The Signifier

Playmestudio, Raw Fury

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
71
Top Critic Average
31%
Critics Recommend
Based on 13 critic reviews
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The Signifier

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCOct 15, 2020

Developer: Playmestudio

Publisher: Raw Fury

Genres: Adventure, Horror

The Signifier is a first-person tech-noir mystery adventure that blends investigation, experimental psychology, and artificial intelligence. Players step into the role of Frederick Russell, an expert in AI and psychology, and the main researcher behind an experimental deep brain scanner called the Dreamwalker. Its controversial technology allows the exploration of the recorded senses and unconscious realms of the mind. He finds himself thrust into a spiral of intrigue when asked to use his creation after the vice president of the world’s biggest tech company turns up dead in her apartment. Explore the real and surreal worlds, become immersed in fringe psychology, solve puzzles, and find the truth. Features: Three coexisting dimensions to explore: reality, and the objective memories and subjective dreams in the mindscape Move between realms to solve puzzles, unlock new dialog branches, and unravel the mystery Learn psychological concepts to use powers and tools for navigating the strange and unpredictable unconsciousness Every challenge is part of the mystery that creates unique moments with no filler A multi-layer narrative that spirals into a complex web of real-world intrigue as surreal suspense Get immersed in thought provoking tension, free from jump scares Question the implications of AI, intrusion to the consciousness, privacy, and whether we see the world as it is or a subjective creation of our minds

The Signifier Critic Reviews

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The Signifier is an intriguing adventure game/ walking simulator with a compelling story and unique design aspects. The presentation can be a bit janky, but the game has definitely stuck in my mind since finishing it.

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It's clearly well thought out, but in execution The Signifer doesn't quite match up to its intriguing concept and utterly convincing setting. The latter are so strong, though, that they keep you engaged even as you grapple with clunkier gameplay aspects and an abrupt ending. Ambitious, cerebral, worth investigating.

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The Signifier is a relatively solid interactive experience where you dive deeply into the ideas of self, psychology, technology, and the eventually marrying of the two and the potential ramifications. The mindscape, and some of the creepy factors within, are the best parts of the game and something I recommend anyone see at least once, given how it's presented. But, I also wonder if there's enough meat to the average gamer. It's an intriguing enough story with some twists, but there's only so much to do.

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The Signifier is a thought-provoking, dark sci-fi opera that revolves around controversail themes like subconscious manipulation and violated memories.

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