Percentile Rank

Return of the Obra Dinn is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

90

Top Critic Average

98%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Oct 18, 2018

The Papers, Please creator offers up an intricate and mesmerising puzzle game with a rich and detailed sense of place.

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Echo Boomer
Loved
Loved
Oct 28, 2019

A puzzle game that hits the consoles in an immaculate version, perfect for all fans of the genre.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 19, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is a superb murder mystery game

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 18, 2018

I was glued to it until I was done. My only wish is that I could erase my brain and play it again.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 26, 2018

Obra Dinn asks you to tease out social lives from a freeze frame of murder. It doesn’t take the little grey cells to realise this is remarkable stuff.

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Scored Reviews

We Got This Covered
Nov 13, 2018

By hewing close to genre origins, both visually and thematically (though not without some genuine innovations of his own), Lucas Pope has delivered one of the best games of the year, and certainly one of the best murder mystery games of all time.

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TechRaptor
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn breaks the mold of the gaming medium as an enthralling first-person mystery adventure with overtones of Edgar Allan Poe. This is an extraordinary conjunction of cerebral puzzle, supernatural nautical tale, and ornate art direction.

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CDavis_Games
Oct 22, 2018

Other than the Myst games, I can’t think of any obvious points of comparison to help you decide whether or not to give Return of the Obra Dinn a chance. The lack of guidance and completely open nature of the puzzles separate it from the likes of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter which had you solving smaller puzzles one at a time. This originality is the exact reason you should try it for yourself. I can’t guarantee you’ll love it as much as I did, but I’m certain it will keep nagging away at you in the back of your mind, encouraging you to boot it up one more time to see what else you can discover.

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The Game is a Lie
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2018

It's hard to find flaws in Return of the Obra Dinn. Everything's so polished and well-planned, completely new and familiar at the same time. There's nothing even similar to this game on the market, and, when it was over, I just wanted to keep investigating more strangers' destinies for hours on end.

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Thumbsticks
Oct 28, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn makes the journey to Nintendo Switch content and feature complete in a sparkling port from Warp Digital. The game is, simply put, one of the best ever made. It’s intricate, macabre, involving and essential. It’s aesthetically phenomenal and intellectually satisfying. Like the very best games, Return of the Obra Dinn is an experience that could only ever exist as a game. It’s’ a masterwork of narrative Sudoku and a recommended purchase on any platform.

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Darkstation
Jan 8, 2020

With gripping game design shored up by fantastic visuals and stimulating storytelling, Return of the Obra Dinn solidifies Lucas Pope as a game-craftsman of remarkable talent.

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Pardis Game
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn proves that there are still untouched ideas in the gaming world, and it is possible to create a game that is completely new. The game combines the power of its 1-bit graphic, impressive storytelling, and unique gameplay to make on the best detective and puzzle solving experiences for the gamers. I only hope to see the next Lucas Pope's game soon.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is finally on consoles, and if you've never played it before you need to play it right now.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Small musical cues are also used perfectly. I didn't notice how catchy these were at first until I found myself mimicking them in the shower. They are only a few seconds long, and I love them all so much! Special shoutouts to the voice actors as well. More than usual, the voice actors accurately representing their characters is of the utmost importance as players may recognize an accent or voice inflection that allows them to pinpoint the identity of someone on the ship. Everyone in the sound department did a tremendous job.

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019

Thickly atmospheric with an impeccable sense of place unmatched by other games, Return of the Obra Dinn is the smart, stylish and curiosity detective adventure that you've always wanted.

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GotGame
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is a must play not just for fans of puzzle games, but fans of games in general. The game achieves exactly what it sets out to do, and then does so much more. For the price you pay, there’s a lot to explore, and multiple endings to discover.

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GamePitt
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is the most complex and imaginative whodunnit-style murder mystery puzzle game, ever! Despite the aesthetically pleasing 1-bit design, underneath lies a perfectly crafted 3D world full of emotion, tragedy, murder, and deception. With two possible endings to uncover based upon how many people you correctly name, along with their cause of death, you could be trying to solve the mystery for many hours based upon your skills as a sleuth. If you have any interest at all in puzzle, mystery, narrative, unique, or cryptic games, you need to buy this today on whatever platform you own.

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is a unique experience worth every penny. I can’t recommend this game enough. There is nothing quite like it.

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IGN
9.2 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

9.2 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn stands as something wholly unique, a challenging detective game that empowers you to solve its mysteries through actual investigation.

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IGN Spain
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2018

A unique game that makes new things using old mechanics. An example that proves us that there's still room for new things on videogames.

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Electric Bento
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

The year is 1807. The good ship Obra Dinn, missing at sea for five years, mysteriously reappears devoid of her crew.

