Somerville Reviews

Somerville is ranked in the 44th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
VG247
Top Critic
Nov 15, 2022

In truth, I’m not the biggest thinker when it comes to media. I watch a film, read a book, play a game, and take what’s happened at face value. If meaning is hidden behind a 10k-post Reddit thread, then, well, maybe it wasn’t conveyed well enough. Somerville doesn’t have this problem. It’s affecting in all the right ways, and a game I really can’t recommend strongly enough.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville is a beautiful and smart environmental puzzler filled with great ideas and a story that grips you from start to finish.

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TheGamer
Top Critic
Nov 14, 2022

Somerville is one of the year’s biggest surprises, and I’m still shocked to see it fly under the radar. Its portrayal of an alien invasion raging across the British countryside hit close to home, while the story of a father searching for his family and being tied up in a dilemma so much bigger than he ever imagined is both nothing like I expected and everything I wanted. I can’t wait to see players far smarter than I piece its most devious puzzles together, since there are still so many questions waiting to be answered.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2022

Somerville is a near-perfect adventure game themed around an alien apocalypse, with fantastic puzzles and exploration. Its few missteps do little to detract from the overall experience.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville immerses you in a gripping adventure in the midst of an alien invasion. It will bring immersive atmosphere, well thought out puzzle elements, gorgeous visuals but also some frustration.

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9 / 10
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville left me with many more questions than answers, but the journey was well worth it in the end. Taking around 5-6 hours to complete, this puzzle adventure game revels in obscurity and almost completely forgoes dialogue, text and traditional HUD elements. The whole game is a tonne of fun to play and doesn’t hold your hand at all, making the tricky brain teasers mighty satisfying to conquer.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

It feels like cheating to call Somerville a debut indie title when its creator's individual pedigree is so strong, but it's a tremendous spiritual successor to both Limbo and Inside. It takes an ordinary setting, quickly removes all normalcy, and takes the player on a fleeting sci-fi thrill ride that makes use of every second of your attention that it has.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2022

Somerville is a fantastic debut for Jumpship that should be commended, but a little extra polish in some key areas would have made an already great game even better.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville is one of the most unique indie experiences of 2022. If you're fan of Playdead games or the Little Nightmares series, then Somerville is able to make you fall in love with it from the very first scene. As the very first game from Jumpship studio, it's a great title that's only hampered by some control issues. I strongly recommend it.

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Nov 15, 2022

Jumpship's debut is a fantastic sci-fi tale with an intense atmosphere and wonderfully touching narrative, even if there are a few puzzle and movement frustrations.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Somerville is held back by technical shortcomings, but is full of impressive moments worth experiencing with the lights turned low and and your headphones up high. The father’s adventure lingers in my mind as I reflect on what happened, and those memories do ultimately outweigh the technical shortcomings. I hope time will provide improvements to bring the game to where it deserves to be, which is high in the sky alongside the ships of the invading forces.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2022

When the journey was over, with the credits rolling, I found myself left deep in thought, reflecting on what I had just seen unfold and the meaning of the journey I had embarked on. Quite whether this grand conclusion actually presents more questions than it does answers, I’m still not sure. In any case, I do think Somerville at least succeeds in delivering that punchy, thought-provoking crescendo and conclusion it was always building towards. I just wish it hadn’t been such a slog to get there.

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80 / 100
Nov 27, 2022

With his particular vision of The War of the Worlds, Somerville proposes a precious cinematic adventure focused on narration.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville does for Inside for what Inside did for Limbo. While the means of gameplay has evolved into a 3D realm, it’s more an emphasis on an actual narrative that sets it apart.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

Some clever puzzles, great visuals, and a solid story help carry Somerville through its occasional rough spots.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville is a true "short and sweet" gaming experience that really throws a spanner into traditional storytelling and gaming.

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TrueGaming
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2022

Somerville is an excellent start for Jumpship. It might not be another classic like Limbo or Inside, but it was close to being one. A must-buy for fans of the genre.

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8 / 10
Nov 15, 2022

Somerville is a bleak, threatening and intimidating world to survive as you struggle to save your family. Its mix of surprisingly in-depth gameplay puzzling, beautiful art direction and genuinely heartfelt narrative glimpses of hope help it overcome what could have been burgeoning control and technical issues. You’ll struggle with more than just the invaders on occasion, but you’ll persevere willingly to take in more of this utterly compelling world.

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80 / 100
Nov 17, 2022

Somerville has great potential, as not many games leave us wishing for more. It's an innovative puzzle game that falls a little short of its goal of providing a substantial and in-depth experience. But in no way can Somerville be called an imperfect game. It still manages to tug at the emotions and deliver its central themes brilliantly, and the genre will like many aspects of the game. It's an ambitious project, and I would love to see more from such a unique initiative.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2022

In dark murky cues, colors pops will either mean danger or interactable objectives. There is no soundtrack thankfully as it would just divert the attention away from the environmental sounds of our man’s harsh breathing, the droning of enemy scouts, and the dire creaking of the trees and buildings around this desperate endeavour to just survive.

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