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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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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jul 19, 2020
    10
    The game is more than a sum total of its parts. It’s a game that sticks with you and causes you to see things a little differently after youThe game is more than a sum total of its parts. It’s a game that sticks with you and causes you to see things a little differently after you finish it. It sounds cheesy, but give it a shot and see for yourself. I know all that sounds vague AF, but this is really a game about discovery and learning. If you liked The Witness, this is similar but Superliminal isn’t as cerebral or frustrating. Superliminal difficultly stays fair through out and it always finds a way to keep you engaged. As surreal as the game gets, it find a way to ground itself and keep you somewhat oriented. It’s also go a nice, dry, dark sense of humor. It’s short, but every bit of it is well worth the price. 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. 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
  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. Jul 18, 2020
    6
    bought at full price and don't think it's worth the value.
    Got bored very fast, puzzle solutions are kinda repetitive.. Though there were def
    bought at full price and don't think it's worth the value.
    Got bored very fast, puzzle solutions are kinda repetitive.. Though there were def moments that surprised me, but before getting to those moments which only showed up once a while, I wasn't intrigued during most of the gameplay..
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  6. Jul 21, 2020
    5
    This is almost a good game. The makers of Subliminal had a good idea about solving puzzle using perspective, and they sort of made it work,This is almost a good game. The makers of Subliminal had a good idea about solving puzzle using perspective, and they sort of made it work, but they got so many things wrong.

    Starting with the game's strengths, some of the puzzles are genuinely challenging and thought-provoking. I also found it interesting that in certain stages the player can find a way outside of the puzzle area, and enjoy a sort of an easter egg. All this would've been fun, if it weren't for some glaring issues.

    This is where it starts to fall apart. In a first-person 3D puzzler, it's important to get the movement mechanics right, and unfortunately Superliminal just didn't. Both movement and look-around are locked at a constant speed, making this game extremely cumbersome to navigate. Top that with the fact that many of the puzzles require fairly precise positioning, and you've got yourself an constant exercise in frustration.

    The narration is simply terrible. The makers of Subliminal clearly tried to imitate Portal narratively, but had neither the writing talent, nor the voice acting talent available to them, winding up with a monotonous, repetitive set of bad jokes, and no character development whatsoever.

    The puzzles range from pretty good to not a puzzle. Many of the game's "puzzles" consist of walking from point A to point B, which sometimes takes an excruciatingly long time, due to the game's physics and movement mechanics. Other puzzles required finding a grab-able object among a room full non-grab-able objects, providing no way to distinguish between them.

    Late in the game, a certain puzzle stage has a fail state. As in, if you wind up there, you have to go to the menu and restart from the last check point. Mind you, this is the only point in the game that has a fail state. I literally spent half an hour trying to get out of it, before I finally looked it up in a walk-through, and proceeded to facepalm.

    The game's graphics are just mediocre. The models, shading, and lighting are primitive, but they work fairly well with this type of game. However, there are a few artifacts that occur while using the game's perspective-shifting mechanics, that sort of break the immersion.

    The sound design, on the other hand, is barely even there. Nothing about it is memorable, or helps the game in any way. Was there music? Environmental cues? Ambience? All I remember is that objects make noises when they're dropped.

    Superliminal was so close to being good, that it would totally pass as a good prototype of a game, but it fails terribly as an actual game, due to a lack of any sort of polish, as well as an abundance of design elements that make it excessively frustrating to play.
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  7. Jul 24, 2020
    0
    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

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