Percentile Rank

Quadrilateral Cowboy is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 27 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 27 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 29, 2016

This scrappy, surreal escapade cleverly uses programming as a game mechanic, but can't quite follow through on its ideas.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 27, 2016

It feels as if Quadrilateral Cowboy never finds a solution to this problem, but it moves through different ideas quickly enough, and does enough with its cool, colourful world and story of silent friendship, that I enjoyed my time with it.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 1, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy’s celebration of youthful revolt hides in plain sight

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 2, 2016

Though Quadrilateral Cowboy is quasi-futuristic, the skills it imbues the player with are, by comparison, banal. But in asking the player to perform meaningful mental labor to accomplish the task at hand, the banal becomes surprisingly gratifying. And even if it doesn’t quite live up to its potential, Quadrilateral Cowboy made me feel like a hacker for a while. That’s pretty damn cool.

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Scored Reviews

Game Informer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

As fiendishly clever as it is stylish, Quadrilateral Cowboy is one of the best puzzle adventure games in years

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We Got This Covered
Aug 1, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy is the perfect mix of cybercrime and cyberpunk, that trades in the darker, hard-edged aesthetic of Mr. Robot and Uplink for something that's infinitely more charming and endearing.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

There are no other games like Quadrilateral Cowboy, and it will likely stay that way. It’s a unique blend of computer science, puzzles, and beautiful storytelling that could only come from Blendo Games. The engine is a bit worse for wear and I definitely wish there were more to play, but damn if this isn’t one of the coolest games out there. Plus, there’s mod support built in, so who knows what the future has in store for this title. Like Gravity Bone and Thirty Flights of Loving before it, this is a game that cannot be missed by fans of the medium.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 25, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy makes you feel like a skilled hacker in a memorable 1980’s cyberpunk world.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy is one of those pleasant surprises, adding new depth to the puzzle genre and injecting a little bit of charm in between the heists.

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Kill Screen
86 / 100
86 / 100
Jul 27, 2016

Don’t let Quadrilateral Cowboy slip through your fingers

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy’s puzzles are mostly a joy to play. Its command line hacking is surprisingly accessible and pleasingly tactile, and when combined with its many interesting gadgets it allows for plenty of creative problem-solving and freedom in tackling all manner of whimsical cybercrime. While not all of its levels shine as brightly as the rest, I’m already feeling beckoned back by its replayability and charm, eager to experiment more with the futuristic, hacker-themed playground it so stylishly constructs.

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Digital Chumps
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy's fascination with precision is only matched by its fondness for personalized anarchy. Imagine the empowerment of executing a line of effective and largely improvised code combined with the ignorance that you're just moments away from shooting yourself in the head. At its best, Quadrilateral Cowboy is all of the fun and experimentation of retro-future cyber heists without all of the existential horror that comes with most definitions of mortality.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2016

A game about conducting heists from behind a pc screen? It sure sounds mundane and complicated. Blendo Games though, have somehow managed to pull it off with ease in Quadrilateral Cowboy. They’ve put together a highly polished, surprisingly enjoyable product - one which every gamer should at least consider playing at some point.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 29, 2016

One of the best hacking-themed video games ever, and a clever puzzler with some surprisingly successful storytelling elements.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy teaches you to use its toys, but doesn't give a lot of room to use them

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Game Revolution
Jul 25, 2016

I can easily recommend Quadrilateral Cowboy, one of my favorite indie games so far this year, to anyone looking for an adventure game that brings something that feels fresh and new to the table and leaves you feeling smart as you've become a hacking god, or in this case goddess.

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Guardian
Aug 2, 2016

It might be too short and a bit clunky, but Brendon Chung’s newest effort finds joy in the weird and wonderful retro-future world of 1980s coding

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 25, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy’s a game that gets hacking right – if you permit me calling it that – with the command line interface brilliantly letting you manipulate the world and use the other tools of the cyberpunk heisting trade. It’s effortlessly cool, from a slightly nerdy retro perspective, but hidden beneath that, there’s a simple and very ordinary feeling tale of a trio of kickass women living outside the law and pulling off ever more outlandish heists.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 25, 2016

A few technical issues aside, Quadrilateral Cowboy is a clever puzzle game bursting with personality.

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The Cube
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 3, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy is an extremely unique game that is only hampered by it’s later innovations and simple story. However, the way the game presents these aspects make up for their shortcomings. The sense of awe with every task is wonderful, and it’s mind-blowing how inserting commands over and over doesn’t feel repetitious, thanks to strong design. It might be a bit unaccesible for those who haven’t played a puzzle game in a long while, but it will definitely cater to the fanatics.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 25, 2016

Despite a mind-boggling choice to switch things up drastically midway, Quadrilateral Cowboy is an innovative puzzler that plays with both the angles of hacking and heist films in a terrific way, making for something that those who enjoy brain-teasers with a bit of spice will enjoy.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 21, 2016

A perfect storm of ideas

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 28, 2016

A smart, engaging puzzler with a great central mechanic.

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Aug 11, 2016

However stunted and underexplored its more traditional gameplay segments might be, Quadrilateral Cowboy is a clever, creative, elegantly delivered jaunt through a retro-cyberpunk world that’s just warped enough to make sense.

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PLAY Zine
7.5 / 10.0
PLAY Zine
Bojan Petrovic
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

This “hacker” proof-of-concept has passed, but it’s not for full price recommendation, even if it’s an indie title. You will enjoy the beginning, at times you will feel smart and you will want a little bit more of everything, and it’s certainly worth trying at some sale or with a discount, but not at the current price.

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OnlySP
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 9, 2016

If you want a nonsensical story with a serious focus on terminal-based gameplay, you’re going to find yourself pleasantly surprised with Quadrilateral Cowboy.

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Paste Magazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

There’s the kernel of a great game here, and I’m looking forward to going into Blendo Games’ backlog to see what other interesting ideas Brendon Chung has had, even if this one is held back by missteps or creative choices that I don’t enjoy.

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