Percentile Rank

Candleman is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2017

If you're looking for an adorable game with tight platforming, a unique lighting mechanic, fantastic graphics and level design then Candleman if for you.

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GamePitt
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

If you’ve yet to experience Candleman on any platform so far, the Switch version is just as good as any other out there. The game is a brilliant indie puzzle platformer which utilises its ‘ten seconds of burn time’ mechanic perfectly, forcing you to be more reserved and cautious than you would be in a standard 3D platformer. As you progress closer to the goal, the mighty Lighthouse, the world becomes much more colourful, spooky, hostile, and daunting. The adventure our little protagonist embarks on is one which everyone should tag along on.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 3, 2017

Candleman is the first true surprise of 2017.

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Switch Atlantic
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 3, 2019

Candleman was a really enjoyable journey to take part in. It still amazes me just how many ideas they were able to branch off the initial basic concept of the ten-second timer and lighting up candles. The game is longer than I expected it to be, but it never overstayed its welcome. It would introduce a location and gimmick, teach you how to use it and test you on it, then move on before ever becoming tedious. Couple that with a nice narrative (with a fantastic ending that made me audibly “aww”) that keeps the player wanting to find out what comes next on the little candle’s journey makes for a solid experience. It feels perfect for the pick-up and go style of the switch with its relatively short level design and easy to understand gameplay. This is a great puzzle platformer to pick up for your switch’s library!

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

A platformer that makes great use of shadows and light. You'll get emotionally attached to the candle as he burns through some lovely environments and tough platforming, but the ending is a bit of a damp squib.

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Daily Mirror
Feb 13, 2017

This adorable atmospheric puzzle platformer is a gentle title that's full of charm

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TrueAchievements
Feb 8, 2017

Candleman is a great platformer with beautifully rendered graphics and wonderful attention to detail. You will find yourself cheering on the little candle as you help him navigate the many obstacles in his way as he tries to reach the magnificent beacon shining from the lighthouse. The gameplay is simple yet challenging, nicely varied, and requires a studied balance of using light, shadow, and movement.

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Digiato
80 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

80 / 100
Apr 2, 2018

Candleman could be much more challenging. Current version of the games is suitable for people who enjoy a 3D Action Platformer and they don't need any more challenge or difficulty.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Overall, Candleman is a wonderful experience for anyone who enjoys platform games or just great artwork, even in a simpler form. It is a cute and inspirational game that is easy to pick up and play through a section as needed, or binge it all in one sitting.

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TheXboxHub
Feb 1, 2017

I enjoyed my time with the Candleman. It’s an old-fashioned platformer with some very neat tricks and a lot of highly enjoyable gameplay. It might be a bit too samey for some regarding pace and style, but the story is charming with a very downbeat ending, that nearly ruins your investment in the little candle guy. But in conclusion, please give this a go if you like your platformers, love candles and hate the dark. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Darkstation
Oct 16, 2019

Candleman is a very fun game to play on the go as the short levels allow you to just pick it up and play whenever you feel the need. It’s also easily replayable due to the goals of lighting candles in each level, but overall, it’s a bit short. It’s a shame as I feel like there could have been many more avenues to be explored.

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AbsoluteXbox
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Jan 15, 2019

Overall, Candleman is a very ingenuitive platformer.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 9, 2017

It’s not the fact that you’re controlling a perambulatory candle that’s the oddest thing about this game, but that its story is so oddly affecting despite its absurdity.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

That's the unpredictable allure to Candleman. Its obvious hook is in its unique mechanic, but that's not enough to carry it to the conclusion. Then, there's a Rudy-like emotional investment that takes over when everything stops revolving around gameplay. Fittingly, Candleman burns out prematurely. But, that doesn't mean that it stops shining.

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Generación Xbox
7 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
Daniel Lobato

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2017

Candleman, is a small and exclusive Indie for the Microsoft console as a result of the work of the program [email protected], which despite being short and halfway to its possibilities, will undoubtedly delight platform genre's lovers.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 6, 2019

This is a genuinely enjoyable platformer with a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 16, 2019

Candleman is a simple game with a charming plot that could not stand out more for both its simplicity and uniqueness. Thanks to its praise-worthy level design Candleman is an experience that can easily become rewarding for anyone who wants to play it even for only 10 minutes, which makes it fit like a charm on the Nintendo Switch. There is not much more to Candleman, though, which is a pity as the game could offer much more if it was more ambitious.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

Candleman is a game that is unique and a joy to play. Every chapter provided a different gameplay element which kept things fresh.

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