Percentile Rank

The Silver Case is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 41 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

34%

Critics Recommend

Based on 41 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameSoulz
No
No
Apr 19, 2017

If you will enjoy The Silver Case is a very subjective question. If you love Suda51 and Visual Novels, like me, I´m sure you will enjoy it in some way or another, it still has a very Suda51-ish vibe in certain story moments and offers really interesting insights in his early steps, just don´t expect something like Killer7. However, its certainly not for everyone and defintely not a very good game nowadays, there are just too many flaws, too many uninspired characters and too many ideas squished into one little game.

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Scored Reviews

Rice Digital
Apr 24, 2017

A nuanced masterpiece.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 22, 2016

Sociological questions about mental illness and crime, unethical romantic relationships, and mysterious world building all combine into a game that demands you to think in ways many others do not.

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RPG Fan
88%
88%
Nov 13, 2016

The Silver Case's uncanny brand of Erotic Grotesque Nonsense absolutely isn't for everyone, but those willing to penetrate its deliberately obtuse shell will find a deeply thoughtful mystery.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

The Suda-sensory Mother Lode The Silver Case, more than any virtual art piece I’ve experienced this year, is a product of its time. It is a reflection and speculation on the technological potential and cultural paranoia that partially defines the digital revolution and, more specifically, global internet culture from the late 90’s to the present day.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2016

A weird, often impenetrable experience, The Silver Case is ultimately rewarding

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 12, 2016

Were one to be completely honest, the gameplay found in The Silver Case would garner it a middling score.

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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 14, 2017

Goichi Suda's love letter to Noir is so striking and vivid that it's a game I'll not soon forget. By turns shocking, darkly humorous, confounding, and always creative, this was Suda-san's first game as an independent game developer, and through it we see so much of what would become Suda's trademarks; that same transgressive attitude, the same love for classical film and literature genres, and that same intensity in his storytelling (that will ultimately get overlooked by most critics).

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 30, 2017

The Silver Case is a rare breed of game that is a breath of fresh air in today's gaming landscape. The gameplay elements are somewhat rigid, but fans of gritty crime dramas or Suda51's distinct style will find a lot to like here.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 14, 2016

The Silver Case takes a little time to find its footing, but it finishes more strongly than it begins, and is a real treat for genre fans.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2017

The Silver Case HD Remaster might seem visually dated and it has that unapologetic approach to puzzle solving that only retro games can provide, but the characters and story connecting them truly stands the test of time. I was completely drawn into the mystery and world of the game that it became difficult to take breaks or attend to daily activities. The Silver Case HD Remaster will join the catalog of other great Suda51 games that I have come to respect over the years, this westerner is happy to have the opportunity to finally play it.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2017

Suda 51 and his creativity brought to life incredible story and characters in psychedelic detective novel. Yet it will be appreciated only by those, who can look past archaic mechanics and certain „weirdness” in games.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2017

Engaging, surreal, and unlike any other game in its genre, The Silver Case is a testament to the fact that Suda51 has been challenging the status quo from the very beginning.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 6, 2017

The Silver Case greatest strength lies in keeping the player constantly interested and confused. Many moments of the story will seem absurd, leaving the player wanting to know more. Once the player continues to dwell into the game, mysteries change, new information is discovered and even more absurd things happen, restarting the feeling of complete confusion and interest once again. If you are searching for a highly complex and interesting story, The Silver Case is a great recommendation.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2017

The Silver Case is pure Goichi Suda, riveting and moody in idiosyncratic ways, but also frequently confounding

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2017

It's somehow hard to recommend The Silver Case to a younger audience, not accustomed with an "old" game: the interface and controls are quite clunky, and the graphics are stylish but not good. However, fans of the visual novel genere will find a lot to love here.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2016

The Silver Case tells a fascinating murder mystery tale in a way only Suda 51 himself could. If you like visual novels give it a shot, but if you want good gameplay look elsewhere.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 17, 2017

I had been looking forward to playing The Silver Case from the moment NIS America announced they'd be bringing the remaster to the PlayStation 4, and I was certainly not disappointed. The game has aged greatly and is certainly an interesting release. The controls are not ideal but get the job done, so if you're up for the challenge, you should definitely take The Silver case for a spin. The extra chapters help to give players some new information that expands on the main game's story and are a very welcomed addition.

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Wccftech
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2017

Although redesigned for a modern audience, much of The Silver Case is left behind in the past. The avant-garde storytelling and newly added chapters are the only things to properly stand the test of time.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2017

After being released exclusively for PlayStation in the Japanese market in 1999, Goichi Suda's visual novel crosses over to the West. In its PS4 edition, it is also enriched with two new chapters. A mature and interesting script and an excellent soundtrack are the strong suit of this otherwise slow paced game, with a weird and clumsy control interface.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
The Games Machine
Roberto Vicario

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 3, 2017

The Silver Case is a difficult game to review: the first work of Suda51 still has an intriguing gameplay, but there's no denying that time took its toll. Anyway, if you love Suda51, and you love graphic novels, it's really a no-brainer.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2017

The Silver Case is definitely not for everyone. While it's visuals and presentation may prove interesting to some, the issues with its gameplay and some of its storytelling could turn off others. Those unfamiliar with Suda's style may find the themes and pacing of the game remarkably slow. But fans of Suda's work will definitely enjoy The Silver Case as it showcases his unique style incredibly well. Regardless of its setbacks, the PS4 release of The Silver Case is a unique and complex experience that could easily draw in those who are open to playing something undeniably strange and different.

