Beholder is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

5 / 10
Feb 7, 2017

Beholder is based on a strong concept, and it has moments that land well, but it’s also held back by repetition and an unexciting script. The unpleasantness doesn’t always feel worth the hassle, and few players will realise the ultimate goal of saving their family and escaping the mundanity of their tenement basement life without kowtowing to the state.

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7.2 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2017

Beholder is able to make us feel guilty and stressed thanks to its atmosphere of oppression and extremely hard decisions. A great option if the player is seeking for something different.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

A good management sim with an interesting style, but it may be a bit grim for some

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90 / 100
Feb 9, 2017

Beholder is a management sim and a moral quandary all in one. It’s easy to become consumed by the lives of Carl Stein and the apartment dwellers he’s been hired to spy on, with a story full of twists, turns, and terrible fates.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2016

While Beholder isn’t exactly a title that’s set to shake up the indie scene, the intriguing premise and solid execution makes it well worth seeking out all the same.

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7.4 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

I've never played this type of game before, and although I didn't necessarily enjoy every single minute of gameplay, it's memorable for the ideas it presents, and the different ways in which it plays out.

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Jan 2, 2016

If you're a fan of suspenseful political games that balance surveillance and resource management with a dystopian setting, then Beholder is definitely worth picking up.

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70 / 100
Nov 20, 2016

Beholder does an excellent job of making you feel hopeless. I was immediately infected by the game’s clouded atmosphere.

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3 / 5.0
Dec 19, 2016

It may not be beauty that lives in the eye of this one, but Beholder does have some intelligent moral conundrums to levy at you. Unfortunately, the repetition and dull play leave a big hole in the middle where the game’s heart should beat.

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8.9 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Beholder 2 is an immersive dystopia RPG with a desperate story, interesting gameplay, and hard choices.

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7 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

Despite much of this review, Beholder is not a bad game and at the price asked, I think it is worth a buy. The criticisms only come because Beholder sets its sights at such lofty heights and complex issues but fails to reach them. And of course, it suffers by association with the ethically sensitive and artistically cohesive Papers Please. What it achieves, however, is an entertaining and challenging strategy game. It is just good, which is a shame because it could have been brilliant.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2016

Beholder delivers a tough experience from the narrative standpoint, and a challenging gameplay. The player will face hard choices, and will have to live with the aftermath of its decisions every single time. The graphic is appealing, though sometimes it feels like the burden that the player has to carry - especially with the high number of quests given at the same time - can be a little discouraging. However, this is an original and suggested game.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

Beholder is a game where the simple mechanics are just the tip of the iceberg. The game bombards the player with hard moral choices in a world where every decision may have dire consequences.

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Game Debate
Ed SW
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2017

With a fantastically sombre and sinister art style, impeccable sound design and an innovative idea, if I were to have to describe this game on the fly I would say it’s a title somewhere between Papers, Please and The Sims, two games I have thoroughly enjoyed in the past. With the subtle application of moral choices of Papers, Please mixed with the sim management of The Sims I can wholeheartedly recommend Beholder as a quick pick me up this Christmas if you’ve got the rumblies only state intervention will satisfy.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

With great cartoon graphics, brilliant game design, and an amazing soundtrack, Beholder is a gem that should be experienced by everyone.

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Jan 31, 2017

Beholder is a deeply terrifying look at the concept of an Orwellian nightmare through the lens of a video game.

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Dec 20, 2016

'Beholder' is a somber, harsh experience in terms of both its theme and its gameplay. The naggy and sometimes baffling routines of the residents can get in the way of a good story at times, and it's too short overall. Still, it's an interesting addition to the growing "authoritarian state" genre, and well worth its small asking price.

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Nov 7, 2016

When a game wants you to toss aside your morals for the greater good

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Cubed3
Top Critic
7 / 10
Dec 18, 2016

Beholder doesn't hold your hand, because the things you're doing could be considered heinous, or even uplifting; it's entirely up to you. This level of freedom is often teased, but not met. While there are issues that drag the game backwards, players should seek to overcome them, because this is a truly bleak world, and it has no problem letting you know it.

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7.7 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2018

Beholder creates an interesting world and fills this world with weighty, morally-grey choices that actually matter. The feeling of actually having an influence on how events transpire is present here, a nice change from games that promise choice and deliver nothing of the sort.

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