Saturnalia Reviews

Saturnalia is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Recommended
Oct 27, 2022

A pretty Sardinian village merges with all kinds of hellish influence in this nightmarish, claustrophic horror from arthouse developer Santa Ragione.

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Top Critic
7 / 10
Oct 31, 2022

One of the most visually interesting video games of the year but also a survival horror that's not quite scary enough to reach its full potential.

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8 / 10
Nov 1, 2022

Meanwhile, each of the game’s characters come with an interesting, yet heavy backstory attached that’ll pique your curiosity and inspire you to dig deeper. At times, the narrative can get lost in the chaos of trying not to get all four characters killed, but when it’s present, such as in items and clues, it’s gripping and will haunt you long after you’ve beaten the game.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

A game that conveys in a very fascinating way the principles of magical thinking, folk horror and hauntology connected to the Italian rural tradition thanks to an awesome artistic work. Gameplaywise, though, Saturnalia struggles to offer solid survival horror mechanics and the roguelite elements are quite shallow, while the core of the narrative adventure is nonetheless gripping and interesting.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is a smart survival horror title that offers plenty of freedom despite its claustrophobic and anxiety-inducing encounters.

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Unscored
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is a pulse-raising, shiver-making, dark little whisper; a beautiful horror game, and you won't have played anything like it before

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Nov 22, 2022

Saturnalia mixes mechanics to effectively elevate the entire survival horror genre.

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Dexerto
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is for the horror game and cinema aficionado who’s looking for something different to play this Halloween. The game is far from perfect and will frustrate and confuse some players, but those with an eye for the creepy and the quirky may find their new obsession. This is a game that requires a dark room, an open mind, and plenty of patience, but those who can muster up these things will have a good time – just don’t be surprised if you avoid the dark for a long while to come.

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7 / 10
Oct 28, 2022

Ultimately, Saturnalia is one unique horror experience where the developer's own use of limited resources combine to create something compelling and unique.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is an atypical horror game, but engaging and extremely funny. Solid gameplay is accompanied by a great art direction.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is a striking homage to Giallo films and makes effective use of Italian folklore to power its horror. It's often better in the ideas than it is in practice, but those are some damn good ideas.

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Unscored
Nov 1, 2022

“Saturnalia” is best approached as a darkly themed puzzle game constructed around the social bonds that unite a village. The handcrafted art style nicely counterbalances a decent game that is let down by its survival horror elements.

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Oct 27, 2022

Ultimately, Saturnalia is hard to call a must-play horror game, as it's likely to be polarizing both in terms of its presentation and its mechanics. A slower pace, somewhat minimalist gameplay, and mystery-laden narrative style will keep it from being everyone's cup of tea. Yet fans of exploration looking for a beautiful, atmospheric mystery (with just a handful of things that lurk in the dark) will find that Saturnalia is a wholly unique adventure that's well worth taking.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

The terrible misadventure in Sardinian lands of a small group of explorers becomes for Santa Ragione the frame of a work with a valuable artistic direction. The exploration of the fictitious city of Gravoi proves to be the main mechanic of a somewhat bare gameplay in terms of content, lacking in tension due to a very permissive roguelite nature.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 2, 2022

Saturnalia is one of the best and most unique horror games of 2022 that not a single horror fan should miss.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2022

Saturnalia is one of a kind game, a roguelite survival horror that mixes sardinian floklore with a commendable visual art style.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2022

The striking art and sound of Saturnalia are definitely its strengths. The gameplay is a compelling mixture of ideas that mostly pay off due to the puzzle-like scenario. The storytelling may lead to confusion, but there is nothing else like Saturnalia.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2022

An intriguing little game with a great setting and aesthetic, well worth experiencing blind.

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Oct 29, 2022

Terrifying and unique, Saturnalia delivers almost everything you could want from an indie horror game in a single stylish and accessible package.

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3.5 / 5.0
Nov 21, 2022

Saturnalia is a decent game. The clue board is something that many mystery games lack, giving this title an edge over others. And not having to run back and forth to re-acquire key items or clues is wonderful. Having a good memory will help with the gameplay, as usable items get shuffled back to their points of origin. If you’re down for a mystery title that is relatively short at six total hours of game time, this might be a great title for you.

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