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Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2016

The Silver Case is a pretty interesting game to recommend. It suffers from very bad pacing and an overflow of information with the most tacked game mechanics I’ve seen a while, but at the end of the day it still has the essence of a Suda51 game. With that said, if you’re a diehard fan of his work, you’ll definitely want to check it out and see just how far he’s come over the years. If you’re a fan of visual novels I’d probably recommend familiarizing yourself with his body of work before diving in.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 21, 2016

Despite the cumbersome controls, weird unresolved stories, and confusing interface, The Silver Case provides a really intriguing and unique gaming experience that, once the mechanics are learned, is a joy to behold. Its enticing tale of murder, insanity, and more, really shines through via the interesting characters and beguiling narrative style. This remaster has brought the old cult classic to life and introduced Westerners to a real treat that looked like never coming to realisation. No visual novel library would be complete without The Silver Case in it.

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Respawning
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

All in all, The Silver Case is a long, enjoyable visual novel that is feeling the aches of time – The controls haven’t aged well, nor has some of the dialogue…But if you can fight through it, and battle against the urge to fall asleep during some of the lesser parts of the game and understand what the bloody hell is happening, you’ll possibly find yourself with a new gem courtesy of Suda51…

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PushStartPlay
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2017

The Silver Case is an intriguing package that provides an insight in to the early works of Suda51, one of gaming’s more interesting personalities. The game might’ve aged but its quality still shines through.

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Readers Gambit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

The Silver Case is still an enjoyable experience, despite some of its antiquated designs. Delving into the mind of a younger Suda51 can be a bit mental, and it's something that any enthusiast for his works should ensure they don't miss.

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Thumbsticks
Oct 24, 2016

Players who like hardboiled detective stories will likely find something of interest here as well, but most of all, for those familiar with the work of Suda51 – especially Killer7 and Flower, Sun, and Rain – The Silver Case will be an essential 'new' Suda51 trip.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2017

The Silver Case isn't a bad game by any means, but it is definitely suited to a specific audience due to its story-heavy nature and difficult puzzles.

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RPG Fan
65%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

65%
Apr 27, 2017

Fans of Suda51 may find something to love, but The Silver Case is a mess whose flaws far outweigh its strengths.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

In the end, The Silver Case is a strange, but interesting title.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 21, 2017

The Silver Case is a mix between an awesome plot and a very "old style" control system that provides the player of a retro and very visual experience based on hours and hours of reading.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 4, 2017

A visual novel with a good story, but a bad rythm, no voices, and poor gameplay. Like Deadly Premonition, only the most hardcore gamers may enjoy it.

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Everyeye.it
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2017

The Silver Case is not an easy game. Its visual-novel story needs to be carefully followed, as it can be confused at certain points. However, the game's atmosphere and Suda51's style can overcome some of its limitations.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

A solid HD release of a game that remains not for everyone.

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Level Down Games
60 / 100
60 / 100
Apr 25, 2017

Although with all of this being said, if you are looking for an adventure/point-and-click style detective game, this is definitely one to take into consideration. The main issue I have with The Silver Case is that it shows its age all too well. You can easily tell by looking at and playing the game that it was originally released over 17 years ago. No amount of remastering is going to make this any better, unless the entire game was to be remade from the ground up, which just isn’t feasible at the moment. However, fans of Suda51 should absolutely pick this up and digest it at some point, as it is extremely fun to go back and see where his career with Grasshopper Manufacture all began. Everyone else should probably think hard before jumping in.

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PC Gamer
50 / 100
50 / 100
Oct 12, 2016

An intriguing but often incoherent mystery that’s bogged down by long-winded dialogue and terrible puzzles.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 19, 2016

Suda 51's first game finally debuts on Western shores, the game fails to deliver on its best concepts.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
May 20, 2017

While it's nice to see how far Suda 51 has come, only diehard adventure and Suda 51 fans will be able to appreciate this. The Silver Case hasn't aged well, and feels both clunky and underwhelming. This feels like a first attempt, and compared to many others, it's a novel one. Still, it's hard to appreciate the beauty of a mirror under all the dust, and The Silver Case is definitely a dusty one.

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Push Square
4 / 10
4 / 10
May 11, 2017

The Silver Case is best enjoyed as an intriguing historical document: a statement of intent from a developer that would go on to bigger and better things. Removed from that context, however, it is difficult to recommend. An utterly glacial pace combined with often nonsensical dialogue means the experience is dull at best – and frustrating at worst.

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Video Chums
3.7 / 10.0
3.7 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2017

As a visual novel in 2017, The Silver Case is a huge disappointment.

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