Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jan 6, 2019
    85
    Nobody had expected Below in 2018 anymoe - and even more unexpectedly the low-poly Roguelike is one of the hits of the year.
  2. Jan 9, 2019
    80
    Below is a great indie game which can mix genres and mechanics to tell a story that is worth playing. It could have been a real masterpiece, with some more balance between the combat system and the survival gameplay.
  3. Dec 25, 2018
    80
    Below is not an inviting or wholly accessible experience. It does, however, have a lot to offer to players who enjoy uncovering mysteries and delving headlong into the unknown. It’s a more hardcore Zelda game without the true bite of a Souls-like. Love it or hate it, Below is unabashed in what it is and what it demands of players who brave its depths.
  4. Dec 20, 2018
    80
    Below is a game that will keep calling you back. With its challenging gameplay loop, beautiful design and polished mechanics, it's a game that could easily become a classic of the genre over time.
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    76
    Below can be extremely punitive and frustrating. In case you intend to embark anyway, we advise you to bring back a good deal of patience-in-box, because you will certainly need it.
  6. Dec 20, 2018
    75
    Below is a dark, mysterious game that invites you to illuminate its secrets, then punishes you for trying. While it does a great job invoking a sense of wonder, thanks in part to its sparse, tense soundtrack, its genuinely great moments are spread far too thin. Below will certainly be a divisive game, but it offers a compelling experience for players willing to put up with a good amount of frustration and tedium.
  7. Dec 20, 2018
    75
    Below is an experience where survival and exploration are the keys to success in a narrative and well-polished environment. Unfortunately, the roguelike aspect is sometimes too repetitive, and the lack of visibility messes with the pleasure that we take.
  8. Dec 18, 2018
    75
    You need serious tenacity and perseverance to see the sights, but they are wonders worth seeing.
  9. 70
    Below has simple but satisfying combat, is easy on the eyes and ears, and the crafting system is fun once you get to grips with it. The trouble is, unlike other recent roguelike games, it doesn’t value fun above frustration and actively punishes you for slip-ups. Despite this, it’s a compelling experience, just not necessarily a fun one.
  10. Jan 10, 2019
    70
    The atmosphere and presentation shine, but the gameplay in Below is at times frustratingly repetitive.
  11. Dec 21, 2018
    70
    Below is an incredibile and artistic journey, but not a great rogue lite.
  12. Dec 21, 2018
    70
    It might not get the balance right when it comes to deciding when and when not to teach players the rules in place, but for those willing to look past these frustrations and bear the brunt of a grueling introduction, BELOW‘s simplified stylings and anxious trek downward offer up a decent-enough spin on survival and roguelike exploration alike.
  13. Dec 18, 2018
    70
    Below is a good game, but it could have been something great with some more attention to things that were bound to frustrate gamers from the get-go. It's a solid adventure, and a wonderfully interesting mystery. But it's not always fun to play.
  14. Dec 20, 2018
    69
    Below is a gorgeous, atmospheric dungeon crawler that is difficult to take in at the pace it deserves because of oppressive survival mechanics.
  15. Dec 17, 2018
    68
    Capy’s tough-love approach and well-worn survival systems makes it harder to appreciate Below’s singular look and feel.
  16. Jan 17, 2019
    67
    The art style is so beautiful to enjoy, but the gameplay is too repetitive to bear.
  17. Apr 4, 2019
    65
    Below is divisive. Few will argue about the bleak beauty of the game, but everything else sets it up as a title you'll either love or hate, with few reservations. From the lack of instructions to the slow pace and the combat and survival mechanics, there are things that seem to conflict with one another but work fine at the same time. It is a game that asks you to stick with it for a while, and you'll be rewarded with an atmosphere that allows you to interpret things your way. Given some of the game's shortcomings, not everyone will have the commitment to playing until they encounter that "Eureka!" moment. As such, Below gets a cautious recommendation if you weren't already sold on the idea.
  18. Dec 18, 2018
    65
    Some players will relish the challenge, but I just couldn't. Not in this game. Below puts its best foot forward in its early hours and then never stops losing steam. If the experience were somehow compressed into a tighter six- to eight-hour adventure, I'd confidently recommend it to a wide audience. As it stands, the game has a masterful command of ambience, but it comes with too many caveats.
