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  • Summary: Etherborn is an elegant leap in the gravity-puzzle genre, an environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures. Travel through beautiful and exotic locations, where each level is an organic puzzle to explore, manipulate and shift gravity on inEtherborn is an elegant leap in the gravity-puzzle genre, an environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures. Travel through beautiful and exotic locations, where each level is an organic puzzle to explore, manipulate and shift gravity on in order to decipher the way forward. Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 8, 2019
    90
    Etherborn is a short and sweet platform-like puzzler game. It features surreal, artistic graphics, beautiful music, "ethereal" controls and is in itself quite unique. The downside is the game can be completed in three to five hours at the cost of $16.99 USD. You'll need to decide if you think it's worth the cost but we hope you do. Otherwise, you will miss out on a challenging puzzle game that is unlike any other game out there.
  2. Jul 19, 2019
    90
    Etherborn is not only a solid, content-rich video game, but also a work of art. Etherborn once again proves that innovation is the main key to success in this industry, and there is no limit, even for indie developers with small budgets, if their ideas are genuine enough.
  3. Jul 19, 2019
    80
    A unique and beautiful game that may be too hard sometimes, and with some control issues, but that results on one of the more enjoyable games on the last few weeks.
  4. Jul 19, 2019
    73
    Etherborn offers us some very clever platform-puzzle mechanics with a good artistic design. It sometimes feels a bit more difficult and frustrating than it should be due to how the camera works, but it's definitely a game to consider for lovers of the genre.
  5. Jul 18, 2019
    68
    Etherborn is a creative and occasionally maddening puzzler that will test your brainpower. However, there's not a ton of content here, and the backing narration often comes across as pretentious nonsense.
  6. Jul 18, 2019
    66
    Whilst short and somewhat overly dramatic in regards to its writing, the game’s core loop is thoroughly well designed, putting forward engaging, clever mechanics that rarely grow tiresome. This is further upheld by solid visual and audio design, both of which collectively set the vibe of the game remarkably well. Puzzle fans looking to fill a quiet evening will no doubt enjoy what’s on offer, it’s just a shame it’s all over with far too soon.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 13, 2019
    50
    An intriguing premise with flawed execution. But what does it all mean? [Issue#181, p.85]

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  1. Jul 22, 2019
    8
    Etherborn is a perspective altering puzzle game. You play as what appears to be an ethereal humanoid, with a nervous system visible within.Etherborn is a perspective altering puzzle game. You play as what appears to be an ethereal humanoid, with a nervous system visible within. You play by walking around a level collecting orbs, these orbs get placed on platforms to alter the level so you can progress. This sounds simple, but when I say walk around a level, I mean it. When you walk up a ramp, or over a curve in the ground, gravity changes with the orientation of your body, as if you create your own gravity. You start the game at the endless tree, this is how you traverse the various stages. As you wander along the tree you get your first taste of the gravity effect, and the first stage gives you the rest. The stages get progressively complex as you move along the tree, adding new dangers and constantly making you look at the worlds from every angle. The complexity of the stages, is something to admire, as it must have taken great effort to conceptualize these worlds. The music is almost zen to each environment, helping immerse you into the situation. Etherborn was a joy to play, and made me think outside of the normal realm of platforming. I highly recommend this game to puzzle solvers everywhere, it's unique and provides an incredible experience! Expand