• Publisher: 3909
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2018
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  • Summary: Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person mystery adventure based on exploration and logical deduction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    Lesson of purpose and purity of game design. All the technical and game principles are subject to great narrative and an experience you will not forget. [Issue#291]
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    95
    This is a game I can not stop thinking about. I think about it at work -- either remembering crazy moments I didn't see coming, or reflecting on recently discovered information and its implications. This is absolutely a "thinking man's game," and it's one that I hope other developers (or Mr. Pope himself) decide to ape and expand on. Despite the fact that this isn't a detective game, I've never felt more like a dick.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    92
    The creator of Papers Please offers us a modern classic again.Return of the Obra Dinn uses an original and personal narrative in a development that makes us feel like true detectives. Visually it is an exercise in retro love and good taste. Lucas Pope delivers us one of the games of the year.
  4. Oct 19, 2018
    90
    A unique art style and a fantastic puzzle hook make Return of the Obra Dinn a detective story worth experiencing, especially if you can do it all in one go.
  5. Oct 23, 2018
    90
    If you had to choose just one detective game, it should be that one. Return of the Obra Dinn is incredibly smart, has an amazing atmosphere and tells its story with great intelligence. A true masterpiece.
  6. Jan 15, 2019
    85
    Sound design, music, and an inspired graphical style makes Return of the Obra Dinn an unsettling but satisfying exercise in deduction.
  7. Dec 2, 2018
    71
    There is no thrilling story, colorful characters or allure of the high seas. Instead, Return of the Obra Dinn is a bold, massive puzzle, an exquisite workout for your 'gray cells'. Unfortunately, the innovative gameplay mechanic gradually loses its appeal and excitement towards the finale, and I had to muster my willpower in order to beat the game in one go.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    The art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzleThe art style of this game is amazing. People don't understand how much work went into this game. The story is great along with the puzzle mechanics of this game. Some of them get really hard at the end. To me, this game is worth 20 dollars. I spent more on not so feature-rich games at $60+. I strongly recommend this game if you like murder mysteries with a puzzle element. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    Return of the Obra Dinn is definitely, and I say this without shame, the best puzzle game of all time.
    Amazing story, Amazing art style,
    Return of the Obra Dinn is definitely, and I say this without shame, the best puzzle game of all time.
    Amazing story, Amazing art style, Amazing Characters.
    The only gripe I have is that you can't buy that amazing soundtrack anywhere right now!
    Buy it!
    Don't cheat, you'll ruin it for yourself,
    Play with a friend, bounce ideas off each other,
    And for god's sake, don't do it all in one go.
    It's like eating Ice cream, you need to pace yourself.
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  3. Oct 23, 2018
    10
    One of the best games I have ever played. It combines a beautiful aesthetic, wonderful atmosphere, a stunning story that constantly intriguedOne of the best games I have ever played. It combines a beautiful aesthetic, wonderful atmosphere, a stunning story that constantly intrigued me and some very interesting and unique mechanics. When I spent almost three hours just trying to work out a few fates approaching the end of the game and then I suddenly picked up on something tiny I hadn't before and everything slotted together — was a truly wonderous moment.

    I would highly recommend Return of the Obra Dinn to pretty much anyone who likes logic puzzles or working things out, and to anyone interested in mechanics or a story you uncover yourself. I personally game quite a bit and love this type of game, however I also know a couple who don't play many games and are running through this together and are having an absolutely brilliant time.

    I have given this review a 10 as I feel it is so close to perfect it merits no less, however it could be improved. Maybe it's the style I play but I found myself moving back and forth through the book more than I'd like. Once you have confirmed an identity, you can't use the sketch to find out information like crew number or nationality without going back to a different page. I also desperately wanted a way to print out the sketch and manifest to make my own notes on paper, as that would have made it slightly easier to keep track of my notes. These are minor improvements that would make the game faultless in my eyes however, so are not worth worrying about too much!

    Best to go in without any spoilers if possible, it will make what you work out yourself all the more sweet!
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  4. Nov 15, 2018
    9
    This is an excellent choose your own pace, murder mystery/puzzle game. The simple aesthetic fits in well with the setting, muting some of theThis is an excellent choose your own pace, murder mystery/puzzle game. The simple aesthetic fits in well with the setting, muting some of the gruesomeness to more clearly show you what is actually going on in each scene. The little details can end up being very important and something as simple as a turn of phrase used in a scene can end up being the difference between identifying a victim and not. My only complaint about this game is that there doesn't seem to be a way to go directly into a previously viewed memory directly from the log book. If it's there, it is not obvious how to do it. It would save a lot of time. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2019
    9
    Excelente muestra de talento por parte de Lucas Pope creando la atmósfera perfecta para centrarte en lo realmente destacable del juego: laExcelente muestra de talento por parte de Lucas Pope creando la atmósfera perfecta para centrarte en lo realmente destacable del juego: la historia, la relación de los personajes y cómo el más mínimo detalle no debe menospreciarse si quieres resolver los 60 sinos.

    Lejos del frenesí de los juegos AAA actuales, Return of th Obra Dinn exigirá el máximo de tu concentración, de tu capacidad de cribar la información y de tu capacidad de deducción.

    Juego totalmente recomendable si quieres una experiencia diferente a lo habitual en la industria.
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  6. Nov 7, 2018
    8
    Return of the Obra Dinn is a triumph.
    A detective puzzle story very unlike any other I have played. The game requires close attention, the
    Return of the Obra Dinn is a triumph.
    A detective puzzle story very unlike any other I have played. The game requires close attention, the ability to sift through information and quite a bit of backtracking. If this doesn't sound like your cuppa tea, then give it a miss.
    I wish I could say I enjoyed every minute in the game, but the first hour was the most exasperating and frustrating experience, however, once I got into a groove of how to negotiate between different scenes and gather information, I was totally overwhelmed by the intricacy and nexus of connections and I felt a part of an organic living system.
    Despite fantastic writing, a superb art style, great soundscape, and addictive gameplay, there are some shortcomings: the aforementioned cumbersome nature of finding information previously missed, and some of the wording of how the characters die, which you have to identify to progress in the game, can be confusing and down to interpretation; what is the difference between someone being "spiked" or "speared" for example. Once I got into the game, I felt it a little short as well.
    That being said, this is a strong contender for my Game of the Year
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  7. Nov 7, 2018
    0
    can't change the controls... unacceptable... can't play with the default ones.
    thank god for refunds

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