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Cyan Inc.
Aug 24, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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76 / 100
No Recommendation
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
7.3 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Obduction

A beautiful, if simple, puzzle game that remains faithful to Myst without feeling dated.

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No Recommendation / Blank

Myst's spiritual successor offers a lot of the same delights as its 1993 forbear, but is hampered by litany of technical issues.

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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A true successor to Myst, with puzzles as ingenious as they are uncompromisingly obscure. Although the experience is hampered by serious technical problems.

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Obduction is brilliant in its best moments, but those are rare and have various frustrations between them

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The world of Obduction is a pastiche of time and mood. So’s the gameplay. Yet in creating something moored only to the design strengths of the studio, Cyan has succeeded in making an another adventure that feels truly timeless.

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Obduction is a beautiful, unrelenting adventure game whose complex puzzles can be both satisfying and frustrating.

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It’s a special thing when a game gifts you a superior experience without traditional or prescribed story mechanics, and from that perspective Obduction prevails completely. Some of the puzzles and paths can become overused and tiring after a while, but on the whole it stretches the mind in the right ways. For what it sets out to do, it does it pretty perfectly, and I think both fans and newcomers alike will appreciate its ingenuity.

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Cyan seem to be stuck in the past as it continuously tries to make Myst a thing again, but the adventure genre has advanced far past that now with games like The Talos Principle and The Witness putting this game to shame. Obduction feels like a game that belongs in the 1990s with a modern-day coat of paint. If you haven't played an adventure game since then, you might be pleasantly surprised, but I'd have rather spent my time replaying Firewatch, Oxenfree, or any number of other quality adventure titles instead of this buggy mess.

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