Genesis Noir Reviews
The big bang meets the whodunnit in this dazzlingly inventive point-and-click adventure spanning time and space
Genesis Noir is genre fiction that slow burns from a hard-boiled detective mystery to a cosmic exploration of potential and possibility. It showcases a form of storytelling exclusive to an interactive medium, not only immersing the player in rhapsodic visual landscapes, but expecting them to find tactile interpretations from its collection of curiosities. Genesis Noir doesn't position chaos as a subject for control, only an objective to be experienced and appreciated.
No Man's attempt to save Miss Mass from being murdered, and its implications for the universe, so brilliantly mirror the self-indulgence of a tragic romance. To the people in a relationship, everything is the start of something big and meaningful, like an entire universe forming, exploding, and expanding outward. What is it that sparks abiogenesis? What is it that sparks love? Are both an accident of proximity and fire? These questions aren't necessarily answered in Genesis Noir. But the asking is beautiful all the same.
Genesis Noir may not be for everyone. You’ll need patience for it – and if you like games that hold your hand, it’s likely not for you. But stick with it, and you’ll find an extraordinary and rare title unlike anything else you’ve played. It’s beautiful, clever, and very tricky in places – but you’ll be thinking about it long after you’ve turned it off.
The best way to summarize Genesis Noir is that it is an art piece that is only possible in its medium. It is a beautiful experience full of emotional connections, and that is told genuinely and with such intelligence that it is deeply relatable. It is a profound experience and one wholly unique to the industry.
For those that love projects that take a few risks and try to do something different, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. The imagination and variety on display is frankly phenomenal, and as fan of experiments and risks in this medium, I’m left thoroughly impressed. But if you can slip on a good pair of headphones, and imagine yourself in a smoky jazz club with a drink in hand, I think you’ll have a very good time indeed.
By zipping through the creation of life itself, you might just find answers to why someone has been shot and how to stop it. Though some puzzles and controls can get pretty frustrating, the adventure itself is the draw, and with Genesis Noir, it's a beautiful trip through primordial creation worth taking. If you're eager to see what kind of stylish, inventive ways developers are finding to tell stories in games, this hard-boiled trip is worth the ticket.
Stirring, artistic, and emotionally resonant, Genesis Noir is quite a unique experience. The puzzles can be tedious, but the game makes up for it with gorgeous art direction and sterling creativity.
Very simple in its mechanics, Genesis Noir takes over with flawless atmosphere, style and a mind-blowing flight of fantasy.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Genesis Noir is unlike anything that I’ve ever played before, with its enigmatic tale and stunning presentation really making for something a bit special. Don’t get me wrong, it’s guilty of being a little linear and the lack of dialogue can see the narrative feeling a little bit convoluted in places, yet there’s something so utterly engaging about the experience that it’s hard not to find yourself drawn in from start to end. I said it at the start of the review, and I’ll say it again: Genesis Noir is a really weird game. It’s one that I’m glad I got to experience though, and one that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
I still don't know exactly WHAT I played but I know that it was a unique experience. Play Genesis Noir when you really have time for it.
Review in German | Read full review
A unique blend of visuals, music, gameplay, and heady story themes combine in one of the most artistically daring video games of recent years.
Genesis Noir is a sublime trip through the history of the universe. Feral Cat Den did a terrific job in terms of balancing scientific premises and mythic consequences developing a linear, but visionary, point and click experience, whose only little sin is to indulge sometimes in its own beauty.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Genesis Noir is a game where visual design and presentation are more important. If you want to look for a different experience and say "gameplay is not so important", you can take Genesis Noir blindly. However, those who expect a certain “challenge” and a more concrete storytelling may be disappointed. If you have Game Pass, it wouldn't hurt to try it.
Review in Turkish | Read full review
Genesis Noir is unique in the way that it is actually different from anything you consider a video game. The bits that make the full span of the game, at first glance shouldn’t really be part of the same whole but they’ve been put together so masterfully that it works beautifully on both the artistic and the emotional levels and it still feels and plays like a true video game.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Genesis Noir is a visually spectacular video game with an enthralling, albeit abstract, narrative. While its more gameplay focused segments often bring the game down a notch, whenever Genesis Noir treats the player to one of its lavishly animated cutscenes, it's hard not to salivate at its gorgeous art style. The eclectic mix of sound and visuals create an experience unlike any other in video game history. Genesis Noir is truly unique, and while not always a fun experience, it is by far one of the most mesmerising adventures I've ever had the pleasure of undertaking.
Experimental and beautiful, Genesis Noir talks about love and beauty in a way not many ways have talked before.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Although I feel like I didn’t quite understand all of what Genesis Noir was trying to accomplish in story, I absolutely understood the emotional journey it took me on. From the joyous beginnings to the urgently depressing ending and even the loneliness, hope, and determination that came after, Genesis Noir is a celebration of humanity, the universe, and of life itself. Genesis Noir is a church for the religious and non-religious alike, and a spiritual experience worth undertaking at any price. Will you traverse time and space for the one you love? Or will you find love among the cosmos along the way? Genesis Noir knows the answer — find out by pursuing this mesmerizing journey on console or PC.
A little abstract in nature, but Genesis Noir is an all-around stunning audio-visual adventure.
If you like interesting experiences, beautiful stories, and powerful messages all wrapped up in a hot jazz soundtrack, you'll love Genesis Noir. However, be aware that it will not be without frustration, especially until the developers release a performance patch for Switch.