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[I] Doesn't Exist

LUAL Games KIG, DreadXP
Oct 5, 2023 - PC

OpenCritic Rating


Top Critic Average

8 / 10
Screen Rant
4.5 / 5
Checkpoint Gaming
5 / 10
Hey Poor Player
3 / 5
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Critic Reviews for [I] Doesn't Exist

Despite some minor issues and some disorienting audio, I appreciated the metanarrative and surrealism of [I] doesn't exist. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys story-rich games.

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[I] Doesn’t Exist is a brief but impactful experience that uses unique mechanics & smart writing to tell a complex & emotional story.

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As a bachelor project, [I] Doesn't Exist certainly demonstrates the technical competency of its developers, but as a game in its own right, it doesn't particularly offer anything unique or worthwhile. Using parser controls to tell an unconventional narrative is an interesting concept, but the actual conversations to be had are vague, unhelpful, and don't tell a decipherable narrative. Check it out if you're jonesing for a hit of retro parser gameplay, but there's otherwise not much here that makes it stand out.

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For all intents and purposes, if you want a blast from the past with a hidden twist all wrapped up in a tidy little package, I Doesn’t Exist is harmless enough that I’d recommend the venture. Just temper your expectations a bit and have some patience set aside for the text-input side of I Doesn’t Exist. After all, who knows when the next time will be that we’ll actually see someone using text-adventure gameplay again.

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