Percentile Rank

ETHER One is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

67%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 3, 2014

The game is clearly enormously detailed, a real passion piece, and one I fought and fought to enjoy. It didn't work out for me. I suspect it may for others.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 24, 2014

Ether One takes some of the best parts of Gone Home and To The Moon and melds them into something highly original, making it an appealing title for those wanting a unique gaming experience that's thought-provoking and emotional.

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Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 27, 2015

Ether One has built a world so close to our own, but given it a purpose and a life that makes every scrap of paper and ordinary item feel meaningful.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2014

Ether One nails its puzzles, atmosphere, and sound (ambient and voice acting). It also nails its story -- whether or not you decide to fully unravel its world and its mysteries -- culminating in a, well, refreshing, smart finale that will stay on my mind for years to come.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2014

It's been just two days since I last player Ether One and I've not stopped thinking about it since. I thought about it before I went to bed last night, and the night before. I thought about it when I woke up this morning. I thought about it when I had lunch. So far I've sunk 12 hours into a game easily completable in four. I've not nearly managed to restore all of the projectors. And I've hardly scratched the surface.

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Game Revolution
Mar 24, 2014

I found the path devoid of puzzles a dubious gaming choice for players. Like any good first-person adventurer, I racked up the hours finding that last clue. If I didn't bother, I'd have blown through the narrative in a few hours.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 12, 2014

Ether One might well represent the apex of its particular subgenre. It engages the player at every level they might want to engage it, and rewards them handsomely for plunging into its depths.

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RPG Fan
83%
83%
Apr 10, 2014

If you enjoy the sort of puzzles found in Myst, then you'll feel right at home in the clever, exploration-focused world of Ether One.

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Apr 7, 2014

An exceptional collection of puzzles bound by narrative which gets a little ahead of itself.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 28, 2014

Ether One is another in a string of successful first-person narrative games, and, while it has its dips here and there, is a completely worthwhile journey. The game explores some dark corners of mental health through its H.G. Wells-like setting and succeeds in delivering a graphically rich, story-driven adventure wholly worth your time.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2014

Ether One gracefully fools you into thinking you've got a triple-A title on your hands, with its gorgeous visuals and superb sound production, and the immersive storyline completes the whole package.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2014

Ether One is a sobering and thoughtful journey filled with intrigue and contemplation, rounded out with well-crafted and optional puzzle sections. This isn't the kind of game which will appeal to everyone and if it's action you're after, I'd advise going elsewhere. However, if the prospect of experiencing a truly captivating story wrapped up in a exploration based puzzle game is an attractive one, then Ether One delivers and won't disappoint.

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Gamers FTW
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 11, 2015

Ether One is a mesmerizing experience that is bogged down by some questionable design choices and a general lack of direction. If you can see past these minor imperfections, you'll find that at its core lies a deep psychological study of the human brain, wrapped in a fantastic story that keeps you guessing throughout. It's a topic not common in your everyday AAA title, and for that it must be commended.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 12, 2014

While I don't know why anyone would want to play without the puzzles, even those who do will find themselves seeking them out for the extra information they provide. Ether One is a sharp, unique game that deals with a tragic subject in an empathetic way, and it's definitely worth checking out.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2014

Exploring and watching the story pull itself together merely from interacting with objects is a difficult task that Ether One successfully pulls off with bravado.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2014

As gamers, it's heartening to see such serious and prevalent issues being treated with the weight they deserve in a medium more inclined to hand you a gun and point you towards the finish line; Ether One is a decent alternative to mainstream mindlessness, a thought-provoking and moving experience for those willing to commit.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2015

Ether One is an experience that will keep you intrigued as well as pull on your heart strings.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2014

Ether One dives into a world of dementia and returns in stylish, if bittersweet, triumph.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 24, 2015

There's a sincerity evident in Ether One's DNA that really shows the developer's passion and skill. With an attention-grabbing story premise, clever puzzles, and gorgeous music, this game seeks to tackle mental illness in a profound way. While cracks show in the sound effects, technical issues, and convoluted aspects to the narrative and puzzle solving, there's a charm and respect that you cannot help but feel for the game, which will be sure to remain in the canals of your memory banks for some time.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 12, 2015

Whilst far from perfect, Ether One is a deep and thought-provoking game, laden with rewarding and logical puzzles

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2014

In many ways, seeing a developer give the player such a large degree of responsibility is forward thinking. It's certainly rare, these days. Unearthing the story at your own pace is wonderful. However, Ether One goes too far in that direction and puzzles become tedious exercises in trying combinations of different items you acquired in a completely different area. There is no shortage of interesting ideas present, but it's hard to look at Ether One and not think it could have been more.

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GameCrate
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
May 11, 2015

A great idea can get a game off the ground in a hurry, but it needs to have the proper execution in order to keep it great. Otherwise…what was the point again? Ether One presents a spellbinding take on memory loss and what really goes on inside a person's head, but tedious voice acting, the pacing of certain puzzles, and the lack of guidance when some players need it the most may leave some folks just as confused as the poor woman who's going through all its torment. Considering it's free on PlayStation Plus at the moment, it's worth a look – but its problems probably won't allow the game to linger in your mind for too long.

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New Game Network
67 / 100
67 / 100
Apr 4, 2014

Leaves a lot to be desired, particularly in the gameplay department, but offers plenty of richly-detailed exploration and story for those prepared to do some serious digging.

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COGconnected
63 / 100
63 / 100
May 18, 2015

[G]ive it a download if you like exploration and puzzles but maybe wait until there's an update before you give it a shot.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

6 / 10
Apr 29, 2014

It might not appeal to everyone, but Ether One is an exceptional example of what can be done with simple game design. It has a quality not commonly seen in smaller indie titles, and the courage to do things a little differently.

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