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Small Radios Big Televisions

Adult Swim, FIRE FACE
Nov 8, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

28%

Critics Recommend

Destructoid
8.5 / 10
IGN Spain
7.5 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5
God is a Geek
7 / 10
DualShockers
8 / 10
PlayStation LifeStyle
3 / 10
Push Square
5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Small Radios Big Televisions

Despite its brisk pace and sparse storytelling, Small Radios Big Televisions manages to feel like a complete handcrafted package. The game shines when you're weaving between corridors and virtual worlds hunting for keys to a mystery among forgotten places and glitchy spaces. Like any great mixtape, Small Radios is packed with moments worth remembering, even if feels like it should be just one song longer.

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A different kind of puzzle game, perfect for those who want something not very hard but calm proposal.

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Small Radios Big Televisions isn't the type of two-hour indie experience that's going to blow your mind, but there's something oddly relaxing and engrossing about navigating through its creepy factories.

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It's not a bad puzzle game by any means, and the virtual worlds add intrigue and wonder, but overall you won't be going back after finishing the two-hour playthrough.

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As someone who has ADD, it's difficult for me to concentrate on a game for even 30 minutes — yet, Small Radios Big Televisions plucked me out of reality and dropped me into its world for two hours. I never once looked away when playing it — something that has only happened to me one other time. It was upon that realization, that I knew Fire Face had created something unique and special in an industry deprived of originality.

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I spent every minute in Small Radios Big Televisions waiting for it to become enjoyable, and then before I knew it the credits had hit. There was no magic moment where everything clicked, nor did the worlds I was viewing ever become something more than just a cool visual. This may be an audiovisual treat, but there's absolutely no substance backing it up.

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While very short and suffering from some control issues, Small Radios Big Televisions mostly succeeds in delivering a fun, bizarre adventure game. Its presentation is its greatest strength, offering moments of tranquility and also of total obscurity. It's a shame that the puzzles never grow beyond their initial design, as the premise practically begs to be expanded upon. Hopefully a more fleshed out sequel can introduce some new ideas, as there's the core of a good game here. It's just not quite long enough or varied enough, so you may want to rewind your expectations before pressing play.

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This is a neat game, for sure, and you should put it on your wishlist at the very least.

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