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  • Summary: Perception is reality. Escape from a mind-bending dream where everything is exactly as it seems.

    As you fall asleep with the TV on at 3AM, you remember catching a glimpse of the commercial from Dr.Pierce’s Somnasculpt dream therapy program. By the time you open your eyes, you’re already
    Perception is reality. Escape from a mind-bending dream where everything is exactly as it seems.

    As you fall asleep with the TV on at 3AM, you remember catching a glimpse of the commercial from Dr.Pierce’s Somnasculpt dream therapy program. By the time you open your eyes, you’re already dreaming - beginning the first stages of this experimental program. Welcome to Superliminal.

    Superliminal is a first-person puzzle game based on forced perspective and optical illusions. Puzzles in this game give you a sense of the unexpected. Players need to change their perspective and think outside the box to wake up from the dream.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 85
    Superliminal is a breath of fresh air, the kind of game you want other people to play but don’t want to talk with them about until you’ve both experienced it. An unassuming package on its face that as you peel back the layers, will be filled with surprises and gratification as you find out what point of view it wants you to see the puzzle from. With a moral to its story that is uplifting during a time which we could all use a new perspective, Superliminal is one of the more inventive games on a Nintendo platform today.
  2. 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.
  3. Jul 7, 2020
    80
    Will Superliminal resonate with everyone as much as it did with us? Possibly not, but regardless, if you’re looking for a game in a similar vein to Portal, you’ll be right at home here. It’s pretty short, so if this bothers you, then you might want to pick it up at a discounted price. Otherwise, you’re in for a wholly unique experience that completely stands on its own, and delivers a message that – in 2020, at least – is exceptionally powerful.
  4. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    All in all, I had fun with Superliminal. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and moderately challenging (but not too difficult) puzzle game. As long as you aren’t looking for cutting edge graphics or a strong narrative, I think there is a lot of fun to be had here. You will have to deal with some literally dream nonsense logic, though. But isn’t that half the fun?
  5. Jul 17, 2020
    60
    Superliminal borrows some familiar ideas and mixes them in ways that arouse interest. But the content doesn’t match the price, especially for a game that might be more fun to watch than play. However, on sale, this can be an entertaining title if the puzzles click. Like some dreams, this one may linger with you.
  6. Aug 12, 2020
    60
    It takes two hours or so to complete this, and it's a fun little experience, filled with some smart puzzles interspersed with the odd stinker with little logical sense, but nothing to get particularly stuck or hung up on in the entire play-through. A few "Oh really?!" moments exist as well, as the solution becomes apparent.
  7. Jul 21, 2020
    60
    This first-person puzzler makes the player manipulate the perspective and use optical illusions in order to solve its challenges and while it's a difficult concept to express, the game is surprisingly satisfying to watch. On the other hand, something seems to have been lost in the way and Superliminal is less fun than it wanted to be, not to mention somewhat repetitive, giving the impression that the player is doing the same puzzle over and over again. Superliminal has its qualities but it's also a difficult game to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Jul 8, 2020
    10
    Fitting in neatly with the lineage of previous optical illusion based puzzlers such as Echochrome and Crush. Superlimnal brings a first-personFitting in neatly with the lineage of previous optical illusion based puzzlers such as Echochrome and Crush. Superlimnal brings a first-person view to the table. It spent many years (Original reveal was all the way back in 2013!) in development, and it is certainly worth the wait! Expand
  2. Jul 31, 2020
    10
    A great game. Reminded me of Portal even though objectively it is entirely different. Actually different every other game I've played. Short,A great game. Reminded me of Portal even though objectively it is entirely different. Actually different every other game I've played. Short, but that way it never ran out of ideas. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2020
    10
    It's an intelligently designed puzzles game with a script-writing simple in appearance but effective and uplifting. I was afraid about theIt's an intelligently designed puzzles game with a script-writing simple in appearance but effective and uplifting. I was afraid about the game consisting only in changing the angle where you were looking at the pieces of the puzzle from as the only way to solve the proposed problems, however the game proposes that you have to change your point of view from time to time, as the way you solve problems will posit little but significant variations, so you must be open to think in different ways to beat it. It's a bit short, about 5 hours long and, while it's not especially difficult (there are more challenging puzzle games out there), there will be some puzzles that will make you turn off the Switch for some minutes or hours, be thinking about something completely different in hopes that the solution will come to you as inspiration comes in the middle of the night or during a stroll, which also happens! Also, the music is excellent and, without being experimental or oneiric (you'll listen some cool jazz tunes mainly), completely matches the spirit of the game somehow. This is an experience I greatly recommend, in my opinion it's a masterpiece of its genre. Just imagine it as a short version of Portal with different mechanics.

    This is just a personal side note, but being the game set in your dreams, maybe it could have been more dream-like in some parts and that could have been quite pleasant, yet this dream of puzzles is still a supposedly controlled scientific experiment/product, so there's not really a need for this plot wise.
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  4. Mar 27, 2021
    7
    Overall a good puzzle game with decently designed atmosphere across the entire playthrough. However the puzzles are slightly repetitive andOverall a good puzzle game with decently designed atmosphere across the entire playthrough. However the puzzles are slightly repetitive and not highly interesting or thought provoking. The story itself is good yet not the level of SOMA or Talos Principle. Expand
  5. Jul 18, 2020
    7
    It certainly fits in the mold of first-person puzzlers which usually blow your perceptive mind, which I’m a huge fan of, but this is a bit tooIt certainly fits in the mold of first-person puzzlers which usually blow your perceptive mind, which I’m a huge fan of, but this is a bit too short and undercooked for its full price. Definitely get on sale like I did. Expand
  6. Aug 20, 2020
    6
    Great idea and poor implementation. I am really a fan of this type of game and was very impressed with the trailer. Nevertheless, in fact, theGreat idea and poor implementation. I am really a fan of this type of game and was very impressed with the trailer. Nevertheless, in fact, the game was very easy, the puzzles are pretty damn easy and simple. There is no sense of challenge, I really don't feel anything moving in my brain. Expand
  7. Aug 14, 2020
    0
    Game breaking glitches, clunky, bugs, graphics like knack which is a mastapeece

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