Struggling

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

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5 / 10
Sep 1, 2020

Struggling is a mess. While I can't fault the controls themselves, the object physics are just not reliable enough in crucial areas, as the momentum when using some objects is too chaotic to reliably make progress. Unless you have the patience of a saint or an online audience eager to see your reactions as you're battling through, this is probably not the game for you.

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75 / 100
Aug 27, 2020

Struggling is a unique game: difficult, sometimes frustrating, full of nauseating characters, but incredibly fun. Coop multiplayer is also a great experience.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

If you love a challenge, Struggling provides it in spades. The visuals and level designs are fantastic, and the music is the icing on the blood-soaked cake.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2021

Struggling is a game that I was sure I was going to dislike but had me changing my mind with pure joy from the earliest stages.

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6.8 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2020

Like its repulsive protagonist, Struggling is a two-faced herm. It has a stomach-turning glance, yet irresistible. Alternate questionable design choices with fragments of good entertainment. It is a poison (in single) and a panacea (in pairs). You may hate it, if patience is not your forte; or worship him, if you are a person of spirit. One thing is certain: you have hardly had - and will have - to deal with a video game as absurd as Struggling.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2021

‎Constant deaths, relentless levels, control schemes that are difficult to master... ‎‎Victory in Struggling is a luxury,‎‎ something that is not easily granted to us and for which we have to fight constantly. Deliberately stripping the player of almost any kind of action carried out not only radically changes the mobility and style employed, but also has a great psychological effect on it. It is precisely here where the greatest charm of the adventure lies, and although sometimes the end does not justify the means, it is a proposal as original and different as frustrating.‎

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7.2 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2020

Chasing Rats and Frontier bring us Struggling, a game where control becomes primordial in our goal to guide our "hero" Troy to freedom. An original, provocative and very funny title.

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5 / 10
Sep 2, 2020

Struggling isn't the first game whose main gimmick is a protagonist who's deliberately difficult to control. Whereas other games do this for comedy effect, though, here it only serves to frustrate. It's difficult enough in single-player, but as a co-op experience you're far more likely to want to slap your friend in the face before you'll high-five them. Success does feel like an accomplishment, but the end rarely justifies the means, making this strictly a game for masochists.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2020

Struggling is a bizarre, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining adventure that makes the most of its relatively simple graphics and gameplay

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3.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

If you like overcoming frustration, maybe you'll find something worthwhile. I don't.

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