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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: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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 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.
  3. Jul 13, 2020
    80
    Regardless of whether you play on your TV or in handheld, Superliminal remains a clever, inventive and entertaining puzzler on Nintendo Switch.
  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. Jun 16, 2022
    80
    Superliminal offers one of the freshest ideas we have seen in first person puzzle games in many years. The main negative point here is the game's length, since you can complete it in just 2 hours.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  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. 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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  3. Mar 5, 2022
    9
    "Much like the original Portal, Superliminal won’t take too long to beat; however, the game does contain a lot of hidden content for you to"Much like the original Portal, Superliminal won’t take too long to beat; however, the game does contain a lot of hidden content for you to hunt for, such as: hidden chess pieces, blueprints, and constellation rooms, all of which can be extremely tricky to find. What’s more, additional achievements can be unlocked for doing various things, including beating the game in an extremely tight thirty minutes. Whether or not these will incentivise you into replaying is down to your own personal preference, but I will certainly dip back in to try and complete everything."

    https://theeliteinstitute.net/2021/04/03/superliminal/
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  4. 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
  5. Aug 11, 2020
    6
    Really unique (from anything I've played anyway) and carries a really great theme. Several surprises and tonal shifts throughout kept meReally unique (from anything I've played anyway) and carries a really great theme. Several surprises and tonal shifts throughout kept me invested, but the gameplay did get a little repetitive and some of the puzzle solutions were nonsensical. A fun little game, even if I did get tired of falling through the floor towards the end. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2020
    4
    I read that this game was a bit dull, so I didn't have any high expectations. There's just a pair of moments when you say "oh, that's clever".I read that this game was a bit dull, so I didn't have any high expectations. There's just a pair of moments when you say "oh, that's clever". And then there's the rest of the game.

    There is some kind of British narrator that breaks the fourth wall, like in Stanley Parable. There are also some puzzles with visual effects, like in The Witness. There are some other puzzles with non-euclidean spaces, much like Portal or Antichamber. But the game does not excel at anything. There are also some issues with performance and implementation of some visual effects, but that might just be a problem of the Switch version.

    It's also quite short, but the game still managed to get me bored to death. This is definitely nothing compared with the cleverness of some other clever games like the games mentioned above, or some others available on the Switch, like Baba is You.
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  7. Dec 18, 2021
    0
    Mediocre thrash metal that doesn't deserve such high ratings. I don't know how such a large number of players, in principle, can like such aMediocre thrash metal that doesn't deserve such high ratings. I don't know how such a large number of players, in principle, can like such a talentless and negligent project. Expand

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