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No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 19, 2016

A frustrating, limited exploration game as well as a delirious exploration of one of sci-fi's greats, Californium is a fascinating oddity.

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6 / 10
Feb 19, 2016

Starts strongly, but soon fades into a slog through samey puzzles and ever-weaker environments.

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Feb 25, 2016

It steps on The Stanley Parable's toes a little too often, and doesn't have the chops to withstand that comparison – it would have been a lot more sensible to have avoided the seemingly deliberate comparisons altogether. But it remains wonderful just to look at, the rest a bonus treat.

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8 / 10
Mar 6, 2016

[Californium] did get challenging at times, and I would be lying if I said I didn't rage quit once or twice, but in the end the reward for finishing was worth it.

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71 / 100
Feb 27, 2016

Exploration through stylish worlds with a dash of subtle, paranoia-inducing surrealism makes this a strong—if somewhat tedious—walk-em-up, but for a game building off the memory of a literary legend, the actual narrative leaves a lot to be desired.

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Top Critic

5 / 10
May 30, 2016

Californium is a labour of love that didn't even try to do a fine job at using the thing it loves the most. It makes promises of offering a plot-heavy adventure that is heavily inspired by Philip K. Dick, when it's just marginally influenced by it, and, even worse, gameplay-wise, it is a frustrating hidden object game, which becomes less so due to its gorgeous, wallpaper-worthy visuals.

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55 / 100
Mar 15, 2016

Californium can't get past writer's block

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