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Tom Marks

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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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90 / 100
Oct 19, 2018

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

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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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Metro GameCentral

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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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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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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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Unscored
Oct 19, 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is a superb murder mystery game

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2018

An artistic manifesto of overflowing power.

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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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86%
Dec 9, 2018

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

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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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