Percentile Rank

The Sexy Brutale is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 75 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

82%

Critics Recommend

Based on 75 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
D+
D+
May 26, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is bad. If monotony is thrilling to you, then buy this game. I give them credit for trying something knew, but am disappointed how it turned out. The beautiful environments loose their "wow" factor the 10th time you have to go through them.

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ComiConverse
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 4, 2017

There is definitely some wasted potential, but The Sexy Brutale is a solid, original and fun game that's definitely worth your time.

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GameCloud
Yes
Yes
May 12, 2017

I was initially drawn to The Sexy Brutale after seeing a short clip of the first mission being played through. The music, the humour, and the look of the game were very alluring, enough to make me want to give it a crack. While there were a couple of design and gameplay decisions that bugged me and a few expectations that weren’t quite fulfilled, the game is still a lot of fun for the short time that it lasts. The biggest takeaway was its soundtrack and the way they made it an integral part of the gameplay and plot. The combination of the music and sound direction really made the events of the game pop, maintaining my interest and story consistency at the same time. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future works from Cavalier and Tequila Works if this is the sort of thing one can expect from them.

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Apr 10, 2017
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Apr 14, 2017

A perfectly horrid, wonderfully thought-out mixture of Majora's Mask-style time rewinding and Metroidvania exploration.

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Wade D McGinnis
Buy
Buy
Apr 19, 2017
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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
May 2, 2017
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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a fantastic game that combines style and unique mechanics to amazing effect. I truly hope to see more games like this in the future.

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CDavis_Games
Apr 20, 2017

The lack of challenge is a touch disappointing but doesn't detract from the sheer joy I got from bouncing along to the music, or the sadness of watching a man try to save his friend from inevitable death. When the main problem with a game is that you just want more, that's usually a good sign. The Sexy Brutale is absolutely worth your time. If I had Boone's powers, I'd rewind time and play it all over again.

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The Jimquisition
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale deserves as much attention as any Horizon, Zelda, Nioh or Persona.

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Impulsegamer
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
May 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a stellar mind bender, one of the best mystery themed, puzzle titles in years.

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PS4Blog.net
10 / 10
10 / 10
Apr 21, 2017

The game only has 19 trophies but it does include a Platinum trophy for your trouble, and it's not at all hard to obtain especially with the ability to rewind time. The game, story and gameplay mechanics are absolutely brilliant. The game gets full marks for uniqueness, and its graphics are great – very polished and stylish. The game has no voice acting, but that is not a deal-breaker. While The Sexy Brutale might be a short experience, it is highly recommended, addictive and well worth its asking price.

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Sirus Gaming
9.2 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Roxanne Co
9.2 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

I honestly believe that Cavalier and Tequila hit the nail right on the head for this one.

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Short Pause Gaming
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 21, 2017

From the intriguing story to the rewarding fun of exploring the mansion and discovering its many secrets, it's not hard to recommend The Sexy Brutale to everyone. It can be tough to ignore a few of the technical mishaps currently present in the game, but I felt it was even tougher to ignore the gorgeous environments players are given to explore. Solving each murder puzzle and learning more about the various guests and the mystery behind the host of the ball, Lucas, is quite possibly one of the best experiences I've had with a game this year.

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TrueAchievements
May 2, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a truly memorable title.

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Switch Player
Dec 27, 2017

Let down only by slowdown, The Sexy Brutale is a load of fun. It's got that Scooby-Doo-like magic to it, that sense of achievement when you solve the puzzles and save the day. Atmosphere is good, music is good, as is innovation - without the slowdown, it would be perfect.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

9 / 10
May 2, 2017

All the time bending clichés could have easily applied to The Sexy Brutale, but instead of riding on the shoulders of other titles that have gone before it, this is a game that shows that a flashy mechanic is more than the sum of its parts. With a narrative that is driven by discovery and an overall theme that oozes style and panache, The Sexy Brutale takes the player through a streamlined and perfectly paced investigative adventure that is genuinely witty and profound.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a very different type of game to anything on the PS4 currently, taking up a Groundhog Day-style in gameplay that is excellently executed. The game is perfectly presented with outstanding audio and visuals that are able to switch the tone of the story from being joyfully upbeat to a very dark within a matter of moments. The story does a great job of keeping you fixated on looking for answers from beginning to end and its conclusion will leave you more than satisfied with your time spent solving its interestingly intricate puzzles.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 3, 2017

Brimming with style and satisfying puzzling, The Sexy Brutale is a creative and unique experience. One of the better puzzle titles to come out in recent memory.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
GameSpace
Ed Orr

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2017

Despite this minor frustration, I was utterly enthralled by The Sexy Brutale. The exaggerated characters and isometric art breathes a kind of life into point and click mysteries that leaves other members of the same genre feeling listless and two dimensional. Puzzles prove themselves to be entirely accessible for newcomers, and the script is just fantastic. Take a gamble. Try The Sexy Brutale and if the house wins, just go back and try again.

