Percentile Rank

Soul Axiom is ranked in the 9th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

53

Top Critic Average

6%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

Azralynn
81 / 100
81 / 100
Mar 19, 2016
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Softpedia
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 29, 2016

Wales Interactive clearly has great ideas, but Soul Axiom shows that the company needs to focus a little more on execution to make sure that they unlock their true potential for the public.

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Pure Xbox
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 7, 2016

In conclusion then, Soul Axiom is a slow burning game, but one that satisfies if you engage with the world and its lore. The pacing won't be to everyone's liking, as it isn't a fast paced, reaction based experience, but it is compelling more because of this than in spite of it. Add to this the numerous monkeys to be found, as well as three possible endings and the game has more longevity than the average puzzler. If you fancy having your grey matter teased, you could do a lot worse than this.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 29, 2016

Simplistic and often jarring its intended design may seem, Soul Axiom is a game that requires, as much cunningly desires, the player's warranted need to look beyond the surface that's initially presented.

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Rectify Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2016

Soul Axiom is a relaxed, creative, puzzle-drive storyteller. It is a great addition to the world created in Master Reboot. What it lacks in visual appeal, it makes up for in soul. Avoid if you need action and play if you need a kickback-and-play title with a hearty story.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 8, 2016

Souls Axiom is an interesting title. It explores an unconventional concept to that of most games, and the puzzles are challenging and vary in design. The story is unique but it can be difficult to follow at first as you will become confused by the unusual cutscenes that play at the end of each level. If you persevere with the game, though, it is a rewarding experience that will offer you plenty of content. Collectables don't feel tacked on and they actually help to enrich the game's plot, something that is certainly a blessing with this one. Whether you're after a new puzzle title to get your brain whirring, or an indie game that doesn't possess a pixelated 2D artstyle, Soul Axiom may be worth a look.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 4, 2016

It's simple, but simplicity can be handled in a classy way and I think that Soul Axiom does a great job with something pretty barebones

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 4, 2016

Environmentally diverse, and largely consistent in the quality of its conundrums, Soul Axiom is an imperfect but distinct first-person puzzler.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 11, 2016

There's a lot going on around a game that doesn't really have a lot going on in it. At its core Soul Axiom is a first person puzzler with a minimalist look and feel and mostly underwhelming puzzles. While the game won't really draw you into its narrative or challenge your abilities, it does provide a pleasant stroll through an imaginary world. You don't have to play this game, but if you want to sit back and have someone walk you through a tale while having to pencil in a few puzzles along the way, then Wales Interactive have a story at the ready. It won't blow you away, but you should be entertained enough to appreciate the effort.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Borja 'VodKaVK' Henry Vilar Martos

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2016

With interesting ideas and settings, Soul Axiom doesn't manage to have a narrative compelling enough. The puzzles, whereas integrated with the environment, feel contrived, and parts of the universe are too disjointed to make sense. It'll make you think, though, although sometimes with pain.

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PushStartPlay
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2016

The game is rugged in some departments and a little less ambitious than I had previously thought it would be, but Soul Axiom is still a well put together and intriguing experience. It's a cool world filled with sparkly tech surroundings, a multitude of far ranging level environments and some really enjoyable puzzle solving.

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Entertainment Buddha
65 / 100
65 / 100
Jun 8, 2016

Some souls are not worth saving.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jun 21, 2016

Here's hoping Wales Interactive are able to keep working on Soul Axiom, because these game-breaking bugs are holding back a game that's otherwise creative, intriguing, and utterly gorgeous.

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ZTGD
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2016

Soul Axiom has some really interesting parts, but its whole is still something left to be desired.

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PC Gamer
55 / 100
55 / 100
Mar 8, 2016

Despite an impressive variety in art direction and environments, Soul Axiom's puzzle design is shallow and frustrating.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 23, 2016

Soul Axiom has some strong points to make it potentially enticing for eShop enthusiasts; it works hard to deliver an interesting narrative, there are plenty of hours of play, and it's atmospheric and intriguing at times. There are downsides though, with performance and puzzle design often middling and sometimes poor, which both drag the experience back somewhat. Perhaps worth a punt - at a budget price - for fans of first-person puzzles, but Soul Axiom sadly doesn't deliver to its full potential.

