ETHER One

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

67%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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