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PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 19, 2018

A beautifully constructed and powerfully atmospheric mystery that you really have to work to solve.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 1, 2018

Easily the best detective game of the modern era, with challenging and rewarding gameplay combined with some of the most evocative visuals of the year.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 21, 2019

The best detective game ever made, that tells its unpredictable story through a mix of idiosyncratic visuals and equally unique puzzle gameplay.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 22, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is a startlingly original detective adventure full of murder, mutiny, and monsters.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 25, 2019

Some may struggle with the visuals as it can be a little too noisy in places, but if that's our only quibble, you can deduce that this comes highly recommended.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 20, 2018

With Return of the Obra Dinn, Lucas Pope once again aims for the heart : this post-mortem mystery demands quite a lot from the player, but delivers one of the most rewarding experiences of this year. Return of the Obra Dinn is not suited for everyone, but its wonderful disjointing storytelling will keep those who agree to its formula awake for long.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2018

An artistic manifesto of overflowing power.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
Nintendo Life
Ross Keniston

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 24, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn lives up to the hype, and then some. It's a beautifully crafted and intricately constructed detective mystery unlike anything you've played before with a harrowing narrative at its centre. Unravelling its secrets takes time and requires patience, but you'll be glad you allowed the story to play out at its own pace. What we have here is a thoroughly unique experience that will stay with you, and is among best this genre has ever had to offer.

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PCWorld
Dec 18, 2018

I love when something like Return of the Obra Dinn comes along and reminds me, even briefly, how many ideas are still unexplored.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is a skillfully woven web of events and destinies. Unraveling it is not only an excellent workout for the mind, but also a real pleasure. Lucas Pope again remolded routine processes into an exciting gameplay, and, most importantly, he gracefully escaped the “second game syndrome”.

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BaziCenter
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2019

Lucas Pope once again proved that in order to create a masterpiece, there's no need for big teams or huge budgets. Lucas Pope's key to success has always been focusing on new, brilliant ideas, and that's no different when it comes to Pope's latest game, Return of the Obra Dinn. Lucas Pope's works will probably inspire many developers who love creating Video Games but feel that they don't have enough resources for their projects for many years to come.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn arrives on consoles with the same quality and originality that made it critically acclaimed one year ago.

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Screen Rant
Oct 25, 2018

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a maritime detective mystery that is unlike most any other game in the genre of interactive fiction.

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Black Red Gaming
Mar 15, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is a great blend of style, story, and unique puzzle solving mechanics, creating an experience that is both incredible and unforgettable.

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NerdBacon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is stunning, original in concept, and features some of the most mentally-engaging gameplay that I’ve seen in any recent game.

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IGN Italy
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is simply gorgeous, from the idea to the execution. Finally a gem in which your deductive skills, your logic and your patience are really important: this game doesn't help the player. With an amazing graphic art and a strong gameplay, another great game from Lucas Pope.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn marries challenging investigation puzzles to a striking visual presentation to create an adventure worth taking.

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RPG Fan
86%
86%
Dec 9, 2018

One of, if not the best mystery adventures released to date.

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Bazimag
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

Lucas Pope once again proved that he has a great talent for making indie games and more importantly he showed us that games made by only "one person" can turn out amazing. his latest title, Return of the Obra Dinn is an exceptional detective game that you shouldn't miss. this game with its unique gameplay and excellent story, makes you sit on your chair from the start until you've solved the last mystery of the game.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

So there you have it—we’re late to the party, but Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the best games of 2018. There are a good number of people who may not digest game criticism the same way we journalist folks may, so to be fair to us, Lucas Pope’s game is one that may fall through the cracks and be off the radar. Despite late game gripes, this mystery game is one that everyone with a computer needs to at least try. Pop in your earbuds, turn up the volume, perhaps close the lights, and get ready to watch some people die.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

Overall, Return of the Obra Dinn is an incredibly compelling mystery that will constantly have you moving from clue to clue, itching to find that next bit of information that brings it all together.

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SomHráč.sk
85%
85%
Oct 25, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn skillfully combines retro art style, seldom used setting and gameplay centered around logical deduction. If you've ever wanted to be a detective or if you're fond of original videogame premises, you shouldn't miss this.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 29, 2018

If someone had told me that a career in insurance involves exploring intricately detailed worlds with a magic watch, I would probably be working in insurance right now.

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Digiato
80 / 100
Digiato
Mohammad Amin Behtoui

Top Critic

80 / 100
Dec 18, 2018

If you're into puzzle genre and you don't have a problem with spending time chasing clues, Return of the Obra Dinn is yours. Just be advised you need to have at least medium proficiency in English.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 9, 2019

Return of the Obra Dinn is without a doubt a thinking man/woman's piece of crumpet. It is someone that you can take out on a date and have a riveting conversation with, but then scratch your head about some of the things they've said afterwards.

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cublikefoot
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2018
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New Game Network
74 / 100
74 / 100
Nov 12, 2018

It's easy to respect something like Return of the Obra Dinn. Puzzling together clues from each death scene is tricky and rewarding, but the motivation for doing so is lacking. There's no one to care about on the ship, no reason to uncover the mystery other than to prove you've done it, and it holds the game back from being exceptional.

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