Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER Reviews

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
May 16, 2024

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is a game that wears it's influences on it's sleeve, from corny 90s anime dubs to slick sci-fi and even Mexican culture. It's all worn and shown off so proudly that the resulting mix is loud, proud, and unforgettable. I just wish that it was so much longer, because I already miss my time in Neo-San Francisco.

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9 / 10
May 15, 2024

Despite the snags I’ve mentioned, I’m still thinking about Read Only Memories: Neurodiver well after I finished the story. It’s such a pitch-perfect execution on its premise, mixing the worlds of modern cyberpunk with ancient PC technology and western anime fandom. I had a blast spending several hours with these characters and the world they inhabit, and would gladly have spent several hours more. A little more narrative depth and some puzzle guardrails and we’d have a true all-timer on our hands. But as it is, Neurodiver still stands out as a dope slice of niche gaming in a month stupidly crowded with that kind of thing.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 17, 2024

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER is a wonderful sci-fi romp with a story that has to be experienced to be believed.

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Unscored
May 15, 2024

A neo-noir adventure with an overly kooky cast and an obsession with video game references.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 17, 2024

Fans of 2064: Read Only Memories already have this game purchased. For everyone else, Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is a fantastic slice of pixelated cyberpunk world building, characters, and storyline. Some control choices don't translate as well to controller as they could, but that doesn't stand in the way of the good time that Neurodiver offers.

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May 15, 2024

One gets the sense that adding that little bit of extra context might’ve made Neurodiver feel more Phoenix Wright than the folks at MiniBoss intended. But that wouldn’t have necessarily been a bad thing given that the game always feels as if wants for, well, more context. It’s a testament to the work that was done by MidBoss that the game’s characters, their history with the various conflicts of the world, and the specific psychic damage being done to the Golden Butterfly’s victims that Neurodiver will leave players wanting more. There are just far too many moments where wanting to know more crosses the line into “the game isn’t providing enough.”

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78%
May 15, 2024

A decent game that ends before it begins.

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3 / 10.0
May 15, 2024

A beautiful picture book with an intriguing mechanic that devolves into flavourless surface-level commentary of consent, character, and childlike curiosities. (Review Policy)

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Ben Sellwood
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
May 12, 2024

If you're into this style of game, the studio behind it or manga/anime culture and are looking for a jaunt this sequel to 2064 may well be for you!

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85 / 100
May 15, 2024

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER provides a fantastic futuristic experience that we were all too eager to dive into. While we would have appreciated more runway with its brief tale, ES88’s hunt for the Golden Butterfly is well worth a trip down memory lane.

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Lindsay M.
Top Critic
May 16, 2024

So many parts of Read Only Memories: Neurodiver make me happy: the sound the Neurodiver makes plus its cute little tentacles, a purple heroine, spunky personalities, and a good mystery make the game easy to pick up and enjoy. Players can add a layer of philosophy to the game by digging into the moral questions posed through the narrative, or stay at the surface level. Either way is good. The learning curve is more than reasonable. A lack of accessibility options (including text and control settings) is a bummer, and not something to be overlooked. Still, Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is a phenomenal psychic mystery game. It’s one I plan on returning to soon.

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5.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2024

If you've already played 2064: Read Only Memories, you may get a bit of a kick out of NEURODIVER, but you'd probably be better served replaying the original, which overshadows its follow-up in almost every way. As likable as most of its cast is, they simply don't get enough time to shine, leaving the adventure of Luna and co. feeling flat and incomplete.

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85 / 100
May 15, 2024

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER is a great narrative game with very interesting themes and an engaging story, driven by both its creative themes and captivating characters that bring the Neo-San Francisco universe back to life.

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7 / 10.0
May 15, 2024

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is an adventure game with a fascinating world. With good characters and a phenomenal work on its audiovisual aspects, it's a comfortable experience. Unfortunately, when it comes to the plot and main systems, the general feeling is that the game should have dived deeper to actually have the chance to stay on the collective memories as a big classic of its genre.

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6.8 / 10.0
May 17, 2024
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8 / 10.0
May 17, 2024

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver dials down the puzzles but dials up the graphics and charm by making ES88 a wonderful lead in an engrossing storyline that feels far too short for its own good.

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9 / 10.0
May 16, 2024

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is worth the wait. As you play through it, you can see why it took Midboss so much time to craft the adventure, its characters, and its world.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 14, 2024

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER has a lot to like for fans of 2064: Read Only Memories, but falls far short of the scope and impact of its predecessor. The gorgeous design, intriguing world, and charming characters create a huge amount of promise, but the lack of freedom, extremely simplistic puzzle design, and unsatisfying conclusion make for an experience that feels underwhelming and disappointing. If you're looking for a short, queer narrative with a cool futuristic setting then there's still enjoyment to be had, but temper your expectations going in.

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