent the thrill is gone, for me at least. I will replay once again but hard to imagine I would go on to a third play. With that in mind I still maintain that the game is worth your time.
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  7. Jun 30, 2022
    0
    terrible gameplay no good characters. the gameplay is very boring and lazy nooo

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