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Words About Games
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 9, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a fantastic adventure game. Its core time looping mechanic works in every way imaginable. Figuring out how to save the wonderfully eccentric party guests from the equally as wonderfully eccentric staff is brilliant.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 10, 2017

In the end, The Sexy Brutale is a marvelous and unique delight of a murder mystery, one you’ll have walked away from feeling shocked over what exactly you just saw play out in the story, satisfied over the challenging puzzles you’ll have solved to help out each masked guest, and dazzled over the vibrant and mesmerizing aesthetics.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
90%
Jun 20, 2017

I had a lot of fun with The Sexy Brutale. It's a short game that does something interesting by giving us a “Groundhog Day” style release where you replay the story from different perspectives as you use the information you gather to save all victims. Overall, you're looking at around 6-9 hours to 100% the game before you can add a new Platinum trophy to your collection. I highly recommend you get this charming and fun release on PS4 so that you too can explore what The Sexy Brutale has to offer.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2017

A cleverly plotted puzzle game wrapped in the cloak of a murder-mystery. It may be brief, but The Sexy Brutale will certainly deliver an unforgettable evening.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

9 / 10
Apr 13, 2017

Amidst the glut of blockbusters at the start of 2017, The Sexy Brutale stands out as one of the most enjoyable and well-realised titles out there. Successfully evoking the feel of a classic adventure and combining it with a distinctive art style and beautiful music, it deserves to reach a wide audience. Its 8 hour playtime is consistently entertaining and full of intrigue and the final narrative payoff is satisfying. All in all, The Sexy Brutale is a perfect indie game to fill the gaps between the many sprawling epics that are demanding our gaming attention this year.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

The Sexy Brutale was a unique and completely fresh take on the murder mystery theme with a simple complexity of time being involved.

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GameCynic
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a well polished, engrossing 6-8 hour adventure full of fun puzzle solving and sneaky snooping.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a very unique game. It's like a Clue game, but the entire environment is a puzzle. We already know who the killer is, but we have to stop every murder. The art is gorgeous and it's a great start for Cavalier Game Studios.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2017

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the twists the game threw at me and completely satisfied with the grandiose finale. I highly recommend anyone looking for a fun, albeit challenging puzzle game to check this complex gem out.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a delectable slice of murder and mystery. The exquisite art design, twisted puzzles, and excellent audio design combines to create a truly memorable experience. The unique setting and thoughtful tale will remain in the memory long after the case has been closed.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a lavishly stylish, unique and engrossing murder mystery game in which, on a day that always restarts, you must prevent the staff of a grand mansion from murdering the several guests and solve the intriguing mystery.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

Awash in a frankly ridiculous amount of charm and bolstered by a genuinely innovative time travel mechanic, The Sexy Brutale is one of the most deliciously refreshing puzzlers to come along in a good long while.

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GamePro
84 / 100
84 / 100
Apr 13, 2017

The idea of The Sexy Brutale is just as great as well-implemented. It's a pity that the great puzzle fun is over so quickly.

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Apr 18, 2017

A stylish and creative adventure with a clever time-rewinding hook.

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IGN
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

I found Boone's quest so fascinating, the Brutale's secrets so alluring, and its world so charming that I rewound the clock just to spend a few more days in Lafcadio's beautiful nightmare.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

While there are a few minor technical problems, I haven't played a puzzle adventure game that's absorbed me like The Sexy Brutale has in a long time. A great story well worth telling.

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2017

Great ingenious puzzle game with some minor flaws. Stylish, intriguing and not too easy — exactly what you can expect from a game of this sort.

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Respawning
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2017

All these aspects come together to make a well crafted experience from start to finish.