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GameSpew
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 8, 2016

There's around 20-30 hours' worth of content on offer, but the lengthy load times and boring puzzles make it feel like such a slog that after 10 or so your interest wanes

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We Got This Covered
Jun 7, 2016

Certain sections of Soul Axiom are as memorable as Wales Interactive would like them to be. Unfortunately, however, these moments are buried under a lacklustre and confusing storyline and simplistically dull puzzles.

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GameZone
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2016

Soul Axiom initially holds promise, but design flaws, a convoluted narrative, and constant guesswork make the puzzles feel arbitrary rather than rewarding.

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PushStartPlay
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2016

Ultimately, Soul Axiom, is a title of an eerily odd nature. It seems destined for greatness, but instead of pursuing it through excellence of execution, and simplicity, it strives for elaborate complexity it doesn't quite comprehend.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 6, 2016

Wales Interactive's Tron-like puzzle game has great atmosphere, a compelling setting, and an engaging concept – but it's ultimately not that interesting to play. The story lacks pace and substance, while the puzzles are lacking in difficulty and nuance – especially given that the powers used to solve them quickly become tiresome.

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COGconnected
45 / 100
45 / 100
Oct 12, 2016

clearly the developers were influenced by Bioshock: Infinite, just don't expect a game even remotely close in quality

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PlayStation LifeStyle
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2016

Soul Axiom  is an incredibly uneven game that feels disjointed and unpolished. Moments of beauty in its futuristic overworld are only temporary, as half of the game looks completely out of place. It's incredibly disappointing that the game isn't able to come together since some of the puzzles are delightful to figure out. Instead, gamers are left with a puzzle game that's merely okay, and one that is easily passed up when you've got incredible offerings like The Witness on the system.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
4.5 / 10.0
Nintendo Enthusiast

Top Critic

4.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

Soul Axiom for Wii U is a rough port of an interesting first-person puzzler that just doesn't quite live up to its potential. The combination of frustrating controls, poor graphics that don't live up to the PC version, and intentionally slow storytelling may be too much for anyone that is not a huge fan of the first person puzzle genre.

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FNintendo
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 30, 2016

Soul Axiom's psychedelic first-person platforming features some interesting puzzles which could be much more enjoyable, if the game's level design was more interesting and its gameplay mechanics more immersive. The lack of creativity elsewhere prevents the game's puzzles from keeping the players' interest for very long, which shows Soul Axiom could be a better game if more care had been given to it.

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TechRaptor
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2016

Soul Axiom has a few fantastic puzzles and some lovely environments. Sadly its also full of boring puzzles, an uninteresting story, horrid cutscenes, and some of the worst glitches I've seen in a video game.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jun 8, 2016

Undoubtedly, fans of abstract puzzle games will find a lot to enjoy here. But those not so inclined to stick with something a little frustrating and overtly self-insistent perhaps may prefer to wait for the next reboot of this intriguing but poorly executed experience. Where Journey uses the concept of abstract, indirect storytelling to its empowerment, Soul Axiom ends up leaning on it like a crutch when it suits, much to its detriment in terms of the overall experience. The confusing PR description of the game, which is nothing like the experience you actually get, is testament to that muddled framework. This is well worth a go, but it is not a polished gem by any stretch of the imagination.

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PlayStation Universe
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2016

Initial intrigue brought upon by Soul Axiom's cool concept and sharp art design quickly tumble downhill when you discover that everything else is a rough, unsatisfying husk that disappoints in a way that brings out your frustration more than your anger. This is one poor soul.

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The Cube
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2016

If you were eyeing Soul Axiom, I'd say buy Master Reboot or stay clearly away. Wales Interactive has done much greater things in the past, which makes this all the more jarring. Now, I just hope their critical and commercial pinnacle isn't faded away due to a failure like this.

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TheSixthAxis
3 / 10
3 / 10
Jun 7, 2016

Having played a few of Wales Interactive games, Soul Axiom is a disappointing release from a studio that is capable of better. Muddled in with the disjointed story and an uninteresting cast of characters, there are a few glimpses of genius design that only serve to highlight the lacklustre moments that surround them. Soul Axiom tries to discuss the subject of the soul, but doesn't have one itself.

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Destructoid
2.5 / 10.0
2.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2016

Overall, Soul Axiom is a painful experience.

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