The Signifier

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

29%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 25, 2020

The Signifier is almost an essential experience for anybody looking for a sophisticated and complex meditation on the effects of technological progress on the nature of humanity but as a game it doesn't quite hang together. Even more frustrating is the fact that its short running time means that it ends just as it's starting to find its feet. As a result it's a title that I am really glad that I have played but can't fully commit to recommending it.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2020

The Signifier is an ambitious game that is also aware of its limits. Unfortunately, that is not enough to elevate it among the greats. It offers a great, alienating and at times disturbing atmosphere, but its strongest suit is tackling issues that force the player out of his comfort zone. Unfortunately, mechanics are not as strong as the atmosphere, which makes the short duration (about six hours) a good choice. The ending is a bit fuzzy, however – and probably a setup for a sequel.

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8 / 10
Oct 19, 2020

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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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2020

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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5 / 10
Oct 30, 2020

The Signifier promises a lot, but doesn't deliver. However, you can't deny Playmestudio have made something unique and I look forward to seeing future titles from the studio.

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7 / 10
Oct 27, 2020

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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7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2020

The Signifier is a sign of something great. Its story is intriguing and the way it conceptualises all its effort is wonderful. That being said, the general presentation lets it down somewhat and the short playtime left me wanting much more.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2020

The Signifier is an intriguing and enjoyable narrative-driven game that benefits from proper pacing and discovery mixed with a very interesting setting and environments.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2020

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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Athanasios

Top Critic

5 / 10
Oct 27, 2020

Behind The Signifier's exciting façade, lies an unexciting walking sim. The story is pretty interesting despite its flaws, and the simulation of the trip to one's memories looks great despite the low budget used, but the actual gameplay just doesn't cut it, mainly because players won't really have to think much, and instead just go through the necessary motions required to move on, repeating the process for a couple of hours.

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