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Windows Central
Apr 14, 2017

This is a gorgeously executed murder mystery puzzle game where there's more than meets the eyemask.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a game that stands out for the implementation of the temporary plane in its puzzles and for having a great atmosphere thanks to its soundtrack and its artistic design.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 26, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a beautiful puzzler that skillfully combines time loops and elements of Clue.

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The Game Fanatics
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2017

All in all, The Sexy Brutale will keep you hooked with its general freshness. In its own right, it encapsulates the best of what the intrigue genre has to offer, accomplishing a distinct style with its sparkling originality and humor.

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Telegraph
May 2, 2017

From its sumptuous decor and macabre mysteries to its tragic, toy-like characters, The Sexy Brutale is a smart, sharp and assured game that is well worth your time. Even if you have to adhere to its usual rules.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 11, 2017

An inspired mix of graphic adventure and Majora's Mask style time travel, that offers some of the year's most inspired puzzle-solving.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 11, 2017

The secret stories Father Lafcadio uncovers are lovely, but you won't always enjoy the process of uncovering them. Still, a series of elegant murders, with elegant stories, in an elegant mansion is enough to show anyone a good time. Time and time again...

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2017

Overall, The Sexy Brutale was a pretty enjoyable puzzle game. It reminded us of good point-and-click adventure titles of yore through a combination of a neatly executed story and the challenging puzzles. We wish the game had a little bit of hand-holding for newcomers, but experienced players are sure to love it.

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pressakey.com
Apr 26, 2017

The Sexy Brutale überzeugt durch eine intelligente Spielmechanik, einen coolen Soundtrack und stimmungsvolle Grafik.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 20, 2018

I have to be honest, I was going to score this game much worse based on performance alone. It really was that bad and at times it was almost like watching a slideshow. But in its now fixed state, it’s hard to pick many issues I had with the game to be brutally honest. It won’t be the most exciting game you’re ever going to play but it is well worth its five-hour playthrough. I’m not fully convinced that the style of game will suit everybody and I think it is quite a divisive game, but I would urge anybody to give this a try, because if it clicks with you it can easily be one of your favourite games of this year. There aren’t many games like this around and that needs to be changed.

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Thumbsticks
May 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale nods back to ancient tradition while wrapped in the trappings of the 20th century, taking notes from some of the best adventure games there have been. At the same time, it looks forwards, unwinding to its own tempo, creating a game that feels distinct from any other.

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Fintendo
Dec 13, 2017

"Close to perfect murder mystery if it didn't suffer from so many technical issues."

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a very nice and original adventure game, that makes good use of a time loop in its core gameplay.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 17, 2017

Cavalier Game Studios have managed to create an incredibly compelling story in the scenery of the luxurious mansion.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Groundhog Day meets Cluedo in the fascinating murder-mystery game, The Sexy Brutale. At times charming and other times poignant, this spin on the classic “whodunnit” formula in a mansion features an interesting time travel mechanic as well as a likeable cast of characters. The game and puzzles are admittedly linear and repeating time can get, well, repetitive at times. Overall, however, The Sexy Brutale is a fun murder-mystery romp, regardless of what time it is.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

When it comes to love letters to an era of gaming long since passed, you would be hard pressed to find something more heartfelt than The Sexy Brutale. It offers up a modern take on an extremely dated design, all made palatable with the help of time-travel. While this affectionate note may have a few typos, mainly in the form of puzzles with obtuse leaps in logic, it’s hardly enough to detract from the deep-seeded sincerity sprinkled throughout the experience. This is one sexy experience, indeed.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 19, 2017

Complex, challenging, but never boring, The Sexy Brutale blends a compelling narrative, appealing aesthetics and innovative gameplay into one stylish package.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Apr 19, 2017

Much like the melting pot of genres and gameplay elements in the game, The Sexy Brutale shines the most when everything comes together.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Apr 23, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is the perfect example of an interesting concept and excellent execution. Sure, it might have its issues, but underneath the unique puzzle mechanics is one hell of an enthralling story. Worthy of your time, indeed!

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

Though The Sexy Brutale fumbles a few times -- especially near the end when it rushes toward a narrative payoff -- it never hurts the experience. Uncovering the mansion's secrets and the twisted plot that dooms its guests is exciting. Compared to almost any other puzzle game, The Sexy Brutale's dark tone and inspired art stand out from the crowd. Solving murder might not be the most cheerful work, but it's one hell of a good time.

