Indika Reviews

Indika is ranked in the 75th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
May 17, 2024

I loved Indika, even if I have the impression that some practical limitations held back the creative ambitions of its developers. Nonetheless, it is a game rich in ideas, drawing on Russian art and literature while reworking some of their recurring themes from a modern perspective that works especially well in a video game.

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8 / 10
May 16, 2024

While we've got issues with some of the less than adventurous gameplay mechanics, in most other regards Indika is an absolute triumph. It teeters on a cliff edge, tonally, but never goes too far in any one direction. It never becomes preachy, or maudlin, or too silly for its own good. It's a wonderful balancing act, and one that it continues right up until its final moments which will leave you unsure about whether you should laugh or cry.

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83 / 100
May 17, 2024

Honestly, I know little about Russian literature. I could tell you that it has elements of Dostoyevsky and that it hides under its history the great dilemma about the dichotomy that everything that is not religious is directly the devil, but that would not be my words. Indika is first and foremost a game. A game that is based on offering a curious, interesting, funny, disruptive, bizarre and sometimes very disturbing experience. It is not the great adventure that will break into the industry, but it is, without a doubt, something that any lover of a good audiovisual experience should not miss.

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83%
May 17, 2024

The developers at Odd Studio have brought a daring project to the market with "Indika", which is difficult to classify. This review can be reduced to the following: you have to have played "Indika" to really judge it. Despite the rather dull gameplay, which is sometimes even boring, I had a fantastic time. This is due to brilliant performances by the main characters, an interesting and philosophical story, as well as the studio's daring approach to voice acting, soundtrack and art styles. With a playing time of maybe about four hours, you can quickly get to the credits, but you have spent the time with a title that may not let you go so quickly.

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8.2 / 10.0
May 16, 2024

Indika is a brutal comedy, arthouse cinema in an alternative Russia and a dark look at religion and what it demands. As a game, it combines adventure, walking simulator and puzzle elements to create a unique gameplay cocktail that is often bizarre. If you want to test the limits of the video game medium, this game is definitely one of them, even if some of the platforming sequences are really annoying.

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Eurogamer
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4 / 5
May 13, 2024

Bleak realism meets absurdist fairytale in a stylish, surreal, and astonishingly surefooted - if mechanically unadventurous - exploration of faith, free will, and demonic temptation.

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79 / 100
May 1, 2024

A bizarre, confronting and darkly funny descent into hell, Indika takes a lot of risks and mostly sticks the landing.

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GameSpot
Top Critic
8 / 10
May 1, 2024

Indika is a gorgeous psychological adventure that grapples with religion and the many difficult themes associated with it.

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9 / 10
May 3, 2024

Indika isn't an easy game to score. Tedious puzzles annoy in the moment, but they're easy to overlook in the broader scheme. Indika's underdeveloped theme stands out, but Odd Meter handles everything else so adeptly that it doesn't ruin the experience, even if it is slightly soured. As trite as it sounds, this really is one game you have to play for yourself and form your own conclusions - and that's probably just how Odd Meter wants it.

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VG247
Top Critic
May 1, 2024

Ultimately, the more you give to Indika, the more you get out of it; whether it’s pondering the philosophical questions it asks you or soaking in the environment… just don’t anticipate any concrete answers. Indika wants you to come to those conclusions yourself, much like its troubled protagonist.

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8 / 10.0
May 10, 2024

Indika is an ambitious game that's focus on religion is the driving force in its engaging narrative, with simple puzzles and linear gameplay.

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May 1, 2024

Indika hits incredibly high levels of zaniness and suspense and mixes the two so well that it creates a sought-after experience. Players will want to keep playing just to know how it ends, and most storytellers would love to hear that is their listeners' motivation. The game dips its toes in both the surreal and real in equal measure, and winds up being an enjoyable tale even through the most boring walking simulator-like parts. Odd Meter is doing interactive story-telling right, and Indika is a tale that will delight many and have them questioning everything.

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May 1, 2024

Mundane chores in a convent and trekking across the frozen Russian tundra as a Nun doesn't sound like the best way to spend an evening, but the devil is in the details, here. Odd Meter, the developers behind Indika, have found a way to make this seemingly simple story work with the power of environmental puzzles, dark humor, and light psychological horror. Oh, and just a touch of experimental game design. You love to see it.

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75 / 100
May 2, 2024

Indika has a compelling and genuinely original story to tell. It’s by turns darkly humorous, thought-provoking, philosophically challenging, and emotionally shocking. It’s weird, too, but sometimes more attached to its off-kilter elements than it should be. Things like ignoring fun and narrative consistency for the sake of being quirky feel like missteps when they waste the player’s time or slow the pace. Indika is definitely original and sometimes daring, but stumbles a bit in its execution. Imperfect or not, I can’t help but admire the look of the game, the memorable characters, and the audacious themes.

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9 / 10.0
May 1, 2024

INDIKA's gameplay is at the service of its narrative, so as to tell an allegorical and satirical story about religious institutions and the power they have over people. It is a story that deals with existential themes in an often surreal way, taking advantage of a staging that thrives on contrasts and dissonances, managing to convey a message while always keeping the balance between the serious and the irreverent (and at times even blasphemous) irony.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
5 / 10
May 1, 2024

To put it bluntly, INDIKA is a pretentious nothing. A theatrical production with a poorly written idea tried to put it in the form of a game, which is severely lacking both story and gameplay.

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8 / 10.0
May 1, 2024

There are few games that have dared to tackle religious themes with such sensitivity, and Indika is certainly one of them. It is a peculiar title that may struggle to be known to the general public, but we believe that those who are lucky enough to try it will keep a good memory of it. For better or for worse.

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7.3 / 10.0
May 9, 2024

INDIKA is a walking simulator with a thought-provoking story about faith, personal beliefs and strong criticism toward orthodox Church and the Russian regime.

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8 / 10.0
May 1, 2024

Indika was like a four-and-a-half hour long movie that heavily relies on the voice actors and its characters to tell a remarkable tale.

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TechRaptor
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7 / 10.0
May 1, 2024

Indika is a very strange beast, but its rote gameplay often fails to match the weird and wonderful qualities of its story.

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