  19. 60
    For a majority of what BELOW sets out to accomplish, it does well. However, there are aspects which might deter: the potential monotony and a lack of a clear incentive to proceed further and see this story through.
  20. Jan 17, 2019
    60
    There’s a fun and challenging experience down in the depths of Below, especially in the very lowest levels. Unfortunately, the cumbersome design will turn players away and keep the game’s treasures hidden forever.
  21. Jan 2, 2019
    60
    Below's extreme demands for patience and tolerance remain right through to the game's mysterious ending. But despite its assured aesthetic and the initial pleasures of discovery, Below will eventually turn into a slog for all but the most committed of players.
  22. Dec 21, 2018
    60
    BELOW held a series of incredible highs and depressing lows, and harbored several unlovable mechanics. But its tense environment and enchanting ambiance kept the experience alive to the very end for me.
  23. Dec 17, 2018
    60
    Despite my love for the art direction and music of BELOW, the gameplay's flaws have led me to ultimately dislike the game overall. It's not completely bad, but a lot of it feels shallow and bland compared to other roguelikes.
  24. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 4, 2019
    20
    Deep under the ground an atmospheric game was born, which was ruined by incomprehensible mistakes. The game frustrates with malicious difficulty, poor controls and during the bird-view you can´t distinguish good from evil. [Issue#293]
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  1. Dec 18, 2018
    It’s a brute of a game. I think I like it. But I’m not sure. Ask me in another 30 hours.
  2. Progress feels so gradual as to be nonexistent, and can be instantly wiped out — but not in a calculated way like the difficulty of Dark Souls. In a sort of hopeless way. Each warrior is a tiny Sisyphus.
  3. Dec 21, 2018
    Personally, I can’t handle it in more than a few short bursts at a time, but it keeps sticking in the back of my brain, luring me back, a dark, mysterious island of a game just begging to be explored.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  1. Dec 15, 2018
    7
    Beautiful, boring, mysterious.

    There's a sense of wonder and exploration in Below you don't get anywhere else. It's mysterious, foreboding,
    Beautiful, boring, mysterious.

    There's a sense of wonder and exploration in Below you don't get anywhere else. It's mysterious, foreboding, and it really is a world of its own. It's beautiful, the music is gorgeous and it creates a real atmosphere, especially when you're out in the rain, exploring the island for the first time. This atmosphere extends into the depths as you go down, and then fills you with wonder when you find a short-cut connecting you to a previously visited area, or a secret-passage that opens to a beach, where tens of ship-wrecks lie still in the water. You will feel clever when you catch a fish with your spear, feel conflicted when you kill a harmless fox for your own survival. You will, however, feel an unrelenting and unavoidable sense of boredom dawn upon you as you pick up every stick, rock and piece of string, make your sixty-eighth band-aid, your fiftieth torch, find your coveted lantern, only to step on a trap immediately after, teleport backwards and forwards and up-and-down between each campfire, walk down the same set of steps for the sixteenth time, swing your sword, or fire your unwieldy bow at the same enemy, in the same room over and over, picking up the remains of every single one, as you descend again and again. You will be compelled however to continue, for your curiosity cannot be quenched, and the allure of revelation - the telling of just another secret is too rich a prize, and however hard the slog, however seemingly distant and intangible the reward; however down-right tedious the trek, you will be drawn back down Below.
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  2. Dec 15, 2018
    3
    average for a roguelike, at best. the issue is the slow game pace. you run too much. like many others, i do not like the camera because it isaverage for a roguelike, at best. the issue is the slow game pace. you run too much. like many others, i do not like the camera because it is way too high above the character, which makes combat and other actions feel less intense, i'm afraid. overall, it is okay, and it has some dark and fantasy moments. but really, the roguelike genre is so rich in games and concepts, there are and there will be better games. the graphics are decent, though i admit that it looks cheap when the light is reflected from the ground between the grass as if you were walking on metal, which feels weird. i am not sure why they missed it. the same goes to the very shaky grass animations. my general feeling is that below came too late. it may have been a hit 3-5 years ago, but today it is not special. but if you dig the theme, the atmosphere, go for it, or wait for a sales. Full Review »
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    5
    just good music i think , confusing map , no information , when you die you must start at the first that show there is no story and just ajust good music i think , confusing map , no information , when you die you must start at the first that show there is no story and just a survival video game . Full Review »