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TheXboxHub
Apr 20, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is definitely one of the more original [email protected] games that we’ve seen recently. On one side there is an incredibly dark and sinister side to the game solving, sometimes described in great gory-detail, murders. But then ultimately it is a game of hope as Lafcadio tries to prevent his friends re-living their nightmares day after day.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2017

In the end, The Sexy Brutale is a fascinating murder mystery game. The indirect methods that are used to obtain clues and solve each murder are different from other games in the genre. Though you may be able to stumble upon the solution for a murder or two via dumb luck, the game rewards you for careful observation to the audio and visuals. If you can overcome the keyboard/mouse controls in lieu of a control pad, you'll find The Sexy Brutale to be a game that genre fans need to check out.

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VGProfessional
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
May 6, 2017

It's hard not to like The Sexy Brutale Full House Edition, thanks to its refreshing and original game concept. While it doesn't just rely on its neat artistic direction and great soundtrack, the game is also a demanding one for newcomers and fans of puzzle games, but it's only problem might be that it's too short.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

Some of the puzzles are laborious to complete, but the rewards are usually worth the effort

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is brilliant and intelligent, with its beautiful art style, its witty puzzles and its captivating story, but it's far from perfect, especially on Xbox One, where it has quite a few problems. It has near-zero replayability, but will keep you intrigued for more than 7 hours.

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LevelUp
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a moody experience of exploration, secrecy and melancholy, fueled by smooth jazz. Distinguished by its own mecanical design and great visual presentation, the game is a great surprise recommended for the puzzle loving entusiasts.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2018

The Sexy Brutale is a wonderful murder-mystery experience that features a great story and cast of characters. Unfortunately, the dreadful frame rates, long load times, and poor optimization on the Switch make this hard to recommend unless you plan on playing it on another platform.

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Pure Nintendo
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2018

The Sexy Brutale is such a neat game and I really enjoyed my time with it. There's so many references to other games and like most murder mysteries, I felt a strong need to keep playing and uncover the truth of what was going on. It's too bad that the Nintendo Switch port suffers from horrible framerate issues. I'm really hoping the developers will make a patch for this soon because TSB is so awesome in every other aspect.

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Nexus
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is a small game, set in a limited space, with big ideas. The plot is merely the container for a very clever puzzle game, and what a container it is. It is a very creepy game, standing in contrast to the bright cartoon-like art style. The sense of dread and foreboding as I raced against the clock to prevent each death literally gave me nightmares.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is an occasionally muddled sci-fi story with just enough macabre charm and attention to detail to make it stand out.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 16, 2018

The Sexy Brutale is original, while not entirely unique, but it makes such an interesting combination of its elements that it's impossible not to feel its allure. It could use less trial and error to solve its puzzles and there are a bit too many moments when the game freezes but this experience is enough to put a malicious smile on many players' lips.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 10, 2017

The new Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studios videogame is a mix of filmic concepts like "Groundhog Day", with table games like Cluedo or 13 Dead End Drive. The plot is interesting but the technical execution, lack of depth and gameplay mechanics goes against the overall result.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 18, 2017

As short-lived as the story is, The Sexy Brutale is still a standout murder mystery title. The stimulating 3D puzzle and adventure elements makes it one of the best within its genre. The chosen theme and locale is also the exact type of setting you want for a title built on intrigue, murder and mystery. If you're more of a shoot first, ask questions later sort of player, this might not be for you, but for the type of person who enjoys a slower-paced but equally as rewarding game experience, this is a murder mystery worth looking into.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2017

Sexy Brutale is a title with an intriguing premise, backed up by a story well worth experiencing. However, the lackluster characterization and singular, uninteresting solutions to its puzzles hold it back from greatness.

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The Games Machine
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2017

The Sexy Brutale is substantially a good game, but the Switch version has many technical problems: instable frame rate, very long loading times and some major bugs are only a few number of the issues that prevent the game from reaching a higher score.

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NintendoWorldReport
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2017

If you can put up with the choppy frame rates and lengthy load times, The Sexy Brutale is a fun, worthwhile experience. The highs are high, but then the game chugs or hitches during a long load. Those ups and downs are present from beginning to end. No matter what though, I definitely recommend this game as something to be tried, just maybe not this particular version.

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Worth Playing
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2018

The Sexy Brutale is an intriguing game with good ideas and an incredible atmosphere. It is well worth your time, as long as you don't play it on the Nintendo Switch. Without the technical issues, the game would've garnered a much higher score, but this port struggles at every turn and is best left alone.

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